Regional Arts Commission

Evaluation Planning and Implementation


The arts have the power to change the lives of individuals, families, groups, and communities. The Regional Arts Commission believes that when artists work in partnership with other members of the community, people are more creatively empowered and their communities are more vibrant, resourceful, and resilient. It provides a number of programs, initiatives and other resources supporting arts-based community development.

The Evaluation Center is partnering with the Regional Arts Commission to plan, develop, and implement evaluation activities related to a number of their programs and initiatives, including the Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute, the Gyo Obata Fellowship, and a study on the current and desired participation and characteristics of live-work artist space in the St Louis region.

Project Dates

Jan 2019—present

Type of Evaluation

Formative, Impact, Planning, Process



Project Description


The Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis (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 and culture. It is the largest annual funder of nonprofit arts in the region; and since its inception in 1985, has awarded more than 7,000 grants totaling over $100 million to support individual artists, nonprofit arts and culture organizations, and other programs. Directed by a board of 15 commissioners appointed by the chief executives of St. Louis City and County, RAC is a pivotal force in the continuing development, support, and marketing of the arts in the region.

Evaluation Activities

  • Develop a logic model and evaluation plan for Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute.
  • Develop a logic model for Gyo Obata Fellowship.
  • Develop survey instruments, administer, and analyze data for Gyo Obata Fellowship.
  • Design and conduct a survey for working artists in the St. Louis region to access their current space for doing arts-based work, and desired type and characteristics of private and shared space to inform the development of an artist live-work communities in St. Louis.

Our Products

  • Logic models
  • Evaluation plans, including logic models and methods matrices
  • Data collection tools and surveys
  • Dissemination products

Project Funder

Regional Arts Commission

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