An incredible group of artists and arts supporters gathered at the Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta Hotel on May 23 for the 31st St. Louis Arts Awards. The annual event included performances and the opportunity to recognize the individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the arts in the bi-state region.

Honored at the May 23 event were: Mark Bernstein, Lifetime Achievement in the Arts; The Black Rep, Excellence in the Arts; Anita Jackson, Excellence in the Arts; Classic 107.3, Arts Collaborator; PaintedBlack STL, Arts Innovator; and Rosalind-Denise Rogers, Lincoln Middle School in East St. Louis, Art Educator of the Year.

Learn more about the 2022 St. Louis Arts Awards honorees by watching their stories here.

Emcee Keith Tyrone Williams opened the show with a musical number and the Chamber Music Society of St. Louis musicians Jessica Cheng (violin), James Czyzewski (cello), Susan Gordon (viola) and Kyle Lombard (violin) performed in honor of Arts Collaborator honoree Classic 107.3.  Excellence in the Arts honoree Anita Jackson was accompanied by Phillip Graves on keyboard, Jordan Brewer on bass and Demarius Hicks on drums during the finale.

Anesthesiologist Jeffrey Carter, M.D., and HOK Senior Principal Margaret McDonald served as co-chairs and performer and educator Keith Tyrone Williams served as emcee. Dr. Carter, McDonald and Williams are all Arts and Education Council board members. Presenting sponsor of the 2022 St. Louis Arts Awards was Centene Charitable Foundation. Edward Jones and Emerson served as Principal Sponsors.

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.

The 32nd annual St. Louis Arts Awards will be on January 30, 2023, at the Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta Hotel.

Nominations for the 2023 event are now open. Submit your nominations
here by June 30.