The Arts and Education Council supports the arts in the St. Louis region by offering professional development opportunities specific to arts and cultural nonprofits and office space for arts organizations to grow.

The Centene Center

The Centene Center for the Arts is an arts accelerator in the heart of Grand Center. It offers offices, practice and performance space, and infrastructure support to arts organizations and nonprofits so organizations can focus their resources on growth.

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Professional Development

A&E has strong connections to the St. Louis business community and leverages these connections and expertise to create robust speaker panels, networking opportunities, and other professional development options for arts and cultural sector leaders.

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Arts Leadership and Management Academy (ALMA)

A program in collaboration with the Nonprofit Services Center and generously funded by Wells Fargo Advisors. The goal of the academy is to enhance St. Louis arts and cultural organizations through participation in a strengths-based approach to capacity building and leadership. The focus is on providing training and support for arts and cultural organizations through a series of affordable management workshops that increase skill level and effectiveness. ALMA workshops are $30 per individual, held at the Centene Center for the Arts.

Learn more about ALMA here.

Arts Marketers

Arts Marketers

Meetings and lectures providing tools, information and idea sharing to marketing staff of arts and cultural organizations.  The Arts and Education Council also offers general marketing and PR support for its grantees.

Learn more about Arts Marketers here.

Executive Directors Round Table

A professionally-led program targeted to executive directors of arts and cultural organizations. The focus of the roundtable program is to support executive directors with peer exchanges and resource sharing through professionally-facilitated peer learning. Research has proven this “peer learning cluster” is a low-cost method of offering training and technical assistance to nonprofits that could not afford the full services of a capacity building consultant.


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