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Juneteenth Youth Talent Show This Saturday

Juneteenth Youth Talent Show This Saturday

Calling all youth musicians, poets, rappers, beatmakers, comics, and dancers! We invite youth artists 18 years or younger to share your talent at this Saturday’s Juneteenth event in Old North St. Louis. Registration and attendance is free.  You can click here to register online to perform. Spots are limited 10 performers so don’t wait to…

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New UrbArts Exhibit, Balm, Now Virtual

New UrbArts Exhibit, Balm, Now Virtual

The latest art exhibition at UrbArts Old North gallery is now available to view 24/7 with the opening of the virtual exhibit. The page features images from the exhibition, a virtual tour of the exhibit featuring a track from Enoch Raavi and the Indigenous Groove, video art by FALAQ, and an online shop for interested…

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Grace Ruo and MK Stallings Wax Poetic on Black History at Ritenour Middle

Grace Ruo and MK Stallings Wax Poetic on Black History at Ritenour Middle

St. Louis Youth Poet Laureate Grace Ruo and UrbArts founder UrbArts MK Stallings shared poems and talked Black history during a recent virtual presentation for Ritenour Middle School. In a 47 minute online experience, MK share discussed the role of “Blackart” as defined by Haki Madhubuti before sharing a poem and introducing Grace. Ritenour Middle…

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New Video from STL Youth Poet Laureate Grace Ruo on Emmett Till

New Video from STL Youth Poet Laureate Grace Ruo on Emmett Till

Using blank verse, Grace Ruo crafted a short poem designed for performance in poetry slams. In this gripping piece, she likens the tragic means by which Emmett Till achieved immortality with Jesus Christ. This work demonstrates the continued relevance of Mamie Till-Mobley’s decision to show the world what white racists did to her son on…

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Sarah and Grace to be featured on St. Louis Public Radio

Sarah and Grace to be featured on St. Louis Public Radio

Two Saint Louis Youth Poets Laureate will be featured on St. Louis On the Air, a daily live broadcast on St. Louis Public Radio at noon on Monday, January 25, 2021. Last year’s St. Louis Youth Poet Laureate, Sarah Abbas, and the current laureate, Grace Ruo, will discuss how their poems speak to the issues…

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Q & A with Grace Ruo

Q & A with Grace Ruo

A few weeks back, we sent the new St. Louis Youth Poet Laureate a few questions to answer about her laureateship. Grace replied with the thoughtful answers below. It was so telling that I wanted to share them more broadly. What does being the 2021 Saint Louis Youth Poet Laureate mean to you? Being the…

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Tour Our Latest Exhibit Virtually

Tour Our Latest Exhibit Virtually

The Due Process Denied art show closes on MLK Day but we hope to bring back the virtual exhibit soon. If you have not seen it, it is worth checking out the powerful works of art on display. Of course, the pandemic made it necessary to close the gap between visiting the UrbArts Old North…

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Lyrical Therapy at UrbArts This Saturday

Lyrical Therapy at UrbArts This Saturday

Join us for Lyrical Therapy Saturday night – Jan 16th – at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $15 and available here.  Or  you can paste this link in your browser if you prefer no to search for it. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lyrical-therapy-not-so-open-mic-tickets-133801047535?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=escb&utm-source=cp&utm-term=listing

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