OUR MISSION


"To build a harmonious St. Louis by establishing an ongoing, intentional 

relationship between the arts and the faith communities"


Coming this fall...
2020 Arts & Faith St. Louis Tenth Annual Interfaith Concert
"Songs of Compassion"
October 25, 2020 4 PM   The Sheldon Concert Hall

This year we are working to inspire much-needed compassion as we all respond to the Covid-19 pandemic and its consequences on so many in our community.


The theme of our tenth annual concert is “Songs of Compassion” and is scheduled at the Sheldon Concert Hall on Sunday, October 25, 2020, with performances by renowned soprano Christine Brewer, our Interfaith Youth Chorus, and musicians from many diverse faith communities. We will show “Pictures of Compassion” documenting works of mercy by so many individuals and organizations through photography taken by members of the St. Louis Camera Club. We will pay special tribute to the works of compassion by the many dedicated doctors, nurses and healthcare workers who have cared for the sick in the St. Louis region.


If we are not able to present the October 25th concert due to restrictions or concerns caused by the pandemic, we will proceed with a unique Plan B virtual event on that same date.


We are also continuing our other online work with virtual events in collaboration with the St. Louis Storytelling Festival, and by developing new programs in both the visual arts and written word that connect and inspire arts and faith communities in St. Louis.


Here are a few artists you will experience at the concert: "Mi Chamocha (Marching to the Promised Land)" by Rob Aronson


“STORIES OF COMPASSION”  --  ARTS & FAITH ST. LOUIS CO-PRESENTED A VIRTUAL STORYTELLING EVENT WITH THE ST. LOUIS STORYTELLING FESTIVAL   Sunday, April 26, 2020 at 2:00 PM


On April 26, 2020 at 2:00 PM, Arts & Faith St. Louis and the St. Louis Storytelling Festival, an MU Extension Program, co-hosted a virtual free storytelling event on the theme “Stories of Compassion.”

The free event was be available only on Zoom: https://muextension.zoom.us/j/519027333

Four storytellers from Christian, Hindu, Muslim and Jewish faith communities in the St. Louis region presented their “Stories of Compassion”:


David Greenhaw of Eden Seminary - "On Epidemics and Orphans"

Bala Anantharama of the Hindu Faith - “Global Well-Being”

Mufti Asif Omar of the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis - "Story of a Rider and An Old Man"

Rabbi James Stone Goodman of Central Reform Congregation - “How Many Does It Take?"


CANCELED: The Arts & Faith St. Louis Interfaith Tours at the Saint Louis Art Museum, scheduled for
April 5, 2020 and May 3, 2020 are canceled.  The Saint Louis Art Museum issued the following: 

Saint Louis Art Museum COVID-19 Closure Notice

Out of concern for the health and safety of our visitors, staff, and volunteers, and the potential spread of COVID-19 in our city and region, the Saint Louis Art Museum will be closed for at least four weeks beginning March 16, 2020.


2019 Arts & Faith St. Louis Ninth Annual Interfaith Concert 

"Songs of Hope"


September 15, 2019  5:30 PM   The Sheldon Concert Hall


The Concert: Adult and Young performers, Musicians, Christine Brewer, Stephanie Berg, Maria Ellis

This year’s concert, “Songs of Hope,” featured both adult and young singers and musicians from six faith communities – including Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Buddhist vocal ensembles from across the metropolitan area who will share their songs and music of hope. Also featured was celebrated soprano Christine Brewer, who performed new music by composer and clarinetist Stephanie Berg that was recently premiered at Powell Symphony Hall, and a specially-assembled Interfaith Youth Chorus led by Maria Ellis. 


New this year: Storytelling

A storyteller, Nartana Premachandra, was chosen to share "words of hope" in collaboration with the MU Extension Division Storytelling Festival.


Post-Event Outside:  #HopeMural

Immediately after the concert, the audience was invited to mingle outside on Washington Boulevard with the artists and faith ensembles and participate in creating “#HopeMural” developed by an interfaith group of teens through Interfaith Quest led by Beth Damsgaard-Rodriguez.  

Overview Video: http://bit.ly/2kXRbLM

Full Concert Video: http://bit.ly/2kTvyMt


 


 2018 Arts & Faith St. Louis Eighth Annual Interfaith Concert 
"Great Music of Many Faiths"

September 16, 2018  5:30 PM The Sheldon Concert Hall

The Concert: Adult and Young performers, Musicians, Christine Brewer, the 442s

This year's concert featured both adult and young singers and musicians from faith communities across the metropolitan area who shared their treasured music with us.  Also performing was celebrated soprano Christine Brewer and the 442s, an ensemble including members of our own St. Louis Symphony.

Video Interludes

The audience experienced short video interludes that set the context for the musical performances all tuned to build bridges of understanding.    

Post-Event Outside 

Immediately following the concert, performers and audience members mingled and continued their interfaith journeys out in front of The Sheldon where displays of interactive activities will be available.   

Pre-Event Radio Interview

An interview on RAF-STL radio was conducted by Kathy Lawton Brown on September 11, 2018 with performers at this year's concert, Christine Brewer and Adam Manass, as well as Mont Levy of Arts & Faith St. Louis. Run time: 39 minutes.
Click on link:  Arts-FaithSTL2018.mp3

Go to "2018 Concert" Tab for the Program, Photos, and Full Video of the Event

2017 Arts & Faith St. Louis Interfaith Concert
"Building Bridges"

Youth groups perform "Love is Love", a new composition by Adam Maness, with Julia Bullock, St. Louis native and fast-rising soprano  


Arts & Faith St. Louis: "Building Bridges"
 "Interfaith Journeys for Teens"   --  A Video Project 

Click here or go to the "Teen Video Project" tab to see more!

Images from Previous Arts & Faith St. Louis Interfaith Concerts

  • 2013 Interfaith Commemoration in Music: Internationally renowned soprano Christine Brewer leads audience and participants in "God Bless America."
    2013 Interfaith Commemoration in Music: Internationally renowned soprano Christine Brewer leads audience and participants in "God Bless America."
  • "Forgiveness in Shakespeare": Rabbi Jim Goodman, Shakespeare Festival Playwright-in-Residence Nancy Bell, and Shakespeare Festival's director of Shakespeare In the Streets Alec Wild
    "Forgiveness in Shakespeare": Rabbi Jim Goodman, Shakespeare Festival Playwright-in-Residence Nancy Bell, and Shakespeare Festival's director of Shakespeare In the Streets Alec Wild
  • 2012 Interfaith Commemoration in Music: Ensemble from Hindu Temple of St. Louis
    2012 Interfaith Commemoration in Music: Ensemble from Hindu Temple of St. Louis
  • "New Kid": Metro Theater actors discuss the play with audience.
    "New Kid": Metro Theater actors discuss the play with audience.
  • 2012 Interfaith Commemoration in Music: Audience members attach peace messages on ribbons to a "Unity Web" designed by local artist Lindsey Scott.
    2012 Interfaith Commemoration in Music: Audience members attach peace messages on ribbons to a "Unity Web" designed by local artist Lindsey Scott.
  • Leaders from arts organizations and faith communities gather to discuss collaboration and communication.
    Leaders from arts organizations and faith communities gather to discuss collaboration and communication.
  • "Following in the Footsteps of Women of Faith": Opera Theatre of Saint Louis interviews Sister Mary Antona Ebo about her role in the civil rights movement.
    "Following in the Footsteps of Women of Faith": Opera Theatre of Saint Louis interviews Sister Mary Antona Ebo about her role in the civil rights movement.
  • 2013 Interfaith Commemoration in Music: St. Louis County Police Pipes and Drum
    2013 Interfaith Commemoration in Music: St. Louis County Police Pipes and Drum
2013 Interfaith Commemoration in Music: Internationally renowned soprano Christine Brewer leads audience and participants in "God Bless America."
2013 Interfaith Commemoration in Music: Internationally renowned soprano Christine Brewer leads audience and participants in "God Bless America."