About The Kranzberg Arts Foundation

The Kranzberg Arts Foundation has a vision for St. Louis

The Kranzberg Arts Foundation is a community-driven organization dedicated to providing local artists and arts organizations the resources and infrastructure necessary for the arts to thrive in the St. Louis region. Through the development of performing arts venues, visual arts galleries, artist-focused programs, and workspaces for nonprofit arts organizations, the foundation nurtures the growth of artists and arts institutions.

We believe artists and the cultural communities they build represent the heart and soul of our city. Our need-based, ground-up approach to giving is at the heart of our mission to make St. Louis a true destination for artists to thrive and engage with St. Louis’ greater community in ways that are relevant, inclusive, and inspiring.


The Kranzberg Arts Foundation and founders, Ken and Nancy Kranzberg have made lasting contributions that have changed the landscape of the arts community in the St. Louis region. In particular, their support and guidance in Grand Center Arts District have led to the development and relocation of many of St. Louis’ most important cultural institutions and venues including KDHX 88.1 FM, KWMU 90.7 FM, the Sun Theater, and Metro Theater Company.

Since 2006, we have been passionately committed to providing local, emerging artists and community arts organizations the vital space and tools to perform and showcase their work, thus fulfilling the collective vision to be part of not only a vibrant and growing arts ecosystem, but also a premier arts and entertainment destination.

The Kranzberg Arts Foundation developed and currently operates venues, galleries, and office space for nonprofits, including The Kranzberg, .ZACK, The Marcelle, The Grandel Theatre, The Dark Room, The Big Top, and High Low. In addition to these venues, the Foundation has been instrumental in the formation of the Music at the Intersection Festival, the Wednesday Night Jazz Crawl, and the St. Louis Art Place Initiative. Through the foundation’s tireless efforts and generous contributions, necessary infrastructure has been put in place for the arts to thrive in St. Louis for generations to come.

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