(ST. LOUIS Saturday, January 2, 2021) — Black-led arts organization UrbArts is calling for artwork the theme of healing. The upcoming exhibition will feature works from artists who understand the ongoing struggle for social justice and are willing to submit art for our Spring art exhibit, Balm. Artists interested in consideration for the upcoming exhibit will have until January 31st to make a submission at UrbArts.org.
Although the upcoming exhibit focuses on healing, this is not a departure from our commitment to pushing for changes with how law enforcement interacts with the Black community. Balm continues in the overarching theme of confronting police brutality and the denial of due process by reflecting the nature of struggle. We ask artists to offer works that imagine the in-between space in the struggle for change.
This is the second art exhibition at UrbArts since the global pandemic prompted closings throughout the region in March 2020. While there will be an opening event with a live DJ, we will offer a virtual exhibit that captures the Balm experience. For those who plan to join us in gallery, please note that tickets and masks are required. Artwork will be on view at a date yet to be determined but will remain up through Spring 2021.
In June, UrbArts announced an initiative using art to address seemingly intractable issues such as police misconduct and the system that shields abusive officers from accountability. Calling it Create Pressure, UrbArts supports ongoing efforts for change in the metropolitan area through arts-based programs and events. During the coronavirus pandemic, visiting the UrbArts gallery in Old North St. Louis requires a reservation or a ticket. A virtual exhibit will available online November 20th, 2020.
Urban Artist Alliance for Child Development, Inc (UrbArts) is a youth-centered, arts-based nonprofit organization based in north St. Louis. Its mission is to create platforms and platform creatives for youth and community development. In addition to administering art exhibitions, UrbArts runs several programs such as the St. Louis Youth Poet Laureate program and the award-winning Youth Poetry Slam program through which a team of St. Louis youth poets won the 2019 and 2020 Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam. Find more information online at UrbArts.org.