The Arts and Education Council announced today that 10 organizations have been awarded a total of $40,000 in PNC Program Grant funding to help strengthen the region’s arts community. PNC Program Grants – underwritten by the PNC Foundation – provide funding for arts and arts education programs that address community needs.

“To ensure the safety of our community, we have extended the program year, with the majority of programs happening in 2021 when we can safely gather again,” said Cynthia A. Prost, Arts and Education Council president and CEO. “The Arts and Education Council is proud to support these arts organizations that contribute to our vibrant community through innovative arts programs in virtual and in-person environments.”

“These PNC Program Grants will help support the creative delivery of arts programming to audiences in this current environment, as well as the planning and preparation for performances and activities that the community can look forward to experiencing next year,” said Michael Scully, PNC regional president for St. Louis. “These grant recipients embody the vibrancy of St. Louis’ arts landscape. As our community looks to the arts for inspiration and hope, PNC is eager to see these programs come to life.”

Since 2012, the Arts and Education Council has awarded nearly 200 PNC Program Grants totaling more than $340,000 for arts programs in the St. Louis bi-state region.

The organizations and programs that have been awarded 2020-2021 PNC Program Grants are, in alphabetical order:

  • Bach Society of Saint Louis Bach in School Education Programs during the 2020-21 season will include free voice lessons, master classes and vocal workshops, which will begin when school is back in session.
  • Central Print Summer Print Studio engages the community by presenting an original printmaking activity each Saturday during the North City Farmers’ Market, with tables set up for outdoor seating and social distancing.
  • Gateway Men’s Chorus For Love & Country, an introspective look at the LGBTQIA+ community and the United States military, will be performed in 2021.
  • Karlovsky & Company Dance Dine on Dance Lunchtime Performances will feature professional contemporary and site-specific dance and live music in outdoor venues when it is safe for gatherings to resume.
  • Pianos for People Free Saturday Piano Lessons in Ferguson will meet the increased community demand for music instruction by providing virtual lessons on Saturdays.
  • Prison Performing Arts Learning Through the Arts offers year-round performing arts classes to young people, ages 12-24, who are currently in prison or detention facilities, with some virtual classes and other class formats accessible throughout the pandemic.
  • Saint Louis Story Stitchers Pick the City UP broadens and deepens participation in and access to the arts in underserved, predominantly African American neighborhoods, with podcasts and Zoom activities.
  • St. Louis Shakespeare’s 36th Season in 2021 will appeal to a broad, diverse audience and will be staged in a way that is easily accessible to community members and young people at schools in the St. Louis bi-state area.
  • Tennessee Williams Festival St. LouisSixth Annual Tennessee Williams Festival highlights the works of the St. Louis native and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright through multidisciplinary arts events, including a featured performance of “Tennessee Williams and Italy,” immersive plays in the Stockton House, cabaret-style performances and a playwriting initiative.
  • Union Avenue Opera Cradle Will Rock will close Union Avenue Opera’s 2021 Festival Season, which was postponed from 2020. The performances will include a Community Outreach Chorus and Drum Corps and will provide opportunities for discussion during community talk-back sessions.

Applications were reviewed by a volunteer panel of the Arts and Education Council’s Grants and Programs Committee and representatives from the PNC Foundation.

For more information about Arts and Education Council grants, click here.