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Grantee: Richmond Art Collective

Project Title: Richmond Art Collective Capacity-Building Project
Year awarded: 2017, Round 4

Richmond Art Collective (RAC) is a dynamic, place-based community of multi-disciplinary artists, designers, curators, and academics practicing in the Spokane area. Its aims are to create a nurturing space for creativity, to perpetuate and disseminate the arts within broader communities, to uplift the self and provide peer support through creative exchanges, and to foster tangible practices of sustaining the Spokane artist.

RAC is led by Anne-Claire Mitchell, who applied for SAGA funding. Her passion for creating community and sustaining the collective came through in her proposal and impressed the SAGA Selection Panel. Located at 228 W. Sprague in the historic, repurposed Richmond Hotel building, RAC was formed with the intention of offering living and work spaces, artist resources and creative community support, but has grown and is ready to magnify its successes and broaden its impact.

With SAGA Support:

RAC intends to achieve several goals with the help of $10,000 in grant funding. RAC wrote in their proposal, β€œIn response to a 100% increase in high-quality membership applications for 2017 over the previous year, exhibitions and open studio events serving more than 3000 local artists and community members since 2015, and participation from visiting artists and institutions with increasingly broad reach, RAC now requires additional funding to increase the organization’s long-term sustainability and effectiveness.”

RAC will specifically use SAGA funds to build a development plan and will pay for the administrative work needed to build capacity and manage the growing facility. They will also strengthen their outreach programming, which will enhance RAC’s ability to provide high-quality opportunities for historically disadvantaged artists in the City of Spokane, including access to affordable workspace, exhibition support, and a network of artist peers.