RACSTL Grantees Honored by 2024 Saint Louis Visionary Awards

April 12, 2024

The Saint Louis Visionary Awards announced the 2024 honorees and two Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis (RACSTL) grantees are being honored. Luisa Otero-Prada is being recognized as a Community Impact Artist, while Heather Beal-Himes is being recognized as an Outstanding Working Artist. 

Beal-Himes is a dancer, choreographer, actress and director. She is certified in the Dunham Technique and has toured worldwide teaching and performing. Otero-Prada weaves different aspects of her identity into her artistic practice, making a genuine, strong connection with her community.  

Additional artists recognized were Elizabeth Mannen Berges (Major Contributor to the Arts), Shawna Flanigan (Outstanding Teaching Artist), Meridith McKinley (Outstanding Arts Professional) and Alexa Seda (Emerging Artist). 

The Saint Louis Visionary Awards is one of the most prestigious recognitions in the regional arts community and celebrates the outstanding contributions, achievements and excellence of women who work in or support the arts in St. Louis.  

“The depth of talent and the power of the artists and arts supporters in our community is an integral part of our strength as a region. As we celebrate the 10-year anniversary of this chapter of the Saint Louis Visionary Awards, we strive to make this powerful force visible, valued and recognized. The 2024 honorees are accomplishing transformational work in the arts,” said Roseann Weiss, Chair of the Saint Louis Visionary Awards. “They are truly visionary, and we are excited to honor them and highlight their work.” 

The 2024 Saint Louis Visionary Awards Ceremony takes place Monday, April 29. The program starts at 6:00 p.m. followed by a reception at 7:00 p.m. at the Sun Theater in Grand Center. Min Jung Kim, Barbara B. Taylor, Director of the Saint Louis Art Museum, and Margaret McDonald, Senior Principal of HOK, are the co-hosts for the evening. 

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