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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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Youth Poet Laureate Ceremony on MLK Day

Youth Poet Laureate Ceremony on MLK Day

Join us as we celebrate youth voices in this singular event. We’ll name the 2020 St. Louis Youth Poet Laureate and Youth Poetry Ambassadors. After a long process, the finalists are Sarah Abbas, Antigone Chambers Reed, Darius Jackson, and Lara Wulff. This event is free and open to the public.

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Call for Art: Black Joy Resistance

Call for Art: Black Joy Resistance

Attention all visual artists! UrbArts is seeking works that depict Black joy whether portraiture or abstract pieces but generally positive and life affirming images. Works can be paintings, sculptural, textile, or photographs. All works must be ready to hang. Let us know if the work is for sale. We reserve the right to make price…

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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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Over 100 Poets to Perform in STL for Rustbelt 2019

Over 100 Poets to Perform in STL for Rustbelt 2019

UrbArts presents the 20th annual Rustbelt Midwest Regional Poetry Slam to be held in Grand Center at .Zack Friday, June 21st & Saturday, June 22nd. Over one hundred of the nation’s top spoken word poets will gather for this competition where the cash prizes are $1,500 for top team and $600 for the top individual…

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Update: Former Youth Slam Champ FOUND

Update: Former Youth Slam Champ FOUND

***Update: 2:22 pm (CST)*** According to local police, Anna Pruitt made contact with her family and the missing person’s case is considered close. ***Earlier today*** Anna Pruitt, local youth poetry slam champion, has been reported missing by KMOV. A gifted poet whose wordplay and command over narrative poetry has anchored Kirkwood High School’s poetry slam…

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UrbArts & SHERAH to Partner for Joint Fundraiser

UrbArts & SHERAH to Partner for Joint Fundraiser

On March 30th, UrbArts and SHERAH combine forces to raise money for our respective missions and awareness about women in the arts with this special-themed event. Join us for this fun night of laughs, art, and complimentary wine. The Women in the Arts Trivia Night will be held at UrbArts 2600 N.14thSt., St. Louis Mo…

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Rustbelt 2019 Poetry Slam Tournament Update

Rustbelt 2019 Poetry Slam Tournament Update

The Rustbelt 2019 Poetry Slam Tournament is less than four months away and team registration is half-way full.  Individual poet registration filled within a few days of being opening. This year’s field of slam poets span the coasts while still maintaining a Midwest presence. In addition to multi-regional representation, international and Southern poets have registered,…

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Rustbelt Midwest Slam Comes to STL this Summer

Rustbelt Midwest Slam Comes to STL this Summer

This summer, UrbArts brings Rustbelt Midwest Regional Poetry Slam to St. Louis for two nights of some of the best slam poetry in the country. On June 21st and 22nd in Grand Center, audiences will be treated to over one hundred poems crafted to inspire and challenge. Registration opens Friday, February 1st at noon (CST)…

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