Collective Impact was established in 2020 as a multiyear partnership between CAM and Creative Reaction Lab (CRXLAB). Collective Impact makes use of an Equity-Centered Community Design™ model to identify, develop, coordinate, and collaborate in artistic interventions that directly relate to the challenges faced in our shared neighborhoods.
In Spring 2021, the interactive exhibition A Sense of Home provided prompts that encouraged visitor reflection and action around three themes: Immigration & Citizenship, Housing & Health, and Abolition & Emancipation.
In Fall 2021, Collective Impact deepened into a community-centered public art project developed for and with the neighborhoods in and around CRXLAB and the Museum: Covenant Blu/Grand Center, Vandeventer, and The Ville. Over the course of six months, a group of residents and stakeholders (“The Collective”) worked together to identify their shared interest of “safety,” collect input from the community, and explore how art could respond–including conducting an open call and request for proposals from artists. Collective members selected Juan Willian Chávez’s proposal to engage social practice art and gardening as tools for healthy self-expression. Chávez worked with members to develop the project “Growing Safe Spaces: CBVV Garden Collective.”
2021–22 Collective: Thomasina Clarke, Audrey Ellermann, L.M. Flowers, Melita Harry, Cynthia McCrea, Armenia Ratliffe, Jayvn Solomon, Simiya Sudduth, Aaron Williams, and Frankie Williams.
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Collective Impact is organized in partnership with Creative Reaction Lab’s Cordell Billups, Program Coordinator; Antionette Carroll, Founder, President and CEO; and Ryan Page, Program Director alongside Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis’s Michelle Dezember, Director of Learning and Engagement; and Miriam Ruiz, School and Community Partnership Manager.