Arts Leadership, Planning, and Impact

Raleigh Arts

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Name Job Title Email Phone Number
Sarah Powers Executive Director 919-996-4685
Sarah Corrin Arts Grant Director 919-996-4686
Belva Parker Arts Program Director 919-996-4683
Stacy Bloom Rexrode Curator of Exhibitions and Collections 919-996-4687
Kelly McChesney Public Art Director 919-996-5657
Eliza Kiser Pullen Arts Center Director 919-996-4895
Julia Meder Sertoma Arts Center Director 919-996-2329

Arts Commission

The Arts Commission serves as the official advisory body and advocates for the arts to the City Council. The commission's goal is to connect Raleigh citizens to the arts and continually build the creative community for both residents and visitors.

Please join us at one of our meetings. For more information or to request an item for the Arts Commission agenda, contact Raleigh Arts at 919-996-3610 or

Meetings are held every third Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in Room 305 of the Raleigh Municipal Building.

Public Art and Design Board

The Public Art and Design Board supports Public Art by developing policy, reviewing projects, advising artists and project managers, and by encouraging community engagement with public art to enhance Raleigh's vitality.

Please join us at one of our meetings. For more information or to request an item for the Public Art and Design Board agenda, contact Raleigh Arts at 919-996-3610.

Meetings are held on the last Tuesday of each month at 4:30 p.m. in Room 303 of the Raleigh Municipal Building.


Raleigh Arts works to ensure every resident has access to the arts. To request any of our documents in braille or text-only large print or to request additional accommodations for our programs or events please contact Raleigh Arts at 919-996-3610.

Universal Access and the Arts comprises initiatives to support Raleigh's Creative Life Vision and has created a learning community to help Wake County organizations improve and become advocates for accessibility.

Learn more about Universal Access and the Arts


Raleigh Arts Plan

The City of Raleigh’s Office of Raleigh Arts led the development of the Raleigh Arts Plan, a ten-year master plan to strengthen arts and culture for all of the City’s many communities and people. The planning process began in July 2014 and ended with City Council adoption of the Plan in February 2016.

Learn more about the Raleigh Arts Plan

Economic Impact of the Arts

The nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $531 million in annual economic activity in the City of Raleigh, supporting 18,894 full-time equivalent jobs and generating $53 million in local and state government revenues, according to the Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 National Economic Impact Study (AEP5), an economic impact study conducted by Americans for the Arts.

Learn more about the City of Raleigh's arts economic impact study





Raleigh Arts

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