Meet the PNC Arts Alive arts groups who will make the arts more accessible to diverse audiences in the Greater St. Louis region by offering:
- Free and discounted arts programming.
- Public events that introduce the arts in unexpected ways.
- Ticket subsidy programs that will fill houses.
- Innovative programs that engage and build young audiences.
Chesterfield Arts Virtual Choir: Out of Many One will be the first virtual choir produced by a major arts organization in St. Louis. Open to any participant regardless of singing aptitude, the program provides a unique opportunity for the general public to participate in creating artistic beauty that includes and transcends neighborhoods, political affiliations, religions, and sects.
Cinema St. Louis
First Annual St. Louis International Children’s Film Festival will offer children, young teens and their families the opportunity to see the extraordinary family films that are made across the globe. A total of 14 film programs will be offered free of charge over the course of two weekends at major cultural institutions in St. Louis.
PNC Circus Alive is a series of “pop-up circuses” at diverse locations throughout the St. Louis community featuring world-renowned performers, such as the Flying Wallendas. Each program will move audience members beyond the role of spectator, engaging them as participants who can juggle, match wits with a clown, and enjoy the spotlight alongside professional artists.
Dance St. Louis
PNC Arts Alive New Dance Horizons II is an innovative project that pairs four of St. Louis’ leading dance companies with four nationally renowned choreographers to create world premieres that attract and engage new audiences through St. Louis performances and a tour to surrounding communities. The program will involve 56 local professional dancers that will wow St. Louis audiences and tour audiences who may not usually see dance of this caliber.
Metro Theater Company
New Kid: Coming to St. Louis is a play where the main character, a child named Nick, doesn’t speak the language or know the customs of his new country. This theatrical production employs an innovative device: Nick and his mother speak English; other characters speak an invented language. The play will be used as a platform to discuss bullying, the newcomer experience and the rich diversity in our region.
New Jewish Theatre
Gesher Music Festival of Emerging Artists is a program providing a link to the Jewish experience solely through classical music and the artistry of young professional musicians. In addition to the traditional concert series, the Festival includes “guerilla” performances in unlikely places to introduce new audiences to classical chamber music as a means of building multi-cultural bridges of education and tolerance while enlightening them musically and culturally.
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
The Very Last Green Thing is an opera set in a futuristic classroom where students take a rare field trip to the now uninhabitable outdoors only to discover the last living green thing in a time capsule. To model the message of stewardship, the opera will be produced in a “green” manner with great attention paid to minimizing the production’s carbon footprint on the environment. Performances will be streamed live to patients in local children’s hospitals and to schools throughout Missouri and Illinois.
Saint Louis Art Museum
2013 Outdoor Music Series will turn the Museum into an outdoor music venue featuring eight free concerts on Art Hill Plaza and the new South Terrace. The concerts will include diverse music styles highlighting performers throughout the St. Louis community – from folk to experimental jazz.
Shakespeare Festival St. Louis
Shakespeare in the Streets is a “grass roots” theatrical experience that invites St. Louis’ developing neighborhoods to tell their unique community stories by developing original plays based on Shakespeare’s works – plays whose themes best reflect the communities’ social and economic “character.” Residents contribute to all aspects of production from story development to live performance resulting in free, live outdoor performances in their respective community.
St. Louis Symphony
2013-2014 Family Concerts will present interactive and collaborative concerts with some of St. Louis’ most renowned cultural institutions. Performances will include a musical study of common elements with the Saint Louis Art Museum, a fun-filled journey through the history of music where the audience picks the program and the classic children’s story “Peter and the Wolf” performed in partnership with STAGES St. Louis. These unique collaborations will offer program activities that perpetuate the concert experience beyond Powell Hall into museum galleries and school classrooms.
PNC Arts Alive Pre-Show Festival will warmly welcome and immediately engage audiences with 51 nights of free entertainment. Audience members will be able to choose passive, informative or interactive ways to heighten their enjoyment and understanding of musical theatre. The festival will feature community-based organizations, professionals from area arts non-profits, Muny Kids and Teens, small ensembles and The PNC Artist Corner – interviews with professional musical theatre artists about their experiences as performers, musicians, choreographers, set designers and costumers.