What We Do

Each year, contributions to the Arts and Education Council - like yours - help support nearly 70 arts and arts education organizations whose exhibits, classes, performances and outreach programs impact over 1.7 million people.  Students participating in arts activities supported by A&E are four times more likely to have higher academic achievement, run for class office, have higher school attendance and graduation rates, and have higher self-esteem.  Cancer patients participating in art therapy as part of their recovery experience less pain, reduced stress and rely less on medication.  Our region’s economy flourishes with a strong arts and culture industry providing over $583 million in economic impact and supporting nearly 30,000 jobs.  And visits to art activities outpace professional sports by nearly 3-to-1 – illustrating just how valuable and vital the arts are to our community and our lives.

Invest in the Arts

Learn about the different funding programs offered by the Arts and Education Council and meet the organizations A&E supports.

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Impact the Community

There are a million stories to tell of individuals - adults and children - touched by the arts in some way each year. And there are thousands of stories of The Makers - people creating and supporting art to make a positive change in our community.

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Accelerate the Arts

The Arts and Education Council advances the growth of the arts in St. Louis through professional development programs and the Centene Center for the Arts, an arts accelerator in the heart of the Grand Center Arts District.

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Celebrate the Arts

The St. Louis Arts Awards is the preeminent award ceremony honoring individuals who achieve a legacy of artistic excellence and organizations and businesses that enrich St. Louis' art sand cultural community.

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Report to the Community

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Read the Arts and Education Council's most recent Report to the Community to learn how your one gift grows into a million returns!

Report to the Community