• 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.

Following the success of the 2011 concert, a working group was formed to pursue further collaboration between faith communities and the arts. In 2013 A&F created a Community Programming Initiative (CPI) to expand this interfaith effort throughout the year and involving a variety of art forms. Since its inception, the CPI has done a number of successful interfaith programs with cornerstone St. Louis arts organizations such as Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, Museum of Contemporary Religious Art (MOCRA), Mustard Seed Theatre, Edison Theatre, and more. 


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

Carolyn Losos, Chair, Arts & Faith St. Louis

Mont Levy, Chair, Arts & Faith St. Louis, Community Programming Initiative

Melissa Littlepage, Program Manager, Arts & Faith St. Louis Community Programming Initiative - (314)665-4951, melissa@artsfaithstl.org


Batya Abramson-Goldstein, Jewish Community Relations Council of St. Louis

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

Leslie Heberlie, Interfaith Partnership of Greater St. Louis

Frank Jacobs, Jacobs International

Rabbi Howard Kaplansky, Michael and Barbara Newmark Institute for Human Relations

Eugene Kornblum, Arts & Faith St. Louis

David Mehl, Interfaith Partnership of Greater St. Louis

Timothy O'Leary, Opera Theatre of St. Louis

Paul Reuter, The Sheldon Concert Hall

Father Paul Stark, SJ,  St. Louis University

Reverend C. Jessel Strong, St. Louis Clergy Coalition

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

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