Sunshine Cultural Arts Center // Growing East St. Louis through the Arts

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Our Mission

The Sunshine Cultural Arts Center exists to uplift the lives of children and families in the Metro East through a holistic arts environment.

Our Core Values

Promote culture to increase self-confidence, self-awareness and community investment.

build healthier communities by investing in our strong community members.

Promote the healthy growth and development through art and music.

To grow East St. Louis through the Arts

Develop children as ambassadors of peace, hope and understanding amidst diversity.

Who We Are

The Sunshine Cultural Arts Center - where teaching and learning are informed not only by the content of the discipline but also by the lives of those we serve.


The Sunshine Cultural Arts Center is a community of committed teachers, leaders, volunteers, mentors and community development professionals dedicated to the advancement and revitalization of the Metro East.


We are led by Sylvester “Sunshine” Lee who, through a lifetime of tireless service, advocates and develops community programming to decrease gaps of opportunity. He reminds us that our most enriching resource are the lives we touch.


100% of our participants graduate from high-school.


73% have improved their academic achievement.


93% have gone on to four-year universities following graduation.