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 ConscienceBreak Down These Barriers
  • Alexandra Ballet CompanyAnnual Young People’s Performance
  • ArtScopeCamp Create Mural Program
  • Bach Society of St. LouisSt. Louis Bach Festival 2018
  • Building Futures: Design Build WorkshopSaturday workshops
  • Central PrintSummer Print Studio
  • Circus HarmonyShowcase Project
  • Civic Arts CompanyRACE
  • December Publishing Inc.Spoken Word Poetry Club
  • Fontbonne University – Mustard Seed TheatreStudent matinees
  • Gateway Men’s Chorus2017-2018 Concert season
  • International Photography Hall of Fame and MuseumLecture and workshop series
  • Modern American Dance Company (MADCO)INSIGHT
  • MindsEye RadioAudio description
  • Neighborhood HousesMulticultural arts enrichment
  • New Jewish TheatreGesher Music Festival
  • New Music Circle2017-2018 Concert season
  • Prison Performing ArtsLearning Through the Arts
  • Rise Community DevelopmentThe Rise Up Festival – Celebrating Revitalization
  • Show-Me Sound Organization‘Beating’ Challenges
  • South Broadway Art ProjectTeen Apprentice Project – Fashion Design & Pottery
  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville-East St. Louis CenterPerforming arts summer program
  • St. Louis Artists’ Guild Painting Missouri – The Counties in Plein Air
  • St. Louis Classical Guitar SocietyCommunity performances and educational outreach
  • St. Louis Shakespeare33rd season
  • St. Louis Storytelling FestivalGHOST Youth storytelling workshop and performance program
  • The Big Muddy Dance CompanyElevate student project
  • The LuminaryBlack Arts Residency
  • The MunyMake a Musical with the Muny
  • Upstream TheaterSeason 13
  • Webster ArtsArt 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, visit

Via Press Release