Regional Arts Commission Grants More Than $1 Million to St. Louis Nonprofits and Local Artists

May 22, 2019

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Funds support arts programming and individual artistic projects that will enhance the cultural vibrancy of the region

Since its inception in 1985, RAC has awarded more than 7,000 grants, totaling more than $100 million, to support nonprofit arts, individual artists, cultural organizations and programs.

RAC Program Support grant recipients represent the breadth and diversity of the arts in St. Louis, both in size and scope, from large professional arts institutions to smaller community-based organizations.

“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,” said RAC Executive Director Felicia Shaw. “Art has the power to transform lives and communities, and we’re excited to see the impact these programs will have on our region.”

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.

Program Support and Artist Support grants are two of the four competitive grants programs administered by RAC. 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. In June, RAC will announce recipients of General Operating Support (GOS) grants, which provide unrestricted, renewable funding to support the day-to-day operations of nonprofit arts organizations that produce and present year-round programming.

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 the following three criteria: 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 Artist Fellowships or Artist Support grants.

To view the full list of 2019 Program Support and Artist Support grant recipients, visit:

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