This month PNC Bank Voices of Achievement and KMOX are proud to recognize Jill McGuire, Executive Director of the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis and Cynthia Prost, President of the Arts and Education Council. Voices of Achievement is brought to you exclusively by PNC Bank – for the achiever in us all.About Jill McGuire
McGuire founded and has led the Regional Arts Commission (RAC), the St. Louis region’s
largest arts agency, for the last 26 years. She has been recognized for her leadership, arts advocacy and creative approaches to grantmaking, having distributed more than 5600 grants, totaling over $73 million.
In 2003, McGuire opened the RAC Cultural Resource Center, a 20,000 square foot facility, housing administrative offices, a gallery, performance and rehearsal space and flexible meeting space for the arts community. Her other major accomplishments include: promoting individual artists through public/private partnerships such as ArtSpace – retail space reinvented as a thriving artists’ colony; hosting the first Community Arts Convening in the country; advocating for and establishing the first percent for art program in the City of St. Louis; creating a major arts stabilization fund; establishing a cultural tourism action-plan for the region; creating the Arts Commandos, a unique volunteer corps for the arts; and establishing a strong cultural diversity and freedom of expression policies for the Commission.
McGuire’s leadership in the arts extends beyond the St. Louis region and the state of Missouri. McGuire has been a long-time advocate for greater public support for the arts. She currently serves on the Missouri Citizens for the Arts board, an advocacy organization for the state arts council. In the early ‘90’s, McGuire was one of the founding directors of the first art political action committee in the United States, Arts and Humanities for America or AHA!
McGuire has also served as board member and past vice president of Americans for the Arts; president of the United States Urban Arts Federation, an alliance of executive directors of the local arts agencies in the nation’s fifty largest cities; and committee member for the National Association of Counties, Arts and Culture Committee. She has been invited for the last two years to the inaugural Executive Leadership Institute at the Aspen Institute and the Sundance Lodge.
She has been named one of the “Influentials” by the St. Louis Business Journal for several years and has received national, state and local awards for her leadership in the arts.
McGuire has been a Community and Cultural Policy Instructor for the Masters of Arts Administration Program at Webster University, and is frequently a guest speaker, lecturer and presenter.
Prior to the Regional Arts Commission, McGuire served as Executive Assistant to Mayor Vince Schoemehl, with whom she worked to create the Commission in 1985. During her tenure in the Mayor’s Office, McGuire worked on international flight business to St. Louis, the Convention and Tourism Commission and special initiatives of the Mayor’s office such as cable TV and ballot issues.About Cynthia Prost
Cynthia Prost has been President of the Arts and Education Council since June 2008.She has expanded the marketing and fundraising efforts for the region’s United Arts Fund, and has overseen a major operating effort for the Centene Center for Art’s and Education, the Council’s arts center and home to 18 leading non profit arts organizations.
Prior to that Ms. Prost served as Executive Director of Cultural Festivals, a nonprofit arts organization that specializes in presenting unique community festivals and special events. Signature artistic programs created during her tenure include the nationally ranked Saint Louis Art Fair and the award winning St. Louis Jazz & Heritage Festival as well as the Big Read, an annual book festival.
Previous positions include serving as Director of Marketing for CBS radio affiliate in St. Louis and as Director of Special Events for the City of St. Louis. She received a Grand Center Visionary Arts Award in 2007 as the Outstanding Arts Professional and the YWCA Leadership Award in 2006 for Non-Profit Management.
She serves as a member of the Private Sector Council for the Americans for the Arts, the St. Louis Forum and is a graduate of the Focus St. Louis Leadership Program. She also serves on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Community Advisory Board, Clear Channel Communications Community Board, is a former Commissioner of the St. Louis Zoological Park, Tax Incremental Financing Commission for the City of St. Louis and involved in many community activities.
Ms. Prost received her Master’s degree in management and her Bachelor’s degree in communications, magna cum laude, from Fontbonne University.
LISTEN: Jill McGuire and Cynthia Prost join KMOX’s Debbie Monterrey and PNC Bank Regional President Rick Sems to chat about their achievements.
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