The Arts Build Bridges and Connect Our Community 1
Letter from the President Greetings, Friends! One of the things I love most about the arts is their power to connect people. I am constantly amazed at how the arts allow us to share our stories, challenge our beliefs and broaden our perspectives. In short, the arts connect us to each other and ourselves in a way few other things can. They build bridges that empower us to reflect on our shared history and move forward together as one, stronger community.
In this issue, you will find examples of how Arts and Education Council (A&E)
grantees are using the arts to connect our city’s youth, celebrate our diverse heritage, initiate difficult conversations about violence and welcome displaced individuals to St. Louis.
You will also meet the Contemporary Art Museum’s new Chief Curator, Wassan
Al-Khudhairi, and learn about the 22 organizations receiving A&E Operating Grants this year. These unrestricted funds that you have made possible allow these organizations to broaden and strengthen their creative, economic and social impact in our community.
And, as you are looking for arts events to explore this fall, don’t forget to check
the ARTS Card calendar for performances and events where you can get a discount. You can find the complete listing of opportunities at KeepArtHappening. org/ARTS-Card-calendar.
Your support for A&E helps build bridges among the people and cultures of
our community. It is only through your support that we are able to make the bi-state region a vibrant place to live, learn, work and play. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Sincerely,
Cynthia A. Prost President and CEO P.S. Save the date! Join us for the 27th annual St. Louis Arts Awards on Monday, January 22 at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel. Visit KeepArtHappening.org/2018ArtsAwards.
ON THE COVER: A woman works on clay pottery in Webster Arts’ Outreach and Art Education to Refugees and Immigrants program, which resumes this September thanks in part to a PNC Project Grant from A&E. Photo courtesy Webster Arts.
2017 Maritz Arts and Education Fund for Teacher Grants open! Applications are now open for the 2017 Maritz Arts and Education Fund for Teachers. Interested teachers and schools have until September 11 to apply. For more information visit KeepArtHappening.org/Apply.
Why I Give: Three Impact: Invest: 9 5 4 7 Carol Webster Arts Questions: 2017 Operating welcomes refugees and immigrants 2
Meet CAM’s Support new Chief grantees Curator announced
GRANTS AND COMMUNITY IMPACT:
Saint Louis Story Stitchers uses Monsanto Creative Impact Fund grant to inspire conversation among city youth
hortly after Susan Colangelo moved to St. Louis, two teenagers were shot and killed while sitting
on their front porch in a neighborhood near Colangelo’s home. A mother herself, she could not help but feel a
“We’re all in the same position, we’re all trying to get out and make something of ourselves. You know, you’re not alone.” —Kelsey, Story Stitcher (left)
responsibility for preventing future tragedies like that from happening. Inspired by social change movements and armed with a 30-year background in community-based arts, Colangelo knew the arts could be used to address gun violence in St. Louis. “Think of the Civil Rights Movement without the music, without Bob Dylan, without ‘We Shall Overcome’, without the photography or the videos that went into people’s houses,” says
This summer, Story Stitchers launched
going to their schools.”
Colangelo. “That made people come
the “Pick the City UP! Tour,” funded
to Washington, march with Martin
in part by a grant from the Arts and
Stitchers and lead performer, says the
Luther King, Jr. and create the Voting
Education Council’s Monsanto Creative
tour’s stop at the Juvenile Detention
[Rights] Act which changed everything.”
Impact Fund. The tour took them to
Center had a particularly meaningful
venues across St. Louis spreading their
impact on him. “Seeing us up there
message through performances.
dancing made them feel more comfort-
Colangelo hopes to facilitate similar change through Saint Louis Story Stitchers (an A&E grantee), which
“We’re bringing the African-American
Antonio, a 16-year-old intern at Story
able,” he says. “When we first got
implements youth-led visual art, public
experience of urban living to the urban
there, they were all slouched and stuff,
performance, community panels and
planning and art communities,” says
but by the end of the performance
other artistic approaches in an effort to
Colangelo. “Our effort this year is really
everybody was into it, so I feel like they
educate and inspire open conversation
aimed at going where [the youth] hang
need more stuff like that.”
around gun violence in our community.
out — going to their neighborhoods,
Thanks to the support of Colangelo and the organization as a whole, these youth have been given the tools they
Saint Louis Story Stitchers summer interns with Story Stitchers President and Founder Susan Colangelo (right).
need not only to make a positive impact on their community, but also to better themselves. Kelsey, 18, highlights the environment the organization has created for her and her fellow Story Stitchers. “We can just come right in and you’re free, you’re uplifted, you’re getting help, you’re having the resources you need. This does feel like home.” The “Pick the City UP! Tour” Grand Finale is September 29 at the .ZACK in the Grand Center Arts District. Tickets are $15, $10 for students. For tickets and information, visit storystitchers.org. For more information on A&E’s Monsanto Creative Impact Fund, visit keeparthappening.org/creative-impact. 3
GRANTS AND COMMUNITY IMPACT:
Webster Arts welcomes refugees and immigrants to St. Louis with Outreach and Art Education program
magine spending most of your life
Webster Arts (an A&E grantee), in part-
one Bhutanese man, a former basket-
moving from one temporary home
nership with the International Institute,
maker, who participated in the program.
to another with most, if not all, of
provided supplies and art instruction
“He hadn’t touched materials in 20
your energy focused on survival. This
to immigrants from Bhutan and the
years, and you could just see his shoul-
situation was a harsh reality for the more
Democratic Republic of Congo. For
ders start to relax, and he’s smiling and
than 40 people who participated in
most of the participants, this was the
showing everybody what he’s doing —
Webster Arts’ Outreach and Art Education
first time in years, or even decades, that
it was remarkable.”
to Refugees and Immigrants program
they had access to the arts.
this spring. During the six-week pilot program,
Jeane Vogel, executive director of Webster Arts, shares the story of
This man’s experience is just one of the many reasons Vogel decided to engage in this outreach in the first place. “We know what [the arts] can do for stress relief and just connecting you back
“He hadn’t touched materials in 20 years, and you could just see his shoulders start to relax, and he’s smiling and showing everybody what he’s doing — it was remarkable.”
to the community or connecting you to a community. This helped them feel productive, which is really important.” Webster Arts’ outreach has helped these displaced individuals find a sense of humanity again and find community in their new home of St. Louis. “Art provides an important means of self-expression for people,” adds Anna Crosslin, International Institute president and CEO. “The experience becomes even more meaningful for foreign-born
—Jeane Vogel, Webster Arts executive director
A woman prepares a block for printing.
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Three Questions with CAM’s new Chief Curator
ast month, the Contemporary Art Museum (CAM), an A&E grantee, welcomed its new Chief Curator Wassan Al-Khudhairi to the team. We sat down with Al-Khudhairi to discuss her new role at CAM and
why contemporary art is vital to our community. You’ve lived and worked all over the world. Why St. Louis and why CAM? What really attracted me to CAM was its great, long history of wonderful exhibitions. I didn’t know much about St. Louis, but I’ve been learning; and I think to be able to be part of the fabric of a city that has such a rich history of arts and culture and to think about how contemporary art can be part of that is something I’m really interested in. What role can contemporary art play in the community? I think that contemporary art can help us see things in a different way or through another perspective. I think through the process of engaging with contemporary art, there’s all these kinds of possibilities of connections that can happen in this kind of climate — not just in this country but in A woman works on clay pottery in Webster Arts’ Outreach and Art Education to Refugees and Immigrants program, which resumes this September with a PNC Project Grant from A&E.
the world right now. Can you tell us about the Hayv Kahraman exhibition opening in September? The show that I’ve been working on is an artist who’s based in Los Angeles
newcomers when they can practice art
— her name is Hayv Kahraman. She’s originally from Baghdad and has been
activities from their homeland and
living in the U.S. She was a refugee and left Iraq and has lived across Europe
meanwhile connect with others.”
and in the U.S. for many years now. Her work explores the idea of being a
Crosslin continues, “The program,
refugee and its effect on your physical body, in this kind of way that your
therefore, is a wonderful opportunity
body stores the emotions of that experience. The paintings are beautifully
for such newcomers to embroider, make
executed. And then in November, she will come and do a performance.
baskets, woodwork and even knit
For more information on CAM’s fall exhibitions, visit camstl.org.
together.” “What we know in our souls is that art elevates life,” Vogel continues. “Art is the thing that makes us human.
We’re creative beings. And when you take that level of creativity out of your life, everything else feels harder. Being able to take your mind and body and move it into a different direction that’s creating something new is the essence of who we are as people.” Webster Arts’ Outreach and Art Education for Refugees and Immigrants program resumes this September for an extended 14-16 week session, funded in part by a PNC Project Grant from A&E. For more information on PNC Project Grants, visit KeepArtHappening.org/ PNC-Project-Grants. For more information on Webster Arts’ Outreach and Art Education to Refugees and Immigrants, visit webster-arts.org.
Photos courtesy Webster Arts.
GRANTS AND COMMUNITY IMPACT:
A&E grantees collaborate on Meacham Park Celebration
his September, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Webster Arts and Springboard (all A&E grantees) will collaborate to tell the story of one of St. Louis’ historic communities through the Meacham Park Celebration. A historically black neighborhood, Meacham Park was once a center of black business and culture but declined in the midto-late 1900s and was annexed by Kirkwood in 1991. Relations between the majority-black Meacham Park and majority-white Kirkwood quickly became strained when much of the low-income housing and businesses were demolished and replaced with a major retail development center. With the Meacham Park Celebration, organizers aim to celebrate the heritage of this marginalized community. The project began last year when Springboard arranged for Nipher Middle School students to interview long-time Meacham Park residents. For many of the students, this was the first time they had heard the residents’ personal stories. “It’s huge what these kids learned,” says Jeane Vogel,
executive director of Webster Arts. “They got a completely different perspective of what it meant to live in a 1950s, 1960s, 1970s almost-segregated St. Louis.” Artwork and performance vignettes inspired by the residents’ stories will be featured in the celebration. Vogel shares her excitement for the project saying, “We have so many different perspectives on how we’re looking at this material, and I think we’ve all learned a tremendous amount.” The Meacham Park Celebration is September 25 at 6:30 p.m. in The Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts. It is free and open to the public. To learn more about the Meacham Park Celebration, visit repstl.org/ events
ART AND COMMUNITY:
ragedy struck in February 2017 when local dancer Rain Stippec, 26, was shot in an ambush style attack in Soulard. Since the attack there has been an outpouring of support from her friends, family and members of the local arts community. This September there will be a new festival to support Stippec on her path to recovery called the CommUNITY Arts Festival, presented by Annoyarts at Satori. Paige Walden-Johnson, a friend of Stippec and fellow dancer, is organizing the festival, which includes 14 dance companies, a young artist workshop and a variety of free community workshops, including a Theatre of the Oppressed workshop, which uses theatre exercises to address social justice issues. The festival spans two weekends — September 2 and 9 — with performances at the Grandel and Marcelle Theatres in the Grand Center Arts District and workshops at Webster University and the Satori Theatre, also in Grand Center. 6
MADCO and Big Muddy Dance Company (both A&E grantees) are among the participating dance companies. “It’s important for the dance community to band together to work to defeat violence in our city,” says Stacy West, MADCO executive and artistic director. While the circumstances this year led to a dance-heavy lineup, WaldenJohnson says future years could feature
music, visual art and other art forms. Stippec has been “behind the scenes” on a lot of the planning for this festival and has been making extraordinary progress in her recovery. “She has surpassed every single tier that she needed to achieve so far,” describes Walden-Johnson proudly. But as Walden-Johnson realized early in the planning stages, the festival is “way bigger than Rain. It can really change the community.” For more information on the CommUNITY Arts Festival, visit communityartsfestival.com.
“We will be using art and community organizations to talk about violence in St. Louis and heal. We want to heal and educate the public.” — Paige Walden-Johnson, CommUNITY Arts Festival
Local dancer Rain Stippec, 26, inspired the inaugural CommUNITY Arts Festival to inspire conversation about violence in the city.
Photo by Meagan Leigh Photography.
New festival looks to provide stage for conversations on ending violence
Students create pottery in a summer camp with Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design, an A&E grantee.
GRANTS AND COMMUNITY IMPACT:
2017 Operating Support grantees announced
wenty-two arts organizations,
music education and performance
Dance Education Residency Program
ranging from small, up-and-coming
opportunities to students of all ages
that brings professional dance educa-
arts organizations to large, well-
and abilities. CMS serves the entire St.
tion to under-served middle and high
established institutions, received
Louis metropolitan region and beyond
school dance students with intensive,
Operating Support grants in 2017.
with six satellite locations.
Made possible by contributions from
COCA - Center of Creative Arts
Jazz St. Louis presents the interna-
thousands of donors to the Arts and
enriches lives and builds community
tionally acclaimed series, Jazz at the
Education Council’s (A&E) annual fund,
through the arts and is a leader in inno-
Bistro. Education and outreach oppor-
Operating Support grants provide
vative arts education. Each year, COCA
tunities, offered at no cost to schools
unrestricted funding to help strengthen
serves 50,000 people of all ages and
and students, provide performance
infrastructure, build sustainability and
skill levels, from enthusiastic amateurs to
opportunities and introduce young
grow outreach programs. Organizations
emerging professionals—all taught by a
people to jazz through in-school
receiving 2017 Operating Support
faculty of distinguished arts educators.
performances, youth concerts and
grants are (in alphabetical order):
Contemporary Art Museum pres-
Cinema St. Louis showcases the best
ents an annual series of exhibitions and
distance learning activities led by top jazz artists.
in international, documentary and
diverse line-up of public programs that
American independent cinema. Its feature
include artist and curator lectures,
exhibitions, education programs and
event, the St. Louis International Film
art-inspired food tastings, outdoor film
public events for all ages, engaging
Festival, spans 11 days each September.
screenings, family workshops and
diverse audiences in the arts and pro-
social nights for young professionals.
moting cultural understanding through a
Circus Flora produces original works unique in their integration of classic
Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design,
Laumeier Sculpture Park presents
range of contemporary experiences. One
circus traditions, contemporary theater
established in 1964, provides inspira-
of the oldest and largest dedicated
techniques and ensemble cast and
tion and education in contemporary
sculpture parks in the nation, Laumeier
storyline. Its education and outreach
craft to a national community of artists,
is a leader in presenting art that explores
programs cultivate diverse audiences
students and collectors through exhibi-
the complex relationship between
while fostering the development of
tions, classes and free programs.
humans and the natural environment.
young artists and new work. Community Music School of
Dance St. Louis presents perfor-
Metro Theater Company, St. Louis’
mances and educational opportunities
third-oldest professional theater com-
Webster University (CMS), with a history
that make dance accessible to all. Since
pany, produces high-quality artistic
spanning more than 80 years, offers
2007, Dance St. Louis has offered a
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2017 Operating Support grantees (continued from page 7)
work and education programs serving
catalyze a thriving ecosystem to foster
gram uses art to teach essential life and
young people and families throughout
the growth of fashion and creative
job skills to underserved youth, ages
the region. Arts-integrated classroom
industries in St. Louis.
residencies are the backbone of Metro’s
Shakespeare Festival St. Louis pres-
St. Louis Symphony is the second-
programs, which also include commu-
ents Shakespeare and works inspired
oldest orchestra in the country —
nity-based workshops, anti-bullying
by Shakespeare in the schools, in the
founded in 1880. Today it serves
residencies, summer programs and
streets and in the park. The Festival
upward of 260,000 individuals through
high-quality professional development
seeks to better the community, facili-
live performances, including more than
tate a diverse conversation and encour-
200,000 patrons who experience
age collaboration across disciplines.
orchestral concerts at Powell Hall.
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis’ (OTSL) annual festival in May and June
Sheldon Concert Hall & Art
STAGES St. Louis is committed to
features America’s finest singers in four
Galleries serves the region with a wide
preserving and advancing the art form
main stage productions as well as a
range of music, visual arts and educa-
of musical theatre through excellence
series of concerts. Recognized for its
tional programs based on quality,
in performance and education. In 2017,
accessibility to new audiences, OTSL
diversity and impact. The Sheldon’s
STAGES celebrates its 31st year of pro-
performs in a famously intimate venue,
education programs introduce young
ducing Broadway-quality theatre.
with all productions performed in
people to music and the visual arts.
English with projected super titles. Radio Arts Foundation (RAF),
Springboard to Learning develops
The St. Louis Children’s Choirs, now in its 39th season, provides young art-
children’s abilities to think critically,
ists the opportunity to achieve musical
founded in 2013, is St. Louis’ only
create, collaborate and communicate. It
excellence and character development
community-supported classical music
is St. Louis’ largest provider of
by participating in world-class perfor-
radio station that promotes the arts. In
in-school, arts-integrated programming
mances. The Choirs perform for the
addition to classical music, RAF plays
and continues to focus on helping
public, tour internationally and serve as
jazz, blues and opera. The station also
the official children’s choir of the St.
airs interviews with arts organizations
St. Louis ArtWorks broadens educa-
Louis Symphony. For more information about Operating
and artists, promotes events and broad-
tional and career opportunities for
casts live performances.
youth in the region through paid arts
Support grants, visit KeepArtHappening.org/
apprenticeships and community collab-
Repertory Theatre of St. Louis offers imaginative and professional
orations. The year-round training pro-
theater through its mainstage and Photo courtesy St. Louis Symphony.
studio productions, as well as through its education programs. The Rep is committed to playing a leadership role in expanding public awareness of the essential contribution the arts make to society. Saint Louis Ballet (SLB) is one of the region’s preeminent institutions for the creation and presentation of classical and contemporary ballet. SLB invests in educating both the next generation of dancers and future patrons of the arts through ballet school and introductory public performances. Saint Louis Fashion Fund (SLFF) focuses on bringing the business of fashion back to St. Louis through entrepreneurship-driven, community-building and educational initiatives. Located in St. Louis’ downtown garment district, SLFF strives to build and St. Louis Symphony (an A&E grantee) performs at Powell Hall. 8
WHY I GIVE:
eed a refreshing break from your
sat down with the composer, author and
daily routine? Look up “Three
St. Louis native Carol Kaplan-Lyss to
Piggy Opera” on YouTube.
learn more about her dedication to
Since 1987, preschoolers and kindergar-
music and why she has supported the
teners from coast to coast — and as far
Arts and Education Council for nearly
away as Mongolia — have been “oinking”
away on stage in what for many is their
first real experience with the arts. We
music within the story,” says Kaplan-
“I like to tell a story and employ
Lyss. That’s why over the last 30 years, Photo courtesy Amazon.
she has written ten operas, known collectively as Milliken Musicals, for preschool and early elementary classrooms.
She uses titles that are familiar – like Stone Soup and the Little Red Hen – and weaves into them the components
well. She plays accordion and guitar in
Each spring, Kaplan-Lyss organizes a
Music is part of her personal life, as
the Jewish folk music group, Shir Ami,
musical with the parents and children
Hebrew for “song of my people.”
in her parenting workshops at the
Clayton Schools Family Center. In just
University in St. Louis, I was in charge
four days, they learn the music, create
of the Hillel chorus. It was really at the
the scenery, rehearse the show and
time of folk music, so we decided
then perform it — parents and children
instead of just doing choral music, we
together. She says you can see the
would do folk music. And then we just
budding connections between the par-
sort of hit the road with it,” she chuckles.
ents and children as they experience
the operas together.
International Folk Festival that was in
Cover of Three Piggy Opera, Carol KaplanLyss’ first children’s opera published in 1987.
“When I was at Washington
“[Years later], we found that the
Forest Park did not have any group representing Jewish folk music, so that
Photo courtesy Carol Kaplan-Lyss.
was our raison d’etre. Now we perform for community events where they want some kind of cultural representation.”
The group has been together for
43 years, performing songs in Hebrew, Yiddish and Ladino. “Imagine how our group has changed in looks,” she laughs.
Throughout all of those years of
writing operas and performing with Shir Ami, Kaplan-Lyss has also been a committed supporter of the Arts and Education Council (A&E).
“I felt this has been an important
part of my life. I know that arts are always looking for some support, plus I liked the bonuses [with the ARTS Card],” she laughs. “I look forward to seeing A&E’s e-mails of current arts events and those that offer discounts or free admission. They’re definitely on my calendar!” Carol Kaplan-Lyss (second from right) with the five other members of Shir Ami, a Jewish folk music group that has performed together for 43 years.
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A&E’s Young Friends of the Arts host A Midsummer Night’s Drink
n August 18, more than 60 new and current members of the Arts and Education Council’s (A&E) Young Friends of the Arts gathered at the Centene Center for the Arts for A Midsummer Night’s Drink. The evening
gave attendees an opportunity to connect over crafted cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and to celebrate A&E’s impact in the community.
Teen pianist Royce Martin, a scholarship recipient of A&E’s Art Education Fund
underwritten by Wells Fargo Advisors, took to the stage as did Antionette Carroll and Amanda Wells, winners of A&E’s inaugural stARTup Competition for arts entrepreneurs, in partnership with PNC. A jazz trio from Webster University’s Community Music School (an A&E grantee) also performed.
In-kind support for the event was generously provided by Suede Media,
Planter’s House, Vietnam Style, Major Brands, Terra Firma and Tom James Company. Media sponsor was ALIVE magazine. For more information about Young Friends of the Arts, visit KeepArtHappening.org/ YoungFriends.
RAC seeks input in cultural plan study In June, the Regional Arts Commission (RAC) announced the launch of Evoke, a cultural planning initiative to identify a vision for the future of St. Louis arts and culture.
“We want to help establish a
community-wide vision that promotes collaborations among
Photo © Max Magazine.
people and organizations to help achieve the region’s priorities,” says Felicia Shaw, RAC executive director, in a press release.
The nine-month initiative will
result in a cultural plan for the region informed by community input collected through interviews, focus groups, think-tank sessions and a survey. For more information about the study and how to get involved, visit evoke.racstl.org.
A&E’s Young Friends of the Arts hosted A Midsummer Night’s Drink August 18 at the Centene Center for the Arts.
Circle of Giving
Centene Center for the Arts 3547 Olive Street St. Louis, MO 63103-1014 p 314.289.4000 f 314.289.4019
June 1 – July 31, 2017 The following donors have made gifts that enable the Arts and Education Council to help preserve St. Louis’s legacy of artistic excellence and enrich its cultural community. A&E appreciates the continued support from these individuals, businesses and organizations. Thank you! $200,000 and above Edward Jones $25,000 - $49,999.99 Ameren Charitable Trust $10,000 - $24,999.99 Employees Community Fund of Boeing St. Louis Mary Ranken Jordan and Ettie A. Jordan Charitable Foundation PNC Foundation $5,000 - $9,999.99 Mrs. Adele B. Dilschneider Mr. Norman L. Eaker Eric P. & Evelyn E. Newman Foundation Mr. Darryl L. Pope Mr. and Mrs. Thomas R. Voss $2,500 - $4,999.99 Mrs. Kay K. Drey Mr. Mike Isaacson and Mr. Joe Ortmeyer $1,000 - $2,499.99 Nora and Jan Akerberg Mrs. Pamela K. Cavness Mr. Christopher J. Cedergreen Mr. Chris Dornfeld Dr. and Mrs. Tim Eberlein
Forum Studio Inc. John and Dora R. Gianoulakis Mr. Terrance J. Good Myles and Elaine Kelly Mr. and Mrs. David A. Mayo Olin Corporation Charitable Trust Mr. and Mrs. William C. Rusnack Mr. and Mrs. Philip R. Schwab Dr. and Mrs. Donald M. Senti Mr. and Mrs. Edwin G. Shifrin Ruth and Alvin Siteman Susan and Drexel Stith Mary Strauss Caren Vredenburgh Mrs. Lindsey Wilkins $500 - $999.99 Mr. John F. Arnold and Ms. Ann R. Ruwitch Mr. Jeffrey A. Brown Mr. and Mrs. Francis X. Buckley, Jr. Byerly Trailer Mfg. Co. Inc. Mr. Kenneth M. Dude Ms. Monica Giuseffi Ms. Janette M. Lohman Mr. Richard J. Mark Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth E. Schutte Mr. Larry J. Shroth Tabor Plastics Company Mr. Franklin F. Wallis
To make your gift to the A&E, visit KeepArtHappening.org or contact Kate Francis, Vice President of Development, at (314) 289-4003 or Kate-F@KeepArtHappening.org.
2017 Board of Directors CHAIR Leonard T. Eschbach VICE CHAIR C. Brendan Johnson SECRETARY Peter Sargent TREASURER Ruth Saphian MEMBERS Nora Akerberg Susan Block Sheila Burkett Chris Cedergreen Chris Dornfeld Diane R. Drollinger Terrance J. Good Barbara B. Goodman
Kristin J. Guehlstorf Jason Hall Marcela Manjarrez Hawn Nicole Hudson Eric Koestner Kenneth Kranzberg Linda Lee Janet Newcomb Shawn Schukar Donald M. Senti Mary Ann Srenco Susan A. Stith Andrew Trivers Carol J. Voss Caren Vredenburgh EX-OFFICIO Cynthia A. Prost
2017 Young Friends of the Arts Board of Directors MEMBERS Kate Maxson Danielle Smith
Adam Stanley Vanessa Vasquez Jay Willibrand
Staff PRESIDENT & CEO Cynthia A. Prost
CONTROLLER Joseph Soer
VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS Susan Rowe Jennings
WORKPLACE GIVING CAMPAIGN MANAGER Heather Edwards
VICE PRESIDENT OF DEVELOPMENT Kate Francis
OPERATIONS ADMINISTRATORS Tonya Hahne
SENIOR DIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS Scott D. Giffen
DATABASE MANAGER Lanisha Thomas
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS Emily Hellmuth
COMMUNICATIONS AND EVENTS COORDINATOR Aynsley Hensgen
*Boards and Staff as of August 15, 2017
Tenants of the Centene Center for the Arts Arts and Education Council of Greater St. Louis African Heritage Association of St. Louis, Inc. African Musical Arts American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Association of American Voices
Bach Society of St. Louis Cinema St. Louis Circus Flora Creative Reaction Lab Equally Represented Arts (ERA) Flow Gateway Men’s Chorus Make Music St. Louis, Inc. Open Studio Network
Prison Performing Arts Slightly Askew Theatre Ensemble SPP Productions Belladona Magazine St. Louis Symphony Volunteer Association Upstream Theater YoungLiars
Peter H. Bunce* • Ann M. Corrigan Joseph E. Corrigan • Barbara Grace* Karen J. Isbell • James A. Krekeler Glenn Sheffield • Judith Cozad Smith Jane Stamper* Trust • Michael W. Weisbrod David P. Weiss *deceased
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