St. Louis – May 18, 2015 – The Regional Arts Commission (RAC), the largest annual funder of the arts in the St. Louis region, has awarded 215 grants this year, totaling more than $3.48 million to support nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, consortiums, and arts programming in the St. Louis area. Since its inception in 1985, RAC has awarded more than 6,700 grants totaling over $93 million to support nonprofit arts, individual artists, cultural organizations, consortiums and programs.
“RAC’s investment in arts and cultural activities make a huge contribution to the economic growth and vitality of our region. We are excited to announce an increase in the 2015 grants round from last year, and are extremely pleased to provide this level of funding to arts and cultural organizations throughout the St. Louis region. With a total economic impact of the arts exceeding $582 million, we know we are making good, solid investments for sustainable economic growth and the vitality of our region,” stated Michael Scully, Chairman of RAC.
“The Commission’s ongoing support to arts and culture in the St. Louis region has enabled an increasing number of organizations to continue to thrive and provide programs and events that have enriched the lives of the citizens in this region. Revenue from transient occupancy tax dollars is strong, and the arts are great at attracting cultural tourists, which adds to the economic and cultural vibrancy of the St. Louis community,” said Felicia Shaw, Executive Director of RAC.
Each grant request is reviewed and discussed in an open, public forum by citizen panels, staff members and the commissioners who contribute many long hours to evaluation and assessment. RAC instituted a ranking system several years ago to enhance and improve the panelist review process which is based on criteria including: quality of programs, innovative ideas, fiscal health, cultural diversity, local/regional impact, community outreach, management capability and assessed need in the community.
The grant recipients represent the breadth and diversity of arts and culture in St. Louis, both in size and scope, from large institutions such as the St. Louis Symphony and Center of Creative Arts (COCA) to smaller organizations and programs such as Gitana Productions and Community Health in Partnerships (CHIPS). The 2015 RAC Grant Award listing by organization name and discipline is attached to this release.
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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 6,700 grants totaling over $93 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 @RACStLouis.