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

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2005 Legislation
8:49 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Zoo-Museum District Board Member Exploring Tax Dollars For African-American Institutions

Robert Powell
Credit Courtesy of Portfolio Gallery

A member of the St. Louis Zoo-Museum District board is reviving the prospect of a new subdistrict of black arts organizations.

An amendment to House Bill 186, passed by the Missouri legislature in 2005, allows the creation of the African American History Museum and Cultural District. But adding it to the ZMD would have to be approved by popular vote — and an election can cost  up to $1 million — so the issue has languished for nine years.

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Play, Men's Chorus
10:38 pm
Sun June 8, 2014

LGBT Pride Month Means Showtime in St. Louis

Credit From the movie site

St. Louis’ June 28-29 PrideFest may be weeks away, but more LGBT events and performances are coming up in the next few days.

Beginning Thursday night, Stray Dog Theatre presents “Love! Valour! Compassion!" to be staged every Thursday, Friday and Saturday through June 28 at South City's Tower Grove Abbey.

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PHD Gallery
4:32 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Locals Snap Up Opportunity To Display Themselves In PHD Gallery’s ‘Selfie STL’

Fashion designer Michael Drummond
Courtesy PHD Gallery

Updated following "Cityscape"

A couple of months ago, PHD Gallery owner Philip Hitchcock hesitated before pressing “Send” for his mass email soliciting selfies for an art exhibit.

“What if I do this big launch and the returns come back low?” Hitchcock said. “I was really, really nervous about it.”

But once he got a handful of “yes” responses, he figured he could use them as leverage.

“I could say, for instance, to Philip Slein, ‘Hey, Duane and Bruno are doing it, and Leslie Laskey and Roseann Weiss,'" Hitchcock said. "And it started to get legs.”

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Same-Sex Marriage
4:11 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Some Illinois Couples Get Jump Start On Marriage Before Law Goes Into Effect Monday

Credit via Wikimedia Commons

Some Illinois counties are letting same-sex couples marry this weekend, ahead of the official June 1 date for legalizing such unions.

Jersey and Sangamon counties are among those who began taking applications for marriages licenses on Friday. Because June 1 is a Sunday, counties aren’t required to begin accepting applications until Monday, June 2.

But St. Clair County has been marrying same-sex couples since March.

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Edison Theatre
1:36 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

It's Curtains For Ovations Series At Washington University's Edison Theatre

"Three Acts, Two Dangers, One Radio Host" features Ira Glass. It will be at the Edison Nov. 1 & 2.
Credit David Basemore, provided by the Edison

Washington University is endings its Ovations series of professional performances at the Edison Theater.

The Giordano Dance Company’s presentation next April will be the last dance for the 41-year-old series.

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Science Center
9:09 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Issues Around Arcturis-St. Louis Science Center Deal Resurrected

Science Center President and CEO Bert Vescolani is closest to the screen; to his left is Science Center board chairman Doug Yaeger.
Credit Nancy Fowler | St. Louis Public Radio

The controversy over a contract between the St. Louis Science Center and a design firm doesn’t seem to be going away.

In April, Zoo-Museum District board member Pat Whitaker resigned following conflict-of-interest allegations stemming from the Science Center awarding a contract to Arcturis, a company she founded.

On Thursday, ZMD board member Charles Valier again criticized Science Center dealings with the firm at a budget-presentation meeting at the Center.

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Pulitzer
1:01 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

St. Louis’ Pulitzer Adding More Space For Expanded Offerings, Changing Name

Credit Provided by the foundation

St. Louis’ Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts will undergo a major expansion to increase its square footage by one-third.

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14th Street Gallery
2:15 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Ousted Champion Of STL Teen Artists Looking To Relocate — Or Leave Town

William Burton Jr.
Credit Stephanie Zimmerman

Originally published Tuesday, May 13. Updated Friday, May 16 to include audio from Cityscape. Look for more STL Art Game-Changers in an upcoming series.

St. Louis artist and activist William Burton has a history of helping teenagers from unstable environments. Now Burton’s own outreach efforts are facing homelessness.

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Jazz St. Louis
2:28 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Jazz St. Louis To Get $10 Million Makeover

Rendering of Jazz Center's performance space
Jazz St. Louis

Jazz St. Louis in Grand Center has announced a new expansion that it hopes will make it one of the top five jazz hubs in the world.

The $10 million plan includes the purchase its building at 3536 Washington Ave. and another next door, a renovated performance space, an education center and a jazz lounge.

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LouFest
12:01 am
Tue May 13, 2014

St. Louis’ LouFest Lineup Features OutKast, Cake, Matt & Kim

Outkast
Outkast.com

St. Louis’ LouFest has unveiled its complete lineup for the Sept. 6-7 music weekend.  

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