• 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

Arts & Faith St. Louis

Batya Abramson-Goldstein

Arts & Fatih St. Louis

Rev. Christopher Collins, SJ

St. Louis University

Gretta Forrester

Arts & Faith St. Louis

Dr. Ghazala Hayat, MD

Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis

Leslie Heberlie

Interfaith Partnership

Rev. Dieter Heinzl

Ladue Chapel

Frank Jacobs

Arts & Faith St. Louis

Rabbi Howard Kaplansky

Michael and Barbara Newmark Institute for Human Relations / JCRC

Eugene Kornblum

Arts & Faith St. Louis

Mont Levy

Arts & Faith St. Louis

Dr. Billie Mayo

Baha'i Faith

Michael McMillan

Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis

Rev. Dr. David Mehl

Interfaith Partnership

Ron Moitzfield

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Cileia Miranda-Yuen

Arts & Faith 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

Paul K. Reuter

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, Concert Production and Community Engagement Coordination

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