Free, Performance, Talk

First Friday in Grand Center: Speak Up Live Celebrates 20 Years of CAM

Start the first Friday of the month with art, music, and culture in the Grand Center Arts District. 

The celebration of CAM’s 20th anniversary continues with this special live recording of CAM’s Podcast-in-Residence, Speak Up St. Louis. Podcast host and co-founder Quinton Ward, will be in conversation with CAM’s Executive Director Lisa Melandri reflecting on the impact of CAM over the last two decades. Round out the evening celebrations with a reception and live DJ set from 18andCounting, the experimental musician, artist, educator, and alum of CAM’s New Art in the Neighborhood program—also known as Stan Chisholm.

Complimentary food will be provided. Drinks will be available for purchase.

  • Reception begins at 7:00 pm
  • Program begins at 7:30 pm
  • DJ set begins at 8:00 pm


Photo: Jordan Gaunce

Lisa Melandri
As the Executive Director of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Lisa Melandri leads the region’s premier contemporary, non-collecting art institution. Since joining CAM in 2012, Lisa has brought both emerging and established artists from around the globe to St. Louis, presenting art that is always stimulating, provocative, and relevant. During her tenure, CAM has shown a wide array of exhibitions every year, including dynamic solo exhibitions and thought-provoking group shows, presented alongside public programs for all ages that provide access and insight to the work on view. Not long after arriving at the Museum, Lisa made CAM free to all, removing barriers to experience and enjoy contemporary art. Lisa has expanded the Museum’s reach into the community through innovative arts education programs. Learning and engagement initiatives are central to CAM’s mission, providing opportunities for St. Louis Public School students and teachers, as well as offering art experiences to CAM’s immediate neighbors. As a curator, Lisa has organized such outstanding exhibitions at CAM as Mickalene Thomas: Mentors, Muses, and Celebrities; Salvatore Scarpitta: Racing Cars; Sanford Biggers; Amy Sherald; Christine Corday: RELATIVE POINTS; and Kathy Butterly: Out of one, many / Headscapes.

Photo: Chris Bauer

St. Louis polymath Stan Chisholm works under the alias 18andCounting and has built himself as a staple in his city’s creative community for nearly two decades. As an experimental musician, vinyl DJ, visual artist, and educator he commonly works in collaborative, communal, and improvised settings. Visually, Chisholm’s works are socio-reflective pop art pieces that use an ever-evolving lexicon of characters, graphic abstractions, and text. Sonically, he brings modular hardware into immersive live experiences, mutating ideas of hip-hop and electronic music into visions both grim and wholly life-affirming. In 2009, he earned his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2012, he co-founded Blank Space, a creative hub and community space on St. Louis’s Cherokee Street. In 2013, he became the Regional Arts Commission’s first “Artists Count” Fellow. In 2018, he served as the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis’ first ever DJ-in-residence. From 2019-23, he developed and taught, full-time, the Visual Arts program at Kairos Academies Middle School in St. Louis. And in 2021, he became the first awardee of an STL Art Place Initiative home. Chisholm has exhibited at Laumeier Sculpture Park, City Museum, The Hyde Park Art Center, Paint Louis, Hoffman-LaChance Contemporary, and many other museums, galleries, venues, festivals, and DIY spaces.