The Boeing Company and the Arts and Education Council Fund Programs to Develop and Train Future Arts Leaders with $50,000 in Grants

The Boeing Company, in collaboration with the Arts and Education Council, has awarded $50,000 in grants ranging from $5,000-10,000 each to seven arts programs in the St. Louis area to develop and train future arts leaders. The Boeing/Arts and Education Council Collaborative Grant program is an innovative funding opportunity for organizations to create and promote a more sustainable arts and cultural environment that engage people to become lifelong arts participants, patrons and practitioners. Since 2008, The Boeing Company has invested $150,000 in 25 grants through the grant program.

“Boeing is committed to enhancing the St. Louis region’s arts and cultural community by providing these grants to organizations and developing future arts leaders,” said George Roman, Boeing State & Local Government Operations vice president and St. Louis Regional executive.  “By investing in the arts we enhance the quality of life and positively impact the St. Louis area’s long-term economic well-being.  As the arts flourish, so will creativity and innovation – the fuel that drives our global economy.”

According to the study St. Louis Art & Economic Prosperity III conducted by the Americans for the Arts, the nonprofit arts and culture are a $561 million industry in the St. Louis area – one that supports over 18,000 full-time equivalent jobs and generates $56 million in local and state government revenue. Arts organizations, which spend over $276 million annually, leverage an additional $284 million in additional spending by arts and cultural audiences through local restaurants, hotels, retails stores, parking garages and more.

“Partnering with The Boeing Company on a project emphasizing the longevity and sustainability of local arts organizations speaks to the value that Boeing places on having a vibrant arts community in St. Louis. By funding programs designed to mentor and train individuals in arts management, we ensure area arts organizations will continue to thrive and strengthen the St. Louis economy,” said Cynthia A. Prost, president of the Arts and Education Council.

The following organizations have received a Boeing/Arts and Education Council Collaborative Grant. The programs provide stipends to each of the participants.

The Black Rep – Teen Techs

This program provides middle and high school students, as young as 14, the opportunity to gain experience in the technical careers of the theatre by actually working on main stage productions through apprentice-type relationships with the lighting, costume, and sound designers in the mounting of productions.

Cinema St. Louis

The fellow, a recent graduate interested in film or arts-nonprofit careers, will receive a thorough grounding in all aspects of the St. Louis International Film Festival, participating in the full range of related activities: marketing, venue setup and supervision, print shipping, guest hosting, student screenings, program introductions, website updating, social networking and tech assistance.

Grand CenterNon-Profit Arts Practicum

This program is a practicum by educational standards, wholly immersing college students or recent graduates in the day-to-day operations of the fast-paced, multi-faceted organization and encouraging them to collaborate with full-time staff and to feel free to share opinions, ideas and strategies.

Jazz St. Louis

This year long program allows an individual to work up to twenty hours per week and apprentice under the direction of seasoned staff members to fully engage in and learn the business of arts management while advancing the uniquely American art of jazz via the nonprofit model.

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis – Administrative Internship Program

This internship program provides important training, job experience and the guidance of Opera Theatre’s professional staff and the artists who stage each festival season. The company hires six college students or recent graduates to work for one specific department in the company, including artistic administration, education, development, finance, marketing and patron services.

Stages St. Louis – Spotlight on Careers

This apprenticeship program provides learning opportunities for qualified college students, recent college graduates, and young professionals actively pursuing careers in professional theater who are interested in acquiring a broad understanding of theater leadership, management, company organization and administration.

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Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts – No Artist Left Behind

This initiative ensures that no student majoring in an arts discipline at a St. Louis area university or college will graduate without exposure to basic legal and business matters. This project also provides guest speakers, free easy-to-understand guides and affordable professional development for faculty members.

Arts and Education Council –Since 1963, the Arts and Education Council has raised nearly $100 million in private funding for the arts – an important task that directly affects the quality of life of our 16-county, bi-state region. With those funds, the Council annually assists approximately 70 non-profit arts and arts education organizations. Additionally, the Council provides office, rehearsal and performance space for 16 arts nonprofit organizations in the Centene Center for Arts and Education, a unique arts incubator located in Grand Center. Visit or call 314.289.4000 for more information.

The Boeing Company
–  Boeing is the world’s leading aerospace company and the largest manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft combined. Additionally, Boeing designs and manufactures rotorcraft, electronic and defense systems, missiles, satellites, launch vehicles and advanced information and communication systems. As a major service provider to NASA, Boeing operates the Space Shuttle and International Space Station. The company also provides numerous military and commercial airline support services. Boeing has customers in more than 90 countries around the world and is one of the largest U.S. exporters in terms of sales. Headquartered in Chicago, Boeing employs more than 160,000 people across the United States and in 70 countries. Total company revenues for 2010 were $64.3 billion.

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