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Nichole Belford

External Relations Senior Manager

New to the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis team, Nichole Belford is the External Relations Senior Manager. She will develop and execute marketing initiatives and collaborate with civic and local community development efforts to help shape and guide the future of St. Louis’ arts and culture.

With more than 5,500 events managed, Nichole cultivated the arts, entertainment, and sports industry in the Dallas-Fort Worth area by serving on the opening teams to three premier entertainment facilities: The Nancy Lee and Perry R Bass Performance Hall; the American Airlines Center; and the Charles W. Eisemann Center for Performing Arts. Additionally, she helped relaunch the city of Glen Rose and Richardson Convention & Visitors Bureaus overseeing branding, marketing, and public relations initiatives to promote tourism. She volunteered her time to the Richardson Arts Alliance, Arts Incubator of Richardson (AIR), and served as a commissioner for the McKinney Arts Commission in 2008, Vice Chair in 2009, and Chair in 2010.

Nichole was born in Sögel, Germany. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science at Texas Wesleyan University and her master’s in Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Dallas. She is a passionate supporter of the arts and is an official for United States Figure Skating.

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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