A&E received more than 30 applications for the inaugural competition, presented in partnership with the PNC Foundation

Six entrepreneurs of more than 30 submissions have advanced to the final round of the Arts and Education Council’s stARTup Competition for arts entrepreneurs, launched in January in partnership with the PNC Foundation. They are (in no particular order):

Creative Reaction Lab: Antionette Carroll

Founded in 2014, Creative Reaction Lab educates, trains, and challenges cities to co-design solutions with traditionally underrepresented communities to make one’s city healthier and more inclusive through creative problem solving, civic engagement and entrepreneurship.

The Feedback Loop: Johnny Heo

The Feedback Loop utilizes the power of the creative to give a voice to the marginalized through a co-working studio in the Delmar Loop that invests in the careers of musicians working North of Delmar.

Central Haven for Writers Amanda Wells

Imagine a St. Louis that provides a central haven for its writers – a place where writers, could-be writers, and artists who want to work with writers converge to learn from each other, collaborate and call home.

Arts Integration Teacher Resource Center: Emily Kohring

The program will create a resource center that empowers teachers across the St. Louis region, in all subject areas, to integrate the arts by boosting their confidence through professional learning experiences: workshops, coaching and online resources.

Project Layers: Kirsten Marklin

Project Layers is a project-based design program for high school students that will focus on mentorship, creative problem solving and job training.

PRIME: Kyle Kratky & Andrea Schoening

A new breed of theatre company in St. Louis, PRIME will initially produce 24-hour new play festivals to create raw, welcoming, and unorthodox theatre for all, encapsulating the ephemeral and encouraging community engagement.

The finalists will present their stARTup idea to the competition panel on May 4. Winners will be announced by June 1. Competition winners will be awarded up to $10,000 in seed funding, one year of incubation support and space in A&E’s Centene Center for the Arts and professional development and mentorship opportunities. For more information, visit KeepArtHappening.org/stARTup-Competition. To view the release announcing the competition, click here. V

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About the Arts and Education Council: When the Arts Thrive, Our City Thrives. – The Arts and Education Council (A&E), is the St. Louis region’s United Arts Fund providing financial, technical and educational support for arts organizations. A&E’s mission is to build appreciation, participation and support for arts and arts education throughout the St. Louis community. A&E is the only privately funded arts umbrella organization that serves the 16-county, bi-state St. Louis region. A&E builds a thriving arts community and impacts millions of people through multi-faceted programs, including: Operating and Project Grants; Arts Education Grants for Teachers; Arts Incubation at the Centene Center for the Arts; a Catalyst Innovation Lab; a stARTup Competition for Arts Entrepreneurs; stARTup-StL Crowdfunding Platform; Arts Leadership Management Academy (ALMA); Executive Directors Roundtable; Arts Marketers Professional Development; the Annual St. Louis Arts Awards; and Young Friends of the Arts.

Since its inception in 1963, the Arts and Education Council has raised and distributed more than $100 million in private funding for the arts – a significant contribution that directly impacts the quality of life in our region. A&E meets all 20 Better Business Bureau Charity Standards and has earned the Wise Giving Seal of Approval, a three-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Guidestar Exchange Silver Participant rating.