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Cheryl D.S. Walker

Vice Chair

Cheryl Walker is a transactions attorney for Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP where she focuses on construction, finance, and commercial practice. As a lawyer with more than 25 years of commercial practice, real estate, construction, and financial services experience, she has committed to providing sound strategic advice and counseling to her clients.

In addition to Cheryl’s legal practice, she is an active and avid community volunteer providing time, talent, and expertise to an extensive list of organizations, including the Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being; Regional Health Commission, chair; St Louis Poet Laureate Selection Committee; Task Force Chair; St. Louis Social Venture Partners; Sheldon Art Galleries; and the Ferguson Commission, where she was appointed as pro bono general counsel by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon following the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Cheryl also serves on the University of Missouri System’s Ethics Commission.

Cheryl attended the Missouri University of Science & Technology in Rolla, Missouri, where she received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. She later received her J.D. from Washington University.

Cheryl has been honored with numerous awards including the St. Louis Business Journal’s Most Influential Women (2017), National Society of Black Engineers’ Excellence in the Legal Profession (2012), and the YWCA Metro St. Louis’ Women Leaders Award (2008).

Cheryl utilizes her writing skills professionally as an attorney and creatively as a poet. She has had two composers create musical scores for her poems, one for chamber music, performed and recorded by the St. Louis Women’s Chorale, and the other for jazz, performed and recorded by the Bosman Twins, two St. Louis-based and locally renowned musicians.

Arts and cultural events are waiting around every corner throughout the St. Louis region. Explore the abundant creativity our area has to offer. From gallery shows and performances to public installations, St. Louis is rich with culture and the arts in all forms. Browse these links to experience our arts community firsthand.


Due to the ongoing financial impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Regional Arts Commission (RAC) has been working diligently to adjust our annual grantmaking programs to ensure alignment with RAC’s strategic priorities, and in response to feedback from the arts community.


We have gathered a variety of news, information, and other resources to sustain the health and vibrancy of our arts community.


As the leading public catalyst for arts and culture in St. Louis, the Regional Arts Commission leverages the power of creativity to strengthen and enrich our community. Read our commitment to diversity, racial equity, accessibility, and inclusion, and see our strategic plan for the next five years.


Covid-19 has impacted us all. But what it hasn’t changed is RAC’s commitment to finding innovative ways to support arts programming, arts organizations, and individual artists through the pandemic, and to resuming these programs as soon as conditions allow.


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