The Arts and Education Council is excited to launch a new Arts and Healing Initiative, in partnership with Missouri Foundation for Health. The five-year grant will be used to launch the initiative which aims to improve the quality of life for people throughout St. Louis City and County in its first year, and other Missouri counties in subsequent years. The overarching goal of the Arts and Healing Initiative is to increase the capacity to heal through the arts.

Applications will be accepted June 1 through July 31. 

View the Application Guidlines

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View Grant Terminology Glossary

Watch the Informational Workshop below:

There will be three ZOOM Q&A sessions, Monday, June 8th  - 10:00am, Wednesday, June 10th – 2:00 pm, and Friday, June 12th - Noon.

Call-in information with be available here by June 1.



The initiative will provide grants up to $10,000 to 501(c)(3) organizations who have a primary mission that is directly concerned with arts, arts education, healing and well-being. Program participants will drive a shared process to define arts-based healing over the course of the initiative. The Arts and Education Council defines healing as a transformative process of meaning, well-being or wholeness that reduces suffering or other factors that contribute to a low quality of life.

The Arts and Education Council has created an advisory panel comprised of leaders in the arts, healthcare and research fields to guide the development of this new initiative. The Arts and Healing Initiative Advisory Panel includes: Briana Belfiore, Sense Corp; Rebeccah Bennett, InPower Institute; Dr. Jeffrey Carter, Missouri Baptist Medical Center; Marty Casey, Show Me Arts Academy; Aaron Chamberlain, Washington University; Dr. Debbie Depew, St. Luke’s Medical Group; Vicki Friedman, Arts as Healing Foundation; Deidre Griffith, SSM Health; David Gutmann, Washington University Neurofibromatosis Center; Dr. Ken Haller, Saint Louis University; Dr. Terry Harris, Rockwood School District; Shawn Hayden, MO Southwest Initiative to Change Health; Lisa Higgins, MO Folk Arts; Kisha Lee, CareSTL; Dr. Melinda Novik, Missouri State University; Aaron Rogers, Health Equity Consultant and Sheila Suderwalla, Artists First.

Applications will be evaluated by the Arts and Healing Advisory Panel.

If you have questions regarding this initiative, please contact Cynthia P. Davis, director of grants and programs, at Cynthia-D@keeparthappening.org or 314.289.4007.