Thought Leaders Forum for Culture

The Thought Leaders Forum for Culture (The Forum) is a group of community leaders who have expertise, backgrounds and affiliations in specific sectors of civic life – business, economic and community development, education, government, health and human services - that intersect or have the potential to intersect more deeply with arts and culture. They have a broad knowledge of St Louis and its history and have demonstrated through service to their fields or to the community, an interest and commitment to making St. Louis thrive.

The Forum will meet throughout the cultural planning process to provide advice to the initiative and serve as a link to the broader community in the development of the plan. A robust, community engagement process informed by online and phone surveys, town hall meetings, and neighborhood convenings will inform the focus, direction and work of The Forum, strategically directed by RAC staff, Commissioners and consultants hired to oversee the planning process.

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Kelly Pollock

Executive Director
COCA-Center of Creative Arts

For eighteen years, Kelly Pollock has been an integral leader at COCA-Center of Creative Arts in St. Louis, serving as the organization’s Executive Director since 2010.
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Cynthia Prost

President and CEO
Arts and Education Council of Greater St. Louis

Cynthia Prost has over twenty years of nonprofit leadership experience and currently serves as President of the Arts and Education Council since 2008. In this role, she oversees all institutional matters including fundraising and grant making.
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Andrea Purnell

Audience Development Assistant
Saint Louis Art Museum

Andrea Purnell has had success professionally in her career both as an artist and an arts administrator. She has been engaged in public outreach and media relations, appearing in numerous local broadcasts and has maintained an active artistic career.
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Jason Q. Purnell

Associate Professor
Brown School Washington University

Dr. Jason Purnell is an associate professor in the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. He is trained in both applied psychology and public health.
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Michael Scully

Regional President
PNC Bank

Michael Scully is Regional President of PNC Bank in St. Louis where he leads the local executive banking team. In addition, he represents PNC in the community and directs community engagement.
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Sheila M. Sweeney

St. Louis Economic Development Partnership

Sheila Sweeney, a native of St. Louis, has championed the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership organization for more than two decades. In 2013, she chaired the committee to form the Partnership and was the first chair of its board.
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Elizabeth Tucker

Alive Media Group

Elizabeth Tucker cofounded ALIVE Media Group in 2001. AMG is a creative agency, content studio, digital marketing firm and publishing company.