Nancy Fowler

Arts 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


1:30 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

‘Hands Up' Project Calls Artists To Respond To Ferguson As North City Mural Shifts Focus

Salon 53 gallery owner Freida Wheaton's "Hands Up" response
Credit De’Joneiro Jones

The artistic response to the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown at the hand of a Ferguson police officer is gaining momentum.

Freida Wheaton, founder of the Alliance of Black Art Galleries, issued a call to local artists today to channel their feelings into works of art. Responses to her “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot: Artists Respond” project will result in an exhibition, planned for this fall.

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Ferguson Protest in Clayton
6:57 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Ferguson Protest Moves To Clayton To Demand Officer Be Charged

Outside the Justice Center in Clayton Wednesday morning.
Credit Nancy Fowler | St. Louis Public Radio

Protesters took their demands for justice for teenager Michael Brown, shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer, to the St. Louis County courthouse today. That’s where a grand jury is examining evidence against Darren Wilson, at the behest of County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch.

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Michael Brown
7:23 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Pandemonium Or Peace In Ferguson? Depends On If It’s Night Or Day

Red's makes a promise.
Credit Nancy Fowler | St. Louis Public Radio

The daily routine in the city of Ferguson has become one of turmoil and tear gas by night and cleanup and cooperation by day.

More than 50 people were arrested and two were shot as agitators clashed with authorities in Ferguson Monday night. Much of the action took place at the intersection of Canfield Road and West Florissant Avenue.

But just a few hours later, the sun rose over a very different scene at Canfield and West Florissant, where Red’s BBQ is located.

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Ferguson Unrest
10:44 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Tear Gas Canisters Collected As Souvenirs As Calm Returns To Ferguson

Justin Deer
Credit Nancy Fowler | St. Louis Public Radio

Following a night of turmoil and tear gas in which a half-dozen people were arrested and more businesses were vandalized, this morning was quiet in Ferguson.

Only a few cars traveled West Florissant Road near Ferguson Avenue as the night’s curfew was lifted at 5 a.m. Several were media vehicles, including a large CNN truck.

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Big Muddy Blues Festival
5:28 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

STL’s Big Muddy Blues Festival Gets Bigger With Additional Night

Big Muddy Blues Festival
Credit Archive photo from the Big Muddy website

The Big Muddy Blues Festival has added an extra night on the front end of its schedule.

The festival, which had been set for Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 30-31, has now scheduled three local bands for Friday night, Aug. 29. Everett Dean will take the stage at 6 p.m. Friday, followed by Billy Peek at 8 and Marquise Knox at 10.

The Friday night performances lead up to a weekend of 24 more national, regional and local acts beginning at 3 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday and playing until midnight.

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Michael Brown
11:27 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Brian Owens’ Concert Dedicated To Hope And Healing Around Ferguson Events

Brian Owens and his band at O'Fallon Park
Credit Nancy Fowler

Musician Brian Owens, who lives in the city of Ferguson, dedicated a concert Wednesday night to victims of gun violence, including Michael Brown.

The performance in north St. Louis' O'Fallon Park had been scheduled for several months. But the Ferguson tragedy gave it special meaning.

St. Louis Alderman Antonio French opened Owens’ concert with a moment of silence for Michael Brown. He told the crowd that Brown’s death is already bringing about long-overdue conversations.

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3:17 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Ferguson-Florissant Schools' Start Postponed; Another Event Finds Way To Show Love

T-shirts to be sold at this Saturday's Ferguson Farmers Market.
Credit Ferguson Farmers Market

The first day of classes in the Ferguson-Florissant School District has been postponed, following the shooting death of Michael Brown and its aftermath. Classes were scheduled to begin Thursday but the district announced late Wednesday that school will now start on Monday.

On its Facebook page, the district said the decisions was made "In order to allow additional time for the situation to stabilize and for all of our students and their families to resume normal routines ... "

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Autism And Theater
11:14 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

‘Violinist’ Uses Mystery Plot To Illuminate Autism At STL’s Gaslight Theater

Kara Campbell, Kirsten Wylder, and husband James, Scott De Broux, look on at son Thomas, Robin Stricklin, as he learns to feel the music.
Credit Provided by Gaslight Theatre

Parents face many twists and turns as they forge through the mystery of their child’s autism. An updated local play about autism also involves unraveling a thorny thriller.

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Same-Sex Marriage
3:31 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

‘Show Me’ Website To Help Missourians Navigate Moving Target Of Same-Sex Marriage

The group's new logo
Credit Provided by ShowMeMarriage

The rapidly changing landscape around same-sex marriage has prompted an education campaign to help Missourians keep up with the issue.

PROMO, an organization advocating for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) equality, is officially launching a new informational website. will offer updates, polling data and personal stories from same-sex couples.

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Community Art Engagement
3:14 am
Wed July 30, 2014

STL Art Game-Changers: De Andrea Nichols Wants To Hook You Up For A Better City

De Andrea Nichols
Credit Stephanie Zimmerman | St. Louis Public Radio

When you attend an event involving De Andrea Nichols, be prepared to meet your match. Not your romantic soulmate, although that could happen. More likely, your partner in community engagement.

Nichols, 26, is a community arts organizer, designer and social worker who’s the Education and Outreach Coordinator at the Contemporary Art Museum. When she’s not working at CAM, she’s entrenched in one of the many projects of her own nonprofit, Catalysts by Design. Sometimes the twain does meet.

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