Circus Harmony, St. Louis, 2019 Arts Education | photos, Jessica Hentoff

Missouri Arts Awards 2019

Since 1983, the Missouri Arts Council and the State of Missouri have been honoring our state’s arts heroes—the people who make the arts happen. The annual Missouri Arts Awards celebrate people, organizations, and communities that have made profound and lasting contributions to the cultural and artistic climate of the state. Honorees are selected by an independent panel in six categories: Arts Education, Arts Organization, Creative Community, Individual Artist, Leadership in the Arts, and Philanthropy.

The 2019 Missouri Arts Awards will be presented in a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda in Jefferson City beginning at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, February 6, 2019. Everyone is invited to attend.

Arts Education | Circus Harmony, St. Louis
A social circus, motivating social change by using the power of circus arts to inspire and connect both its young performers and their audiences – “we help people defy gravity, soar with confidence, and leap over social barriers, all at the same time”
• Circus Harmony

Arts Organization | Kansas City Symphony
Kansas City’s full-time professional orchestra, inspiring people throughout the region through classical, pops, family, and Film + Live Orchestra concerts; education and outreach programs; broadcasts; recordings; and playing for Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Kansas City Ballet
• Kansas City Symphony

Creative Community | City of Hannibal
Historic Mississippi riverfront city that has become an arts magnet, with programs by the Hannibal Arts Council, festivals from Twain on Main to Big River Steampunk, concerts indoors and under the stars, professional theatre, and studios and galleries fueling an economic rebirth
• City of Hannibal

Individual Artist | Steve Snyder, Mount Vernon
Photographer esteemed for his images of his native Ozarks and a leader with regional arts groups, whose most recent project is his ongoing Freedom Endeavor traveling exhibition that enables veterans to tell their stories through dramatic then-and-now portraits
• Images of the Ozarks

Leadership in the Arts  | Cecilia Nadal, St. Louis
Founder and executive director of Gitana Productions, Inc., who for 22 years has produced scores of concerts, dance performances, original plays, festivals, and community events to bring together diverse people for cross-cultural healing and acceptance
• Gitana Productions

Philanthropy  | Alison and John Ferring, St. Louis
Donors of millions to numerous St. Louis-area organizations including COCA-Center of Creative Arts, Jazz St. Louis, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, St. Louis Public Library, Forest Park Forever and more – “education and the arts are our charitable passions”

Signature Image | Night Movie, photograph by Julie Blackmon of Springfield, is featured on the 2019 Missouri Arts Awards poster, invitation to the awards ceremony, and program for the ceremony.
Julie Blackmon Photographs

Awards Artwork | The 2019 honorees (other than the Creative Community, which receives special signage) are receiving glass artwork by Michael T. Moran of St. Louis.
• MtM Design LLC

Choosing the Honorees

The Missouri Arts Awards honorees are selected by an independent panel of distinguished representatives of the arts community from throughout the state. These panelists selected the 2019 honorees:

Chair: Barth L. Fraker, Springfield | vice chair, Missouri Arts Council and Trust Board

Lois Brace, Mexico | executive/artistic director, Presser Arts Center

Consuelo Cruz, Kansas City | arts marketing coordinator, City of Kansas City Office of Culture and Creative Services

Jerry Ford, Cape Girardeau | director, The Jerry Ford Orchestra | 2017 Individual Artist Honoree

Sharon Kosek, St. Joseph | 2018 Leadership in the Arts honoree

Jack Lane, St. Louis | executive producer, STAGES St. Louis (2016 Arts Organization Honoree)

Jo Mueller, Joplin | retired executive director, George A. Spiva for the Arts |2016 Leadership in the Arts Honoree

Special Thanks

Governor Michael L. Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson
Missouri Department of Economic Development
Missouri Office of Administration