Today, the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) and Monsanto announced that Monsanto is giving $1 million for a community education center in Grand Center in mid-town St. Louis. According to UMSL, “Scheduled to open in late spring, the building will offer classes and programming in the city’s newest arts center and provide a new home for the studios and offices of St. Louis Public Radio|90.7 KWMU.”
My wife and I spend a lot of time in Grand Center. Decades ago, it was the place to see the latest movies, in large, rather opulent movie theaters that were so common in American cities. Today, it’s the heart of arts and entertainment for the metropolitan area.
Within a few short blocks you can find the St. Louis Symphony, Grandel Square Theatre, Fox Theatre, the Sheldon (considered to be close to acoustically perfect), KETC-Channel 9, St. Louis University, the St. Louis University Art Museum, the Contemporary Arts Museum, and several other arts or entertainment venues. It’s an amazing concentration of art, film, music, live theater and television.
What UMSL is doing with its community education center and bringing St. Louis’s public radio station to Grand Center is a major additional investment in arts and education for St. Louis. It’s an exciting thing see, and more, it’s an exciting thing to benefit from.
We’re glad to be a part of this.
Illustration: Grand Center Map via NextSTL.