Last Monday, the 2023 St. Louis Arts Awards celebration officially began with a lively kickoff cocktail reception hosted by Carol Daniels with event co-chairs Dr. Tim and Kim Eberlein and Janet and Jimmy Williams. The evening took place at the Centene Center for the Arts and included music from a jazz trio comprised of Ptah Williams, Stan Coleman and Darrell Mixon. The reception highlighted the 27 honorees to be recognized in January and 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 2023 honorees are: Keyon Harrold, David Steward II, National Arts Icon; Barbara Berner, Judy Best, Dr. Eugene B. Redmond, Lifetime in the Arts; Steve Schankman, Excellence in the Arts; John Russell, Excellence in Philanthropy; Suzanne Palmer, Art Educator of the Year: Legacy; Jermaine Smith, Art Educator of the Year: Leading the Future; Barrett Barrera Projects, Cbabi Bayoc, Renaissance Award; Thomasina Clarke, Tim Schall, Catalyst Award; Dottie Marshall Englis, Raymond J. Parks, Catalyst Award: Arts Legend; Greater St. Louis, Inc."Fire Shut Up In My Bones,' Sumner Recovery Plan, Art Collaboration; The Griot Museum of Black History, Maria A. Ellis, Art Innovator; Diane Davenport, Gloria Taylor, Champion for the Arts; Prince Lyons, Shevaré Perry, Emerging Artist; Riley Carter Adams, William Austin, Denim Browder, Emerging Student Artist.

Now in its 32nd 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 30 at the Chase Park Plaza beginning with a cocktail reception at 5:00 p.m. Dinner and Awards start at 6:30 p.m. in the Khorassan Ballroom with an After-Show Party to follow beginning at 9:00 p.m.

Proceeds from the 2023 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 2023 St. Louis Arts Awards and honorees, click here.