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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Union Station
8:59 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

St. Louis’ Union Station Debuts Grand Hall Multimedia Show

Looking down on Union Station's Grand Hall
Cindy Betz

The Grand Hall at St. Louis’ Union Station re-opens to the public Saturday with fanfare that includes a 3-D light, video and sound show.

The presentation begins with the sound of a chugging train. You can almost imagine conductors calling “All aboard!” as you start to take in the show on the 65-foot ceiling.

The experience includes a musical soundtrack and narration to slides and video that range from Union Station’s golden days to highlights of a Blues game.

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Saint Louis Art Museum
9:08 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

St. Louis Art Museum Looks To Leave City Pension Plan, Facing Possible $9 Million Debt

Credit Flickr | ChrisYunker

The St. Louis Art Museum is facing a possible deficit of $9 million as a result of an unfunded liability in the city’s Employees Retirement System (ERS). That amount is nearly one-third of the museum’s $29 million 2014 budget.

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Zoo-Museum District
9:01 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Who Should Review STL Zoo-Museum District’s Ethics Code? Committee Members Spar

The ZMD Board met at the St. Louis Art Museum May 8. Far side of table: Ben Uchitelle (left), Tom Campbell. Head of table: Thelma Cook and ZMD board exec director Pat Dougherty. Near side of table (left to right): back of Sharon Wilcutt’s head (office manager), Gloria Wessels, Charles Valier, ZMD board attorney Mike Chivell
Credit Nancy Fowler | St. Louis Public Radio

  Everyone on the St. Louis Zoo-Museum District board agrees its ethics code should be re-evaluated. But the question of who should review it has become a heated internal debate.

During a recent meeting, board chair Thelma Cook asked board members Tom Campbell, Ben Uchitelle and Charles Valier to serve on a committee to examine the ethics policy. Cook named Campbell the committee chair.

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Pulitzer Foundation
8:51 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Vacant Lot Transformation, Great Rivers Biennial Among STL's Friday Art Offerings

The PXSTL Lots
Credit David Johnson | PXSTL

 Think of it as your very own performance and gathering space. A former vacant lot, across the street from the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts in St. Louis’ Grand Center, is booked for more than a dozen events through October. But in between, bring your guitar and your friends for a sing-a-long under its floating canopies. Or relocate your book club there for the summer.

“We want people to just respond to the space in ways we haven’t even imaged yet — and neither have they,” Pulitzer executive Kristina Van Dyke told St. Louis Public Radio.

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Caring For Artifacts
7:52 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Missouri History Museum Moves Forward In Project To Inventory Soldiers Memorial Collection

Volunteers have worked on the outside of Soldiers Memorial. Now it's time for the collection to get help.
Credit St. Louis Beacon file photo

The Missouri History Museum is one step closer to working with the historical collection of Soldiers Memorial Military Museum.

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Zoo-Museum District
11:55 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

STL’s Zoo-Museum District Board Raises Possibility Of Admission Charges For Some

The Zoo-Museum District Board discussed the possibility of admission charges for people who live outside the tax-supporting areas.
Credit Nancy Fowler | St. Louis Public Radio

Free admission to St. Louis’ cultural institutions for non-residents could be a thing of the past if talk by the Zoo-Museum District board members turns to action.

On Wednesday night, the board discussed the possibility of charging admission to the Zoo, Art Museum, Science Center and other attractions in response to a report by St. Louis City Alderman Joe Roddy.

Admission would remain free for people who live in St. Louis and St. Louis County.

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Stages St. Louis
10:56 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Reflection: Stages' 'Patsy Cline' Offers A Good Time And A Generous Spotlight

Zoe Vonder Haar and Jacqueline Petroccia as Louise Seger and Patsy Cline in Stages' presentation of “Always…Patsy Cline.”
Credit Peter Wochniak | Pro Photo STL

From the minute Patsy Cline’s biggest fan demands “How y’all doin’?” you just know it’s just a matter of time before she’s side-by-side with the singer, doing the swim to “Stupid Cupid.” Watch out, front row and bald-headed men, the spotlight's headed your way too.

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Photography
11:42 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Photo Contest Winners Cast New Light On Arch, City Museum, Other STL Institutions

Ryan Archer, City Museum Climbers Entry Category: Professional-People
Photos provided by the Sheldon Art Galleries

The St. Louis area is crawling with photographic opportunities. Local professional Ryan Archer took advantage of one of them to win Best in Show in the Sheldon’s “The City at 250” photo contest.

Archer’s “City Museum Climbers,” entered in the “Events and People” category, garnered him $1,000 and a place in “The City at 250” exhibit, opening June 6. The competition was a collaborative effort of The Sheldon and the St. Louis Beacon, now St. Louis Public Radio. The Beacon merged in December with St. Louis Public Radio and is no longer a separate entity.

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Zoo-Museum District
9:41 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

Does Zoo-Museum District Future Hinge On A Stronger Ethics Code?

The institutions of the Zoo-Museum District are the St. Louis Art Museum, the St. Louis Science Center, the Missouri History Museum, the Missouri Botanical Garden and the St. Louis Zoo.
Credit File photos and Wikipedia

The very existence of St. Louis’ Zoo-Museum District could be at stake in a debate over its ethics code, according to a national expert on tax funding and cultural districts.

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Dance
12:00 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

STL’s Antonio Douthit-Boyd Returns Celebrating 10 Years With Ailey, First Year Of Marriage

Antonio Douthit-Boyd and Kirven Douthit-Boyd at their wedding.
Ellyxandria Ferguson

Updated Friday, April 25, 2014 to include audio from Cityscape.

Growing up in north St. Louis, Antonio Douthit dreamed of dancing with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. The story of his rise from homeless kid to COCA prodigy to Ailey dancer is legend in the St. Louis arts world.

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