To increase the availability and accessibility of arts experiences, the Arts and Education Council has launched the Creative Impact Fund for Diversifying the Arts. This new grant program will provide a minimum of $5,000 to organizations that demonstrate diversity or seek to expand support of programs, leadership and access and that show promise for creative new directions in arts and cultural programming.

In June, an advisory committee was formed to guide the Arts and Education Council in the program’s development. The 2019 committee is (in alphabetical order): Chris Clark, artistic director of Cinema St. Louis (an Arts and Education Council grantee); Carmen Dence, founder and artistic director of Grupo Atlantico; Jason Frazier, president and CEO of MindsEye (an Arts and Education Council grantee); Ron Himes, founder and producing director of the Saint Louis Black Repertory Company; Sayer Johnson, executive director and co-founder of Metro Trans Umbrella Group; Faizan Syed, executive director of the Missouri chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MO); and Solomon Thurman, Jr., artist and co-owner of 10th Street Gallery. Arts and Education Council board members Terrance J. Good, Sara Burke and Keith Tyrone Williams also serve on the committee.

The Creative Impact Fund for Diversifying the Arts is made possible through a gift from the Steward Family Foundation.

Applications for the Creative Impact Fund for Diversifying the Arts are open through Sept. 20.

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