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Start with Art

Investing in local art is an investment in our community.

Investing in art is a resilient financial strategy, diversifying portfolios for those able to acquire pieces with an eye on returns. While opportunities abound in Webster Groves and Kirkwood, supporting local artists and galleries can be done without significant financial outlay. The local art scene is a powerful way to invest in our community's economic and cultural vitality. 

 "A donation of any size to a non-profit like Webster Arts is a legacy. Your giving is an investment that allows us to plan the next year, five years, ten years down the road – really deepening our roots in a community. We are seeing more young families move into the area; your support allows Webster Arts to build bridges, adapt, and find out what it looks like to serve this growth area of our community."

  • Heather Sparkman, Webster Arts, Communications & Marketing Director

"I didn't realize how many different arts organizations existed locally. Every weekend, there is something to do related to the arts. The Regional Arts Commission recently shared the results of a study highlighting what the arts bring to St. Louis: the arts bring in more tourism dollars than sports. At the gallery, we see first-hand the impact non-profit arts have on local economies. So often, someone comes to shop at our gallery, and they will ask me, 'Where should I go for lunch in Webster?' More money stays here because someone came to see the art."

  • Mary Martin, Green Door Art Gallery, Owner

"Our arts program exists in partnership with the community. Students in photography, film/video/television production, animation, and video game design programs are required to have internships with local companies to prepare them for what is really expected. That is a seeding ground for hiring. Our staff member is responsible for bringing together companies interested in interns and students looking for internships. So, if you own a business and want to invest in the arts, consider working with our Communications Department internship program."

  • Kristina Richards, Kooyumjian Gallery of Webster University, Gallery Director

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