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. 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 window is currently closed. Please check this website in September 2020 for updates regarding future funding opportunities.

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 ninth 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 2019 Grant Recipients

Craft Alliance
Craft on… presented by PNC Arts Alive is a series of social, experience-based events designed to introduce new audiences to the Craft Alliance. Crafting feeds the human spirit, expresses generations of history and creativity, and enhances our community by facilitating personal and community connection. “Craft On...” engages diverse audiences with inclusive experiences that highlight the pleasures and benefits of crafting in improving everyday life, including: a project to "re-craft" Craft Alliance's building facade, hands-on making in public spaces, conversations about crafting, and community collaborations.
Learn More about Craft Alliance | Twitter: @CraftAlliance

RESILIENCE presented by PNC Arts Alive takes audiences and students on a restorative path from trauma to healing through stories of survivors. True to MADCO style, collaboration with community leaders and educators informs the choreography in this main stage work. Each piece is inspired by powerful, real-life lessons from those who have come through their darkest days to understand more about themselves and the world around them. When MADCO dancers lend their signature athleticism to this bravely emotional and honest conversation, expect nothing less than a transformative experience.
Learn More about MADCO | Twitter: @Madcodance

Metro Theater Company
Metro Theater Company (MTC) will feature GHOST, a co-commissioned play with the Nashville Children’s Theatre. Adapted by award winning playwright Idris Godwin from Jason Reynolds’ 2016 National Book Award Finalist novel, the story follows a struggling middle school boy of color with ambitions to run on his elite track team. In addition to the production, MTC will partner with HEC-TV and its exciting new Educate.Today website. This free website will engage children, classrooms and families in digital learning before, during and after the show. The project aims to create excitement around literacy, reading and live performance; and will spread a message of racial equity, finding and building community, and empowerment to young people.
Learn More about Metro Theater Company | Twitter: @MetroTheater

Opera Theater of St. Louis
During the 2020 festival season, PNC Arts Alive presents Music & the Mind, an Exploration of Health and Art. Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (OTSL) will stage the world premiere of AWAKENINGS, a new opera based on the groundbreaking neurological work of Dr. Oliver Sacks, which addresses encephalitis lethergica (sleeping sickness). As the company presents this opera, OTSL will seek to engage the innovation, medical, psychology and music therapy communities to further explore the connection between music and the mind.
Learn More about Opera Theater of St. Louis | Twitter: @OTSL

Classic 107.3 (Radio Arts Foundation)
PNC Arts Alive Kaleidoscope Podcasts feature music ensembles from area schools, plus interviews with students and administrators. The flexible podcast format introduces students to the music of various world cultures, starting with West Africa. Embedded prompts in each podcast serve as departure points for teachers to explore exotic instruments, history and performance techniques with their students in the classroom. Both of these podcasts will be available on Classic 107.3’s website
Learn More about Classic 107.3 | Twitter: @classic1073

St. Louis Black Rep
The Intergenerational Matinees provide busloads of students and senior citizens from the St. Louis metropolitan area the opportunity to experience live, main stage theatre enhancing their education and life. The Intergenerational Matinees occur every Wednesday morning during the main stage season.
Learn More about St. Louis Black Rep | Twitter: @stlblackrep

Shakespeare Festival
Shakespeare in the Streets will use storytelling and live performance to bridge the urban-rural divide by connecting two disparate Midwestern communities: St. Louis, Missouri and Brussels, Illinois. Local residents and professional artists will collaborate to adapt a Shakespeare play to tell the story of their neighborhoods, culminating in free outdoor performances at both locations.
Learn More about Shakespeare Festival | Twitter: @shakesfeststl

The Luminary
The Luminary’s ambitious new project, Laboratory for Suburbia, will commission artists to create interactive bus tours and cultural gatherings in diverse, suburban St. Louis communities. These pop-up festivals will feature artist-designed bus tours through each community, culminating in gatherings that animate unique locations in the region’s suburban fabric with dynamic programs of performances, talks and film screenings.
Learn More about The Luminary | Twitter: @theluminaryarts

The Muny
In keeping with the Muny’s mission of producing exceptional musical theatre that is accessible to all, PNC Arts Alive Student Access at The Muny will provide deeply discounted student “rush” tickets on selected nights throughout the 2019 Muny season. This program will utilize targeted social media and related digital media to reach high school and college students throughout te St. Louis region.
Learn More about The Muny | Twitter: @TheMuny

Union Avenue Opera
Glory Denied: A Veterans Outreach Program Presented by PNC Arts Alive will engage veterans and the community through a series of outreach events surrounding the Union Avenue Opera’s production of Tom Cipullo’s opera, Glory Denied.
Learn More about Union Avenue Opera | Twitter: @UAOpera

Contact Information:

Applications & general questions may
be directed by email to:

Sarah Bowman
PNC Client & Community Relations

Media relations inquiries:
Craig Friedman

Thanks to Our Community Partners
Arts & Education Council
Regional Arts Commission

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