Boeing/Arts and Education Council Collaborative Grant
The Boeing Company has generously donated to the Arts and Education Council to benefit A&E’s annual fundraising campaign, an effort that celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. A portion of the donation will be used to fund the fifth year of the Boeing/Arts and Education Council Collaborative Grant program – an innovative funding opportunity for arts organizations to create and promote a more sustainable arts and cultural environment that engages people to become lifelong arts participants, patrons and practitioners.
“Boeing is committed to enhancing the St. Louis region’s arts and cultural community by investing in programs that helps develop future arts leaders and instill a greater appreciation for the arts within the community,” explained George Roman, State and Local Government Operations vice president and St. Louis regional executive at Boeing. “For 50 years, the Arts and Education Council has proven itself to be a reliable steward of donations such as ours, and we are proud to continue our partnership.”
The grants, ranging from $5,000-10,000 each, have been awarded to seven arts programs in the St. Louis area to develop and train future arts leaders. Those receiving 2012-2013 Boeing/Arts and Education Council Collaborative Grants are: Cinema St. Louis, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Grand Center, Inc., Jazz St. Louis, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, St. Louis Children’s Choirs and the St. Louis Symphony.
Since 2008, The Boeing Company has invested in 39 grants through the Boeing/Arts and Education Council Collaborative Grant program, administered through the Arts and Education Council. Numerous individuals who have benefited from the grant program through internships and stipends have gone on to achieve full-time employment in St. Louis area arts organizations such as Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and Stages St. Louis.
“The Boeing Company is one of the Arts and Education Council’s most dedicated and generous supporters, said Cynthia A. Prost, president of A&E. “Boeing understands that by partnering with the Arts and Education Council, they are helping to attract and retain the best and the brightest workforce to our region. By funding programs designed to mentor and train individuals in arts management, The Boeing Company ensures area arts organizations will continue to thrive and strengthen the St. Louis region.”
The following programs have received a 2012/2013 Boeing Collaborative Grant:
Cinema St. Louis - Fellowship
The fellow, a recent graduate potentially interested in a film or arts nonprofit career, will receive a thorough grounding in all aspects of the St. Louis International Film Festival, participating in the full range of related activities -- marketing, venue setup and supervision, print shipping, guest hosting, student screenings, program introductions, website updating, social networking and tech assistance. The fellow will also participate in overall operations immediately following the festival, including writing of grants, preparing the budget, planning future events and attending board meetings.
Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis – Administrative Museum Apprentice
This full-time position creates an opportunity for a recent college graduate or young professional with limited experience to significantly develop and grow professionally as she/he receives invaluable mentorship, training, and experience under the guidance of Director Lisa Melandri.
Grand Center, Inc. – Non-Profit Arts Practicum v. 3.0
This program engages a college student or recent college graduate in the day-to-day activities of Grand Center, Inc. In addition to offering the opportunity to obtain practical skills and hands-on activities in fundraising/development and marketing/communications, both of which are vital functions in successful non-profit organizations, Grand Center, Inc. hopes to develop and mentor future non-profit arts and culture sector leaders in other skill areas leading to a successful career.
Jazz St. Louis – Internship Program
This year-long program will enable an individual to work up to 25 hours per week and apprentice under the direction of seasoned staff members to fully engage in and learn the business of nonprofit arts management while advancing the uniquely American art of jazz via the nonprofit model.
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis – Administrative Internship Program
This internship program offers invaluable training, job experience and the guidance of Opera Theatre’s professional staff and the artists who stage each spring festival season. Opera Theatre of Saint Louis will hire seven college students or recent graduates to work for one specific department in the company, including artistic administration, education, development, finance, marketing, patron services and public relations.
St. Louis Symphony – Residency @ Powell
The residency will offer college-level students or recent college graduates the opportunity to work part-time in the Symphony’s Department of Development or External Affairs, receiving hands-on training in day-to-day activities. Participants will also explore a variety of non-profit career opportunities through the new “First Fridays” program that offers tours and visits to arts and culture organizations neighboring Powell Hall.
The St. Louis Children’s Choirs – Music Education & Arts Administration Internship Program
Academically advanced music education college students and motivated arts administration interns will receive practical experience and individual instruction in a supportive environment with The St. Louis Children’s Choirs. The selected interns will strengthen their abilities through hands-on learning, professional development workshops, participation in artistic and administrative planning activities and event production.
“Boeing is committed to enhancing the St. Louis region’s arts and cultural community by providing these grants to organizations and developing future arts leaders.”