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Capacity Building: St. Louis

Capacity Building: St. Louis is a free two-year teaching and mentoring program providing arts management training and implementation support to local arts and cultural organizations. The program is designed to build a stronger arts ecosystem across all disciplines, providing 31 local cultural organizations with core arts management training and implementation support. The free, two-year program is made possible by the Centene Charitable Foundation.

Capacity Building: St. Louis will help organizations stabilize and strengthen their artistic and financial planning, fundraising, board engagement and marketing practices, with a goal to produce a team of thriving organizations that serve as models of governance and financial sustainability for the St. Louis community.

Given the impact of COVID-19, arts and cultural organizations are navigating unprecedented circumstances. In response, the program will address strategy for maintaining visibility, relevance, and service during this time of uncertainty, as well as creating space for long-term thinking to position organizations for success in the years ahead. Facilitated by the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland, it will also provide training in such critical areas as long-term artistic planning, board development and engagement, marketing, fundraising, and strategic planning. In addition to addressing core arts management topics, the program will engage meaningfully with issues pertaining to equity, diversity, inclusion, and access in the St. Louis arts and culture sector.

Applications are currently closed for Capacity Building: St. Louis.

Capacity Building St. Louis
Seminar Schedule

Monday, February 8
Thursday, March 4
Thursday, May 20
August TBD, 2022


The following organizations have been selected for the 2020/2022 Session.

A Call to Conscience
Artists First
Bread & Roses
Central Print
Circus Harmony
COCA-Center of Creative Arts
Consuming Kinetics Dance Company
Contemporary Art Museum
Craft Alliance
The Griot Museum of Black History
HEAL Center for the Arts
Ignite Theatre Company
Jazz St. Louis
Laumeier Sculpture Park
Life Arts
Metro Theater Company
National Blues Museum
Opera Theatre St. Louis
Prison Performing Arts
The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
The Sheldon Arts Foundation
St. Louis ArtWorks
The St. Louis Children’s Choirs
St. Louis Classical Guitar
St. Louis Shakespeare Festival
STAGES St. Louis
Stray Dog Theatre
Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis
That Uppity Theatre Company
Urban Artist Alliance for Child Development

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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