The Arts and Education Council (A&E) announced today that 31 organizations across the bi-state region will receive PNC Project Grants to support arts and arts education projects in the coming year. PNC Project Grants fund specific projects in local classrooms, community centers and neighborhoods as well as outreach programs for at-risk youth and populations with limited to no access to arts programs. The grants are generously underwritten through a $40,000 named fund from the PNC Foundation. Organizations and projects receiving support in 2017 are (in alphabetical order):

  • A Call to Conscience – Break Down These Barriers
  • Alexandra Ballet Company – Annual Young People’s Performance
  • ArtScope – Camp Create Mural Program
  • Bach Society of St. Louis – St. Louis Bach Festival 2018
  • Building Futures: Design Build Workshop – Saturday workshops
  • Central Print – Summer Print Studio
  • Circus Harmony – Showcase Project
  • Civic Arts Company – RACE
  • December Publishing Inc. – Spoken Word Poetry Club
  • Fontbonne University – Mustard Seed Theatre – Student matinees
  • Gateway Men’s Chorus – 2017-2018 Concert season
  • International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum – Lecture and workshop series
  • Modern American Dance Company (MADCO) – INSIGHT
  • MindsEye Radio – Audio description
  • Neighborhood Houses – Multicultural arts enrichment
  • New Jewish Theatre – Gesher Music Festival
  • New Music Circle – 2017-2018 Concert season
  • Prison Performing Arts – Learning Through the Arts
  • Rise Community Development – The Rise Up Festival – Celebrating Revitalization
  • Show-Me Sound Organization – ‘Beating’ Challenges
  • South Broadway Art Project – Teen Apprentice Project – Fashion Design & Pottery
  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville-East St. Louis Center – Performing arts summer program
  • St. Louis Artists’ Guild – Painting Missouri – The Counties in Plein Air
  • St. Louis Classical Guitar Society – Community performances and educational outreach
  • St. Louis Shakespeare – 33rd season
  • St. Louis Storytelling Festival – GHOST Youth storytelling workshop and performance program
  • The Big Muddy Dance Company – Elevate student project
  • The Luminary – Black Arts Residency
  • The Muny – Make a Musical with the Muny
  • Upstream Theater – Season 13
  • Webster Arts – Art Outreach for Refugees & Immigrants

“We understand the valuable return that investing in the arts can deliver," said Michael Scully, PNC regional president for St. Louis. "Today more than ever, the businesses that we attract, the jobs we create, the visitors who extend their stay are drawn by what our region has to offer. Our collaboration with the Arts and Education Council reinforces our commitment to help strengthen the economic vitality of the region."

“The Arts and Education Council – in partnership with PNC – is proud to support such a diverse array of organizations and projects through this grant program,” said Cynthia A. Prost, A&E president and CEO. “We know that for many of those organizations, a relatively small grant can make all the difference in their incredible work. We thank PNC for recognizing that these innovative arts programs contribute to making St. Louis a vibrant, thriving city.“

For more information about these projects and the PNC Project Grant program, click here.