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:
ARTS & FAITH ST. LOUIS PLANNING COMMITTEE
Carolyn Losos Chair
Batya Abramson-Goldstein Arts & Fatih St. Louis
Laura Arnold Webster Groves Presbyterian Church
Rev. Sheila Bouie-Sledge Salem 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