5 Inspiring Arts Stories In St. Louis Right Now

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Love the arts? St. Louis is the perfect city for those passionate about dance, music, visual art, photography, film and more. Check out the latest arts and culture news below.

The Missouri History Museum presents “TOYS of the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s,” a free exhibition opening Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Missouri History Museum. Perhaps the museum’s most fun and nostalgic exhibit yet, “TOYS” features vintage games and toys for museum patrons to explore and reminisce while also providing a glimpse into decades of cultural and social history. MHM will also offer special programming to coincide with the exhibit, including a LEGO creations display, LEGO construction area, and a model train display to celebrate the exhibition’s opening weekend, Oct. 29-30. 5700 Lindell Blvd., Forest Park

On Friday, Oct. 14, as part of the 2016 St. Louis Brick City Poetry Festival, high school student Bisa Adero was named St. Louis’ first ever Youth Poet Laureate. Along with the prestigious title, Adero also wins a book deal from Penmanship Books, and will represent St. Louis as the city’s Youth Poet Laureate at numerous events and engagements for one year.  The Youth Poet Laureate program is part of a national network, with collaborative support from Urban Word NYC, the Academy of American Poets, Poetry Society of America, and Cave Canem, in addition to local support from the Gateway Writing Project and the Regional Arts Commission. 2600 N. 14th Street, Old North St. Louis

Organized by Cinema St. Louis, the 2016 St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) commemorates its 25th year with a massive, 11-day celebration from Thursday, Nov. 3 to Sunday, Nov. 13. This year’s event features a star-studded awards ceremony honoring the accomplishments of Charles Burnett, Jerry Lewis, Marlon West, Kimberly Steward and other in addition to offering timely programming such as “Mean Streets: Viewing the Divided City Through the Lens of Film and Television” and “Race in America: The Black Experience.” A full schedule of movie screenings, locations and times, and a list of free events are all available online. 6350 Delmar Blvd., Delmar Loop

Voting is now open for the Caleres Fashion Entrepreneur Competition’s People’s Choice Award, as part of the 2016 St. Louis Fashion Week (STFW). This year’s six finalists include Theresa Wangia of Beltshazzar Jewels, Crystal Frazier of Qristyl Frazier Designs, Ralph Cordova of Rafael Adón, Christina Fogerty of Fauxgerty, and Claire Flowers. Voting closes on Thursday, Nov. 8, and the competition’s signature event where the competition’s winner will be announced is from 6:30-10:30pm Friday, Nov. 10 at Majorette. Tickets are available online. 7150 Manchester Ave., Maplewood

The Regional Arts Commission announced they are currently accepting applications for their 2017 Katherine Dunham Fellowship. Directed at African Americans interested in arts administration, the fellowship offers a semester-long introduction to multiple avenues within the arts administration field, including grants, marketing, communications and more. The fellowship is offered every spring semester. Application instructions are available online. The deadline to be considered for the 2017 Katherine Dunham Fellowship is Wednesday, Nov. 9. 6128 Delmar Blvd., Delmar Loop


Featured image by Max Kaharlytskyi.

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