Artists for a Cause is a national nonprofit organization that helps visual and performing artists to use their talents for community improvement, stimulating culture, while addressing the critical needs of communities. Some programs help artists and charities to get the most out of their collaboration, while most produce results directly, by feeding the poor, healing the sick, or solving other problems through unique artistic solutions. Additionally, A4AC never asks artist professionals in a struggling industry to donate or give away their livelihood. No program is merely about art for arts’ sake – Artists for a Cause is about the arts as a solution.
Ashleyliane Dance Company is committed to fostering the appreciation of dance as an art form and cultivating the marriage of formal modern, jazz, and contemporary training with urban street dance. ADC moves to develop a progressive dance audience through conducting a plethora of outreach activities, including master classes, workshops, and performances.
The Big Muddy Dance Company is a St. Louis-based repertory dance company which seeks to build a love of dance by providing fun, experiential, and highly entertaining performances. By engaging both emerging and established choreographers, collaborating across the community through senior outreach, and training future performers through a school and trainee program, Big Muddy Dance Co. constantly strive to invigorate life through dance.
The Black Mirror Theatre (Amharclann an Scáthán Dubh i nGaeilge) has several guiding principles: to present shows of substance with clarity; to have a direct and positive financial impact in our community, especially with children in need; to provide a bridge into the world of professional theatre for students and alumni of the St. Louis Community College’s theatre program; to bring a balanced yet sharp focus to issues of social and economic justice both here and abroad; and, when feasible, to promote the Irish language and culture thru programs originally written in Irish, or by Irish writers, or on Irish themes.
We believe that if the same number of children who went to bed hungry/needy on opening night, no matter how grand the show, went to bed in the same condition on closing night, then our efforts were for naught. We will not let that stand.
Building Futures, Design and Build Workshops, supplements the education received by young people in the City of St. Louis by providing opportunities to learn twenty-first century skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, communication, working as a team member and technical skills, needed to excel as a student, employee, family member, parent and member of the community.
Most public schools have minimized art and don’t offer a shop class at all. Building Futures teaches students to design and then build projects at architectural model scale and full scale. They design by model making and drawing, both freehand and with triangle and t-square, as well as with the use of 3-d modeling on the computer. If appropriate they then build their project at full scale, learning to use hand saws, power saws, drills, sanders, scroll saws, band saws and routers.
Building Futures offer a curriculum for K-12. They provide free Saturday classes, classes in school during the day, and after-school and summer programs. As students go through the process, their self-confidence soars. They find they have skills they weren’t aware of, learn new outlooks, and most important, have fun doing it.
In a time when magic and amazement can seem in short supply, Circus Flora dazzles by bringing St. Louis audiences some of the best circus artists in the world. This one-ring circus production, which tells a fresh new story each production, crackles with the energy of both modern and traditional performances. Circus Flora’s goal is to engage their audience members emotionally – while astounding physical feats instill a sense of jaw-dropping wonder. The world-class company is not just a troupe but a family, showcasing innovative techniques and introducing original new artists. Ready for the magic? Make your way to the Big Top in Grand Center!
Consuming Kinetics Dance Company offers a wide variety of dance classes to the public for every age and every technical level. It’s never too late or too early to learn how to dance. A 501(c)3 charitable corporation, all classes offered by CKDC’s company of dancers and dance educators are the support structure for their performance company. CKDC values motion as a mutual experience shared among all people. They embrace individuals who seek to live a balanced life through art and more specifically, dance by providing a sanctuary for artists to reveal or rediscover their potential as movers. By offering a flexible curriculum, CKDC strengthens the practice of dance and choreography while creating opportunities to pursue careers in the performing arts.
Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design is a non-profit art center in St. Louis, Missouri, working to reveal the power of craft through bold programming that uncovers craft’s unique qualities, its evolving role, and its full potential for innovation. Craft (the making of objects in woods, metals, fibers, glass, and clay) is both an ancient tradition and a site for innovation, adapting to new materials and responding to the ever-changing human experience.
Dance St. Louis is dedicated to the enrichment of the cultural landscape and artistic reputation of St. Louis by presenting great dance companies and educational opportunities that make dance accessible to everyone.
Founder/Educator, Harvey Lockhart and Heal Center for the Arts will mentor at-risk youth ages 11-18 years living in St. Louis’ urban communities through high quality after-school and during school vacations arts education programs as well as performance opportunities throughout the St. Louis region.
In partnership with local schools and a roster of national instructors, Heal Center for the Arts will nurture each student’s unique talents across a broad spectrum of artistic disciplines. Its programs will offer students diverse perspectives and boost their self-confidence they need to succeed in school and beyond.
Striving to bring excellence in youth arts programming to Saint Louis City youth, Ignite Theatre Company is a one of a kind theater experience which includes camps, classes, private instruction, and full scale professional productions for youth age 5-18. Balancing quality arts programming with community-minded outreach, Ignite aims to not only create great performers but also help to create great people.
Insight Theatre’s goal is to produce the highest quality of plays and musicals in order to entertain, inspire, and reveal the complexity of the human spirit. They believe the art of theatre is vital to the welfare of today’s society, a society that is searching for truth and longing for hope. With an intent is to produce classical and contemporary plays and musicals that offer an honest and valid view of our world, Insight Theatre is unique in that in addition to producing artistically excellent works, their purpose is to offer students positions as interns in a professional company so that they can learn all aspects of theatre production and benefit from the expertise of professional actors, designers and directors.
JPEK CreatveWorks is a fine arts company founded by Artistic Director, Joel P. E. King, to support the community through arts, entertainment, and education. JPEK has built a respectable organization that provides greater exposure through creative workshops, original stage plays and producing/promoting independent artists. Through this engagement, JPEK has formed relationships that has evolved and become lasting partnerships among corporate affiliates, celebrities, community leaders and die-hard supporters.
Karlovsky & Company Dance is a contemporary modern dance company dedicated to exploring and nurturing the art of dance with innovative choreography that illuminates the human experience. The company fosters collaborative relationships among musicians, visual artists, and choreographers reaching local, national, and international audiences through concert and informal performances, and dance education.
New Line was created to involve the people of the St. Louis region in the creation and exploration of provocative, alternative, politically and socially relevant works of musical theatre – daring, muscular, intelligent theatre about politics, race, violence, drugs, sexuality, religion, art, obscenity, the media, and other contemporary issues. And a lot of four-letter words. And every now and then, a little nudity. And lots of rock and roll.
Saint Louis Ballet is a professional and innovative ballet company under the direction of former New York City Ballet principal dancer Gen Horiuchi. Comprised of 20 professional dancers and five new apprentices from throughout the United States, Japan and Slovakia, the company presents both classic and contemporary ballets from Swan Lake and The Nutcracker to work by today’s top choreographers including George Balanchine and Christopher d’Amboise.
Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that erases real and perceived divisions through cultural exploration and arts practice — by stitching together our city. The vision of the Saint Louis Story Stitchers is that all teens in Saint Louis will be engaged in the city’s diverse artistic community. The Story Stitchers document St. Louis through art and word to promote understanding, civic pride, intergenerational relationships, and literacy. Collective members create and sell original videos and publications focused on the stories of the people of St. Louis. A social enterprise based on publishing supports our mission and the collective produces artworks, projects, publications and public forums that make visible the spirit and experiences of the people.
The Department of Fine and Performing Arts enriches students’ lives through the arts. In the arts, one finds truth, beauty and the celebration of God’s creation. As the arts reflect the world around us, they provide an excellent opportunity to study humanity, aesthetics and cultural values together with theory and practice. The study of the arts prepares students for careers in music, theatre, art as well as other professions outside the arts.
Shakespeare Festival St. Louis produces extraordinary professional Shakespeare, culminating with a free production in Forest Park, and celebrates the language of Shakespeare and artists inspired by his works. Year-round, SFSTL engages citizens in the schools, in the streets and in the park. With a commitment to community, conversation and collaboration, the theme of unexpected theatre drives SFSTL’s creative and producing choices.
Silhouettes Production Company produces plays, musicals, and cabarets in an intimate setting, inspiring growth for both artists and audiences in the St. Louis area. They seek to create excellent art – rich in color and content. They capture the humorous, joyful, and fractured moments of our reality, and find the redemption and hope within each story. They explore the relationship between light and darkness, and the gray colors in between.
SpecDrum is a not-for-profit organization offering free, cultural education through drumming as an enrichment to the current pedagogical curriculum. A continual study of world culture through music, SpecDrum educates young people on cultures other than their own, showing them that what they see in the media or hear from older generations, isn’t always fact based and deserves inquiry.
St. Lou Fringe connects cutting edge performing arts with accessible, affordable performances for audiences. St Lou Fringe supports established and emerging artists by providing a professional setting to showcase their work. St Lou Fringe seeks to promote developing neighborhoods as opportune space for creative and economic growth. St Lou Fringe builds community by connecting brave artists with bold audiences.
Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis enriches the cultural life of St. Louis by producing an annual theater festival and other artistic and educational events that celebrate the art and influence of Tennessee Williams.
TLT Productions, founded in 2009 is a production troupe that specializes in a myriad of entertainment and educational events. When they create, they intend to bring forth a strong message that will stimulate audiences and encourage our communities to be progressive in their thinking. With each project TLT Productions strives to create a new artistic community that focuses & highlights original work, while encouraging creativity & the arts.
Upstream Theater is a professional production company dedicated to presenting new works and inventive stagings of classical plays, with a special focus on joint ventures involving artists from other countries. Upstream offers theater that is spiritual and sentient, witty and engaged, multilayered and syncretic. Their goal is to move you, and to move you to think.
Urban Harvest STL transforms under-utilized city spaces into productive urban farms to enable equitable access to healthy food for St. Louisans, regardless of socioeconomic status, race or location. They educate the community to raise awareness and enable people to not only learn how to grow food but to contribute to their impact. Urban Harvest STL’s network of farms are educational platforms for sustainable food systems, food security solutions, green buildings, and innovative forms of urban agriculture.