Saturday, June 22, 2013
Free and open to the public. Registration recommended. Tour starts at Northside Workshop, 1306 Saint Louis Avenue, Saint Louis, Missouri 63106, Route includes: 14th Street Artist Community, Graham Lane’s studio, Sustainable Land Lab projects, among others.
Join Juan William Chavez, artist and cultural activist, and Kiersten Torrez, Director of Programming & Sustainability at Northside Workshop (NSW) for a walking tour of Old North St. Louis. With a rich cultural history (est. 1816), this neighborhood has transformed into an emerging artist district that includes a strong collaborative community dedicated to revitalization and social progress. Full route to be announced, but walk starts with a tour of Northside Workshop. Guests are also encouraged to dine at Crown Candy Kitchen, St. Louis’ oldest operating soda fountain, known for their handmade malts and milkshakes, following the tour.
Juan William Chavez (born in Lima, Peru) is the Founder and Director of Northside Workshop and is an artist and cultural activist whose studio practice focuses on the potential of space by developing creative initiatives that address community and cultural issues. His projects include Urban Expression for the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, the Northside Workshop and the Pruitt-Igoe Bee Sanctuary. His awards include the Art Matters Grant, the Missouri Arts Award and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. In 2012, Chavez received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship.
Kiersten Torrez is the Director of Programming & Sustainability of Northside Workshop, non-profit art space dedicated to addressing cultural and community issues in North Saint Louis. As an arts organizer she is focused on innovating sustainable practices. She has aided in developing community-based projects such as Beautification of Vacant Space, the Pruitt-Igoe Bee Sanctuary and Team Cookbook, community building through the sharing of recipes and stories in Old North Saint Louis. Torrez is currently planning a Year of Listening, a series of socially engaged events focused on co–generating programs to address the physical and social dimensions of the Old North Saint Louis neighborhood.