Arts & Faith St. Louis Statement on Racial Equity
Arts & Faith St. Louis is outraged and saddened by the murder of George Floyd and the many other instances of racism and violence inflicted on Black Americans in our country over many years.
We deplore systemic racism and stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the Black community in calling for racial justice and transformation that leads to greater equity in our society.
There is no room for any form of hatred in our hearts and acts of violence in our communities. We’ve made mistakes in the past and we acknowledge that we have not done enough.
We pledge to continue working to ensure that our leadership and programming are racially diverse and to work for a more harmonious St. Louis, both as an organization and as individuals, so as to dismantle systemic racism and create a society that uplifts the dignity of all human beings.
Arts & Faith St. Louis
Receives 2020 FOCUS St. Louis "What Is Right With the Region Award"
for "Fostering Creativity for Social Change"
FOCUS St. Louis 2020 "What is Right with the Region Award:
Fostering Creativity for Social Change
"The arts have a special ability to touch both the heart and mind--building bridges between people of different faiths, races, cultures, economic condition and geography. Since 2011, Arts & Faith St. Louis has used the power of music to remind our community of our shared spiritual and human values at an annual concert at The Sheldon Concert Hall. The event provides an opportunity to meet people of many faiths, races and backgrounds and is an opportunity to begin healing the divisions in our community." -- Laura Arnold, Chair, Arts & Faith St. Louis
Video of Laura Arnold receiving the award:
Live-streamed on HEC-TV from The Sheldon Concert Hall
View on Cable, Website or Facebook
Our tenth annual Arts & Faith St. Louis event, “Songs of Compassion” on October 25th, will be live-streamed at 4 PM on HEC-TV from The Sheldon Concert Hall without an audience to assure the safety of our artists and audience. The program will feature powerful music sung by soloists from diverse faith communities—including Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh, The Sheldon’s City of Music All-Star Chorus, renowned soprano Christine Brewer and dynamic jazz vocalist Anita Jackson. As a special feature, we will pay tribute to the many dedicated doctors, nurses and healthcare workers who are doing their works of compassion during the pandemic, through a new song by Paul Reuter entitled “Thank You” sung by Christine Brewer. During the song we will show moving photographs of healthcare workers, including Christine’s own daughter Elisabeth who is a nurse. Throughout the program we will also show images of works of compassion performed by faith communities represented in the concert.
Soprano Christine Brewer Jazz Vocalist Anita Jackson
The program will feature powerful music sung by soloists from diverse faith communities and our Interfaith Youth Chorus, soprano Christine Brewer and jazz vocalist Anita Jackson. As a special feature, we will pay tribute to the many dedicated doctors, nurses and healthcare workers who are doing their works of compassion during the pandemic, through a new song entitled “Thank You” sung by Christine Brewer. During the song we will show moving photographs taken by healthcare workers themselves. Throughout the concert we will also have images of works of compassion performed by faith communities represented in the concert.
Elisabeth Brewer - RN Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Here are a few of the artists who will perform. This is "Mi Chamocha (Marching to the Promised Land)" by Rob Aronson.
Access to the live-steamed concert on HEC-TV will be on cable in St. Louis City and County on Charter/Spectrum channel 989 or channel 108.26 or 118.26 for those with digital TVs, and on AT&T U-Verse. It can be also viewed live on the HEC-TV website – www.hecmedia.org and on Facebook.
2020 Storytelling Events ...
“STORIES OF COMPASSION” -- IN JULY, ARTS & FAITH ST. LOUIS AND THE ST. LOUIS STORYTELLING FESTIVAL PRESENTED TWO VIRTUAL EVENTS ON FACEBOOK AND ZOOM
On July 19, 2020 four amazing storytellers from different faith communities in the St. Louis region presented their "Stories of Compassion" for adults:
Rev. Sheila Bouie-Sledge – North Park United Methodist Church
Rabbi Susan Talve – Central Reform Congregation
Sabira Jamal – Muslim storyteller from a Pakistani family and a former teacher
Fr. Mark Wedig – Dominican friar, Aquinas Institute of Theology at St. Louis University
On July 22, 2020 a virtual free children's storytelling event included these four special storytellers with their "Stories of Compassion" for children:
Patty Carleton – Baha’i storyteller, former children’s librarian at St. Louis Public Library
Barbara Raznick – Jewish storyteller, former head of Saul Brodsky Jewish Community Library
Janet Brown – Episcopal, arts educator and theater teacher
Dr. Sumbul Meraj, M.D. – Muslim storyteller, Infectious Disease Specialist at St. Elizabeth Hospital and Memorial Hospital
On April 26, 2020 Arts & Faith St. Louis co-hosted with the St. Louis Storytelling Festival our first virtual storytelling event "STORIES OF COMPASSION"
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 - “Marabout"
Below is the full video of the April 26, 2020 virtual storytelling event. Click the arrow in the bottom left corner to play.
Last 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 shared their songs and music of hope. Also featured was celebrated soprano Christine Brewer, who performed new music by composer and clarinetist Stephanie Berg that premiered at Powell Symphony Hall, and a specially-assembled Interfaith Youth Chorus led by Maria Ellis.