PNC Arts Alive

Greater St. Louis

PNC Arts Alive programming demonstrates that there is an artistic outlet for everyone, regardless of age, economic background, skill level and taste. Pop-up performances, mobile arts vans and the use of unusual venues are among the many initiatives supported through PNC Arts Alive and we're excited to continue helping to invigorate local arts organizations in the Greater St. Louis region, while bringing new and exciting programs to our communities.


Application Information

The application period is currently closed.

For information on future funding opportunities, please return in October 2017.


Did You Know?

In St. Louis, PNC Arts Alive has earned local and national commendation from the Missouri Arts Council, the Arts and Education Council in St. Louis as well as the Business Committee for the Arts, a program that's part of Americans for the Arts.

For the sixth consecutive year, PNC has contributed $250,000 to large and small arts groups in its Greater St. Louis region. The grants cover a wide range of disciplines, audiences and participatory experiences.


Meet Our Most Recent Grant Recipients

Center of Creative Arts (COCA)
Designed by COCA’s data artist-in-residence, Jer Thorp, The St. Louis Map Room and Website will invite members of the community to blend personal illustrations using drawings, photographs or collages with elements of existing contemporary and historical maps to create highly original maps that reflect their own experiences of the city. A series of public conversations and workshops for students and teachers will use the Map Room to explore the intersections between art, technology, geography, history and cultural division.
Learn More | Twitter: @COCAstl

Dance St. Louis
“PNC Arts Alive New Dance Horizons” represents Dance St. Louis’ commitment to creating and producing original and innovative works of dance. “Celebrating Women Who Inspire” -- the fifth installment of New Dance Horizons -- explores iconic women throughout history and their influences on today’s artistic landscape. Three nationally-renowned and critically acclaimed female choreographers, Amy Seiwert and Wendy Rein from San Francisco, and Stephanie Martinez from Chicago, will work with local dance companies on three original dance pieces that will experience their world-class debut in St. Louis.
Learn More | Twitter: @DANCE_stl

Metro Theater Company
“The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane,” generously supported by PNC Arts Alive, is adapted for the stage by Dwayne Hartford from the book by Newbery-award winner Kate DiCamillo. The performance is a story about the transformative power of love, with the hero being a three-foot-tall china rabbit, named Edward. He discovers that even a heart of the most breakable kind can learn to love, to lose and to love again. The play runs through December 2016 at the Missouri History Museum.
Learn More | Twitter: @MetroTheater

The Muny
The PNC Arts Alive Pre-Show Festival welcomes and engages The Muny’s diverse audience with 53 nights of free interactive entertainment. Situated in four strategic, high-traffic locations, the festival features community-based organizations, arts non-profits, The Muny Kids and Teens, alongside professional artists to offer high-quality, accessible arts experiences for children and adults.
Learn More | Twitter: @TheMuny

Opera Theatre of St. Louis
In an effort to build audiences that reflect the diversity of our community, Opera Theatre will host “Opera Tastings,” presented by PNC Arts Alive, and offer $25 PNC Seats for the 2017 production of “Madame Butterfly.” Opera Tastings, held at locations across St. Louis, pairs “bite-sized” opera performances with food and drinks chosen to complement the flavors of the music.
Learn More | Twitter: @OTSL

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
With the support of PNC Arts Alive, The Repertory Theatre will provide children and families with the option to experience the Imaginary Theatre Company’s holiday production, “A Gnome for Christmas,” as a touring group in schools, in a public performance or as a live streamed performance in their own homes. “A Gnome for Christmas,” written specifically for ITC, is adapted from a Scandinavian folk tale and is intended for all ages. It will reach diverse audiences in schools throughout the St. Louis region and beyond.
Learn More | Twitter: @repstl

St. Louis Symphony
Instrument Playground is the St. Louis Symphony’s popular mobile orchestra, enabling children to see, hear, touch and play touch instruments from each instrument family. With the support of PNC, the popular IP will grow exponentially by capturing the essence of the IP experience in a cutting-edge, standards-based app that enables children of all ages and backgrounds to learn about the orchestra and its instruments – anywhere, on demand.
Learn More | Twitter: @slso

Shakespeare Festival St. Louis
In 2017, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis will introduce a bold new step for its “Shakespeare in the Streets” program, rescaling the project from a neighborhood to a citywide initiative. These conversations will be the inspiration for a new play that is based on the work of Shakespeare and explores the character and history of St. Louis. The project will culminate in September 2017 with hundreds of performers and residents from all parts of the city transforming a landmark St. Louis site with three live, outdoor performances celebrating the message of inclusion through the arts.
Learn More | Twitter: @shakesfeststl

Union Avenue Opera
“PNC Arts Alive presents Hansel and Gretel” is the second phase of UAO’s Crescendo program. Phase Two will allow participants to work together to present an opera in a professional setting. Crescendo artists will work alongside professionals to learn and study the roles, acting as covers for the main stage production, and perform the lead roles themselves in the truncated fall school production, an opportunity that would otherwise not be available to them at this early stage of their careers. Hansel and Gretel will be presented for free in the fall and open to all schools in the greater St. Louis region.
Learn More | Twitter: @UAOpera


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Contact Information:

Applications & general questions may
be directed by email to:

Sarah Bowman
PNC Client & Community Relations

Media relations inquiries:
Craig Friedman
(614) 463-6647



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