From Ideas to Action

So, what comes next? After this intensive investigation and deep listening, after all of this honest reflection and acknowledgement of hard truths, what happens now?

It would be great to announce something major — a significant new initiative, an earth-shattering new grant, some headline-making partnership. But the next steps for RAC are to ask ourselves and our stakeholders the tough questions about how we shift from who we have been to the organization we have described in this document, and how we evolve from doing things the way we have done them in the past to doing things the way we have mapped out here.

This sort of work isn’t glamorous, but it can’t be skipped. Those day-by-day steps are necessary to take the theory we’ve presented in this document and turn it into practice.

With that in mind, here’s what we can tell you are our next steps for RAC — and some steps that you as a reader of this document and member of the community can take right now:

What RAC will do right now

  • Continue the deep public involvement that was at the heart of the visioning process
  • Launch an organizational strategic planning process to closely align our work with the vision and priorities
  • Continue anti-bias/anti-racism training
  • Identify and form partnerships with community groups aligned with the priorities

What artists and arts and culture organizations can do right now

  • Read the vision document and encourage others to do so — and discuss it with them
  • Choose a priority that aligns with your values and make it your own
  • Seek out and engage in anti-bias/anti-racism training
  • Participate in the cultural activities of others
  • Encourage new and diverse audiences to participate in your programs

What every St. Louisan can do right now

  • Read the vision document and encourage others to do so — and discuss it with them
  • Choose a priority that aligns with your values and make it your own
  • Explore a neighborhood you have never visited and participate in a cultural activity
  • Demand more arts in your local school
  • Sign yourself or your children up for art classes
  • Share your house of worship, or other facility you have access to, with local artists who need affordable space
  • Purchase the work of a local artist
  • Tell your elected officials that you want more art in your neighborhood
  • Join a committee or board of a community arts organization
  • Get creative — sing in a choir, play an instrument, write poetry, dance
  • Attend community planning meetings and advocate for public art in your neighborhood