Last Thursday, the 2020 St. Louis Arts Awards celebration officially began with a lively kickoff cocktail reception hosted by event co-chairs Penny Pennington and Mike Fidler. The evening included music from a jazz trio comprised of Bob Deboo, Matt Villanger and Montez Coleman. The reception celebrated the event sponsors and supporters who help make it possible for 1.6 million children and adults to access meaningful arts experiences each year and the honorees who play a critical role in our vibrant 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.

Now in its 29th year, the St. Louis Arts Awards celebrates the best and brightest people and organizations that inspire us all daily and make St. Louis a beautiful, enriching place in which to live, work, learn and play. The fun continues Monday, January 27 at the Chase Park Plaza beginning with a cocktail reception at 5:00 p.m. in the Lindell Room. Dinner and Awards start at 6:30 p.m. in the Khorassan Ballroom.

Proceeds from the 2020 St. Louis Arts Awards 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.

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