Since our beginnings in 1981, Grand Center Inc. works to connect Grand Center Arts District’s great organizations with one another in a beautiful urban setting that invites people to come and discover new cultural experiences.

We work every day to make Grand Center Arts District a vibrant, inspiring destination where a diverse array of arts, music, education and media can flourish together, and where world-class arts institutions are joined by a growing range of emerging, home-grown talent and opportunity. Our leadership is needed to ensure the District’s forward momentum and to promote the special connections that happen when so many extraordinary assets come together in one place.

A great arts district brings people together and enriches lives. By ensuring that Grand Center Arts District continues to grow and thrive, Grand Center Inc. helps to entertain and empower people through arts for everyone and provides a platform for positive change in St. Louis – as well as a source of civic pride for our regional community.

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Get to Know Our Team


Rich Simmons, Executive Director
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Kim Stelzer, Finance & Operations Director
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Will Strang, Community Engagement Manager
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Liz Mayer, Marketing & Communications Manager
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Sara Pool, Development Coordinator
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Board of Directors

Don G. Lents, Chairman

Douglas L. Kelly, Secretary
John Wuest, Treasurer

Lisa Baudendistel-Suntrup
Marie-Hélène Bernard
Joseph P. Conran
Paul A. DeMerath
Tim Eby
Melissa Kelley
Jeffery Kelley
Kenneth S. Kranzberg
Michael P. McMillan
Lisa Melandri
Julie B. Noonan
Mark O’Bryan
Peter Palermo
Emily Rauh Pulitzer
David J. Rabe
Kathleen M. Ratcliffe
Evans Richardson
Tommy Simons
Cara Starke
Donald M. Suggs
Thomas R. Voss
Laura Vowell
Richard L. Winter
John Wolf*
Emeritus: Richard Gaddes


Ameren Missouri
Bryan Cave LLP
BSI Constructors
Bull Moose Industries
Centene Charitable Foundation
Chameleon Integrated Services

Enterprise Holdings
Fox Associates
Fox Family Foundation
Green Street St. Louis
Harris-Stowe State University
Jordan Charitable Foundation

Jump Company
Meridian Management
Missouri Arts Council
Monsanto Company
Paric Corporation
Regional Arts Commission

Saint Louis University
The Shade Tree Services Company
Steward Family Foundation
UHY Advisors
Webster University
World Wide Technology

Want to Give Back?

When you support Grand Center Inc. you are helping us foster a place to connect people to the arts in St. Louis and enhance the entire St. Louis community. Individual and corporate contributions allow Grand Center Inc. to continue our work to foster and grow our community’s one-of-a-kind stage.