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Emily Parker

Program Manager II — Grants

Emily Parker joined the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis (RAC) in the spring of 2018 as the executive assistant and transitioned to the role of program manager, Grants, in the fall of 2019. Her primary focus is to manage the Program Support Grants and support the General Operating Support Grants. Emily also serves on RAC’s Culture and Engagement Committee and the Wellness Sub-Committee.

Before joining RAC, Emily spent nine years as a graduate medical educator for Washington University School of Medicine in the Departments of Neonatology and Obstetrics/Gynecology. In this role she recruited, hired, and trained Fellows in business management and human resources adhering to the guidelines of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

Emily’s passion for the arts is evident in her photography. Working as professional photographer for four years for universities throughout the Midwest, she gained skills in shooting motion in photography. Currently she enjoys shooting architectural, street, travel, and wildlife photography. When not working, Emily spends her free time visiting museums, watching theatre performances, and attending concerts. She has a background in dance and musical theatre and her true passion is traveling and exploring new cultures and foods.

Emily earned a B.S. in law enforcement and justice administration and a B.S. in forensic psychology from Western Illinois University.

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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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