Arts & Education Council of Greater St. Louis

We keep art happening.

aka A&E   |   St. Louis, MO   |  http://www.keeparthappening.org

Mission

We believe a region rich with arts and cultural experiences is critical to creating and sustaining vibrant communities.

Ruling year info

1965

President and CEO

Ms. Cynthia A. Prost

Main address

3547 Olive Street Centene Center for Arts and Education

St. Louis, MO 63103 USA

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EIN

43-0790672

NTEE code info

Arts Council/Agency (A26)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We believe a region rich with cultural expereinces is critical to creating and sustaining vibrant communities. Through our grants and other programs, A&E works to connect our region through sustaining our cultural assets and funding new programs and opportunities. We do this by raising private funds and then investing these funds through a grant allocation process. A&E works to inform and educate our donors and those interested in funding the arts on how their money can help the communty through A&E's giving initiatives. Ultimately, this results in a stronger region.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Arts and Education Council Funding Programs

The Arts and Education Council offers financial support, professional guidance and organizational education to more than 80 emerging and established arts and cultural institutions in the 16 county, bi-state St. Louis area. Grants in three levels, ranging from $1,000 to $250,000 are available. Annual monies raised are distributed within that same year. The Council also publishes a bi-monthly calendar/newsletter to increase public awareness for the arts in our area; the mission of the Council; and offer discounts and free events to increase audience capacity and serve as advocate for the arts. The Council provides financial support, technological and educational programming to our grantees and the tenants of the Centene Center for Arts and Education. The Annual Arts Awards gala (held in February) promotes the arts while recognizing artistic leadership, young artists, corporate and individual philanthropic support for the arts in St. Louis and surrounding areas.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Missouri Arts Award for Philanthropy 2013

Missouri Arts Council

Arts and Culture Accessibility Inclusion, Diversity, Equity Accessibility Award 2020

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

1. INVEST: To annually increase fundraising so that we can increase funding, resources and services to local arts and arts education organizations.
2. CELEBRATE: Amplify the impact of the arts and arts education in our region by raising individuals’ awareness and appreciation of the value of A&E’s mission through effective communications that promote giving.
3. IMPACT: Generate meaningful investments through nimble grant making and strong community partnerships.
4. ACCELERATE Be the catalyst that connects arts organizations and nonprofits to each other and to the broader community
5. OPTIMIZE Ensure the long term operating stability, capacity and infrastructure of Arts and Education Council and Centene Center for the Arts.

1.To annually increase fundraising by maintaining, deepening, and broadening the base of financial support for the Arts in our community.
2. Use A&E’s existing, authentic content to tell the story of why giving to A&E is a good investment.
3. Position A&E as a gatherer and celebrator, bringing together and celebrating places and people, strengthening the region’s quality of life by fostering conversation and collaboration.
4. Communicate and cultivate cultural equity in the arts through business practices and grant processes.
5. Raise A&E’s profile beyond existing audience so that the community fully understands and values the scope of A&E services and programs beyond existing donors and supporters.
6. Grant programs that demonstrate more proportional funding and provides measurable community impact through the lens of the Elements of a Vibrant Community framework.
7. A&E’s grants programs are aligned with our organizations strategic direction, financial policies and annual fundraising cycles by year end of 2019.
8.The Grant and Program Committee uses approved scoring rubrics and reader visits that contain appropriate measures to insure alignment.
9. To continue championing policies and practices of cultural equity within our organization and our grantees that empowers a just, inclusive and equitable community.
10. The Centene Center for the Arts fosters an environment that nurtures innovation, connectivity and collaboration and encourages creativity for our community.
11. A&E envisions an arts and culture sector that grows with collaboration, shared experiences, fresh ideas and art forms.
Finance Committee
12. The committee provides a leadership role in financial oversight for the organization and is actively building and preserving the financial resources necessary to support the accomplishment of its mission, both for the short and the long term.
13.Strengthening the board’s effectiveness through board nominating and engagement efforts.
14. Ensuring that effective board processes, structures and roles are in place so that board affairs are managed appropriately which shapes the overall success of the organization

Founded in 1963 by St. Louis community leaders, the Arts and Education Council is the only local non-profit organization which raises funds from the private sector to support the arts and arts education activities in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

The Arts and Education Council advances the growth of the arts in St. Louis through professional development programs and the Centene Center for the Arts, an arts accelerator in the heart of the Grand Center Arts District.

Each year, contributions to the Arts and Education Council help support nearly 70 arts and arts education organizations whose exhibits, classes, performances and outreach programs impact over 1.7 million people. Students participating in arts activities supported by A&E are four times more likely to have higher academic achievement, run for class office, have higher school attendance and graduation rates, and have higher self-esteem. Cancer patients participating in art therapy as part of their recovery experience less pain, reduced stress and rely less on medication. Our region's economy flourishes with a strong arts and culture industry providing over $583 million in economic impact and supporting nearly 30,000 jobs. And visits to art activities outpace professional sports by nearly 3-to-1 – illustrating just how valuable and vital the arts are to our community and our lives.

2017-18 was a year of exciting developments focused on innovation and inspiration at A&E. We started the year by launching the stARTup Competition for arts entrepreneurs. One of only two like it in the country, the stARTup Competition is a partnershipbetween A&E and the PNC Foundation to foster innovative ideas that have the potential to change the cultural fabric of our region.
In that spirit of sparking innovation, we opened the Catalyst Innovation Lab within our arts incubator, the Centene Center for the Arts. This “living room for the arts” is a space to share new ideas that will push us forward together.
We also expanded our grant programs to reach nearly 100 organizations and 1.6 million people and welcomed new programs to A&E’s lineup like the Katherine Dunham Fellowship, which aims to create a more diverse pipeline of arts leadership through a paid fellowship opportunity for African-American men and women. 2017 was also a year in which we experienced record-breaking support from you, our donors, including Edward Jones and its associates committing more than $1 million to A&E through their workplace giving initiative — the largest in A&E’s 54-year history. In short, it was a remarkable year of programs and services that helped shape a more vibrant community for all. We look forward to expanding our investments opportunties by widening our fundraising reach while sustaining current programs and inititatives.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Arts & Education Council of Greater St. Louis

Board of directors
as of 2/2/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Brendan Johnson

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Term: 2019 - 2020


Board co-chair

Marcela Hawn

Centene Corporation

Term: 2019 - 2020

Barbara Goodman

Altair International Travel and Cruises

Peter Sargent

Dean – Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts, Webster University

Susan Block

The Designing Block

Sheila Burkett

Spry Digital

Chris Cedergreen

Forum Studio

Terrance Good

Lashly & Baer

Deanna Hohmann CPA

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Jason Hall

St. Louis Regional Chamber

Marcela Hawn

Centene Corporation

Nicole Hudson

Washington University

C. Brendan Johnson

Bryan Cave Leighton PaisnerLLP

Kit Sundararamen

Edward Jones

Ken Kranzberg

Tricor Braun

Linda Lee

Community Volunteer

Kendall Koyne

Ameren

Paul Zeigler

Education Plus

Caren Vredenburgh

Caleres

Len Eschbach

Retired Partner, BKD

Chris Dornfeld

Maritz Motivation Solutions

Mark Anderson

Anderson Consulting

Sara Burke

City Studio

Gordon Myers

U.S. Bank

Kenneth Haller, MD

St. Louis Univesity

Brad Liebman

HOK

Rodney Sanders

Bayer

Curtis Cassel

TR,i Architects

David Weiss

Sandberg, Phoenix & von Gontard, P.C.

Keith Williams

Grand Center Arts Academy

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/02/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/02/2021

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.