Nancy Fowler

Arts and Culture Reporter

Nancy Fowler is a veteran journalist with 28 years of experience in print, online and broadcast media. Her passions include the arts, social justice and the intersection of the two. She won an Emmy Award for news writing for her work at WXYZ-TV in Detroit, and received Pride St. Louis' Felton T. Day Award for service to the LGBT community as editor of the Vital Voice newspaper.

Follow her on Twitter: @NancyFowlerSTL


LGBT Missourians
5:12 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Missouri Scores Low For LGBT Equality But Shines In One Area

HRC logo
Credit Human Rights Campaign / HRC logo

Missouri has a long way to go to achieve equality for LGBT residents, according to a national advocacy organization.

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) issued a report today showing Missouri is among 29 states lacking basic equality standards. The organization gives Missouri particularly low marks in two areas:

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Transgender Book Project
10:52 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Transgender Woman Says Change Was Lifesaving, Despite Losing Job, Loved Ones

Steph James
Jess Dugan

Until her late 50s, Steph James of Maryland Heights lived a life that, from all appearances, looked like the American dream.

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LGBT Visibility
7:20 pm
Sun January 18, 2015

St. Louisans’ Photo Project Brings Older Transgender People Out Of The Shadows

Jess Dugan and Vanessa Fabbre
Credit Nancy Fowler | St. Louis Public Radio

When the TV show “Transparent” won two Golden Globe Awards a week ago Sunday, many transgender people felt validated, and a little less invisible.

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Paying It Back And Forward
2:01 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Celebrated Dancer Antonio Douthit-Boyd Returns To St. Louis To Teach New Generation

Antonio Douthit-Boyd
Credit Jacob Blickenstaff Photography

For dancer Antonio Douthit-Boyd, the time has come to return the favor.

At 16, the beat of a drum lured him off the street and into a Washington Avenue dance class, where he was soon taken in as a disadvantaged prodigy. It changed his life.

Now, he and his dancer husband, Kirven Douthit-Boyd, are coming home to instruct and nurture a new generation.

“I hope that Kirven and I can do for other students what they did for me,” Antonio Douthit-Boyd said.

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2,500 Instruments
11:20 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Sheldon Scores Massive Musical Instrument Collection Worth Over $2 Million

Bridge-Spouted Whistling Vessel, Inca, Peru, 1400-1500 CE, 8 x 7.5 x 3 inches, Collection of the Sheldon Art Galleries, Hartenberger World Music Collection
Credit Provided By the Sheldon Art Galleries

The Sheldon Art Galleries in Grand Center is the new owner of a collection of musical instruments worth more than $2 million.

Local university music professor Aurelia Hartenberger spent more than 40 years accumulating 2,500 instruments from nearly every continent. Some are contemporary, others date back 3,000 years.

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Interracial Couples
10:35 pm
Sun January 4, 2015

Guess Who Else Is Coming To 'Dinner' With The Repertory Theatre Of St. Louis?

Reena Hajat Carroll
Credit Provided by the Diversity Awareness Partnership

Many older Americans were introduced to their first interracial couple in 1967 by the Sidney Poitier classic featuring what was then a shocking pairing, on-screen or off. 

But today, especially when even same-sex interracial couples can marry in St. Louis, we don’t care who’s coming to dinner — right?

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Arts on the Move
6:38 am
Fri December 26, 2014

8 Things That Changed This Year In The St. Louis Arts Scene

Two looks of Raja
Credit Provided by the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts

As our city rocked from the upheavals of 2014, a series of quieter changes was taking place in the St. Louis art world.

Several arts organizations debuted, others expanded and a few folded. Some relocated and others featured uncharacteristic fare to appeal to wider audiences. Here’s a look at eight of this year’s evolutions in the local arts scene.

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Art and Activism
4:39 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

RAC Social Impact Awards Go To Circus Harmony, Others For Ferguson Projects

The Arches of Circus Harmony
Credit Jessica Hentoff

St. Louis’ Regional Arts Commission announced its very first Social Impact Fund grants today, with nearly one-third of the 28 winning projects related to Ferguson.

One of the winners is Circus Harmony, an organization that promotes social change though circus arts. The group will use its $2,200 grant to bring kids from Ferguson into the tent.

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What If There Were No Arch?
10:59 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

How Would You Re-Draw The Arch? STL Arts Professionals Reimagine The Riverfront

This painting on plywood was at the Post Office on South Grand on Nov. 26.
Credit Rebecca Smith | St. Louis Public Radio

Since 1966, The Arch has represented St. Louis as the Gateway to the West. But it also has other connotations, especially now.

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A First for St. Louis
11:30 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Poet Laureate Nominee Michael Castro Says Words Can Help Heal St. Louis

Michael Castro
Credit Ros Crenshaw

Updated to include Michael Castro's poetry and interview audio, and reaction from poet Shirley Bradford LeFlore.

Except for dotting the “i’s” and crossing a “t” or two, St. Louis has its first official poet.

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