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All posts by Caitlin Lally

23 Apr 2020

It’s World Book Day, and we are celebrating with this installment of Caffeinated Curation recommended by Kranzberg Arts Foundation Director of Marketing and Communications Andrew Warshauer.

“This collection of poems (“Poems New and Collected”) by Polish poet Wisława Szymborska was one of the books I read in high school that I’ve come back to year after year. The poems balance the serious and emotional with the humorous and playful.

“I paired it with an Organic King Crimson from Kilogram Tea (purchased from Blueprint Coffee). A hibiscus tea, it mimics the book, balancing tart and sweet flavors. Perfect for times like these that require an exploration of both the hard truths of life and the joy of the present.”

Read more from the Caffeinated Curation series here.

20 Apr 2020

As springtime begins to bloom outside the windows of our self-quarantine locations, it’s (mostly) business as usual for Urban Harvest STL, which maintains the rooftop garden at .ZACK.

The Kranzberg Arts Foundation resident organization focused on food rights has just finished its first harvest of the season from its urban farms across St. Louis. Farmers collected 50 pounds of various leafy greens, radishes, pea shoots, herbs and edible flowers. 

Like the majority of what the farms produces, Urban Harvest STL will donate these plants to their nonprofit partners. These partners serve local communities with limited access to healthy and nutritious food. In the past year, the organization grew and donated 4,740 pounds of food.

“The need is greater now than ever,” Executive Director Clare Higgins said.

Three organizations Urban Harvest STL regularly donates to include Fit and Food Connection, The Urban League, and North Newstead Association

This year, the organization anticipates making even more donations. Some partner restaurants that typically receive a portion of produce are temporarily shuttered, including The Dark Room at The Grandel

Though the crops are unaffected by COVID-19, the farmers are practicing social distancing while tending the gardens. Additionally, office staff transitioned to working from home. Higgins said everyone feels safe with the measures put in place, and the team even added five new staff members in March. 

Growing community … online

The organization’s mission not only includes providing food resources, but also educational resources. However, conducting food roof visits and workshops is now out of the question. 

“Not being able to gather together means doing it on video,” Higgins said, mentioning the resurrection of the organization’s YouTube page and website blog.

Using the platforms to share learning opportunities on topics such as seed germination and composting, Events & Marketing Coordinator Anna Lin-Schweitzer said they are excited to broaden their reach online. They hope to continue to create digital content to fit the needs of community members, especially as more people turn toward at-home gardening.

“There’s something cathartic about being out with the plants, embracing the small amount of control we have over a small plot of land,” Higgins said. She explained that peas are a good beginner plant because the seeds are large (good for tiny hands), and they sprout fairly quickly. 

Since mid-March, the organization has included 160 packets of seeds along with produce donations to “plant the seed” and encourage others to garden. 

Learn more about Urban Harvest STL at urbanharveststl.org.

10 Apr 2020

The 2020 St. Louis Theater Circle Awards recognized six Kranzberg Arts Foundation resident organizations this week. Outstanding work in professional St. Louis theater is acknowledged during this ceremony, which was presented virtually this year by HEC-TV.

Well-deserved recognition also goes to Nancy and Ken Kranzberg for receiving a special award for invaluable support in the arts. The St. Louis arts is a thriving community because of their longtime contributions.

Many congratulations to the Kranzbergs and the winning resident organizations, listed below.

Max & Louie Productions

Outstanding Lighting Design in a Play
Patrick Huber, Indecent

Outstanding Sound Design
Phillip Evans, Indecent

Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama
Indecent

Outstanding Director of a Drama
Joanne Gordon, Indecent

Outstanding Production of a Drama
Indecent

New Line Theatre

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical
Tiélere Cheatem, La Cage aux Folles

Outstanding Costume Design in a Musical
Sarah Porter, La Cage aux Folles

Shakespeare Festival St. Louis

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy
Patrick Blindauer, Love’s Labors Lost

Shakespeare Festival St. Louis & The Big Muddy Dance Company

Outstanding Choreographer
Dexandro Montalvo, Such Sweet Thunder, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, The Big Muddy Dance Company, Jazz St. Louis, and The Nine Network of Public Media

Outstanding Production of a Musical
Such Sweet Thunder, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, The Big Muddy Dance Company, Jazz St. Louis, and The Nine Network of Public Media

Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy
Kelley Weber, A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy
(Tie with Katie Kleiger, Pride and Prejudice, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis)
Maggie Wininger, A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur

Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy
A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur

Outstanding Director of a Comedy
Kari Ely, A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur

Upstream Theater

Outstanding Actress in a Drama
Donna Weinsting, Salt, Root, and Roe

See the full list of winners here.

Image features “Indecent” by Max & Louie Productions, captured by Don Donovan.

31 Mar 2020

Caffeinated Curation is back, COVID-19 edition.

This time, we’re highlighting the fourth volume of “Soul of the City,” published biannually by the Kranzberg Arts Foundation, paired with Blueprint Coffee‘s San Lorenzo instant coffee.

This duo is the epitome of working-from-home. Not only is this instant coffee the perfect pick-me-up while social distancing, but also its sweet and earthy qualities reflect the driving mission of the magazine; that St. Louis’ artists, communities, and cultural experiences represent the heart and soul of our city.

Support local business. Order Blueprint Coffee online here.

Keep your hands clean. Read a digital version of Soul of the City, Vol. 4 here.

24 Mar 2020

For creators of any and all media, here is a list of artist resources related to support amid public health concerns over COVID-19. We hope to continue to develop this list. Request to add your local resource here.

Please note: These links are not affiliated with Kranzberg Arts Foundation, nor is the foundation responsible for the websites’ content.

National Resources

Local Resources

Related Content:

 

20 Mar 2020

While the Kranzberg Arts Foundation Music Artists-in-Residence typically share their talents on stage for audiences across St. Louis, the spread of COVID-19 has prevented such from happening for at least several weeks. As many of us are practicing social distancing with perhaps a surplus of time on our hands, it’s a great time to discover new sounds and support local musicians who have lost gigs.

Below is a list of the our current and past music artists-in-residence. We encourage you to follow them on social media and purchase or stream their music. If you find something you like, share it with a friend.

 

2019-2020

2018-2019

Friday, March 20, Bandcamp is waiving its share of profits from music purchased on its platform to support musicians, NPR reported.

Other ways to help include contributing to the St. Louis Arts and Music Fund to support artists across various media.

19 Mar 2020

Across the nation and in our own community, the spread of COVID-19 has left thousands of workers in the service and hospitality industry without employment, and consequently, without paychecks.

Whether it’s you or someone you know who has recently lost their source of income due to the closure of restaurants, bars, and hospitality venues, below is a list of resources that may be helpful. If you are in a position in which you can offer aid to another person, consider making a donation to one of the funds.

Local Resources

National Resources

This list will be updated with more information as it becomes available.

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19 Mar 2020

As the spread of COVID-19 continues to have an adverse effect on industries of all types, the St. Louis arts is no exception. These Kranzberg Arts Foundation resident organizations need your support now more than ever. Consider extending a virtual helping hand, and make a donation today. The recently passed COVID-19 relief bill allows those who take the standard deduction to deduct up to $300 of cash contributions to public non-profits.

This list of St. Louis arts organizations will be updated with more information as it becomes available.

05 Mar 2020

Paired with an unassuming latte by @blueprintcoffee, the latest issue of River Styx Literary Magazine is the next feature in the “Caffeinated Curation” series. 📖☕

Recommended by @riverstyxmag Managing Editor Shanie Latham, lattes were her go-to when it came to fueling up during the final production stages of issue 102.

Since 1975, River Styx has published an international, award-winning journal of poetry, fiction, essays, interviews, and art. The non-profit organization recently joined the literary arts community that works out of High Low‘s office suites on the second floor.

Get your hands on a copy here.

17 Feb 2020

The next “Caffeinated Curation” — a routine pairing of books and beverages by @blueprintcoffee — features selections from @kranzbergarts Visual Experience Coordinator Alexis Rivierre (@alexisrivierre_art).

“for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf” by Ntozake Shange, a renowned poet, novelist, and playwright, is a commentary on what it means to be a woman of color in the twentieth century.

“Shange’s characters invite you to experience a timeless layered composition, through written song, and dance, amidst her poems that intertwine seven colorful narratives revealing all at once a beautiful tension between obstacles, trauma, and unity through a shared Black female experience,” Rivierre said.

Find this literary work among others by Shange on the shelves at High Low. And while you’re browsing, order this oat milk latte with vanilla & chocolate syrup, recommended by Rivierre.

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