St. Louis Up Close
Join us for this series of casual dialogues with St. Louis nonprofit leaders about the issues they address. All are welcome to attend!
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Community Art as a Tool for Empowerment
Wednesday, October 8, 5-6pm in Danforth University Center 233
"A Show of Strength" is a 2012 documentary telling the story of the men in the The Community CollabARTive art program associated with Peter & Paul Community Services over a period of two years. Transitional housing residents and staff succeed and fail together, and learn to relate to one another on a personal level. How does community art impact the journey of men transitioning from homeless to housed? How do you "learn" and share about community art? This discussion will include a viewing of the film, a live performance by the gentlemen, and discussion facilitated by:
- Con Christeson - Co-founder and managing artist for the community collabARTive of Peter and Paul Community Services in St. Louis. Christeson has presented nationally and internationally about community arts advocacy and evaluation, designing and selling a liveable streetscape, service learning/civic engagement, international student cultural/language integration, integrating arts and artists into cultural development process, and exploring effective arts and activism.
- Lisa Harper Chang - Education Programs Manager, Community & Public Arts Department, Co-Director of the Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute - Regional Arts Commission in St. Louis. Prior to RAC, Lisa served as Community Projects Director at The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts and the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University. She received her MSW from Wash U and a BA in Computational and Applied Mathematics from Rice.
- Regina Martinez - is the Coordinator in Residence at The Pink House an arts-based venture with Beyond Housing and the Rebuild Foundation. Martinez received her MSW from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. Gina is interested in the infinite possibilities created by open doors and neutral space. She is connecting with the potential of neighborliness, storytelling and skill sharing – the building of collective efficacy stimulated by arts-based initiatives that are designed collaboratively.
- Franklin Oros - heads the advertising curriculum in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts and is also involved in curriculum development for an emerging media studies program in the Sam Fox School's College & Graduate School of Art. Oros' recent work focuses on video documentary that places emphasis on issues of social justice and social entrepreneurship which includes "A Show of Strength", which he produced in 2012.
Mental Health in St. Louis: Innovative Approaches to a Complex Challenge
Thursday, November 6, 5-6pm in Danforth University Center 233
The 10-Year plan to end chronic homelessness: where are we after 10 years?
Thursday, January 29, 5-6pm in Danforth University Center 233
In March 2005, the city of St. Louis adopted a "Ten Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness" as coordinated by the National Alliance to End Homelessness. Chronic Homelessness is defined as "long-term or repeated homelessness, often coupled with a disability". Ten years later, has chronic homelessness come to an end in St. Louis? What progress has been made? What will not change? Experts with the City of St. Louis and WU's Brown School of Social Work will join formerly homeless individuals in this discussion, which will include film clips from a ten-year retrospective from the documentary in progress “Ten Years to Home”.
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Tuesday, February 10, 5-6pm
in Danforth University Center 233Contact: Kitty Conroy, 314.935.9104
The local food movement: elite or accessible to all?
Wednesday, April 1, 4-5pm in Danforth University Center 233
"Local food from local producers" and "farm to table" have become popular topics in recent years. What does this movement look like in the St. Louis area? What significant changes and impact has it made on our community’s restaurants, farmer's markets, shopping and dining habits? Has the attention on local food been an advantage to those who experience food insecurity and live in our area’s food desserts? Local food producers, chefs, and WU Bon Appetit staff will help facilitate this discussion.
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- Public Health: Unique & Promising Intervention Strategies
- Financial Deserts: Is paying 391% interest a problem for you?
- St. Louis: Is it the most dangerous city?
- Young, LGBT & Homeless: Unpacking the tensions & realities
- What keeps St. Louis from becoming a top tier city?
- Refugees in St. Louis: Insights on their experience & transition