Arts & Faith St. Louis

An effort to build a more harmonious St. Louis


*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.


The 2011 program, An Interfaith Memorial in Music, brought together religious musical reflections by representatives from St. Louis' Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Hindu communities, as well as performances by world-renowned soprano Christine Brewer, a St. Louis Symphony string quartet, the St. Louis Symphony in Unison Chorus, and others. Senator John Danforth offered spoken remarks, and the program included a presentation of colors by the Pipe and Drum Corps of the City of St. Louis Fire and St. Louis County Police Departments.


Following the success of 'An Interfaith Memorial in Music' commemorating the tenth anniversary of September 11th that took place at The Sheldon in 2011, a working group has formed to pursue further collaboration between faith communities and the arts.


Carolyn Losos, Chair

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

Virginia Braxs, Hispanic Arts Council of St. Louis

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

Karen Hylton, Interfaith Partnership of Greater St. Louis

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

Mont Levy, Arts & Faith St. Louis

Timothy O'Leary, Opera Theatre of St. Louis

Paul Reuter, The Sheldon Concert Hall

Bishop George Wayne Smith, Episcopal Diocese of Missouri

Father Paul Stark,SJ,  St. Louis University

Reverend C. Jessel Strong, St. Louis Clergy Coalition

Dr. Lawrence J. Welch, Archdiocese of St. Louis  


Upcoming Events

Thursday, Apr 24 at 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday, Apr 25 at 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday, Apr 26 at 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday, Apr 27 at 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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