ST. LOUIS (Nov. 14, 2016) — The arts — and the individuals and organizations who make them happen – will take center stage, along with emcee Ken Page, at the 26thannual St. Louis Arts Awards on Mon., Jan. 23, at the Chase Park Plaza. Tickets to the event are now on sale at www.KeepArtHappening.org/2017ArtsAwards.
Proceeds from the event benefit the Arts and Education Council’s annual campaign which provides financial support, professional development, incubator space and collaborative opportunities for nearly 70 arts and arts education organizations – impacting more than 1.7 million people — throughout the 16-county, bi-state region.
The 2017 honorees include: Steven Woolf, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Lifetime Achievement in the Arts; Mike Isaacson, The Muny and Fox Theatricals, Excellence in the Arts; Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Excellence in the Arts; Harvey Lockhart, Riverview Gardens High School, Art Educator of the Year; Pianos for People, Arts Innovator; Jim and Cathy Berges, The Berges Family Foundation, Excellence in Philanthropy; and U.S. Bank, Corporate Support of the Arts.
The event will begin with a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and awards at 7 p.m. Page, a St. Louis native best known for his role as Old Deuteronomy in the original Broadway production of “Cats,” will host the event. Susan Block, founder of The Designing Block, and John Russell, senior vice president of Stifel Financial Corporation, are co-chairs. Presenting sponsors include World Wide Technology, Inc., and the Steward Family Foundation; principal sponsors are Edward Jones and Emerson.
About the Arts and Education Council: The Arts and Education Council (A&E), is the St. Louis region’s United Arts Fund providing financial, technical and educational support for arts organizations. A&E’s mission is to build appreciation, participation and support for arts and arts education throughout the St. Louis community. A&E is the only privately funded arts umbrella organization that serves the 16-county, bi-state St. Louis region. Since its inception in 1963, the Arts and Education Council has raised and distributed more than $100 million in private funding for the arts – a significant contribution that directly impacts the quality of life in our region. With funds raised, the Arts and Education Council annually assists approximately 70 nonprofit arts and arts education organizations. Additionally, the Arts and Education Council provides office, rehearsal and performance space for 16 nonprofit arts organizations in the Centene Center for Arts and Education, a unique arts incubator located in the Grand Center Arts District. A&E meets all 20 Better Business Bureau Charity Standards and has earned the Wise Giving Seal of Approval, a three-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Guidestar Exchange Silver Participant rating.