Regional Arts Commision

Data Visualization
8:39 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

St. Louis Data Project Reaches Half-Way Point

Jer Thorp
Credit Stephanie Zimmerman | St. Louis Public Radio Intern | File photo

Data artist Jer Thorp completed the research-based stage of his $75,000 project to examine and creatively present St. Louis’ data. The New York based artist’s research consists of city visits and extensive demographic and mapping research coupled with an unexpected emphasis on experiencing the physical environment of St. Louis.

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Arts Mobilization
12:45 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Ferguson, Racial Divide Again Bring Artists Together, Plans Start To Take Shape

RAC member organizes and discusses artist ideas for actions regarding the death of Michael Brown.
Credit Willis Ryder Arnold/St. Louis Public Radio

The first artists meeting held to discuss artists organizing around death of Michael Brown at the Regional Arts Commission was filled with discussion of racial divide and catharsis. The second meeting, held one week later, focused on planning and displayed a higher level of organization.

“We really had to come in and declare here this is what we’re ready to do. Let’s roll up our sleeves!” said Ed Reggi, 43, artist and actor. Reggi is the primary facilitator of the event. He noted a change in tone from one week to the next.

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Michael Brown
11:53 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Artists Discuss Actions After Week of Protests in Ferguson

Artists Gather at RAC to Discuss Possible Actions.
Credit Willis Arnold/St. Louis Public Radio

Racial divides -- in St. Louis, the arts community and the nation -- were the focus Wednesday night as artists gathered at the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission to talk about Michael Brown's death.

RAC held the gathering for artists to process the week’s events in Ferguson and discuss how artists can address their role in the public dialogue about it.

“It’s equivalent to a heart attack in America,” said one woman who entered the conversation later in the evening.  “The civil rights movement of the 21st century is happening now. Here.”

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Visual Arts
10:27 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Layers Reveal Truths About Challenges And Beauty In RAC Show

David Dolak – Untitled 6 Panel Configuration
Credit Provided by RAC

Rene Dimanche of the Regional Arts Commission has gathered three artists whose combined work makes manifest aspects of the human condition that are difficult to express. Dimanche writes that in their group exhibit, Irrevocable Fragments, artists Byron Darnell Rogers, David Dolak and Clayvon Ambrose Wesley “deal with the disintegration and re-integration of information we digest from places and people we come across in our lives.”

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Art Openings
9:55 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Edwardsville Center Showcases African-American Art Through St. Louis’ Portfolio Gallery

Rickie Frager’s “It’s Offering Time”
EAC/Portfolio’s “Ebony Creations”

St. Louis-area art openings this Friday explore the beauty of nature, teapots and African-American works. “Ebony Creations” is a joint project of Portfolio Gallery and the Edwardsville Arts Center.

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Local Artists Thriving
8:29 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Creativity Wins: It Was A Good Year For St. Louis-area Artists

From left: Van McElwee (Media Arts), Stan Chisholm (Visual Art), Richard Newman (Literature), Philip Boehm (Literature), Alice Bloch (Dance), Kathryn Bentley (Theater Arts), Deanna Jent (Theater Arts), Juan William Chavez (Visual Arts), Arny Nadler (Visual Arts)
Credit Regional Arts Commission

Whether they were on stage, leaning into the kiln or creatively advocating for justice, it was a banner year for many local artists.

The Regional Arts Commission this year began an unprecedented awarding of money
to St. Louis-area artists through its Artists Count program. Dozens of visual, performing and literary artists were given grants of between $500 and $3,000 for specific projects.

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Regional Arts Commission
9:41 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Ten St. Louis-area Artists Awarded $20,000 RAC Fellowships

Kathryn Bentley, right, in "On Golden Pond" performed in 2012 by The Black Rep, at the Grandel Theatre in Grand Center.
Provided by Kathryn Bentley

The Regional Arts Commission (RAC) today handed local artists Kathryn Bentley, Arny Nadler and eight others $20,000 each to make their dreams a reality.

Bentley, a theater artist, and Nadler, a sculptor, are among the first group of 10 visual, performing and literary artists to become RAC Artist Fellows. Their names (see full list below) were announced in a morning news conference at RAC's offices. (Note: An earlier version of the article said the offices were in University City. They are in St. Louis.)

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8:59 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

The Role Of Money In The Arts

Nancy Kranzberg

Money talks, and a new book was just written by Travis Brown entitled, Money Walks. Money is the root of all evil, etc., etc. etc.

I recently attended a few of the second annual St. Louis Humanities Festival offerings. The theme this year was "Money" and the subtitle was, "Need,  Greed, and Generosity."

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