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.


Interfaith Concerts

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. 

Beyond the Annual Concerts

In recent years Arts & Faith St. Louis expanded its reach with a wide range of projects to bring groups together through artistic expressions and interfaith connections.

In February 2017 The Cave Projectincluded performances of The Cave,a multimedia opera, reminding us of the common roots of the three Abrahamic religions. Additional programs presented as part of The Cave Project included lectures, presentations, and concerts. Videos, which premiered at the annual 2016 concert, have focused on interfaith youth and their approaches to building a more harmonious St. Louis.

A collaboration with the Saint Louis Art Museum in fall 2017 has produced interfaith tours specifically designed to demonstrate common elements of our world’s great religions in art produced throughout the ages. Interfaith Partnership of Greater St. Louis has played an invaluable role in developing these tours.

In 2018 panel discussions were as added as new event programming at both the Saint Louis Art Museum and the St. Louis County Library. (Click on tabs for SLAM Events and SLCL Events for details.)

The concerts and the new program offerings demonstrate the transformational power of shared musical and visual arts experiences!


Arts & Faith St. Louis is guided by a diverse group of leaders from arts organizations and faith communities: 


Laura Arnold  Webster Groves Presbyterian Church, Chair

Batya Abramson-Goldstein  Arts & Fatih St. Louis

Rev. Sheila Bouie-Sledge North Park United Methodist Church

Jessica Chamberlain Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Gretta Forrester Arts & Faith St. Louis

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

Rev. Dieter Heinzl  Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church (USA)

Frank Jacobs Arts & Faith St. Louis

Andrew Jorgensen Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

Rabbi Howard Kaplansky  Arts & Faith St. Louis 

Jim Kemp  First Congregational Church of St. Louis, UCC

Milton Kendrick III   Central Baptist Church - St. Louis

Eugene Kornblum   Arts & Faith St. Louis

Mont Levy  Arts & Faith St. Louis

Carolyn Losos Arts & Faith St. Louis

Phyllis Markus  Michael and Barbara Newmark Institute for Human Relations / JCRC

Sister Glynis Mary McManamon, RGS  Arts & Faith St. Louis

Michael P. McMillan  Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis

F. Javier Orozco, OFS, PhD  Archdiocese of St. Louis

Mary Pedersen Interfaith Partnership of Greater St. Louis

Maharat Rori Picker Neiss  Jewish Community Relations Council

Garnita L. Pleas James  African Methodist Episcopal Church

Paul K. Reuter  The Sheldon Concert Hall & Art Galleries

Rev. C. Jessel Strong  African Methodist Episcopal Church


Paul Reuter  Administrative Director

Barbara Murray   Fundraising and Publicity

Katelyn Galenski  Community Engagement 

Grace Robertson  Concert Production

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