Up, Up and Away!

Dr. Loraine Raziq, Hazelwood School District, with A&E Development Manager Dorothy Powell.

Dr. Loraine Raziq, Hazelwood School District, with
A&E Development Manager Dorothy Powell.

As part of the 2014 Arts and Education Council’s Workplace Giving Campaign in schools, qualifying teachers were eligible to enter a drawing to win a roundtrip airline ticket from Southwest Airlines.

The winners included:

  • Dr. Loraine Raziq, Assistant Principal at West High School, Hazelwood School District
  • Amy Johnson, Technology CA at Green Pines Elementary, Rockwood School District
  • Jane Lindbergh, Green Trails Elementary, Parkway School District
Amy Johnson, Rockwood School District, with Mark McHale, District Coordinator.

Amy Johnson, Rockwood
School District, with Mark
McHale, District Coordinator.

Jane Lindbergh, Parkway School District.

Jane Lindbergh, Parkway
School District.

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Cakeway to the West Celebrates St. Louis

Centene Center for Arts and Education stl250 Cake

Centene Center for Arts and Education/Artist: Emily Cross

They are hard not to notice, given their vibrant colors and premium position, often in front of St. Louis area landmarks. These include many beloved arts and cultural institutions such as the Saint Louis Art Museum, Laumeier Sculpture Park and Powell Hall. By now, 250 decorated fiberglass cakes have been placed at their designated homes across the bi-state region. “Cakeway to the West” is helping to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the
founding of St. Louis in 1764 and you’ll find many of the Arts and Education Council grantees are part of this unique cakeway tour.

Erin Budde, executive director of stl250, which is spearheading all of the anniversary-related activities, explained that more than 160 artists participated in decorating anywhere from one up to 10 cakes. “In decorating the cakes, we asked the artists to coincide with stl250 values — inclusion, collaboration, respecting diversity and affirmation for our region,” said Budde. “But otherwise, we wanted to give the artists an opportunity to express their individual talent and creativity.”

The Sheldon stl250 Cake

The Sheldon/Artist: Grand Center Arts Academy

Megan Clayton, the art teacher at Grand Center Arts Academy, had a small group of her advanced students visit The Sheldon to get inspiration for their cake design.

“We wanted to represent the various aspects of The Sheldon such as the concert hall, gallery space, and architecture,” said Clayton. “The students challenged themselves to represent the music and art in a less traditional way. They separated the different elements by each layer of the cake and they chose to use the icing to help morph one theme into the next. For example, the musicians from the top layer appear to be melting
into the stained glass on the bottom tier.”

Mark Swain created the cake for the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, which stands in front of the Loretto-Hilton Center. He explained that he has had a longstanding love of music and theater, and was active in both during his high school and college days.

The Rep stl250 Cake

Repertory Theatre of St. Louis/Artist: Mark Swain

“In addition, my love of masks and sculpting in leather along with my love of Native American culture all came together to create the foundation of my cake,” he said. “I love to use lots of color in my art work and this cake, along with the eight others I created, afforded me the opportunity to express myself with an abundance of color.”

Budde said the thoughtful designs of the cakes — and the sheer number — have attracted dozens of “cake hunters.” Those interested can download a free app available through iTunes (iPhones only) and Google Play (Android devices) that allows users to engage interactively with the cakes. In addition, the stl250.org website lists the address of each cake location, a short description of that site and the artist’s name who designed the cake.

A&E grant recipients/locations on the cakeway tour include: Centene Center for Arts and Education, COCA/ Center for Creative Arts, Friends of Tower Grove Park, Fabulous Fox
Theatre (home to the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation), Laumeier Sculpture Park, Loretto-Hilton Center (home to Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), Nine Network of Public Media, Old North Saint Louis Restoration Group, Powell Hall (home to the St. Louis Symphony), and Shakespeare Glen (home to Shakespeare Festival St. Louis).

Nine Network stl250 Cake

Nine Network/Artist: Indy Bowers

Powell Hall stl250 Cake

Powell Hall/Artist: Earl

Old North STL Cake

Old North Neighborhood/
Artist: Jack Bowe

COCA stl250 Cake


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Monsanto Fund Rural Community Arts Education Program

Strange Folk Festival

Strange Folk Festival, O’Fallon, IL

The Arts and Education Council recently received an award of a $25,000 grant to support 10 arts and arts education programs in our region’s rural communities through the Monsanto Fund Rural Community Arts Education Program. This program, established seven years ago, brings artists and entertainers into classrooms and performance venues so people of all ages living in these counties surrounding the St. Louis metropolitan area have greater access to the arts.

“Arts education helps students tap into their individual creativity and improves their overall academic performance,” said Deborah Patterson, president of the Monsanto Fund. “The Monsanto Fund supports the Monsanto Fund Rural Community Arts Education Program because we know that the heart of its mission beats in time with our own. Through this outstanding initiative we can help strengthen rural communities through the arts, cultural events and educational programming in those areas which might otherwise go unfunded.”

Organizations benefiting from this grant vary in their programming from an annual arts and crafts festival to the development of cultural and educational programs and from community theater to visual art exhibitions. Recipients of the 2014 Monsanto Fund Rural Community Arts Education Program grants include:

  • Gateway Center for the Arts, Washington, MO
  • The Hettenhausen Center for the Arts, Lebanon, IL
  • Highland Arts Council, Highland, IL
  • Jacoby Arts Center, Alton, IL
  • Looking Glass Playhouse, Lebanon, IL
  • O’Fallon Arts Commission, O’Fallon, IL
  • Raintree Arts Council, Clarksville, MO
  • Strange Folk Festival, O’Fallon, IL
  • Sullivan Patrons of the Arts, Sullivan, MO
  • Warren County Fine Arts Council, Warren County, MO

For more information on the Monsanto Fund Rural Community Arts Education Program, visit our website: www.keeparthappening.org/money/monsanto_fund_2014.

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Stages St. Louis Season Begins May 30

STAGES-2014-Season-PressStages St. Louis kicks off its 2014 main stage season with “They’re Playing Our Song,” a musical comedy based on the real-life love story of Academy Award winning composer Marvin Hamlisch and Grammy Award winning lyricist Carole Bayer Sager, with a book by Neil Simon. The show runs from May 30 to June 29.

STAGES-2014-Season-Press2Next up is the corporate satire “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” by Frank Loesser. The play won seven Tony Awards, including best musical, and the 1962 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It goes from July 18 to August 17.

STAGES-2014-Season-Press3Closing the season is the beloved musical masterpiece “Fiddler on the Roof,” running from Sept. 5 to Oct. 5. Stages St. Louis Season Begins May 30. These three main stage productions will be performed at the Robert J. Reim Theatre at the Kirkwood Civic Center.

PatsyCline_poster_revIn addition, a reprise of last year’s Stages hit, “Always . . . Patsy Cline” is currently at the Playhouse at Westport Plaza through June 15. For more information and tickets to any Stages St. Louis show, call 314.821.2407 or visit stagesstlouis.org. Stages St. Louis is an Operating Grant recipient of the Arts and Education Council. Check Know & Go for an ARTS Card discount.

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Circus Flora & The Game of Chess

circus flora.the_pawnTravel to the rich and exotic lands of ancient Persia and India with Circus Flora in their 28th anniversary show, The PAWN. Inspiration for this year’s production comes from the family-favorite board game and the world’s oldest intellectual pursuit: chess. On this journey, myth and intellect will collide and the stone city will surrender to the desert’s ever-shifting sands. The audience will follow the Pawn to a land of long ago through his journey with unique creatures: knights mounted on steeds, bishops zigzagging across colored squares and chess pieces flying through the air.

Circus Flora . dogsThis season’s cast includes internationally renowned circus artists consisting of acrobats, camels from the Canary Islands, an equestrian bare-back rider, and returning favorites like the Flying Wallendas. The show is a collaboration of Circus Flora, the World Chess Hall of Fame and the Chess Club & Scholastic Center of St. Louis. The PAWN runs May 29 through June 22, under the Big Top Tent, on the parking lot adjacent to Powell Hall. For more information, visit circusflora.org.

Circus Flora is an Operating Grant recipient of the Arts and Education Council and a tenant in A&E’s Centene Center for Arts and Education. Check the Know & Go online discount calendar for an ARTS card discount.

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