Home | About RAC | Staff | Erika Fiola

Erika Fiola

Director of Grants and Strategic Initiatives

Erika Fiola joined the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis (RAC) as the director of Strategic Initiatives in June 2018. In that role, Erika oversees the Gyo Obata Fellowship, the Downtown STL Public Art Initiative, the St. Louis Canvass Project, the St. Louis Teaching Artist Institute, and the Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute, an innovative program centered on the belief that art has the power to be an agent for positive social change. In November 2019, her role expanded as she became the interim director of Grants. In that position, Erika oversees RAC’s organizational and individual artist grantmaking programs.

Previously, Erika served as the Impact Advancement Officer for ArtsWave in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she guided the strategic direction of a $10 million grantmaking portfolio to align with ArtsWave’s Blueprint for Collective Action, a ten-year, data-driven plan to build a more vibrant economy and connected community. She also led efforts to measure and communicate the impact of the arts, advised grant recipients on ways to expand their impact, and facilitated capacity-building opportunities.

Erika also served as the Strategic Initiatives Manager for Agenda 360, an effort of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber that led the implementation of a long-range community vision with a specific focus on issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, talent attraction, and public transportation. While in Cincinnati, she also co-founded Cincy Sundaes, a delicious way to raise money for people with innovative ideas to improve their community.

Erika earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia and a master’s in urban planning and real estate development from Saint Louis University.

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.


Skip to content