Arts Commission

Raleigh Arts

The City of Raleigh Arts Commission, established in 1977, serves as the leading force to champion the arts with Raleigh citizens and their representatives.

Interested in serving?
If you would like to be considered for service on the Arts Commission, please complete the online interest form.

The Arts Commission (CORAC) proudly holds the distinction of being the first municipal arts commission created in North Carolina. Serving as the official advisory body and advocate for the arts to the City Council, the Arts Commission is dedicated to the ongoing goal of connecting people to the arts and building a vital and ever-expanding creative community for Capital City residents and visitors.


  • Held on the third Tuesday of each month 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Open to the public.
  • For more information or to request an item for the agenda contact Raleigh Arts.

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Raleigh Municipal Building
222 W. Hargett St.
Raleigh, NC 27601

Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of every month at 5:30 p.m.

Agendas and Minutes

View past meeting agendas and minutes by visiting BoardDocs and searching for Arts Commission.

City Staff Liaisons

Staffer / Email Department Phone Number
Sarah Powers Raleigh Arts 919-996-4685

Committees and Boards

Standing Committees

Arts Commission Executive Committee

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Art, Education, and Collections Committee (AEC)

The Art, Education, and Collections Committee encourages and oversees temporary public art projects, community art programs, and arts education initiatives. They are charged with review and approval of acquisitions to the Municipal Art Collection, citizen-initiated public art projects, and donations of artwork to the City.

Meetings are held virtually on the first Thursday of each month from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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Grants Committee

The Grants Committee reviews applications to the Arts Grant Program, the official vehicle for municipal support to the City's arts organization, and makes funding recommendations to City Council each year. The program is supported currently by a $5 per capita allocation,  The Committee also advises on capacity building and other support for Raleigh's nonprofit arts organizations. The committee includes Arts Commissioners as well as community members who are subject-matter experts in the arts and nonprofit management. 

Meetings are held January - March each year. For more information visit the Arts Grant page or contact S.A. Corrin, Arts Grant Director at or 919-996-4686.


Communications & Community Engagement (CCE)


Public Art and Design Board (PADB)

The mission of the Public Art and Design Board is to promote and facilitate the inclusion of art into Raleigh's public realm. Meetings are held on the last Tuesday of each month from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Learn more about the Public Art and Design Board
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Arts Events

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