The Arts and Education Council's (A&E) Young Friends of the Arts (YFA) is hosting A Midsummer Night’s Drink on July 20 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Here are three reasons you don’t want to miss this rooftop party!

1. Delicious food and drinks

Local restaurants, chefs and mixologists have worked with us to create a menu of hors d’oeuvres and signature cocktails. We’ll have selections from St. Louis Kolache, Pastaria, SweetFixx and Whitebox Eatery. Sophie's + Kranzberg Arts Foundation has worked with us to craft signature cocktails for the event. Urban Chestnut Brewing Company is also providing beer. Come thirsty!

2. A chance to meet the 2018 stARTup Competition winners

The 2018 stARTup Competition winners, The Makers Program and Who Raised You? Listening Collective, will be at the event sharing how they plan on making a difference in St. Louis through the arts. The Makers Program, founded by Shayba Muhammad, provides local Black and Latino artists with the resources and guidance to empower themselves as creative entrepreneurs through building scalable product-based businesses. The Who Raised You? Listening Collective is a digital audio collaboration between Treasure Shields Redmond and Jia Lian (Karen) Yang that empowers citizen sound-agents to capture the stories that propel our region forward.

A Midsummer Night’s Drink proceeds benefit the Arts and Education Council’s Annual Fund. The stARTup Competition is just one of the programs that are supported by A&E’s annual fund.

3. Rooftop views with great people

A Midsummer Night’s Drink will be on the rooftop of the Centene Center for the Arts, A&E’s arts incubator. You’ll have a gorgeous view of Grand Center Arts District. While you experience those views, you’ll have a chance to meet people who want to keep art happening just like you. Young Friends of the Arts have monthly member meetups at arts events throughout the St. Louis region. A Midsummer Night’s Drink could be the first of many you attend!

A Midsummer Night’s Drink will take place July 20 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Tickets are $40 | $25 for YFA members. Tickets are available here.

Young Friends of the Arts believe in the power of the arts to connect, inspire and create a more vibrant community for all. For less than $6 per month, you can meet others with shared interests, explore the arts community and keep art happening across the bi-state region.

For more information about Young Friends of the Arts, click here.