stARTup-StL Supports Local Arts

 In Culture, Feature

The Arts and Education Council’s mission to build appreciation, participation and support for the arts plays a central role in the ever-growing and thriving arts community of St. Louis. Due to the generous support of the Arthur and Helen Baer Charitable Foundation, the council recently launched stARTup-StL. Through stARTup-StL, The Arts and Education Council promotes innovative arts projects and allows individuals to provide financial support for artists and various cultural projects in St. Louis.

Photo Courtesy of Phaedra Phestival

Photo Courtesy of Phaedra Phestival

With the help of stARTup-StL, teachers, artists and organizations can post projects in need of funding and connect directly with donors and community members. The site is free and user-friendly, making it accessible to anyone seeking support. The Arts and Education Council has taken on the primary role of assisting project leaders in the promotion of their campaigns.

Adapting to the pace and demand of the digital age, stARTup-StL has streamlined their donor process and made it social-media-friendly. When donors find projects they’re excited about, they can share with their friends via outlets like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.

“We are confident this enhanced crowdfunding service will ignite local arts startups and encourage our community to support them. We know that our burgeoning art startup community contributes to our vibrant art scene in so many ways,” says Cynthia Prost, A&E CEO and president.

Several campaigns are now live on their website. Look for The Phaedra Phestival, a collaborative theatrical project harnessing the creative energy of local companies ERA, SATE and YoungLiars. Set to occur this weekend, Aug. 12-14, the festival explores an old Greek tragedy and has special events each day. All funds will support each company’s 2016-2017 production season and help with costs for marketing, staging, rentals and other expenses.

MindsEye Radio’s Descriptive Service for Theater also has an active campaign on stARTup-StL’s website. Their project seeks to bring theatrical performance alive for the blind. These audio describers provide further context for the sounds during a production. Through financial support of donors, they hope to bring their headsets and audio describers to all St. Louisans who need them. Lighthouse for the Blind has also pledged to match every dollar raised, making theater more accessible and exciting for the vision impaired.

Join stARtup-StL in their work to transform the nature of giving in the arts community and check out the rest of their exciting projects.

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