Artists Empowerment Collective

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This collective is a committee of the Springfield Regional Arts Council dedicated to supporitng Black, Indigenous, and Artists of Color. 

Mission Statement

To encourage and support artists of color.

Vision & Values

Our vision is to give Springfield artists of color (AOC) a safe space to share their stories and fight for positive, truthful representation. Elements of collaboration and engagement will increase the impact of AOC in the community.

Our values are to:

  • Transform the public perception of BIPOC through art and storytelling 
  • Partner with artists, local businesses, education and civil groups to promote community collaboration
  • Celebrate social justice and cultural identity 
  • Promote cultural healing and community development


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Who we are:

keisha                        ashley

rex               verena

Gabriel Cassady

Gary Bedell

Larnelle Foster

Maria Hernandez

Rebekah Polly

Imari Stout

Rachel Johnson - SRAC Staff Representative


For more information, email