Grand Center Inc

A nonprofit organization

100% complete

$5,000 Goal


Named the best “Pocket Park” by The Riverfront Times in 2013, Strauss Park is situated in the heart of the Grand Center Arts District, alongside notable institutions such as The Fox Theatre, Jazz St. Louis, the Kranzberg Arts Foundation, The Grandel Theatre, and much more. At its core, it serves as a place for local gathering, relaxation, recreation, and socialization.

Named for Leon Strauss, a prominent St. Louis businessman and philanthropist, Strauss Park represents a “brief respite in the burgeoning artistic spaces of midtown [St. Louis]” with easy access to quiet sitting areas, games of chess, walking paths, green spaces, and a myriad of public art installations. Together with his wife, Mary, Leon Strauss’ vision for a restored city with a grand center ultimately changed the urban landscape of St. Louis.


Since 1985, Grand Center, Inc. has been the happy steward of Strauss Park, maintaining its day-to-day energy and vibrancy through efforts that ensure its continued clean, safe and beautiful atmosphere. At its heart, Grand Center, Inc. is the convener of the District’s businesses, residents, visitors and local arts organizations. And Strauss Park is the idyllic space where new ideas are born and creativity abounds.


We invite you to be fellow stewards of this dynamic, outdoor space. Your contribution on Give STL Day only enhances Grand Center, Inc.’s ability to make and keep Strauss Park a safe and beautiful place to congregate and create.





The mission of Grand Center, Inc. is to advance a thriving community in the Grand Center Arts District.

For more than 40 years, Grand Center, Inc. has worked to make the Grand Center Arts District a vibrant, inspiring destination where arts, music, education, and media thrive and where world-class arts institutions and budding, local talent flourish together. And today, Grand Center is considered one of the most exciting, emerging arts districts in the country. In fact, according to the 2023 Americans for the Arts Arts & Economic Prosperity 6 report, Grand Center generated $135M in economic activity for St. Louis (and 1,200+ jobs within the neighborhood), nearly 8% of the city’s overall output.

Grand Center, Inc. ensures the District’s forward momentum and promotes the unique connections that happen when so many extraordinary assets come together in one place. We provide a platform for positive change in St. Louis along with the message that the Grand Center Arts District is a unique, cultural community in which thousands live, work, play and thrive.

Organization Data


Organization name

Grand Center Inc

other names

Grand Center Arts District

Tax id (EIN)



Arts & Culture, Arts & Culture - Museums, Arts & Culture - Music, Arts & Culture - Theaters

Operating Budget

Small: $250,001 - $1,000,000

Service Area

St Louis City

Audiences Served

General Public


3526 Washington Ave
Saint Louis, MO 63103



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