Program Manager — Strategic Initiatives
Sarah Frye joined the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis (RAC) in 2018 as program manager – Strategic Initiatives. Her main program focus is to support and manage several of the new Strategic Initiatives programs at RAC, including the St. Louis Canvass Project, the St. Louis Teaching Artist Institute, The Community Arts Training Institute, and the Gyo Obata Fellowship.
Before joining RAC, Sarah spent four years at the Arts & Business Council of Chicago, most recently as Director of Business Volunteers for the Arts. In this role, she oversaw up to 50 management consulting projects per year for various arts clients and managed a cohort of 350 consultants. She served as the smARTscope® Coordinator for the Chicago Community Trust’s SMART Growth Program in which she guided thirty organizations through an organizational needs assessment tool. In this position, she managed eight consultants matched with the organizations. Through this work, she realized her passion for supporting capacity building for artists and arts organizations.
Sarah serves on the Artistic Advisory Council for High Concept Labs’ Sponsored Artists program which supports the Artist Residency Program and Institutional Incubation Program. Both programs facilitate dialogue between artists, audience, and staff through a variety of programming. Earlier in her career, Sarah served as the Manager of Legislative Relations for the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. At the Chamber, she engaged in lobbying activities, managed communications and social media outlets, and managed the annual Lobby Day and Golf Outing.
Sarah received her first degree from Southern Illinois University in political science, and 2012, she re-entered higher education to earn a degree in dance, which catapulted her into the arts administration field. She has taught dance and tumbling for students aged 3-18 for more than 15 years. She is passionate about supporting artists and arts organizations to grow and sustain their endeavors. She enjoys traveling, being outside, and exploring new possibilities.