The 2019 St. Louis Arts Awards was held recently at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel. It was an elegant evening of cocktails and dinner, an awards presentation and inspiring performances that include singing sensation Kennedy Holmes, The Big Muddy Dance Company, 11-year-old pianist, Jerry Chang and The Sheldon’s City of Music All-Star Chorus, along with a special appearance from actor Bryan Batt. The St. Louis Arts Awards honored the artists, educators, philanthropists, corporate citizens and arts organizations that make our region vibrant. This year’s honorees were Ken Page - Lifetime Achievement in the Arts, Brent Benjamin - Excellence in the Arts, Amy Freet - Arts Educator of the Year, Noemi and Michael Neidorff - Excellence in Philanthropy, Sue Greenberg - Champion for the Arts, Chris Hansen - Arts Innovator, and Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis - Arts Startup of the Year. Co-chairs for the evening were Solomon Thurman and Pat Smith-Thurman.