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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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Centering Black Life

Centering Black Life

In the wake of George Floyd’s murder and the Black Lives Matter protests, UrbArts took time to reassess how to serve Black artists and support our community. At a minimum, we knew we needed to develop new partnerships with organizations on the frontlines of police reform. Additionally, we understand that public policy regulates human behavior…

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Yoga for Beginners: 4 Things You Should Know

Yoga for Beginners: 4 Things You Should Know

Yoga with Nico is a weekly class at UrbArts led by Nico, a Yogi & DJ. UrbArts asked Nico to send us some info to share with Yoga students as they develop their practice. We’ll post her thoughts as often as possible. Here are the four things a beginner of yoga should know. 1. Prioritize…

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