Grand Center http://news.stlpublicradio.org en NEA Grant To Add Art And Walkability To Grand Center http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nea-grant-add-art-and-walkability-grand-center <p>A new $50,000 grant will help make St. Louis’ Grand Center more pedestrian-friendly.</p><p>The midtown arts and cultural district <a href="http://arts.gov/national/our-town/grantee/2014/grand-center-inc-2">received the money Wednesday from the National Endowment for the Arts’ “Our Town” grants program.</a></p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:30:42 +0000 Nancy Fowler 38119 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org NEA Grant To Add Art And Walkability To Grand Center No Charge To Visit Contemporary Art Museum Through Next Summer — Or Longer http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/no-charge-visit-contemporary-art-museum-through-next-summer-or-longer <p>The <a href="http://camstl.org">Contemporary Art Museum in Grand Center</a> has joined the ranks of St. Louis’ free cultural institutions, at least through next summer.</p><p></p><p></p><p>CAM has charged no admission fee since early May, thanks to a donation by the local <a href="http://www.gateway-foundation.org/">Gateway Foundation, a nonprofit organization supporting art and urban design. </a>Now Gateway has increased its funding to cover the five-dollar cost through August 2015.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:01:18 +0000 Nancy Fowler 37952 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org No Charge To Visit Contemporary Art Museum Through Next Summer — Or Longer Visually Appealing: Art & Air, Peat Eyez, Dogs, First Friday http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/visually-appealing-art-air-peat-eyez-dogs-first-friday <p>The first weekend in June always has a star on my calendar: <a href="https://www.stlbeacon.org/#!/content/21589/lafayette_square_house_tour_memories" target="_blank">Lafayette Square House Tour</a>. But many others have noted the better-than-average chance for good weather that prompted <a href="http://lafayettesquare.org/">the neighborhood</a> to select that date. Add the tradition of galleries being open in the evening on the first Friday of the month and no one has an excuse to stay indoors (barring storms, that is).</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 03:11:54 +0000 Donna Korando 36724 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Visually Appealing: Art & Air, Peat Eyez, Dogs, First Friday The 100-Year-Old Sun Theater In Grand Center Reopens After A Major Renovation http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/100-year-old-sun-theater-grand-center-reopens-after-major-renovation <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Sun Theater in Grand Center has reopened after nearly 40 years of neglect and abandonment.</span></p><p>On Grandel Square near Powell Hall and the Fox Theatre, the Sun Theater is being leased by the Grand Center Arts Academy. The Lawrence Group, a St. Louis-based design firm, spent $11.5 million on the theater’s renovation.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 21:37:35 +0000 Alex Heuer 36212 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org The 100-Year-Old Sun Theater In Grand Center Reopens After A Major Renovation Grand Center Arts District Widens Its Horizons http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/grand-center-arts-district-widens-its-horizons <p>It's time for my yearly update on Grand Center. What a happening and hopping place it has become. There have been dozens of additions to the arts district and still more are about to open.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 20:33:08 +0000 Nancy Kranzberg 35049 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Grand Center Arts District Widens Its Horizons Richard Baker Bids Farewell To The Fox, Shares Thoughts On Local Arts Scene http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/richard-baker-bids-farewell-fox-shares-thoughts-local-arts-scene <p>Richard Baker, president of Fox Associates since 2001 and a member of the Fox Theatre staff in a variety of capacities since 1986, is leaving to become president and CEO of the Starlight Theatre in Kansas City on March 17.</p><p>Earlier this week, Baker sat down for a lengthy interview that looked back on his eventful 27-plus years at the Fox, the evolution of Grand Center during that time, and an unpredictable career path that took a young boy who loved theater and Broadway from dreams of becoming a doctor, to a degree in accounting, and then full circle to the Fox.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 06:26:10 +0000 Terry Perkins 34016 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Richard Baker Bids Farewell To The Fox, Shares Thoughts On Local Arts Scene Art Events On The Table, Some Literally, In STL This Weekend http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/art-events-table-some-literally-stl-weekend <p>A table can connect families, foster discussion or encourage a game of cards. This weekend, a table in Grand Center also provides a canvas for artistic and cultural expression.</p><p>“Table” opened Thursday night at <a href="http://duetstl.com/">the new Duet art space</a>, 3526 Washington Ave., with an evening of drinks and folk music. Friday night at 7, the custom wood design by Martin Goebel becomes the stage for a new media performance.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 03:37:30 +0000 Nancy Fowler 33520 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Art Events On The Table, Some Literally, In STL This Weekend Artist ‘Killed Kenny’ But Is Mainly Having Fun At CAMSTL; Eisenman Brings 'Nemesis' http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/artist-killed-kenny-mainly-having-fun-camstl-eisenman-brings-nemesis <p><em>Our preview of the exhibits opening Friday at CAM includes video of artist Joyce Pensato doing what she loves most: playing with paint, and a look at the work of&nbsp; Nicole Eisenman.</em></p><p>The title <a href="http://camstl.org/exhibitions/main-gallery/joyce-pensato-i-killed-kenny/">“I Killed Kenny”</a> smacks of death in its reference to the recurring demise of the "South Park" icon. But the exhibit's more about Brooklyn artist Joyce Pensato bringing new life to animated characters ranging from Homer Simpson to Mickey Mouse.</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 04:27:15 +0000 Nancy Fowler 33053 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Artist ‘Killed Kenny’ But Is Mainly Having Fun At CAMSTL; Eisenman Brings 'Nemesis' Pulitzer Brings In Breakdancing, Drag And Nail Art To ‘Reset’ Image http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/pulitzer-brings-breakdancing-drag-and-nail-art-reset-image <p>Using words like “play” and “permissiveness” in its promotional materials, the <a href="http://pulitzerarts.org">Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts</a> wants to make sure St. Louisans know it's operating on a different frequency in the <a href="http://pulitzerarts.org/events/public-programs/">upcoming “Reset” program.</a></p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 04:49:30 +0000 Nancy Fowler 32998 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Pulitzer Brings In Breakdancing, Drag And Nail Art To ‘Reset’ Image St. Louis’ ‘First Night’ Celebration: Broader And More Extreme http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-first-night-celebration-broader-and-more-extreme <p>Grand Center has a two-pronged approach for luring more revelers to its <a href="http://www.grandcenter.org/directory/festivals-events/first-night">“First Night” New Year’s Eve party</a> this year.</p><p>Organizers look to active entertainment to bring in the families and a wide spectrum of participants. And they hope a more mature late-night lineup will attract teenagers and adults without children.</p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 03:04:00 +0000 Nancy Fowler 32574 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis’ ‘First Night’ Celebration: Broader And More Extreme