We’ve all experienced a year like no other. That’s why we’re especially thankful for your friendship and support, because your generosity ensures an enduring, safe and thriving arts community.  Thank you for your continued support that contributes to our vibrant arts community.

Here are some of our favorite memories that you helped make possible during 2020:

St. Louis Arts Awards

2020 kicked off with a big celebration of our arts community as we honored seven St. Louis Arts Awards recipients: Jack Lane and Michael Hamilton, Lifetime Achievement in the Arts; Solomon Thurman, Jr., Lifetime Achievement in the Arts; Ambassadors of Harmony, Excellence in the Arts; Pulitzer Arts Foundation, Excellence in the Arts; Employees Community Fund of Boeing St. Louis, Champion for the Arts; Adam Maness, Arts Collaborator; and Dr. Nikki Spotts, Shaw Visual and Performing Arts Elementary School, Art Educator of the Year. Thank you to everyone who made the 29th St. Louis Arts Awards a night to remember.

Arts and Healing Initiative

At a time when healing is needed more than ever, 13 organizations were awarded a total of $115,000 in funding through the Arts and Healing Initiative, a new program aimed at increasing the capacity to heal through the arts. We’re grateful to our partner the Missouri Foundation for Health, and the Crawford Taylor Foundation, Missouri Arts Council, Marillac Mission Fund, Graybar and Church on the Rock who provided additional support for this important initiative.

PNC Program Grants

We awarded a total of $40,000 of PNC Program Grants, supported by the PNC Foundation, to ten organizations that have demonstrated outstanding creativity in delivering their programs to the community even amidst the challenges of COVID-19.

StARTup Creative Competition

Soul Shed University won the 2020 winner of the stARTup Creative Competition, a partnership between the Arts and Education Council and PNC Foundation. The prize includes a cash prize of $20,00 and free office space in the Centene Center for the Arts.

Connecting through the arts

The arts keep us connected at a time of increased social isolation. While numerous organizations and businesses continue to operate remotely, the Arts and Education Council created robust virtual Workplace Giving Campaigns that provide opportunities for connection while raising money to keep art happening. Our arts incubator continues to be a vital resource to the 20 organizations that call it home especially as they return to the building to safely resume operations and create art in-person. We’ve also continued programs like Arts Marketers and Leadership Roundtables virtually to provide resources and connection for arts leaders. Arts experiences feel different right now, but we’re grateful that a shared belief in the arts brings us together with people across our region.

The generosity of our community has encouraged and inspired us throughout the year. Together, we keep art happening. Thank you!