An unprecedented consortium of 111 arts and culture organizations throughout St. Louis City and St. Louis County have come together to request support from our local government of the arts and culture sector of the region.

Did you know?

  • Research estimates that total pre-pandemic economic impact from the arts and culture sector was nearly 600 million dollars — larger than all regional sports activities combined.

  • This sector supports over 19,000 FTE jobs, more than 15,000 individual artists across a wide variety of disciplines, and numerous commercial entertainment venues that launch careers and provide well-paying union jobs.

  • Cultural workers don't just work within their lanes...they are also valued partners in addressing pressing challenges in community development, neighborhood revitalization, public and mental health, public safety, place making, and infrastructure.

  • Per the US Census Bureau’s Small Business Pulse Survey, “Arts, entertainment, and recreation” businesses were second only to “Accommodations and food services” in “large negative effect” and “severe impact”, yet are not getting the same level of relief as other sectors of the economy.

How can local government help?

  • The Arts & Culture Leaders of St. Louis request a direct line-item allocation of 5% of the federal relief funds committed to the City, along with 5% of federal relief funds committed to the County, to be distributed to arts and culture organizations throughout the region.

How can I Take Action?

Call or email your elected officials and let them know you support 5% for the arts!

  • If you live in the St. Louis City, find your elected officials here.

  • If you live in St. Louis County, find your elected official here

Who are the signatories?

A Call to Conscience Interactive Theater for Social Change

African Heritage Association

AIGA St. Louis

Art St. Louis


Artists First

Arts and Faith


Bach Society of Saint Louis

Barrett Barrera Projects

Bread and Roses Missouri

Carondelet Historical Society

Central Print

Chamber Music Society of St. Louis

Chamber Project St. Louis

CHIPS Health and Wellness Center

Cinema St. Louis

Circus Flora

Circus Harmony

City Sewing Room of St. Louis

COCA - Center of Creative Arts

Columbia Performing Arts Center

Community Music School of Webster University

Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis


Craft Alliance

Critical Mass for the Visual Arts

Dance St. Louis

Dances of India

DaySpring Arts and Education

Dexter's Art Studio

Focal Point

Freedom Arts & Education Center

Gateway Men's Chorus

Good Shepherd Arts Center

Grand Center Inc.

HEAL Center for the Arts

Hispanic Festival, Inc.

Ignite Theatre Company

International Photography Hall of Fame

Intersect Arts Center

Jazz St. Louis

Karlovsky & Company Dance

KDHX Community Radio

Kemper Art Museum

Kranzberg Arts Foundation

Landmarks Association of St. Louis

Latinx Arts Network

Laumeier Sculpture Park

Metro Theater Company

Metro Trans Umbrella Group

Midwest Artist Project Services

Missouri Alliance for Arts Education

Missouri Citizens for the Arts

Moonstone Theatre Company

Museum of Contemporary Religious Art, Saint Louis University

National Blues Museum

New Jewish Theatre

New Music Circle

Nine PBS

North St. Louis Arts Council

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

Orchestrating Diversity/Lemp Arts Center


Pianos for People

Prism Theatre Company

Prison Performing Arts

Pulitzer Arts Foundation

River Styx Literary Magazine

Saint Louis Actors' Studio/Gaslight Theater

Saint Louis Art Fair presented by Centene Charitable Foundation

Saint Louis Fashion Fund

Saint Louis Poetry Center

Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective

Saint Louis Wind Symphony

Sangeetha, St. Louis, MO

Scottish Partnership for Arts and Education (SPAE)

Shakespeare Festival St. Louis

Sheldon Arts Foundation

St Lou Fringe

St. Louis Artists' Guild

St. Louis Arts Chamber of Commerce

St. Louis ArtWorks

St. Louis Black Authors of Children's Literature

St. Louis Cathedral Concerts

St. Louis Chamber Chorus

St. Louis Classical Guitar

ST. Louis Symphony Orchestra

St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts

STAGES St. Louis

START St. Louis

Stray Dog Theatre

Tennessee Williams St Louis

That Uppity Theatre Company

The Big Muddy Dance Company

The Black Rep

The Cabaret Project of St. Louis

The Frank Lloyd Wright House in Ebsworth Park

The Griot Museum of Black History

The Legend Singers Choral Ensemble

The Luminary

The Midnight Company

The Muny

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

The St. Louis Children's Choirs

Third Degree Glass/MADE/Delmar Maker District

Union Avenue Opera

University City Symphony Orchestra

Upstream Theater


Winter Opera

Keeping the Arts Alive