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