Arts and Education Council

Fostering Growth in the Arts

The Arts and Education Council provides office space, state-of-the-art technology, rehearsal and performance space for 15 nonprofit arts organizations in the Centene Center for Arts and Education, an arts incubator located in Grand Center.

Centene Center for Arts and Education

The Centene Center for Arts and Education is located at 3547 Olive Street in Grand Center.


The Centene Center for Arts and Education began its life in the late 1880s when Jacob Mahler built a dance studio. In 1906, Ann Hamilton Bailey deeded additional frontage space and in 1907, Archbishop John J. Glennon dedicated the new home of the Knights of Columbus with great fanfare and spectacle. This architectural masterpiece, designed by Baker and Knell, would become the showpiece for the Knights of Columbus for decades to come.

Later the structure served as home to the International Machinists Union and the Medinah Temple. After nearly twenty years without occupancy, all the arts have returned to this space.

Many of the original architectural features installed during the days of the Knights of Columbus Hall have been preserved — the beautiful gothic-style white glazed terra cotta façade, the corridors lined in Italian marble, the original tile and wooden floors, and the elaborate ironwork.

A New Beginning

Through the vision of Vince Schoemehl and the Grand Center Board of Directors, Steve Trampe and Owen Development, and the Arts and Education Council Board and Staff, a new home for the arts in Grand Center was established.

Through the leadership gift of the Centene Charitable Foundation, the Centene Center for Arts and Education provides arts organizations state-of-the-art offices and technology.

Additional leadership gifts:

  • The Pulaski Performance Terrace and Atrium 
  • The Emerson Box Office 
  • The May Council Hall, home of the Arts and Education Council 
  • The Arthur and Helen Baer Visual Arts Galleries 
  • The Dana Brown Rehearsal Hall 
  • The Round Table in May Council Hall, supported by the Harry Edison Fund #2 
  • The Laclede Conference Room 
  • AT&T Foundation for additional technology
  • St. Louis Rams Huddle

Organizations housed in the Centene Center for Arts and Education:

The Centene Center for Arts and Education offers the tenants many amenities and resources to share including:

  • Rehearsal and performance space
  • Meeting and event space
  • Multimedia capabilities
  • Visual art galleries
  • Box office
  • An education center
  • Storage space
  • Office equipment
  • Kitchen
  • Chat rooms

Upcoming Exhibitions

The Arthur and Helen Baer Visual Arts Galleries, open 10:00 am - 4:00 pm weekdays and during special events, exhibits works or projects produced by Arts and Education Council funded organizations. If you are interested in exhibiting your organization's artwork, please contact Susan Rowe Jennings.


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Rental Information

Rate based on four-hour rentals 

A) standard
B) non-profit groups
C) non-profit arts groups
Hourly rate available/Catering available

Laclede Conference Room
Great for meetings, presentations, and working lunches, this bright and comfortable room seats 14, a large conference table, and includes multi-media and refreshment capabilities.
A) $250             B) $100             C) $50


To reserve this area contact Susan Rowe Jennings at 314.289.4004 or email Susan.

The Rialto 
4050 square feet plus an outdoor terrace
Rooftop terrace with view of midtown and downtown
Multi-media and stage lighting  
Rates available upon request

Visit for more information.

For information and availability of this space contact:
Susan Rowe Jennings at 314.289.4004