It was a celebration of vibrancy of the St. Louis arts community January 27 at the Arts and Education Council’s 29th annual St. Louis Arts Awards. Guests from across the region gathered at the Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta Hotel for performances honoring seven individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the arts in St. Louis.

Honoree the Ambassadors of Harmony opened the show with a four-part harmony rendition of The Doors’ “Light My Fire” and “Somewhere” from “West Side Story” followed by The 442s featuring Brian Owens performing original works by honoree Adam Maness. Broadway stars from Tony-nominated musical “The Prom”, Beth Leavel and Caitlin Kinnunen performed songs from the musical and closed the show with a duet of “You’re the Top” from “Anything Goes” in honor of STAGES St. Louis founders and Lifetime Achievement recipients Jack Lane and Michael Hamilton.

Honored at the Jan. 27 event were: 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.

Learn more about the 2020 St. Louis Arts Awards honorees by watching their stories here.

Proceeds from the St. Louis Arts Awards benefit the Arts and Education Council, whose grants and programs reach more than 70 arts organizations and 1.6 million adults and children across the St. Louis region each year. Presenting sponsor of the 2020 St. Louis Arts Awards was Centene Charitable Foundation. Edward Jones served as Gold Sponsor and Emerson served as Principal Sponsor. The event was hosted by emcee artist and arts administrator Andrea Purnell and co-chairs Edward Jones Managing Partner Penny Pennington and her husband, Mike Fidler.

The 30th annual St. Louis Arts Awards will be January 25, 2021 at the Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta Hotel. Nominations will open to the public this spring here.

For more about the 2020 St. Louis Arts Awards, click here.