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Paint Bloody

Paint Bloody

I have been an artist since my earliest memories. My focus for a long time was primarily portraits. I was fascinated by the various nuances that gave a face its uniqueness. About 20 years ago I found myself bored with doing portraits. I silently questioned my lack of interest and stopped doing portraits altogether for a time. I realized that I needed my work to speak but about what. Through a lot of introspection, I…

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Reason 7: Siddall tha Selecta

Reason 7: Siddall tha Selecta

Siddall began his time with UrbArts on the junior board, offering his time working the door of our community events. He always had a rich collection of music but hadn’t taken the step to DJ. After much encouragement, Siddall invested in himself and bought DJ equipment and soon landed a gig with Lyrical Therapy and other gigs. In many ways, Siddall is the typical UrbArts supporter: volunteer, artist, and event partner.

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Reason 8: Brick City Poetry Festival

Reason 8: Brick City Poetry Festival

Since 2015, UrbArts has supported the work of the inaugural St. Louis Poet Laureate Dr. Michael Castro and his Unity Community committee. In 2016, UrbArts was then asked to assume the role of fiscal sponsor for the group as a means of seeking grants and sponsorships. UrbArts is honored to continue to support Brick City as it enters into its 4th season with Pacia Anderson serving as festival chair. Brick City will return fall 2018.

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Reason #10: The St. Louis Poetry SLAM!

Reason #10: The St. Louis Poetry SLAM!

Since 1997, the St. Louis Poetry Slam has been exposing audiences to this bold form of poetry and establishing a national platform. In 2015, UrbArts became the new home for the St. Louis Poetry SLAM in our Old North gallery. This event is free and open to the public and offers poets an opportunity to make the national team and build a national reputation. Check it out every First Friday and Third Thursday at UrbArts.

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Reason #11: UrbLife with DJ Nico

Reason #11: UrbLife with DJ Nico

Join the UrbLife Membership for $50 a year and earn discount prices on trap yoga sessions and entry into events where DJ Nico is playing. Nico’s journey in DJing began after her introductory class with Tossin’ Ted and DJ Vudu. After DJing parties for her friends and working in a yoga studio she decided to try Trap Yoga (trap music and yoga) inspired by Brandon Copeland to combine her interests. Trap Yoga takes place at…

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Reason #12: 1st Friday Art Show

Reason #12: 1st Friday Art Show

This Friday, UrbArts opens two exhibits in our gallery with a reception from 6 pm to 8 pm. In a collaboration with the Contemporary Arts Museum, UrbArts will exhibit from student photographers attending Vashon High School. Ten portraits capturing what each student saw during their CAM facilitated class. UrbArts Board President and Lindenwood University Fashion Professor Chajuana Trawick curates a collection of dresses designed by college students in her program. Fourteen mannequins line the walls…

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12 Reasons to Support UrbArts on #GiveSTLDay

12 Reasons to Support UrbArts on #GiveSTLDay

May 2nd in St. Louis is typically called #GiveSTLDay but consider #GiveUrbLifeDaily. Because artists and youth give UrbArts life on a daily basis, we pass that energy onto the broader community through events, workshops, and mentoring. While that’s dope, we will give 12 concrete reasons throughout day for why we are worthy of your consideration and coins. Starting at noon, we will post blogs that cover what we do for, with, and through the community….

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