Updated at 11:30 with comments from Vanita Gupta, the head of the Civil Rights Division. A 20-month investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice has found the St. Louis County Family Court violated the constitutional rights of children in its jurisdiction.
For the past year, a tragic and powerful muse has fed the energy and work of St. Louis-area artists. The shooting death of Michael Brown and the unpeeling of issues that followed have inspired a bounty of work with a social-justice mission. As we near the Aug. 9 anniversary of Brown’s death, we talked with a number of arts professionals about their work in the wake of the turmoil: