The next generation of St. Louis artists and arts leaders took the stage at A Midsummer Night’s Drink at the Centene Center for the Arts. Hosted by the Arts and Education Council’s Young Friends of the Arts, the event was an opportunity for St. Louis’ young professionals to connect over cocktails and celebrate the region’s vibrant arts community while supporting A&E, the area’s only privately supported united arts fund. Teen pianist Royce Martin, recently named a 2017 Rising Star by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, performed. Royce Martin is a scholarship recipient of A&E's Art Education Fund, underwritten by Wells Fargo Advisors. The winners of A&E’s inaugural stARTup Competition for arts entrepreneurs, Antoinette Carroll of Creative Reaction Lab and Amanda Wells of Flow Literary Center, pitched their ideas on how to change St. Louis through the arts. Cocktails were crafted by Ted Kilgore of Planter’s House; hors d’oeuvres were from Turn, Vietnam Style, Pastaria and Whitebox Eatery. Beer was provided by 4 Hands Brewery.