The Arts and Education Council has awarded five organizations a combined total of $25,000 through the Bayer Fund Rural Community Arts Program.
Since 2007, the Bayer Fund Rural Community Arts Program has invested more than $225,000 in the St. Louis region to provide access to the arts for people living in the rural communities surrounding St. Louis.
“The Arts and Education Council is grateful for our partnership with Bayer Fund that allows us to support arts and arts education programs that make our region more vibrant,” said Cynthia A. Prost, Arts and Education Council president and CEO. “These grants provide children and adults living in rural communities greater access to meaningful arts and culture activities.”
The Ste. Genevieve Art Guild received $5,000 for its arts center and museum, which will create more art opportunities for residents and visitors. It will be located in the old museum building on the Courthouse Square.
Other organizations awarded grants: Arts Rolla; Clinton County Showcase in Breese, Illinois; Steelville (Missouri) Arts Council; and Warren County Fine Arts Council of Wright City, Missouri.
“Whether it’s a community play, dance performance or instructional program, the Bayer Fund Rural Community Arts Program is a conduit for ensuring those who reside in rural areas within the St. Louis metropolitan region have access to the arts,” said Michelle Insco, senior community engagement manager for Bayer Fund. “Bayer Fund is proud to be a longtime supporter of this impactful program.”
(Information from the Arts and Education Council.)