The City of Raleigh Arts Commission, established in 1977, serves as the leading force to champion the arts with Raleigh citizens and their representatives.
The Commission proudly holds the distinction of being the first municipal arts commission created in North Carolina. Composed of sixteen Raleigh citizens appointed to limited terms by the City Council, the Commission is the official municipal advisory body and advocate for the arts. The 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.
A division of the Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department, the Commission's myriad activities foster, support and promote the arts by focusing on five key areas:
- Raleigh Arts Grants
- Raleigh Public Art Program (temporary and permanent artworks)
- Block Gallery Municipal Building Art Exhibitions and Block2 Street Video Series (located at Urban Design Center)
- Awards programs including Raleigh Medal of Arts, Artist of Tomorrow and Piedmont Laureate
- Community Outreach and Arts Resources (including workshops, public forums and web-based and print information).