The St. Louis Arts Chamber of Commerce is committed to developing a strong local arts and culture network that effectively supports local artists and markets the St. Louis region as an arts destination. We support artists and arts organizations as they build their businesses and the region into a vibrant and kinetic arts community. The St. Louis Arts Chamber of Commerce advocates for all genres of the arts, from drawing to dance, storytelling to theatre, fiber arts to sculpture, and all creative arts avenues in between.
Frequently called upon to assist individual artists develop their businesses, a pattern emerged: St Louis region artists needed to network better to support their businesses while growing their patron base as well as learn and implement key business practices. Thus was born the St Louis Arts Chamber of Commerce. It has four current programs:
It is estimated there are more than 19,000 artists/creatives in the St. Louis Metropolitan region actually working in a creative position. (Just in case you want to check the math). This does not include all the hobbyists and small businesses. Artists come in all abilities, sizes, ages, colors, nationalities, creeds, orientation and any other suspect class. Pablo Picasso said that every child is born an artist, the problem is how to remain one once we grow up. The Arts Chamber would add, how to survive as one once we grow up.
Our mission is to foster the growth and development of the St. Louis regional arts economy and to establish St. Louis as a regional, national, and global destination for the arts an artists.