The arts have a unique power to inspire thoughtful discussion among diverse audiences, to bring people together, and to bridge divides through shared experiences.

There are issues that would benefit from considered collaboration between the arts and the faith community.  There is no other organized, ongoing activity elsewhere in our community with this focus.

This process of collaboration will build on the St. Louis community's traditions of strong interfaith and inter-group collaboration, mutual respect among diverse groups, and civility in public discourse.


Arts & Faith St. Louis began on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 with an interfaith commemoration in music at The Sheldon Concert Hall. The concert, which has become an annual event, has been presented to capacity audiences each year. 

Headlined by renowned soprano Christine Brewer and other acclaimed local musicians, the event also showcases the performances of many diverse faith groups, providing attendees with a unique opportunity for reflection, unity, and peace. 

The concerts demonstrate the transformational power of a shared musical experience!


Arts & Faith St. Louis is guided by a diverse group of leaders from arts organizations and faith communities: 


Carolyn Losos  Chair 

Batya Abramson-Goldstein  Arts & Fatih St. Louis

Laura Arnold  Webster Groves Presbyterian Church

Rev. Sheila Bouie-Sledge North Park United Methodist Church

Gretta Forrester Arts & Faith St. Louis

Leonard Frankel Interfaith Partnership of Greater St. Louis

Dr. Laura Franklin  Saint Louis University

Dr. Ghazala Hayat, MD  Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis

Leslie Heberlie  Interfaith Partnership of Greater St. Louis

Rev. Dieter Heinzl  Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church (USA)

Frank Jacobs Arts & Faith St. Louis

Rabbi Howard Kaplansky  Arts & Faith St. Louis 

Jim Kemp  First Congregational Church of St. Louis, UCC

Milton Kendrick III   Central Baptist Church - St. Louis

Eugene Kornblum   Arts & Faith St. Louis

Mont Levy  Arts & Faith St. Louis

Brian Mackay Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Phyllis Markus  Michael and Barbara Newmark Institute for Human Relations / JCRC

Michael P. McMillan  Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis

Timothy O’Leary  Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

F. Javier Orozco, OFS, PhD  Archdiocese of St. Louis

Maharat Rori Picker Neiss  Jewish Community Relations Council

Garnita L. Pleas James  African Methodist Episcopal Church

Paul K. Reuter  The Sheldon Concert Hall & Art Galleries

Rev. C. Jessel Strong  African Methodist Episcopal Church


Paul Reuter  Administrative Coordination

Barbara Murray   Development, Marketing and Public Relations Coordination

Quintin Reed  Event Production and Community Engagement Coordination

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