The Sunshine Cultural Arts Center

Growing East St. Louis through the Arts

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The mission of The Sunshine Cultural Arts Center is to transform the lives of the youth and families of the Metro East through culturally-informed, nationally recognized programming.

We are here to empower people and revitalize a community at risk - to grow East St. Louis through the arts.



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

Promote healthy growth and development through art and music.


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.

Build stronger communities by investing in our community members.

Develop children as ambassadors of peace, hope and understanding as tomorrow’s leaders.