Arts and Education Council Announces 2014 PNC Project Grants, Underwritten by $40,000 Donation from PNC Foundation

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Arts and Education Council Announces 2014 PNC Project Grants, Underwritten by $40,000 Donation from PNC Foundation

The Arts and Education Council, the St. Louis region's United Arts Fund, today announced the recipients of the 2014 PNC Project Grants, generously underwritten by a $40,000 donation from the PNC Foundation. The grants, ranging from $500 to $5,000, go to 20 arts organizations in the 16-county bi-state St. Louis region.

This unique collaboration between the Arts and Education Council and PNC provides support to a variety of nonprofit arts and arts education organizations. The PNC grants fund specific projects in local classrooms, community centers and neighborhoods as well as outreach programs for at-risk youth and underserved populations. To be eligible, organizations must meet specific criteria and have annual budgets under $500,000. Grants are determined by a volunteer committee of the Arts and Education Council.

"PNC Bank believes the arts are a key driver of the economic vitality of our region," said Michael Scully, PNC regional president. "When we support the arts, we strengthen the community, increasing the opportunity for success among individuals, organizations and businesses in the community."
"PNC's generous support of arts organizations continues to have a positive impact on the cultural vitality of the St. Louis metropolitan community," said Cynthia A. Prost, president of the Arts and Education Council. "A thriving arts community makes this area a more vibrant, engaging place to live, work and play."
For 2014, the following organizations are receiving funding from the PNC Project Grant program:
• Cinema St. Louis
• Circus Harmony
• Friends of Tower Grove Park
• Greater East St. Louis Community Fund
• KDHX Community Media
• Modern American Dance Company
• Mustard Seed Theatre
• Old North Saint Louis Restoration Group
• Peter & Paul Community Services
• Prison Performing Arts
• River Styx
• Robert L. Reed Tap Heritage Institute
• Saint Louis Ballet Company
• The Saint Louis Classical Guitar Society
• The 7th Grade Poetry Foundation
• South Broadway Art Project
• St. Louis Public Radio / 90.7 KWMU
• Stray Dog Theatre
• Tesseract Theatre Company
• That Uppity Theatre Company
For more information on the Arts and Education Council grants programs, contact Susan Rowe Jennings at 314.289.4004 or Susan-R@KeepArtHappening.org.
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Arts and Education Council: Shaping a Vibrant Arts Community for All - The Arts and Education Council (A&E), is the St. Louis region's United Arts Fund providing financial, technical and educational support for arts organizations. A&E's mission is to build appreciation, participation and support for arts and arts education throughout the St. Louis community. A&E is the only privately funded arts umbrella organization that serves the 16-county, bi-state St. Louis region. Since its inception in 1963, the Arts and Education Council has raised and distributed more than $100 million in private funding for the arts - a significant contribution that directly impacts the quality of life in our region. With funds raised, the Arts and Education Council annually assists approximately 70 nonprofit arts and arts education organizations. Additionally, the Arts and Education Council provides office, rehearsal and performance space for 17 nonprofit arts organizations in the Centene Center for Arts and Education, a unique arts incubator located in the Grand Center Arts District. A&E meets all 20 Better Business Bureau Charity Standards and has earned the Wise Giving Seal of Approval, a three-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Guidestar Exchange Silver Participant rating.
How to find us - Website: KeepArtHappening.org

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