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Capacity Building St. Louis

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Capacity Building: St. Louis is a free two-year teaching and mentoring program providing arts management training and implementation support to local arts and cultural organizations. The program is designed to build a stronger arts ecosystem across all disciplines, providing 31 local cultural organizations with core arts management training and implementation support. The free, two-year program is made possible by the Centene Charitable Foundation.

Given the impact of COVID-19, arts and cultural organizations are navigating unprecedented circumstances. In response, the program will address strategy for maintaining visibility, relevance, and service during this time of uncertainty, as well as creating space for long-term thinking to position organizations for success in the years ahead. Facilitated by the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland, it will also provide training in such critical areas as long-term artistic planning, board development and engagement, marketing, fundraising, and strategic planning. In addition to addressing core arts management topics, the program will engage meaningfully with issues pertaining to equity, diversity, inclusion, and access in the St. Louis arts and culture sector.

The following organizations have been selected for the 2020/2022 Session:

  • A Call to Conscience
  • Artists First
  • Bread & Roses
  • Circus Harmony
  • Central Print
  • COCA-Center of Creative Arts
  • Consuming Kinetics Dance Company
  • Contemporary Art Museum
  • Craft Alliance
  • The Griot Museum of Black History
  • HEAL Center for the Arts
  • Ignite Theatre Company
  • Jazz St. Louis
  • Laumeier Sculpture Park
  • Life Arts
  • Metro Theater Company
  • National Blues Museum
  • Opera Theatre St. Louis
  • Perennial
  • Prison Performing Arts
  • Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis
  • The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
  • That Uppity Theatre Company
  • The Sheldon Arts Foundation
  • The St. Louis Children’s Choirs
  • St. Louis Classical Guitar
  • St. Louis ArtWorks
  • St. Louis Shakespeare Festival
  • STAGES St. Louis
  • Stray Dog Theatre
  • Urban Artist Alliance for Child Development

Capacity Building: St. Louis will help organizations stabilize and strengthen their artistic and financial planning, fundraising, board engagement and marketing practices, with a goal to produce a team of thriving organizations that serve as models of governance and financial sustainability for the St. Louis community.