The Kickoff Cocktail Reception for the Arts and Education Council's Arts Awards was held at Switch in St. Louis. Guests were were introduced to the 2018 honorees. The 2018 St. Louis Arts Awards Honorees are:

  • Johnetta Haley, Music Educator, Lifetime Achievement in the Arts
  • Dennis M. Reagan, The Muny, Lifetime Achievement in the Arts
  • Gene Dobbs Bradford, Jazz St. Louis, Excellence in the Arts
  • Keith Tyrone Williams, Grand Center Arts Academy, Art Educator of the Year
  • Art on the Square, Arts Collaboration
  • Saint Louis Fashion Fund, Arts Startup of the Year
  • World Wide Technology, Inc., Corporate Support of the Arts

The event included music, hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Co-chairs for the event will be Susan Block and John Russell. The 2018 St. Louis Arts Awards will be held January 22, 2018 at the Chase Park Plaza.