The Rundown: St. Louisans Who Are Creating A Better Place
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Making a difference
Making art transforms artists. It can also revolutionize the world around them. A new series on local artists who are making a difference begins with a profile of fort gondo's gallery owners, known for giving local artists their first break -- Galen Gondolfi and Jessica Baran.
What kind of music goes with a video of sitting on the toilet naked while eating peanut butter out of a jar? That question — back in the late 1990s — ultimately led St. Louis artist Brett Williams to the sound sculptures he creates today.
After 18 years at the helm, Christine Chadwick is stepping down from her role as executive director of FOCUS St. Louis at the end of June. On St. Louis on the Air she spoke about the mission of FOCUS St. Louis, its role in the region and what she plans to do next.
Money makes the world go around
Lobbyists spend nearly $1 million each year on gifts for Missouri lawmakers. The gifts vary from meals and drinks to baseball tickets to stamps and books. Each month, lobbyists have to disclose those gifts. In partnership with NPR, we have a website (LobbyingMissouri.org) that keeps track of it all.
Making the grade
The leaks in America’s high school to college pipeline have been called "summer melt." While it affects kids from all backgrounds, the highest rates are among poor and first generation students. Nationally, about one in five poorer students don’t enroll in college even after they’ve received acceptance letters. That number could be as high as 40 percent for students who plan to attend a community college.
While policy debates and legal battles swirl around the new Normandy school district, Savonna Stacey has a more personal question: Where can her son attend first grade when the new school year starts? The Missouri Board of Education has limited eligibility for transfers from Normandy, leaving some parents in limbo.
More than 130 students whose families moved into the Normandy School District last summer to take advantage of the school transfer program will be shut out of the program this coming school year. With two weeks to go before the current Normandy district is replaced by the state-controlled one, the state board decided a range of issues, from eligibility for transfers to appointments to the board that runs Normandy to the length of the school year.
The sound of music
Summer camp is where teenagers make friends and sometimes find their first love. It’s also a place they can improve social skills and self-esteem. A new music day camp in St. Louis focuses on building confidence as well as musical ability.