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 September 2018.

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 seventh 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 2017 Grant Recipients

Art. St. Louis
Arts Alive at the Arch: Portals on the Pavement presented by PNC Arts Alive | May 2018
“Arts Alive at the Arch: Portals on the Pavement presented by PNC Arts Alive” will combine world class pavement art and cutting edge technology to create interactive public art experiences around the Gateway Arch in downtown St. Louis. In partnership with Chalk Riot, CityArchRiver and The Heavy Projects, creators of the technology behind the Re+Public interactive mural on the Moto Museum in St. Louis, Art Saint Louis will activate public spaces around the Arch through a month-long series of technology-enabled chalk art installations on sidewalks and other surfaces. Each installation will interface with augmented reality software to come alive and engage the public in the creative process.
Learn More | Twitter: @ArtStLouis

Arts in Transit
MetroScapes | Fall 2017
Created in 2015 to create a more pleasing atmosphere at area bus shelters, bring public art to a broad and diverse audience and support St. Louis Artists, “MetroScapes” is an annual juried competition open to all St. Louis artists and designers.  Ten outstanding images, either new or existing, are selected by a panel of judges and reproduced into posters that will be placed in 200 bus shelters around the Bi-State area.  The artwork is on display for one year and smaller reproductions are available for sale.
Learn More | Twitter: @STLMetro

Center of Creative Arts - COCA
PNC Arts Alive presents American Ballet Theater Studio Company | Spring 2018
As part of an ongoing effort to create unique opportunities for St. Louis students, expand audiences and nurture the pipeline of future artists, COCA will partner with New York City’s American Ballet Theatre (ABT) for a St. Louis premiere performance of the ABT Studio Company during spring 2018. Additionally, building upon the success of ABT’s Misty Copeland promoting diversity in ballet, COCA will support ABT’s Project Plie´ by providing outreach dance programming to its partner organization, the Boys and Girls Club of Greater St. Louis, and master classes for COCA’s Pre-Professional students. Master classes, performances and other aspects of the engagement between COCA and ABT will be recorded to create a short documentary.
Learn More | Twitter: @COCAstl

Contemporary Art Museum
Museum Pathway Project | June 2017 – May 2018
The “Museum Pathway Project” is a sustainable pipeline of professional development and mentorship for diverse youth/young adults, creating career opportunities and lifelong engagement with museums. The goal of MPP is to advance equity within CAM, and conceivably the wider museum stratum, by educating and encouraging a diverse pool of young people to take on prominent roles in and shape the future of arts institutions. Through MPP’s immersive learning experiences and new paid internships, CAM will become a potential workplace to students from underserved St. Louis communities, particularly students from the St. Louis Public Schools (SLPS).
Learn More | Twitter: @ContemporarySTL

Craft Alliance
CraftCulture | June 2017 – March 2018
“CraftCulture” is a series of social, experience-based events to introduce new audiences to Craft Alliance and contemporary craft. This creative approach to audience engagement brings playfulness to efforts to widen awareness of the role of art in everyday life, and helps build an audience for viewing and making craft. “CraftCulture” includes multiple opportunities for audiences to engage and learn:  ranging from multi-media presentations, to open-house activity events, to events featuring hand-crafted cocktails and artist demonstrations.
Learn More | Twitter: @craftalliance

Cultural Festivals
PNC presents the Student Art Aficionados | August 2017 – October 2017
The Student Art Aficionados program will bring a multi-faceted arts education experience to middle schools of Greater St. Louis. Culminating in a hands-on art buying opportunity at the Saint Louis Art Fair, the program will enable students to apply newly acquired knowledge to an authentic life situation. The program will explore art as a personal preference, as a reflection of culture, and as a business. Teachers will use a video-based classroom module to lead students through exercises based on different art movements and media to discuss how art is used to evoke emotions and reflect culture. Students will identify the necessary criteria to use when selecting artwork for the art collection at their school then tour the festival, view art and work together to negotiate and purchase artwork. The culmination of this project will be the student teams presenting their selections at the PNC Student Art Aficionados Showcase before their student body and a panel of experts. At least one piece of art will become part of the festival’s Public Art Collection, which tours St. Louis schools, hospitals, and community centers.
Learn More | Twitter: @STLArtFair

Jazz St. Louis
Jazz from the 314 presented by PNC Arts Alive | Fall 2017 – Spring 2017
“Jazz from the 314 presented by PNC Arts Alive” will showcase Jazz St. Louis’s award-winning Jazz at the Bistro program via the World Wide Web. Jazz from the 314 presented by PNC Arts Alive will highlight four artists from the 2017-18 performance season through pre-recorded videos hosted by local jazz pianist Peter Martin and live-streaming of the performances which will be available on the Jazz St. Louis website and Facebook page.
Learn More | Twitter: @JazzStLouis

PNC Arts Alive presents “Alive Inside” | April 2018
PNC Arts Alive presents “Alive Inside,” will use the arts to spark life and encourage health and well-being. MADCO will develop a two-day event at the Touhill Performing Arts Center that will reach approximately 1,500 people at the theatre and many additional people through simultaneously launched complimentary programs. The performance and surrounding activities will include three world premieres which will bring stories of aging, autism and Parkinson’s to life. Surrounding activities include “Wellness Week”, an invitation for 900 students to gather at the Touhill to see performances, speakers and exhibits on how the arts contribute to well-being. MADCO will launch a corporate well-being program and a health and wellness day for schools. Patrons will be able to take classes such as yoga, Pilates, meditation, Gyrontonic and dance from our certified professionals.
Learn More  | Twitter: @Madcodance

Tennessee Williams Festival
Ten Block on the Camino Real | October 2017
St. Louis’ 2017 Tennessee Williams Festival will bring to St. Louis an unusual and engaging adaption of Williams’ "Ten Blocks on the Camino Real" performed by The National Theatre of Ghana. The rendition of "Camino Real” is an allegory that explores the main character’s struggle to maintain his open heart in a grasping world, even after death. The mission of the National Theatre of Ghana is to use theatre to initiate conversation that will impact social change. Having debuted in outdoor marketplaces in Accra, Ghana in April 2016, Camino Real continues to tour throughout Ghana as well as the US and TWSTL will present this production for one week during fall 2017 in outdoor venues throughout St. Louis City and County.
Learn More | Twitter: @TWFestSTL


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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