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Centering Black Life

Centering Black Life

In the wake of George Floyd’s murder and the Black Lives Matter protests, UrbArts took time to reassess how to serve Black artists and support our community. At a minimum, we knew we needed to develop new partnerships with organizations on the frontlines of police reform. Additionally, we understand that public policy regulates human behavior…

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STL Youth Poets Wins 2nd Championship

STL Youth Poets Wins 2nd Championship

(ST. LOUIS Monday, July 27, 2020) – The UrbArts organization’s youth poetry slam team won their second championship when they competed during the 23rd Annual Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival last week. Like many festivals, Brave New Voices was scheduled to take place in Washington D.C. until the pandemic disrupted their plans….

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Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

We are all bearing witness to an uprising in the United States of America. Traditional social structures are being critiqued, questioned, and considered outmoded by protesters who believe incremental reforms are ineffective. The context of this change is multifactored, but the impetus is simple: a demand for human rights. The latest iteration of this demand…

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COVID-19 & Urb

COVID-19 & Urb

Given COVID-19 and Coronavirus concerns, UrbArts will be pausing events over the next few days as we monitor updates from the CDC and WHO. We are all about art and community at UrbArts so it’s difficult making these kinds of decisions. Still, we want to do our part and halt the spread of the virus…

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Art is Revolutionary

Art is Revolutionary

Founded in August 2001, our mission is to create platforms and platform creatives for youth and community development. The animating idea behind Urban Artist Alliance was the concept of “social arts,” where poets, writers, actors, musicians, and visual artists would create art that reflect the conditions and possibilities of their communities. This kind of art is…

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Upcoming Talk at Creative Mornings

Upcoming Talk at Creative Mornings

What does justice in the arts and culture sector look like? On Friday, August 30th, I will talk about examples of injustice and justice in the arts and culture sector in our region. The key source for this talk are based on a report released earlier this year by the Regional Arts Commission. While the…

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