Vanessa Cooksey’s journey has taken her to Dallas, Austin and Atlanta. Now, the President & CEO of the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis (RACSTL) is combining her significant experience with her passion for creativity, entrepreneurship and community to uplift St. Louis.
Applying a comprehensive, strategic approach to bolstering the health of the arts and culture sector, Cooksey is cognizant of the power of the arts to both enrich individuals’ lives and drive the local economy in major ways.
In her recent profile in the St. Louis Business Journal, Cooksey was asked how much time RACSTL spends on opportunities for artists to have economic viability. She responded,
“We are growing in our investment in individual artists. It is one of the things that I love most about RAC. We get to write checks to humans and not just arts orgs. What I’m finding in our conversations is yes, artists need more capital. But they also need professional development and so in the next several months and years, RAC is going to create more opportunities — either through direct programming and/or partnerships — to support artists in that professional development learning.”
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Original piece by James Drew – Reporter, St. Louis Business Journal
Jan 11, 2024