About The Kranzberg Arts Foundation

Our Mission

Through the development of artistic venues, studios and workspaces, short and long-term residencies, and community-based programming, the Kranzberg Arts Foundation provides essential infrastructure for the arts to thrive in the St. Louis region.

Taking an arts-based approach to community development, the Foundation ensures we are aligning our investments with the needs and vision of the broader community. Committed to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive approach, we further economic development and cultural sustainability, while helping to establish St. Louis as a premier arts and entertainment destination.


The Kranzberg Arts Foundation and founders, Ken and Nancy Kranzberg have made lasting contributions that have changed the landscape of the arts community in the St. Louis region. In particular, their support and guidance in Grand Center Arts District have led to the development and relocation of many of St. Louis’ most important cultural institutions and venues including KDHX 88.1 FM, KWMU 90.7 FM, the Sun Theater, and Metro Theater Company.

Since 2006, we have been passionately committed to providing local, emerging artists and community arts organizations the vital space and tools to perform and showcase their work, thus fulfilling the collective vision to be part of not only a vibrant and growing arts ecosystem, but also a premier arts and entertainment destination.

The Kranzberg Arts Foundation has developed and currently operates venues, galleries, studios, and office space for artists and arts organizations – at The Kranzberg, .ZACK, The Marcelle, The Grandel, Hansen House, The Dark Room, The Big Top, High Low, Sophie’s Artist Lounge, 3333 Washington, Walls Off Washington, and 3701 Grandel Square. The Foundation has been instrumental in the formation of Music at the Intersection Music Festival, Intersessions Micro-Conference, Wednesday Night Jazz Jam, and St. Louis Art Place InitiativeThrough the foundation’s tireless efforts and generous contributions, necessary infrastructure has been put in place for the arts to thrive in St. Louis for generations to come.

The Kranzberg Arts Foundation is steadfast in its commitment to fostering artistic expression. As an institution, we maintain a policy of non-interference, ensuring that artists featured in our venues are afforded the ability to explore and express their creative visions without restraint.Please note that the views and opinions presented by the artists do not inherently represent those of the Kranzberg Arts Foundation, nor do they reflect the perspectives of our trustees, staff, or patrons.This principle underscores our dedication to supporting artistic diversity while upholding the integrity of our mission.

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