Since 1983, the Missouri Arts Council have hosted the Missouri Art Awards to honor a variety of individuals, organizations, and communities throughout the state for their significant contributions to Missouri’s artistic and cultural legacy. On Feb. 7, two Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis (RACSTL) grant recipients were honored at the Missouri State Capitol.
The Laumeier Sculpture Park received the Arts Organization Award. The 105-acre open-air museum has walking trails featuring a variety of art and over 60 inspiring sculptures and aims to engage the community through art and nature.
Catherine Dudley-Rose, writer, musician, actress and director, received the Individual Artist Award, this is the first time the Missouri Arts Council has recognized an individual for their work in film. Her first feature-length film, Parallel Chords, won many awards when theatrically released in 2019. She has also created many screenplays and short films and is now filming a multi-episode series about St. Louis-area artists, Broken Strings.
“The Arts have a profound impact on the cultural, educational, and economic vitality of our state, and each of these honorees exemplifies the range of talent and creativity we have across Missouri,” Lieutenant Governor Kehoe said. “Congratulations to the recipients of the 2024 Missouri Arts Awards.”
The award ceremony was held during Missouri Arts Advocacy Week, organized by Missouri Citizens for the Arts. Each year, organizations and individuals across the state come together and meet with senators and representatives to advocate for support and funding for the arts.
Photo: (left to right) Jillian Patton, Laumeier Sculpture Park Development Director, Catherine Dudley-Rose