A Peek Inside ALIVE’s Issue 3 Launch Party

The magic of Midwest makers is inspiring on the page, but it’s a different kind of alchemy to meet them in real life. These are the people making dreams happen, taking complex ideas and bringing them to life. Whether it’s a shipping-container art gallery or an award-winning restaurant bucking classics, these are the creators and innovators of our generation.

At ALIVE’s issue launch parties, ALIVE members and subscribers can meet these makers, dive deeper into their respective crafts and listen to them speak about their challenges—and how they overcame them. It’s also a time to come together and celebrate the diversity of talent and magic taking place all across the middle of America.

At our recent Issue 3 launch party, we enjoyed hors d’oeuvres crafted by St. Louis’ Vista Ramen, alongside an open bar featuring complimentary cocktails by Jim Beam Vanilla. A modern, fashion-forward pop-up shop featured Elise Joseph‘s GOODWIN, Ami Beck’s Dolyn Bags, Mesa Home, Future Ancestor, STL Style House, K Ferrara Color, and St. Louis Fashion Fund designers AUDRA and Agnes Hamerlik.

A panel discussion hosted by ALIVE Executive Editor Rachel Brandt featured Issue 3 subjects, Elise Joseph, Ami Beck, Andy Schumacher, Hannah Lodwick, Cambria Potter and Jon Marzette. Shortly after, a poetry reading by Steven D. Schroeder warmed and intrigued the room.  The lights dimmed, and the evening closed with a live performance by Kansas City’s DJ Jon Marzette.

We tell the stories of interesting and real people doing remarkable things in the heartland. Your support through membership, and events like this give creatives all over the world confidence and permission to pursue their dreams.

For details on attending our next launch, become a part of our always growing community and to learn more about the exclusive benefits available to members.  We often update through email. Are you on our list?

Enjoy photos from the celebration at St. Louis’ Luminary gallery and event space, and view the rest on our ALIVE’s Facebook page. Follow ALIVE on Instagram to see regular shots of our country’s best artists, makers, chefs, creatives and more.

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Photography by Elizabeth Wiseman, video by Kassandra Gonzalez.

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