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Help Us Sustain Brick City Poetry Festival & Other Urban Arts Programs

The late Dr. Michael Castro led the effort to create a poetry festival for the region as an outgrowth of his work as the inaugural Poet Laureate of Saint Louis. UrbArts will honor his legacy by continuing the work of bringing together the varied poetic communities in celebration of poetry. Brick City hosts the St. Louis Youth Poet Laureate ceremony, invites the US Poet Laureate, and produces a poetry slam.

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From Youth Artist to UrbArts President & CEO

Before MK Stallings founded Urban Artist Alliance for Child Development (UrbArts) in 2001, he was a youth poet competing in slams.

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Youth Centered Arts Organization

Since UrbArts began crafting arts programs for youth in the Juvenile Detention Center, we have served over 10,000 young people through workshops, coaching, panel discussions, performances, and lectures. Youth participating in our programs expect growth and to be challenged to reach their personal best. Equally as important as developing excellence is cultivating critical thought.

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Chajuana Trawick

Dr. Chajuana Trawick serves as chair of the Board Directors for Urban Artist Alliance for Child Development, Inc. Professionally, she’s the Endowed Chair and Associate Professor in Fashion Business & Entrepreneurship and Fashion Design & Technology at Lindenwood University, the first endowed chair in the university’s history. She currently leads our fundraising committee focusing on major gifts.

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MK Stallings

MK Stallings is the founder and chief executive officer of Urban Artists Alliance for Child Development, Inc. He also serves as president of the board of directors. In his arts administration role, he manages operations, programs and events while also supporting the organization’s fundraising efforts.

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Kris Blackmon

Kris Blackmon, activist and organizer, is on staff at Urban Artists Alliance for Child Development, Inc as Curator of the UrbArts Gallery. Kris has long connected emerging artists with UrbArts and is a major reason for our exhibit program’s success.

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Gio Joseph

Gio Joseph, veteran hip hop practitioner and board member of Urban Artist Alliance for Child Development, Inc, leads our new members committee. He’ll convene several meetings to inform new members and develop deeper ties with this organization.

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