We Are The Champion…

… Of the Arts!

So says the Arts and Education Council in announcing the 2013 St. Louis Arts Awards.

Presented since 1992, the St. Louis Arts Awards is the preeminent award ceremony honoring individuals who achieve a legacy of artistic excellence, and organizations and businesses that enrich St. Louis’ arts and cultural community.

Joining St. Louis Public Radio as honorees in 2013 are:

  • Chuck Berry, Lifetime Achievement in the Arts;
  • PNC Bank, Corporate Support of the Arts;
  • Judy and Jerry Kent, Excellence in Philanthropy;
  • Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Excellence in the Arts;
  • Michael Uthoff, Excellence in the Arts; and
  • Duane Martin Foster, Art Educator of the Year.

In making the announcement, Cynthia A. Prost, president of the Arts and Education Council, said:

“These honorees represent the breadth of the arts community and the exceptional creative work happening across the St. Louis region. We are honored to recognize their achievements and welcome the community to join us in celebrating their contributions to St. Louis and the world.”

The recognition as Champion of the Arts is a perfect fit for us given our commitment to celebrating the arts and culture in the St. Louis region. Each Friday Cityscape showcases the region’s arts happenings at 11 a.m., with the rebroadcast at 10 p.m., and we’re regularly covering the arts with our regional news efforts.

St. Louis Public Radio also serves as the broadcast home for the St. Louis Symphony’s Saturday night concerts as well as our 24-hour, 7-day-a-week classical music service on Classical 90.7 KWMU-3. Plus, we have a long history of collaborations, partnerships, and sponsorships with arts organizations throughout the region; we hope to expand this even more with our upcoming move to our new home in Grand Center.

The 2013 St. Louis Arts Awards will be held Monday, January 21, 2013 at the Chase Park Plaza beginning with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and the awards program at 7 p.m. The awards ceremony kicks off the Arts and Education Council’s 50th anniversary year and will be chaired by Ken and Nancy Kranzberg. Presenting sponsor of the event is Emerson. Proceeds from the event benefit the Arts and Education Council’s annual campaign, which funds nearly 70 arts and arts-education organizations throughout the 16-county bi-state region.

The Arts and Education Council is a collaboration of businesses, individuals, and community partners who work to raise funds and enhance the quality and variety of arts experiences throughout the 16-county, bi-state St. Louis region.

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About Tim Eby

General Manager of St. Louis Public Radio.

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