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ST. LOUIS NEWS TODAY - Metro Arts in Transit Program Awarded More Than $20,000 in Grants
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, August 19, 2018 - Metro Arts in Transit said will receive a total of more than $20,000 from two funding sources - the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis and the Missouri Arts Council - to fund public art programs that support local artists, enhance the public transit experience, and add beauty and art to the neighborhoods served by the Metro Transit system.

Metro Arts in Transit was recently awarded a $10,000 grant from the Regional Arts Commission and a $10,117 grant from the Missouri Arts Council. Both organizations work to broaden the growth, availability and appreciation of the arts, and these funds will be used to support three transit-oriented community art programs: MetroScapes, MetroLines and Art in Motion.

MetroScapes is an annual public art program that reproduces the original work of local artists on large posters and features them at more than 200 MetroBus shelters and Metro Transit locations throughout the St. Louis region for a year.

MetroLines is a regional poetry competition that invites writers and local poets to submit their works for consideration to be reproduced on posters including visual imagery, and displayed on MetroLink trains and MetroBus vehicles as they travel throughout the bi-state area.

Art in Motion is an art program that allows the public to transform Metro buses into rolling works of art. Children, families and others are invited to paint specially designed murals on each side of the art bus, and the murals stay on display for one year as it travels along various routes throughout the St. Louis region.

"The Regional Arts Commission and Missouri Arts Council have been tremendous partners over the years," said David Allen, Director of Metro Arts in Transit. "Their support and generous contributions will strengthen our public art programs and ensure we are able to celebrate and highlight art that can be enjoyed by our riders and all of the communities Metro serves."

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Jim Weddle, Edward Jones managing partner, kicks off the firm's 2018 workplace giving campaign for the Arts and Education Council. Photo by Jim Wolfe.
Edward Jones Raises $1 Million for Arts and Education Council
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, August 14, 2018 - The Arts and Education Council (A&E) has announced that Edward Jones and its associates raised more than $1 million to A&E's annual campaign for the second consecutive year.

Over 2,500 associates contributed more than $702,000 toward the campaign through Edward Jones' workplace giving initiative. The firm made a corporate gift of $350,000, an 8% increase over 2017, bringing the campaign total to more than $1 million. The 2018 campaign marks the 40th anniversary of the firm's first gift to A&E. Since 1978, Edward Jones and associates have contributed nearly $11 million to A&E in support of the arts across the St. Louis region.

"Because we believe the arts enrich our lives, we support the A&E annual campaign to help ensure they remain accessible to families and schools in the St. Louis region. I'm proud that so many of our associates gave of their time and their money to help us support the incredible agencies and organizations that bring the arts to the St. Louis area. As a firm, we value the opportunity to make a positive difference to our clients and our communities," said Jim Weddle, Edward Jones managing partner.

For two weeks in May, associates were encouraged to support the arts in St. Louis by making gifts to A&E. Associates contributed to the firm's overall campaign goal by making gifts via payroll deduction, cash or online donation. The campaign committee, steered by partner chair Brian Donaldson and associate chair Denise Ruebsam, included nearly 300 associates who organized activities such as the second annual Lip Sync Battle, which raised more than $25,000, and performances from A&E grantees.

"A&E believes a region rich with arts and cultural experiences is critical to creating and sustaining vibrant communities, so we are truly grateful to Edward Jones and all 2,500 individuals giving to A&E through this campaign," said Cynthia A. Prost, A&E president and CEO. "Workplace giving campaigns are increasingly powerful drivers of employee engagement that harness the strength of numbers to shape a more vibrant arts community for all."

Edward Jones will continue its fundraising efforts for A&E this fall when more than 500 financial advisors and branch office administrators across the region host workplace giving campaigns forA&E.

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Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine Ranked Among Nation's Best
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, August 14, 2018 - For 26 years straight, Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine have ranked among the nation's best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, including a place on the prestigious Honor Roll in the 2018 Best Hospitals edition.

To date, Barnes-Jewish is the only hospital in St. Louis or the state of Missouri to be recognized among the best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report.

Barnes-Jewish was ranked nationally in all 12 data-driven specialties and To help patients decide where to receive care, U.S. News generates hospital rankings by evaluating data on nearly 5,000 hospitals in 16 adult specialties, 9 adult procedures and conditions and 10 pediatric specialties.

To be nationally ranked in a specialty, a hospital must excel in caring for the sickest, most medically complex patients. The ratings in procedures and conditions, by contrast, focus on typical Medicare patients. Hospitals that do well in multiple areas of adult care may be ranked in their state and metropolitan area. Barnes-Jewish Hospital is ranked nationally in 12 adult specialties . It also achieved the highest rating possible in 8 procedures or conditions.

In tabulating the Best Hospitals Honor Roll rankings, U.S. News & World Report surveyed more than 10,000 specialists and evaluated data from nearly 5,000 hospitals across the U.S. The Honor Roll features the 20 elite hospitals that ranked best in the nation.

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