The St. Louis Arts Awards is an evening to celebrate the incredibly vibrant artistic community we all share. Through honorees’ inspirational stories and some amazing performances, guests experience that vibrancy firsthand. See why it’s a night you won’t want to miss.

1. You’ll be inspired by the honorees.

From a passionate arts champion to dedicated leaders, artists and educators, our seven honorees have made inspiring contributions to the St. Louis arts community. On January 21, we’ll honor Ken Page, Lifetime Achievement in the Arts; Noémi and Michael Neidorff, Excellence in Philanthropy; Brent Benjamin, Saint Louis Art Museum, Excellence in the Arts; Sue Greenberg, St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers and Accounts for the Arts and The Muny, Champion for the Arts; Chris Hansen, Kranzberg Arts Foundation, Arts Innovator; Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis, Arts Startup of the Year; and Amy Freet, Ferguson-Florissant School District, Art Educator of the Year. The 2019 St. Louis Arts Awards honorees show us that there are many ways to work together to keep art happening.

2. We’ve got show-stopping entertainment.

Guests will enjoy performances from some of the many talented artists that create meaningful arts experiences in our region. The Big Muddy Dance Company will perform an excerpt of “Jetstream”, an audience favorite choreographed by The Big Muddy’s Artistic Director Brian Enos with music by John Adams. Comprised of high school students from area schools, The Sheldon’s City of Music All-Star Chorus will perform in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The event will also feature award-winning pianist Jerry Chang, a fifth-grade student at Forsyth School. Actor Bryan Batt (Salvatore Romano, “Mad Men”) will make a special appearance to preview an excerpt of “Dear Mr. Williams”, a personal journey inspired by the life and work of Tennessee Williams directed by Michael Wilson. Kennedy Holmes, finalist of season 15 on NBC’s “The Voice”, will perform alongside acclaimed jazz pianist Peter Martin, a 2012 Excellence in the Arts recipient. It will be a night full of performances to remember.

3. You’ll keep art happening.

Proceeds from the 28th annual event help A&E invest in the people and organizations that create diverse performances, exhibitions, workshops, art education programs and so much more for 1.6 million adults and children in our community each year.

None of the impact A&E has in the community would be possible without our generous donors. Their gifts pool together with thousands of others to encourage our kids to be more creative thinkers, build bridges among cultures, energize our communities, foster our economy and enrich lives.

Tickets for the 2019 St. Louis Arts Awards start at $300 ($150 for Young Friends of the Arts members) and are on sale through Jan. 19 at 6:00 p.m. Learn more about the event here.

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