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Grace Ruo and MK Stallings Wax Poetic on Black History at Ritenour Middle

Grace Ruo and MK Stallings Wax Poetic on Black History at Ritenour Middle

St. Louis Youth Poet Laureate Grace Ruo and UrbArts founder UrbArts MK Stallings shared poems and talked Black history during a recent virtual presentation for Ritenour Middle School. In a 47 minute online experience, MK share discussed the role of “Blackart” as defined by Haki Madhubuti before sharing a poem and introducing Grace. Ritenour Middle…

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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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Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

We are all bearing witness to an uprising in the United States of America. Traditional social structures are being critiqued, questioned, and considered outmoded by protesters who believe incremental reforms are ineffective. The context of this change is multifactored, but the impetus is simple: a demand for human rights. The latest iteration of this demand…

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UrbArts on St. Louis Public Radio Podcast

UrbArts on St. Louis Public Radio Podcast

Last month, UrbArts founder MK Stallings & St. Louis Youth Poet Laureate Camryn Howe talked the “transformative power” of spoken word poetry and the fun of poetry slam on Cut Paste, a podcast hosted by Jeremy Goodwin. Stallings discussed slam and weekend competition to hit .Zack when Rustbelt hits St. Louis June 21st & 22nd….

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Statement from Aireez DaRychuss on UrbArts Opening

Let us be the bearers of light when times are most dark.  Let us, the artists, speak against injustices through our art, and formulate plans to inspire community transformation through our alliance.  For we are the writers of truth, painters of possibilities, and photographers of liberated screams. We are singers of redemption and musicians of…

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UrbArts Opens Northside Arts Venue

SAINT LOUIS, MO. – May 22, 2014 – UrbArts expands their programs-based operation by opening a 2,300 square foot storefront arts venue in the revitalized Crown Square business and residential district of Old North Saint Louis on the city’s Northside. Located at 2600 N. 14th Street, UrbArts will host its grand opening on June 21st…

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