Archive for April, 2015

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Just 9 days to go: Get Your Advance Tickets NOW for May 9 Old North House & Community Tour

Get your tickets now for the advance ticket price of just $12 by clicking HERE to purchase online or stop by the ONSLRG office at 2700 N. 14th Street during regular business hours.

And it’s not too late to volunteer with us at the tour - and then you’ll get to go for free!  Click HERE for more details and to sign up for a shift.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Thank You UrbArts, St. Louis Artists’ Guild, Regional Arts Commission, 14th St. Artist Community…

Crown Square was alive with activity this past weekend as UrbArts hosted their VerbQuake poetry slam competition with 12 high school teams performing at several arts-related venues up and down N. 14th Street.

Thank you to M.K. Stallings (in the photo below) and the whole team at UrbArts for bringing the energy and creativity - and a lot of new visitors - to the heart of Old North!

We were pleased that our Old North St. Louis Restoration Group Gallery was able to serve as one of the venues for portions of the competition - and it was a great demonstration of the vibrancy of the arts community here in Old North that there were several different spaces along 2600-2700 N. 14th Street that were willing and able to accommodate the event.  In addition to the ONSLRG Gallery, the other venues for the event included UrbArts own space at 2600, the 14th Street Artist Community at 2607, and Zuka Arts at 2701 N. 14th Street.

The Grand Slam Team Championship round will take place at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 18 at UrbArts’ space at 2600 N. 14th Street.  The following 6 teams will be competing:

  • Team 1: The Misfits (Jennings High School)
  • Team 2: K-Word (Kirkwood High School)
  • Team 3: SlamCats (Hazelwood West High School)
  • Team 4: Poetic Soulz (Grand Center Arts Academy)
  • Team 5: Deja Vu (Carnahan High School of the Future
  • Team 6: McWord (McCluer High School)
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    Thank you also to the Regional Arts Commission for holding their Northside Community Arts Training Institute here in Old North, with the 14th Street Artist Community space at 2607 N. 14th Street hosting most of the sessions for the current class of participants. Among the participants are several individuals with Old North connections, including residents Paulette Sankofa and Ann Johnson, Central Print director Marie Oberkirsch, and Jennifer Wintzer of Shakespeare Festival St. Louis.

    This coming weekend will bring even more visitors as the St. Louis Artists’ Guild brings their 2015 Young Artists Showcase to Crown Square…

    The opening reception for this exhibit will be Sunday, April 12 from 1-3 p.m., with an awards ceremony at 1:30 p.m. The exhibit features more than 200 works of art by high school students living within 150 miles of St. Louis. Come on out to show your support for the next generation of artists!

    Friday, April 3, 2015

    Read All About It: the Latest Old North Community News Is Here

    The April 2015 issue of the Old North Community News is off to the printer, but you can read it right now by clicking HERE.

    Wednesday, April 1, 2015

    Mark Your Calendars: Trivia Night, Brightside Clean-up, Young Artists Showcase & House Tour

    The usual spring burst of activities in Old North St. Louis is upon us. We invite one and all to join us here in Old North for all of the following events that sustain and celebrate the best of neighborhood-driven community revitalization:

    Saturday, April 11 - Trivia Night to Benefit North City Farmers’ Market and 13th Street Community Garden

    As the poster above notes, individual tickets are available for $20 each, or if you can get a team together, tables of 8 can be reserved at $160.  Since space is limited, we strongly encourage advance purchase. This fun-filled event supports the continued operation of ONSLRG’s North City Farmers’ Market and the 13th Street Community Garden, which has provides fresh, very locally grown foods for the market. Click HERE to register for and purchase your table today!

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    Also on Saturday, April 11 - Neighborhood-Wide “Brightside” Clean-Up

    Residents and outside volunteers are invited to gather at the 13th Street Community Garden (just south of St. Louis Avenue, along the 2700 block of N. 13th Street) at 9:30 a.m. Courtesy of Brightside St. Louis, we’ll have trash bags available for use with litter pick-ups, and we’ll have extra support from St. Louis University students who will be participating in the university’s “showers of service” here in Old North. We look forward to seeing a lot of neighbors out that day as we clear away some of the debris and detritus that accumulated on the vacant lots and alleys of the neighborhood over the winter months. Anyone with questions or willing to help with supervising volunteers should contact Matt Fernandez ( or by phone at the ONSLRG office: 314-241-5031, ext. 101) or Gloria Bratkowski.

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    Sunday, April 12-Saturday, April 25: St. Louis Artist Guild’s Young Artists Showcase

    The 125-year-old St. Louis Artists’ Guild will bring their 41st annual Young Artists Showcase to Old North St. Louis this year. The exhibit, which features artwork created by 15-19 year-old high school students residing within 150 miles of the St. Louis Artists’ Guild, provides talented young artists with cash awards and scholarships, as well as the opportunity to compete in a professionally juried show. The opening for the exhibit will take place at our Old North St. Louis Restoration Group Gallery at

    2700 N. 14th Street on Sunday, April 12 from 1-3 p.m. For more information about the exhibit, click HERE.

    ONSLRG is able to make our gallery available for exhibits, such as this one, and bring other arts programming to the heart of Old North thanks to generous support of the Regional Arts Commission.

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    Saturday, May 9 - Annual Old North House & Community Tour AND the Spring Fling Vintage Street Market at Crown Square

    Start spreading the news:  this year’s Old North House & Community Tour will be bigger and better than ever!

    we’re joining forces with the Spring Fling vintage street market so that attendees of our tour will have even more to see and do in Old North and so that the visitors to the very successful street market will be able to see more of the neighborhood while they’re in Old North.

    To get your tour tickets now at the early bird price of just $10 each (the price for advance tickets will go up to $12 on April 18, and day-of tickets will be $15), click HERE to purchase online.

    If you know of any businesses (or generous individuals) who would like to join us as a sponsor for this year’s tour, click HERE to learn more about the great benefits of sponsorship.

    If you’d like to be a part of this year’s event as a volunteer (or if you know of volunteer groups that would be willing to send a crew to help us), click HERE for all of the volunteer info.

    To keep posted on all of the developments and updates for this year’s big event, click HERE to visit the Old North House & Community Tour Facebook event page - and once there, be sure to click on the “Join” button so that all of your Facebook friends will be able to see that you’re planning to go.

    And, for more info on the Spring Fling in the City vintage street market, visit their Facebook event page by clicking HERE.

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    For questions about any of the above upcoming events, please feel free to stop by the ONSLRG office at 2700 N. 14th Street (63106, in the heart of Old North’s Crown Square; give us a call at 314-241-5031; or send an email to


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