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OUR BELIEFS

The arts have a unique power to inspire thoughtful discussion among diverse audiences, to bring people together, and to bridge divides through shared experiences.


There are issues that would benefit from considered collaboration between the arts and the faith community. There is no other organized, ongoing activity elsewhere in our community with this focus.


This process of collaboration will build on the St. Louis community's traditions of strong interfaith and inter-group collaboration, mutual respect among diverse groups, and civility in public discourse.

OUR STATEMENT ON RACIAL EQUITY

Arts & Faith St. Louis is outraged and saddened by the murder of George Floyd and the many other instances of racism and violence inflicted on Black Americans in our country over many years.


We deplore systemic racism and stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the Black community in calling for racial justice and transformation that leads to greater equity in our society.


There is no room for any form of hatred in our hearts and acts of violence in our communities. We’ve made mistakes in the past and we acknowledge that we have not done enough.


We pledge to continue working to ensure that our leadership and programming are racially diverse and to work for a more harmonious St. Louis, both as an organization and as individuals, so as to dismantle systemic racism and create a society that uplifts the dignity of all human beings.

2020 FOCUS ST. LOUIS AWARD RECIPIENT: "What Is Right With the Region Award"

for "Fostering Creativity for Social Change"

OUR HISTORY

Interfaith Concerts


Arts & Faith St. Louis began on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 with an interfaith commemoration in music at The Sheldon Concert Hall. The concert, which has become an annual event, has been presented to capacity audiences each year.


Headlined by renowned soprano Christine Brewer and other acclaimed local musicians, the event also showcases the performances of many diverse faith groups, providing attendees with a unique opportunity for reflection, unity, and peace.


Beyond the Annual Concerts


In recent years Arts & Faith St. Louis expanded its reach with a wide range of projects to bring groups together through artistic expressions and interfaith connections.


In February 2017 The Cave Project included performances of The Cave, a multimedia opera, reminding us of the common roots of the three Abrahamic religions. Additional programs presented as part of The Cave Project included lectures, presentations, and concerts. Videos, which premiered at the annual 2016 concert, have focused on interfaith youth and their approaches to building a more harmonious St. Louis.


A collaboration with the Saint Louis Art Museum in fall 2017 has produced interfaith tours specifically designed to demonstrate common elements of our world’s great religions in art produced throughout the ages. Interfaith Partnership of Greater St. Louis has played an invaluable role in developing these tours.


In 2018 panel discussions were as added as new event programming at both the Saint Louis Art Museum and the St. Louis County Library. (Click on tabs for SLAM Events and SLCL Events for details.)


St. Louis County Library: In fall 2018 a program by the St. Louis County Library, Daniel Boone Branch in collaboration with Arts & Faith presented a panel (Venerable Jue Huang, Fo Guang Shan Saint Louis Buddhist Center, Dr. David Oughton, Saint Louis University, Department of Theological Studies, Dr. Rosalynde Welch, scholar and writer) discussing select Ancient Egyptian, Buddhism and Mormon paintings and ritual.


Museum of Contemporary Religious Art (MOCRA) Arts and Faith sponsored a tour of the Museum of Contemporary Religious Art (MOCRA) on the campus of St Louis University fall 2018. Father Terrence Dempsey, then the director of MOCRA, presented a “walking lecture” on the theme of COMPASSION as expressed in various pieces on display in their 25th anniversary show.


In fall 2018, Arts & Faith collaborated with Good Shepherd Arts Center (GSAC) Ferguson on an art exhibit “Children of Abraham for Peace and Justice".


In spring 2020, Arts & Faith St. Louis began an ongoing collaboration with the St. Louis Storytelling Festival which has co-presented storytelling events at the monthly Story Lounge at the new High Low facility in Grand Center on themes of mutual interest, this year focusing on the theme of “compassion,” tying into the theme of our upcoming concert. A well-attended virtual “Stories of Compassion” event was part of the spring 2020 St. Louis Storytelling Festival.


The concerts and program offerings demonstrate the transformational power of shared musical and visual arts experiences!

WHO WE ARE

Arts & Faith St. Louis is guided by a diverse group of leaders from arts organizations and faith communities:

ARTS & FAITH ST. LOUIS PLANNING COMMITTEE

Laura Arnold - Webster Groves Presbyterian Church, Chair

Batya Abramson-Goldstein - Arts & Fatih St. Louis

Bala Anantharama - The Hindu Faith

Rev. Sheila Bouie-Sledge - North Park United Methodist Church

David Brinker - Museum of Contemporary Religious Art

James Comininellis - Archdiocese of St. Louis

Erin Fisher - Interfaith Partnership of Greater St. Louis

Gretta Forrester - Annunziata Catholic Church

Dr. Ghazala Hayat, MD - Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis

Rev. Dieter Heinzl - Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church (USA)

Frank Jacobs - Jacobs International Cheers

Andrew Jorgensen - Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

Rabbi Howard Kaplansky - Arts & Faith St. Louis

Jim Kemp - First Congregational Church of St. Louis, UCC

Milton Kendrick III -  Central Baptist Church - St. Louis

Eugene Kornblum - Arts & Faith St. Louis

Mont Levy - Arts & Faith St. Louis

Carolyn Losos - Arts & Faith St. Louis

Phyllis Markus - Michael and Barbara Newmark Institute for Human Relations / JCRC

Michael P. McMillan - Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis

Madalyn Mentor - Opera Theatre of St. Louis

F. Javier Orozco, OFS, PhD - Archdiocese of St. Louis

Maharat Rori Picker Neiss -  Jewish Community Relations Council

Rev. Jim Poinsett - Interfaith Partnership of Greater St. Louis

Paul K. Reuter - The Sheldon Concert Hall & Art Galleries

Shima Rostami - Shia Islam

Angela Sander - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

ADMINISTRATION

Paul Reuter - Administrative Director

Barbara Murray - Fundraising and Publicity

Megan Gaxiola - Concert Production

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