Being a Grant Panelist

RACC utilizes members of the community on grant panels and public art committees. Many panels and committees are standing groups that serve over the course of one or more cycles and years. However, the Project Grant panel process utilizes over 40 members of the arts community each year, with new panelists engaged in each cycle.

Project Grant panels are constructed to reflect the range of applications that are submitted, and each panel reviews applications from both individual artists and from organizations. When considering the make up of each panel, staff must take into account:
  • Representing the range of mediums and genre within each discipline
  • Utilizing both emerging and well-established artists
  • Employing working artists in the field who understand the descriptions of the work
  • Engaging arts administrators who can review budgets for accuracy
  • Striving for tri-county representation
  • Seeking diversity in gender, race, age, and physical ability

Individuals must be familiar with the artistic discipline of the panel on which they serve. Staff keep an ongoing file throughout the year of qualified artists and arts administrators that are being considered for inclusion on a panel. Staff contact potential panelists by mid-September with more information about the panelist responsibilities and timeline. RACC is not able to pay panelists for their work. Panelists are expected to volunteer enough time in the fall to make an orientation meeting, read all applications for their panel, review all supplementary materials, and commit to a full day panel.

If you are interested in serving on a RACC grant panel, please contact Jack Quinn MacNichol at with your name, contact information, and a resume or bio detailing your experience and contributions to the arts community. Sending in your information does not guarantee that you will be contacted in the upcoming cycle, but your materials will remain on file and you could be considered as the needs change.