2016 Winter Arts Guide: Discover Inspiration In St. Louis

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St. Louis has no shortage of cultural gems that encourage inspiration and interaction throughout the fall and winter months. Below, we’ve compiled a list of excellent arts experiences that will delight you this season.

COCA Center of Creative Arts
COCA-Center of Creative Arts

“The Little Dancer: J’adore Paris,” running Dec. 9-11, is an adventure through the City of Lights that features Josephine Baker and her famous chorus girls. This re-imagined story ballet is part of COCA’s 30th anniversary season and directed by Antonio and Kirven Douthit-Boyd.


Craft Alliance
Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design

This season, visit the Gallery Shop for holiday gifts, including hand-blown glass ornaments, or present loved ones with a hands-on class or workshop in clay, metal, fiber, wood or glass. Support art throughout the St. Louis community by giving handmade this year.


Fun Home Fox Theatre

Original Broadway cast members Sydney Lucas & Michael Cerveris. Photo by Joan Marcus.

The Fabulous Fox

Fox Theatricals’ production of “Fun Home” debuts at the Fabulous Fox Nov. 15-27. The new musical was the event of the Broadway season, receiving raves from critics and audiences alike and winning five 2015 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.


Laumeier Sculpture Park Kirby

Alison Ouellette-Kirby and Noah Kirby, “Arena,” 2016.” Photo by Peter Wochniak.

Laumeier Sculpture Park

“Alison Ouellette-Kirby + Noah Kirby: Arena” debuts at Laumeier Sculpture Park on Nov. 5, and runs through Jan 29. Part of the 2016 Kranzberg Exhibition series, the installation’s sheet-metal megaphones translate and project visitors’ voices into harmonic gibberish as a response to the flora and fauna in the Park.


Pulitzer Arts Foundation

Medardo Rosso, “Carne altrui (Flesh of Others),” 1883–84. Wax with plaster interior. 13 × 14 1/2 × 11 3/4 in (33 × 37 × 30 cm). Private Collection—Courtesy of Amedeo Porro Fine Arts, Sa Lugano. Photograph by Luca Carrà

Pulitzer Arts Foundation

“Medardo Rosso: Experiments in Light and Form,” on view Nov. 11, 2016, through May 13, 2017, is the first comprehensive U.S. museum exhibition of the artist’s work in more than fifty years, featuring around 100 works that include sculptures, drawings and photographs.


St. Louis Art Museum

Taguchi Beisaku; “Distant View of Fengtianfu: The Bivouac of Japanese Troops,” 1894; woodblock prints; Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Lowenhaupt 271:2010ac


Saint Louis Art Museum

Now on view, “Conflicts of Interest: Art and War in Modern Japan” showcases materials documenting Japan’s military rise in East Asia. The exhibition includes paintings on screens and scrolls along with woodblock prints depicting battles and propaganda.

Sheldon Concert Hall

Sheldon Concert Hall & Art Galleries

Enjoy your favorite artists surrounded by the perfect acoustics of The Sheldon. From jazz and folk to classical and bluegrass, the season features Anat Cohen, Sierra Hull, Judy Collins, Etienne Charles and many more! Call MetroTix at 314-534-1111.


Soha Studio and Gallery

Soha Studio and Gallery

The fifth-annual Holiday Gift Show Nov. 19-Dec. 30 will feature more than 100 local artists creating gift-sized artwork, handcrafted and priced for the holiday season. Share locally-made jewelry, ornaments, photography, holiday cards, paintings, toys, sculpture, drawings, etchings and more!


Steinberg Skating Rink

Steinberg Skating Rink

Located in Forest Park, Steinberg Skating Rink is the largest outdoor skating rink in the Midwest, boasting more than 27,000 square-feet of frozen fun. It’s a truly magical experience and is open all day, every day for public skating, including all holidays.


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