Next ‘St. Louis Up Close’ to look at art and community building

Art and community building in St. Louis is the next social issue to be explored in a new series featuring casual conversations with local nonprofit leaders.

The series, “St. Louis Up Close,” is sponsored by WUSTL’s Gephardt Institute for Public Service and the Community Service Office. Talks are free and open to the public.

“Art and Community Building: Cherokee Street and Beyond” will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 21, in the Liberman Graduate Center, Danforth University Center, Room 300.

The discussion will explore some of the amazing strides St. Louis is making in the arts as an agent for social change and will look at such questions as:

• What is the role of the arts in neighborhood revitalization?
• Why are the arts an essential component of a strong community?
• How can you get involved?

The discussion will feature Con Christeson, co-founder and managing artist of the Community CollabARTive at Peter & Paul Community Services and an instructor at Webster University; Bruce Lindsey, dean and E. Desmond Lee Professor for Community Collaboration at WUSTL’s College of Architecture and Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Design in the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts; and Roseann Weiss, director of Community Art Programs and Public Art Initiatives for the Regional Arts Commission.

The next session in the series, “Hungry Children in St. Louis,” will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, in the DUC, Room 236.

For more information, contact the Gephardt Institute at (314) 935-9104 or email: