Artists for a Cause is a national nonprofit organization that helps visual and performing artists to use their talents for community improvement, stimulating culture, while addressing the critical needs of communities. Some programs help artists and charities to get the most out of their collaboration, while most produce results directly, by feeding the poor, healing the sick, or solving other problems through unique artistic solutions. Additionally, A4AC never asks artist professionals in a struggling industry to donate or give away their livelihood. No program is merely about art for arts’ sake – Artists for a Cause is about the arts as a solution.
Ashleyliane Dance Company is committed to fostering the appreciation of dance as an art form and cultivating the fusion of modern, jazz, and contemporary training with various vernacular dance forms. ADC strives to develop a progressive dance audience through public performances and engagements, create an educational atmosphere for adult dancers to continue learning and growing as artists, and to provide a safe, nurturing environment for young dancers to find their niche, in turn developing a more cohesive dance community.
The Ballroom Dance Academy of St. Louis (BDASL) is a 501(c)3 non-profit focused on sharing the joy of ballroom dancing. They offer weekly ballroom and social dance group classes and monthly dance socials. Additionally, BDASL sponsors community outreach programs for children and seniors, participates in regional dance performance events, and organizes an annual week-long dance camp for adults. BDASL awards ballroom dance scholarships to students who are gifted and needy.
Studies show ballroom dancing provides a positive and youthful environment for people of all ages. Not only is ballroom dancing a cultural event, it is also a form of exercise that improves one’s health and mind by teaching social skills, musicality, concentration, fall prevention, balance, and sequential memory. Ballroom dancing is truly an inter-generational lifelong activity that can be enjoyed and participated in by everyone.
The Big Muddy Dance Company is a St. Louis-based repertory dance company which seeks to build a love of dance by providing fun, experiential, and highly entertaining performances. By engaging both emerging and established choreographers, collaborating across the community through senior outreach, and training future performers through a school and trainee program, The Big Muddy Dance Company constantly strives to invigorate life through dance.
Building Futures, Design and Build Workshops, supplements the education received by young people in the City of St. Louis by providing opportunities to learn twenty-first century skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, communication, working as a team member and technical skills, needed to excel as a student, employee, family member, parent and member of the community.
Most public schools have minimized art and don’t offer a shop class at all. Building Futures teaches students to design and then build projects at architectural model scale and full scale. They design by model making and drawing, both freehand and with triangle and t-square, as well as with the use of 3-d modeling on the computer. If appropriate they then build their project at full scale, learning to use hand saws, power saws, drills, sanders, scroll saws, band saws and routers.
Building Futures offer a curriculum for K-12. They provide free Saturday classes, classes in school during the day, and after-school and summer programs. As students go through the process, their self-confidence soars. They find they have skills they weren’t aware of, learn new outlooks, and most important, have fun doing it.
In a time when magic and amazement can seem in short supply, Circus Flora dazzles by bringing St. Louis audiences some of the best circus artists in the world. This one-ring circus production, which tells a fresh new story each production, crackles with the energy of both modern and traditional performances. Circus Flora’s goal is to engage their audience members emotionally – while astounding physical feats instill a sense of jaw-dropping wonder. The world-class company is not just a troupe but a family, showcasing innovative techniques and introducing original new artists. Ready for the magic? Make your way to the Big Top in Grand Center!
Consuming Kinetics Dance Company is a 501c3 non-profit professional dance company and community dance education center in St. Louis, Missouri. CKDC specializes in a diverse blend of adult drop-in classes and runs a comprehensive youth program that educates children ages 3 – 18. CKDC is committed to making dance accessible to everyone by providing scholarship opportunities to youth and adults in need. CKDC’s program welcomes all levels of dancers including beginners, at every age. CKDC’s educational program also supports their mission to create job opportunities for full time artists. CKDC has a full concert season, producing two full-length professional dance concerts and over a dozen performances at community events and fundraisers annually.
Creative Exchange Lab (CEL) offers its members the resources needed to bring people, experts and ideas together to advocate for power of ‘good design’ and to employ the discipline of Architecture, Planning & Design for greater good and social Innovation where needed through practice of cross-pollination. CEL is an exhibition space and an incubator for ideas and projects to help improve the fabric of our neighborhoods and our cities by focusing on public Interest projects and use of art, culture and design as catalyst for economic development and improving quality of life for all.
Fly North Theatricals is a new STL-based theatre company producing new, local, accessible, high-quality works of musical theatre. Established in 2017 as a private vocal studio and publishing house for local composer, Colin Healy, the company finds its roots in ferocious originality while also promoting education through performance. After a successful run as the local headliner at the 2018 St. Lou Fringe Festival with The Gringo, a new musical, Fly North Theatricals was born of the notion that St. Louis craves new stories. Now as they gear up for their inaugural season, FNT is committed to the notion that access to theatre is a fundamental right and that local audiences deserve to always have access to new stories. It is these ideals — originality, education, and accessibility — that Fly North Theatricals brought to the stage beginning in January 2020.
Founder/Educator, Harvey Lockhart and Heal Center for the Arts will mentor at-risk youth ages 11-18 years living in St. Louis’ urban communities through high-quality after-school and during school vacations arts education programs as well as performance opportunities throughout the St. Louis region.
In partnership with local schools and a roster of national instructors, Heal Center for the Arts will nurture each student’s unique talents across a broad spectrum of artistic disciplines. Its programs will offer students diverse perspectives and boost their self-confidence they need to succeed in school and beyond.
Striving to bring excellence in youth arts programming to Saint Louis City youth, Ignite Theatre Company is a one of a kind theater experience which includes camps, classes, private instruction, and full scale professional productions for youth age 5-18. Balancing quality arts programming with community-minded outreach, Ignite aims to not only create great performers but also help to create great people.
JPEK CreativeWorks is a fine arts company founded by Artistic Director, Joel P. E. King, to support the community through arts, entertainment, and education. JPEK has built a respectable organization that provides greater exposure through creative workshops, original stage plays and producing/promoting independent artists. Through this engagement, JPEK has formed relationships that have evolved and become lasting partnerships among corporate affiliates, celebrities, community leaders and die-hard supporters.
Karlovsky & Company Dance is a contemporary modern dance company dedicated to exploring and nurturing the art of dance with innovative choreography that illuminates the human experience. The company fosters collaborative relationships among musicians, visual artists, and choreographers reaching local, national, and international audiences through concert and informal performances, and dance education.
Max & Louie Productions enhance lives through the arts by presenting bold, premier plays and musical dramas that entertain and challenge, bringing artists and audiences together in a shared experience that illuminates life through joy, wonder, laughter and tears.
Mid Coast Media is a group of creative brands specialized in the production and promotion of entertainment-centric conversations and experiences. The team concepts, produces and emcees events ; sources comic talent ; creates audio / visual content ; executes publicity; and designs merchandise .
We Are Live!, a popular digital podcast, is recorded in a state-of-the art studio at .ZACK (available for booking). The show features Midwest-centric news, as well as in-depth interviews with a national network of comedians and entertainers.
Redsaw Publicity elevates all of Mid Coast’s projects through pr and social media strategy, and is specialized in entertainment (actors, comics, chefs, athletes, brands) and events.
ByJack creates custom merchandise and apparel. Founded on the thought that customers shouldn’t be constrained by a minimum quantity order, ByJack designs and produces merch with no set-up costs, no art costs, no minimum, fast turnaround, online store hosting, and transparent pricing.
New Line was created to involve the people of the St. Louis region in the creation and exploration of provocative, alternative, politically and socially relevant works of musical theatre – daring, muscular, intelligent theatre about politics, race, violence, drugs, sexuality, religion, art, obscenity, the media, and other contemporary issues. And a lot of four-letter words. And every now and then, a little nudity. And lots of rock and roll.
PEACE Weaving Wholeness is a nonprofit organization located in Old North St.
Louis whose mission is to help women heal and remain whole through arts and culture-based, peer-support wellness circle groups. The organization grew out of research conducted by its Founder, Paulette Sankofa, Ed.D. through the Washington University School of Medicine School of Public Health. The study, The New FACE of Homelessness, focused on the health concerns of homeless women ages 45-64 years of age. Dr. Sankofa experienced homelessness herself in 2013.
River Styx cultivates the literary arts in St. Louis and beyond through its magazine and community programs.
Since 1975, River Styx has published an international, award-winning magazine of poetry, fiction, essays, interviews, and art. Work first published in its pages has been included in many editions of The Best American Poetry, Best New Poets, New Stories from the South, and Pushcart Prize anthologies.
Saint Louis Ballet is a professional and innovative ballet company under the direction of former New York City Ballet principal dancer Gen Horiuchi. Comprised of 25 professional dancers from throughout the United States, Japan and Slovakia, the company presents both classic and contemporary ballets from Swan Lake and The Nutcracker to work by the renowned George Balanchine and choreographers creating new and provocative ballets for companies across the country. Pointe to Succeed is Saint Louis Ballet’s ambitious outreach program, aimed at bringing the beauty, joy and discipline of ballet to underserved students in the region.
In 1946, Mrs. Fred Armstrong saw the need to establish “a facility for writers as a means for stimulating the writing of poetry.” She became Saint Louis Poetry Center’s first Chairman. Having continued since Mrs. Armstrong’s visionary inception, Saint Louis Poetry Center is the oldest poetry organization of its kind west of the Mississippi River. The first meetings were held on Sundays at the downtown Public Library. During the early days, writers attending included Tennessee Williams and William Inge, poets who would become luminaries!
Saint Louis Story Stitchers is comprised of professional artists and African American youth ages 16-24, working together to create social change with a current focus on gun violence prevention. Story Stitchers works to promote a better educated, more peaceful and caring region through the creation and dissemination of original art. Public presentations are designed to take original art into neighborhoods, cultural and educational centers, and on to the stages of the Kranzberg Arts Foundation in the Grand Center Arts District, where Story Stitchers have been in residence since 2014. Artists run a Storefront Studio in the historic Loop District at 616 N Skinker Blvd.
Saint Louis University Theatre is the company-in-residence in The Department of Fine and Performing Arts. A collaborative effort of students, faculty and staff, the U Theatre seeks to provide students with performance, design and technical opportunities while telling stories that both reflect and shape society. The department of Fine and Performing Arts, including its programs in Art History, Music, Studio Art and Theatre, is committed to contributing to the cultural landscape of the University and larger Saint Louis community through performances, exhibitions, presentations and publications.
Co-founded by Lyah B. LeFlore-Ituen, the Shirley Bradley LeFlore Foundation is a literary arts organization and scholarship fund named for her late mother, who was St. Louis Poet Laureate Emeritus.
SpecDrum offers cultural education through drumming as an enrichment to the current pedagogical curriculum. A continual study of world culture through music, SpecDrum educates young people on cultures other than their own, showing them that what they see in the media or hear from older generations, isn’t always fact based and deserves inquiry.
St Lou Fringe connects cutting edge performing arts with accessible, affordable performances for audiences. St Lou Fringe supports established and emerging artists by providing a professional setting to showcase their work. St Lou Fringe seeks to promote developing neighborhoods as opportune space for creative and economic growth. St Lou Fringe builds community by connecting brave artists with bold audiences.
The St. Louis Blues Society is dedicated to preserving and perpetuating blues music in and from St. Louis, while fostering its growth and appreciation. The St. Louis Blues Society provides blues artists the opportunity for public performance and individual improvement in their field, all for the educational and artistic benefit of the general public.
Jane Ibur was appointed Poet Laureate for the City of St. Louis on April 12, 2019.
Ibur began writing poems in middle school which developed into a career of writing, teaching, and promoting poetry. An alumna of Webster University, her teaching efforts include being a founding poet educator with Community Arts Training program of the Regional Arts Commission.
For nineteen years she co-produced/co-hosted Literature for the Halibut on KDHX community radio.
As a poet, Ibur authored two collections of poems and has been included in over 50 literary anthologies and magazines.
St. Louis Shakespeare Festival produces extraordinary professional Shakespeare, culminating with a free production in Forest Park, and celebrates the language of Shakespeare and artists inspired by his works. Year-round, STL Shakes engages citizens in the schools, in the streets, and in the park. With a commitment to community, conversation, and collaboration, the theme of unexpected theatre drives STL Shakes’s creative and producing choices.
St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts (VLAA) supports the bi-state creative community by providing free legal and accounting assistance and a wide variety of affordable educational programs. VLAA serves artists of every discipline and career level, nonprofit cultural organizations and small arts-related businesses. The nonprofit, tax-exempt organization proudly offers rewarding volunteer opportunities for more than 325 accountants and lawyers.
TLT Productions, founded in 2009 is a production troupe that specializes in a myriad of entertainment and educational events. When they create, they intend to bring forth a strong message that will stimulate audiences and encourage our communities to be progressive in their thinking. With each project TLT Productions strives to create a new artistic community that focuses & highlights original work, while encouraging creativity & the arts.
Upstream Theater is a professional production company dedicated to presenting new works and inventive stagings of classical plays, with a special focus on joint ventures involving artists from other countries. Upstream offers theater that is spiritual and sentient, witty and engaged, multilayered and syncretic. Their goal is to move you, and to move you to think.
Urban Harvest STL transforms under-utilized city spaces into productive urban farms to enable equitable access to healthy food for St. Louisans, regardless of socioeconomic status, race or location. They educate the community to raise awareness and enable people to not only learn how to grow food but to contribute to their impact. Urban Harvest STL’s network of farms are educational platforms for sustainable food systems, food security solutions, green buildings, and innovative forms of urban agriculture.
Urban Artist Alliance for Child Development (UrbArts) is a 501 c3 multidisciplinary arts and culture nonprofit organization that operates a gallery in Old North Saint Louis. Founded by MK Stallings in 2001, our mission is to create platforms and platform creatives for youth and community development whether it is at the gallery or elsewhere. One of our key disciplines is poetry, which allows us to engage multiple generations of writers and spoken word artists. To continue the work of the late Dr. Michael Castro, UrbArts produces the Brick City Poetry Festival and supports the St. Louis Poet Laureate. UrbArts administers programs such as poetry slam for youth and adults as well as the Youth Poet Laureate of St. Louis program in conjunction with Urban Word in New York.