Regional Arts Commission Announces Felicia Shaw as New Executive Director
On its 30th anniversary, RAC celebrates new leadership
ST.LOUIS (March 24, 2015) – The Regional Arts Commission (RAC), the largest annual funder of the arts in the St. Louis region, is pleased to announce the appointment of Felicia Shaw to the position of executive director. Shaw succeeds Jill McGuire, who served for 30 years as RAC’s founding executive director. A native St. Louisan, Shaw will assume the position of executive director effective May 11, 2015. The nationwide search was led by Arts Consulting Group.
“I am extremely honored to have been selected to lead the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission going forward,” said Shaw. “St. Louis is moving in a great direction, and it is an exciting time to come back home and be a part of this region’s bright future.”
Shaw brings more than 25 years of leadership experience in the public and nonprofit arts and culture sector. From 2007 to 2014, she was the director of arts and creative economy at The San Diego Foundation. Prior to that, for twelve years, she was the program manager for the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.
“After a diligent process of reviewing many qualified candidates, we are proud to have selected the best successor to lead this great organization,” said RAC Chairman Michael Scully. “I am confident in the vision Felicia will bring to RAC and to St. Louis.”
RAC has contributed greatly to the vibrancy of St. Louis under McGuire’s leadership. McGuire’s major accomplishments include introducing Artists Support Grants and Artists Fellowships; creating the RAC Innovation Fund; establishing an open grants process; being one of the first art agencies to develop an online grants system; hosting the first Community Arts Convening in the country; and advocating for the first percent for art programming in the City of St. Louis.
“Felicia is a seasoned professional and will be a great asset both to the St. Louis cultural community and to RAC,” says McGuire.
About the Regional Arts Commission www.racstl.org
The Regional Arts Commission (RAC) is at the forefront of efforts to transform St. Louis into a more vibrant, creative and economically thriving community by elevating the vitality, value and visibility of the arts. It is the largest annual funder of the arts in the region, and since its inception in 1985, RAC has awarded more than 6,300 grants totaling over $84 million to support nonprofit arts, individual artists, cultural organizations, consortiums and programs. Directed by a board of 15 commissioners appointed by the chief executives of St. Louis City and St. Louis County, RAC is a pivotal force in the continuing development and marketing of the arts in the region. Visit www.racstl.org for more information, or follow us on Facebook at Regional Arts Commission or Twitter at RACStLouis.
About Arts Consulting Group
Arts Consulting Group is the leading provider of hands-on interim management, executive search, revenue enhancement consulting, facilities and program planning, and organizational development services for the arts and culture industry. With locations in New York, Washington DC, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, Portland, Seattle and Denver, ACG consultants are also located in other communities throughout North America to best serve the needs of its clients. For more information, call (888) 234.4236 or visit www.artsconsulting.com.