The Arts and Education Council has announced seven honorees for the 2020 St. Louis Arts Awards. Now in its 29th year, the event honors individuals and organizations who have made significant contributions to the St. Louis region’s arts community.

The 2020 honorees are: 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.

“We look forward to celebrating these very deserving honorees at the 2020 St. Louis Arts Awards. Their contributions to the St. Louis arts and culture community are inspiring examples of the many ways we each can keep art happening,” said Cynthia A. Prost, Arts and Education Council president and CEO.

The 2020 St. Louis Arts Awards, co-chaired by Edward Jones Managing Partner Penny Pennington and her husband, Mike Fidler, will be held Monday, January 27 at the Chase Park Plaza, a Royal Sonesta Hotel. Actor Andréa Purnell will emcee the fundraiser.

Nominations for the awards were submitted by the public in April and honorees were selected by a volunteer committee of previous honorees, arts patrons, artists, arts administrators and community volunteers.

Proceeds benefit the Arts and Education Council, which offers programs and services that support more than 70 arts and arts education organizations impacting 1.6 million people throughout the 16-county, bi-state region.

The event begins with a cocktail reception at 5:00 p.m. Dinner, awards and entertainment begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $300 and are on sale now. 

The 2020 St. Louis Arts Awards is presented by Centene Charitable Foundation. Edward Jones is the Gold Sponsor and Emerson is the Principal Sponsor.

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