The East Central Regional Arts Council (ECRAC) is a new independent 501c3 non-profit started on July 1, 2011, by the former members of the East Central Arts Council (ECAC) Advisory Committee to the East Central Regional Development Commission. It is one of eleven Regional Arts Councils designated by the Minnesota State Legislature. ECRAC serves the five county area of Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs and Pine counties in Minnesota.
Programs of the ECRAC will be very similar to the former ECAC and will include grant funding for individuals and groups for art projects, technical assistance to grantees and others interested in the arts, and the Essential Arts e-newsletter. ECRAC will also work to identify economic and community development links in the region, and will provide information, assistance and referrals on arts issues.