About | Schedule

When: TBD
Where: UMSL, J.C. Penney Conference Center, Summit Lounge


How Art Builds Community

The Center for the Humanities invites you to join speakers from across the Midwest and St. Louis in exploring the power of art to effect changes in urban neighborhoods and communities. The majority of artists live in cities and their work often addresses urban concerns of health, happiness, diversity, security, freedom of expression, and a sustainable environment. We examine such questions as: How do art and artists help sustain our cities? Why should we support the work of artists? Why do cities need art and vice versa? Why should citizens and voters know about the artists and art projects in their communities and beyond? 

Registration

  • Advance registration is required.
  • Registration is free and open to the public.
  • Register Online for What Is a City? or by calling (314) 516-5974.
We ask that registrants please bring canned food donations, which will be delivered to a St. Louis food pantry.


Parking permits for Oct. 25-26 will be mailed to pre-registrants for a fee of $10. Parking in Lot C. (The J.C. Penney Conference Center is building 2 on the UMSL North Campus map.) The Conference is accessible by MetroLink and campus shuttle. Parking and building are disabled accessible.

The University reserves the right to cancel any program. In the event of cancellation, you will be notified immediately. The University of Missouri-St. Louis is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity.

Sponsors

The What Is a City? conference is sponsored in part by:

  • Centene Corporation
  • St. Louis Equity Fund Inc.
  • Laumeier Sculpture Park
  • Pierre Laclede Honors College, UMSL
  • School of Professional & Continuing Studies, UMSL


The University reserves the right to cancel any program. In the event of cancellation, you will be notified immediately. The University of Missouri-St. Louis is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity.

 

Schedule

TBD

  • 8:45 a.m. | Check In - Summit Lounge, J.C. Penney Conference Center, UMSL
  • 9:00 a.m. | Opening and Welcome
    • Jill A. McGuire, Executive Director of Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis
    • Diane Touliatos, Director of the Center for the Humanities, UMSL
  • 9:15 a.m. | TASK: An Improvisational, Collaborative Approach to Community-Building
    • Kendra Paitz, Curator of Exhibitions, University Galleries of Illinois State University
  • 10:15 a.m. | Beyond Program: Making a Commitment to Community 
    • Renee Franklin, Community and Public Programs Director, Saint Louis Art Museum
    • Jennifer Doyle, Teacher Services, Saint Louis Art Museum
    • Sherri Williams, Family Programs, Saint Louis Art Museum
  • 11:25 a.m. | Adolescents Becoming Art Professionals
    • E. Louis Lankford, Des Lee Foundation Endowed Professor of Art Education, UMSL 
    • Priscilla Block, Executive Director, St. Louis ArtWorks
  • 12:30 p.m. | Lunch (on your own)
  • 1:40 p.m. | The Art of Asking a Question in Public: How Community Murals Can Open the Door to New Civic Dialogue
    • Dave Loewenstein, muralist, writer, printmaker; Lawrence, Kansas
  • 2:45 p.m. Becoming an Art City
    • Mary Louise Schumacher, art & architecture critic, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • 3:50 p.m. | The Arts Next Door: Artists and Activists in Community
    Collaboration
    • Roseann Weiss, Director of Community Art & Public Art Initiatives, St. Louis Regional Arts Commission (RAC)
  • 4:45 p.m. | Conference Closes for the Day

TBD

  • 8:45 a.m. | Check In - Summit Lounge, J.C. Penney Conference Center, UMSL
  • 9:00 a.m. | Welcome 
    • Tom George, Chancellor, UMSL
    • Karen Lucas, Associate Director, Center for the Humanities, UMSL
  • 9:10 a.m. | The Value of Public Art in City Building
    • Meridith McKinley, Partner, Via Partnership 
  • 10:15 a.m. | How the Arts Help Make Place
    • Marilu Knode, Executive Director, Laumeier Sculpture Park, and Aronson Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art, UMSL
  • 11:15 a.m. | Different Perspectives on the Power of Art
    • Nancy Kranzberg, St. Louis Arts Advocate, Panel Moderator
    • Juan William Chavez, St. Louis artist
    • Dana Turkovic, Curator of Exhibitions, Laumeier Sculpture Park
    • Dail Chambers, Studio and Community Artist, Yeyo Arts Collective  
    • Jessica Baran, Art Writer, Riverfront Times
  • 12:45 p.m. | Conference Closes