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Old North St. Louis is a community that has put out the welcome mat for creative individuals seeking a neighborhood with character for their home, studio, or gallery. Already home to poets, sculptors, painters, musicians, and graphic designers, ONSL also embraces opportunities to showcase and celebrate artistic expression.
Old North Gallery
When Old North St. Louis Restoration Group moved our offices down 14th Street into the rehabbed space at 2700 N. 14th Street, the intention was to create more of neighborhood information and community gathering center. Having enough room for a gallery that could bring art to the heart of Crown Square was a key part of that vision. With financial support from the Regional Arts Commission and the Greater St. Louis Regional Empowerment Zone, the idea was to establish a gallery that would be free of charge, that would feature rotating exhibits of work by new and emerging artists, and that would provide space for events, such as poetry readings, artist lectures, and small concerts. With a broad range of exhibits and events in that space over the past few years, the gallery has lived up to the initial vision.
We Are of the Same Essence
Photography by Sylvester Jacobs portraying "the everyday lives of those who live in the Old North neighborhood"
Partnerships & co-sponsorship
Arts-focused groups from within and outside ONSL have found ONSLRG to be a welcoming partner or host for various art exhibits or programming. Past collaborations have involved KDHX Community Media to bring live music to ONSL’s Annual House & Community Tour; Missouri Immigrant & Refugee Advocates' annual art exhibit and auction; a monthly film series with Cinema St. Louis, as well as screenings of films for area schools during the Cinema St. Louis International Film Festival; performances by Metro Theater Company and Upstream Theater; various bands performing live music at North City Farmers’ Market; the “Word Up” poetry project; and Grace Hill’s Whitaker Urban Concerts series in nearby St. Louis Place Park. If you’d like to explore possible new activities, events, or initiatives, contact us at 314-241-5031 or email@example.com.
Northside Workshop at 1306 St. Louis Avenue
In 2012, we celebrated the completion of the full rehab of the historic but long vacant building at 1306 St. Louis Avenue and the opening of Northside Workshop. The building had initially been purchased from the City's Land Reutilization Authority by ONSLRG, who then invested the funds to stabilize the high profile St. Louis Avenue building so that it would survive long enough for an eventual re-development and re-use. Thankfully, Ken and Nancy Kranzberg stepped forward with a commitment to fund the full rehab as the new home for Juan William Chavez's Northside Workshop. For more information about Northside Workshop and its programming, click HERE for their Facebook page.