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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Old North to Receive Additional Support for Arts-Related Community Revitalization

As reported in the St. Louis Beacon on Wednesday, Old North St. Louis is one of four St. Louis neighborhoods that have been selected to receive support (including possible financial investments) for continued arts-related initiatives.  Click HERE to see the article in the Beacon, “Four neighborhoods chosen for Kresge ‘embedded arts’ help“.

The article notes that “the Greater St. Louis Community Foundation, in tandem with the Regional Arts Commission and the Arts and Education Council of Greater St. Louis, will direct research in each neighborhood. The goal is to determine what programs and partnerships could be developed specific to each area to help spur the community revitalization, the development of effective health and human services and a growth in grassroot arts movements.”

Among the factors that led the committee to select Old North were the neighborhood’s “mix of existing arts organizations, high walkability and economic and racial diversity” and the presence of  ”the prolific Old North St. Louis Restoration Group, high amount of historic rehab tax credits, largely residential.”  (We’re not sure if that choice of words describing ONSLRG came from the reporter or the committee that selected Old North, but we thank whoever it was for the compliment.)

Stay tuned for more news on this initiative as it unfolds.  In the meantime, come on out to enjoy the neighborhood’s wonderful arts-rich environment made possible by generous investments of time and effort from many neighborhood residents and financial support from several sources, including Regional Arts Commission, Missouri Arts Council, Equifax Foundation, and Ken & Nancy Kranzberg.

The Old North St. Louis Restoration Group Gallery continues to be a venue for various exhibits, film screenings, and other arts events.

The Old North St. Louis Restoration Group Gallery continues to be a venue for various exhibits, film screenings, and other arts events.

Outside arts organizations, such as Metro Theater Company, have found Old North to be a welcoming community for their programs.

Outside arts organizations, such as Metro Theater Company, have found Old North to be a welcoming community for their programs.

Community events, such as our annual Old North House & Community Tour and HomeGrown Street Festival, often include music, dance, and other performing arts.

Community events, such as our annual Old North House & Community Tour and HomeGrown Street Festival, often include music, dance, and other performing arts.

Ames Visual & Performing Arts Magnet School continues to play a role as an important neighborhood anchor in Old North.

Ames Visual & Performing Arts Magnet School continues to play a role as an important neighborhood anchor in Old North.

St. Louis ArtWorks opened a satellite programming site at Crown Square this past summer.

St. Louis ArtWorks opened a satellite programming site at Crown Square this past summer.

La Mancha Coffeehouse often features works by local artists on their walls.

La Mancha Coffeehouse often features works by local artists on their walls.

William Burton and other artists affiliated with the 14th Street Artist Community often can be found at 2701 N. 14th Street.

William Burton and other artists affiliated with the 14th Street Artist Community often can be found at 2701 N. 14th Street.

This year saw the completion of the rehab of 1306 St. Louis Avenue and the opening of Juan William Chavez's Northside Workshop art center.

This year saw the completion of the rehab of 1306 St. Louis Avenue and the opening of Juan William Chavez's Northside Workshop art space.

The intersection murals painted through efforts of Love the Lou are recent examples of public art in Old North.

The intersection murals painted through efforts of Love the Lou are recent examples of public art in Old North.

If you’d like to support existing arts initiatives or programming in Old North or to explore some ideas for new initiatives, give us a call at the ONSLRG office at 314-241-5031 or send an email to us at info@ONSL.org.

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