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RAC awards $1M in local arts grants

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From The St. Louis American

The Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis (RAC), the largest public funder of the arts in the St. Louis region, awarded a total of $978,400 to 111 organizations this year. Its recipients are nonprofit arts and culture organizations and nonprofit organizations for programming that broadens participation and increases access to the arts.

“The St. Louis art scene is as robust and vibrant as ever, and we continue to see organizations push themselves to develop innovative programs that grow the quality and diversity of the arts in St. Louis,” RAC Executive Director Felicia Shaw said in a statement.

In addition, RAC awarded 37 Artist Support grants, which fund career advancement for individual artists in all artistic disciplines, totaling $97,677. Artist Support grants are designed to encourage creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship and sustained commitment to artistic work by providing funds for an artist’s projects, needs and creative opportunities.

In January, RAC announced the 2019 Artist Fellowships, which recognize artistic excellence by honoring the work of seasoned artists, advancing the work of mid-career artists and nurturing the work of developing artists. RAC will announce recipients of General Operating Support (GOS) grants later in June.

Program Support and GOS grant requests are reviewed and discussed for evaluation and assessment in an open, public forum by citizen review panelists. All applications are consistently evaluated upon artistic merit and quality of the programs, community benefit, and organizational capacity. Individual artist grant requests are read and reviewed by discipline readers based upon an established set of review criteria, specific to either grant.

For additional grants information, visit: https://racstl.org/grant/grants-faqs/.

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