Arts & Culture: Arts for a Change

By Grace Bueckendorf
In Culture

Art isn’t just about creating something beautiful—it’s about making a statement the world doesn’t just understand, they feel.

These St. Louis area organizations have done just that, using art to shape the world around them. From making a statement about our post-Ferguson world to donating money to an inclusive playground, these artistic expressions seek to make real change within the community.

 “And In This Corner … Cassius Clay

Photo courtesy of MTC

Photo courtesy of MTC

Metro Theater Company chose to perform “And In This Corner … Cassius Clay,” in order to spark real change and conversation about the events in Ferguson.

The play profiles the boxing legend Muhammad Ali’s journey to success as he battles to come to grips with a Jim Crow era Louisville.

MTC chose this play in response to the events in Ferguson, hoping that the audience could relate to the changes that a young Muhammad Ali saw had to be made within his own community.

The organization reached out to local teachers, leaders and organizations and created The Cassius Project, which will provide the resources, programs and tools to help teens in need of guidance. In conjunction with the morals and lessons throughout the play, MTC hopes this will inspire St. Louisans to engage their community in order to make a difference.

The Missouri History Museum will host Metro Theater Company (MTC) performances of playwright Idris Goodwin’s “And In This Corner … Cassius Clay” Feb. 12 through 28.

MOSAICS Art Festival supports children’s health

MOSAICS Festival For the Arts, probably best known for it dedication to art education and appreciation, also dedicates a generous amount of time and effort to children’s health.

MOSAICS presented a $420 check and a quilt, made by participants during the 2015 festival, to the Mercy Health Foundation Dec. 14 in order to support the McAuley Project.

The McAuley Project is working to build a inclusive playground, where children of all needs and abilities can play together. The project has reached over 60 percent of their goal, along with help from community organizations such as MOSAICS.

The quilt, which is comprised of panels children painted of their pets, will be auctioned off at the July 2016 Benefit for Mercy Kids dinner in order to raise more funds for The McAuley Project.

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