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CommUNITY Arts Festival

Rain Stippec (at left) and Paige Walden-Johnson joined Tuesday's talk show to talk about the third annual CommUNITY Arts Festival.
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Paige Walden-Johnson originally founded the CommUNITY Arts Festival out of the need to support her friend Rain Stippec, a dancer who was shot eight times in the back while in a parked car in the south city Soulard neighborhood. Stippec survived, but it severely affected her mobility. 

In the first 48 hours after being shot, Stippec was given a 5% chance of survival by doctors. But now, with support from the community and physical therapy, Stippec will perform for the first time in the two years since the shooting.