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Artists Prove SocialValue of Art in Ferguson, St. Louis

Promote Peace in St Louis poster in St Louis, MO 2014

A few weeks after Michael Brown’s death rocked residents in and around Ferguson, Missouri, a small printshop in St. Louis took action. The graphic design studio, dubbed Firecracker Press, began hand printing posters emblazoned with the words “Promote peace in St. Louis.”

Amidst protests and heightened police presence in the city, the posters were made available to customers free of charge. Not surprisingly, the shop “sold out” of the wood type creations, though the print continues to live on in photos across sites like Twitter and Instagram. “Tell the world you support the debate that’s happening in Ferguson, MO and in the St. Louis region,” Firecracker wrote on its website. “Issues of inequality touch everyone… some more than others. Making posters is our small way of sharing our voice.”

Firecracker began offering its “Peace Posters” online, charging only for shipping and handling. “FedEx got its cut,” Firecracker owner Eric

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Artists in the Next Cubicle Strengthen the Economy (from the pARTnership Movement)

When Alexander Gottman’s co-workers peer into his cubicle, they don’t see family or vacation photos. They see original art. Gottman works in the information technology department of Guaranty Bank, accessing potential risk for electronic bank transfers for business clients and monitoring the safety of their accounts. Locally owned Guaranty Bank is committed to encouraging employee […]

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Postcard from St. Louis

May 8, 2012 By Rocco Landesman Mayor Buttigeig (standing) of South Bend, Indiana, presents his case study at the recent MICD conference in St. Louis. Photo courtesy of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design At the end of April, I had the opportunity to go to my hometown, St. Louis, for the latest session of […]

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2011 Retreat ~ Friday Booking & Farewells

While state legislative sessions are just getting underway in the new year, perpetual campaigning for the election is no doubt leaving everyone already feeling cranky and cynical (or is that just me?). But take heart, advocates! Despite the cornucopia of GOP candidate positions on public arts funding—ranging anywhere from mild tolerance to total abhorrence—President Obama […]

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Art Talk with the Missouri History Museum

May 25, 2011 St. Louis, Missouri by Liz Stark Katherine Dunham is a legend in the world of modern dance. A pioneer in integrating African and Caribbean dance movements into her choreography, Dunham was inspired by the fieldwork she conducted as an anthropologist, studying African ritual dance in Jamaica, Trinidad, Martinique, and Haiti. Contributing to […]

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