Grand Center News

Re+Public Launches Innovative Urban Art Augmented Reality App

The first of its kind, the Re+Public mobile application allows users to interact with public urban art in New York City, Miami and St. Louis

Re+Public: A creative collaboration between The Heavy Projects (Los Angeles) and PublicAdCampaign (New York City), Re+Public is born out of a mutual interest in democratizing access to our shared visual environment. Re+Public innovatively employs emerging technologies to alter the current expectations of urban media and accomplish our core mission of re+imagining public space. Re+Public’s projects uniquely combine the material with the digital in order to make immersive, interactive artworks that encourage viewers to see and engage their physical environment differently through technological interactions.  To this end, Re+Public’s mobile application digitally resurfaces walls and buildings in urban centers by overlaying digital content onto the physical environment. In doing so, Re+Public challenges notions of private property boundaries and user access.

Re+Public 1.0 App (Free on Google Play & App Store)

St. Louis: Partnering with Grand Center and the Arts and Life Alliance, Re+Public collaborated with New Orleans based muralist MOMO to create an 85’ x 21’ urban mural. There are 14 basic shapes embedded in the painted mural. The Re+Public app unlocks 42 digital variations of those basic shapes and allows users to view, walk inside of, and randomly re-compose the mural into hundreds of unique combinations.

Miami: Re+Public has digitally augmented five murals in the Wynwood Walls outdoor gallery. Viewing the How and Nosm, Aiko, Retna, and Ryan McGinness murals through the app, users can walk into and interact with the 3D and animated digital art that extends off of the painted works. Additionally, users can view the previous Shepard Fairey mural that is triggered by the current Fairey mural.

New York City: Re+Public has digitally augmented the well-known Bowery Wall. Viewing the current mural through the app, users can view all of the murals previously painted on the wall beginning with Keith Haring in 1982. In other words, Re+Public contains a digital archive of the mural wall in situ. Users can travel through the archive as they simply swipe gesture the current digital mural on their mobile device screen.

  • Note: if users are unable to visit these cities, the augmented reality experience can be triggered from mural images on the Re+Public website at:

Future: While currently only available on mobile devices, the Re+Public app is a visionary initial step in the coming future of digitally augmented urban spaces that individuals will view and interact with through wearables. The Re+Public app will soon expand to include projects in additional US locations and cities abroad. It is our hope that the future city will come alive with public interests by opening access to our common walls in new and exciting ways.

App Store: (search: “republic”)

Google Play (search: “re+public heavy”)

Project Images:

St. Louis: Moto Wall – Sept. 2013



Grand Center to Celebrate "Make a Difference Day"

Kick-Off District Wide Beautification Program

Grand Center, Inc. will join forces with 100 student volunteers from Saint Louis University, Grand Center Arts Academy and Loyola Academy on Saturday, October 26, 2013, to celebrate “Make a Difference Day.” 

Volunteers will clean the Grand Center District by pulling weeds, picking up trash and leaves, and planting bulbs in the tree wells along the District’s sidewalks.  This will also serve as a kick-off for the Grand Center District’s beautification efforts as a result of the Great Streets planning process.

“I’m grateful for the army of volunteers who are giving their time to keep the Grand Center District looking pristine,” said Vince Schoemehl, Grand Center President & CEO. “Their giving spirit defines the meaning of Make a Difference Day.”

Adult volunteers will also be participating from the following groups:  Grand Center Arts Academy, Loyola Academy, Metropolitan Artists Lofts, Nine Network, and Fox ushers.

The beautification efforts start at 10:30 a.m.



Grand Center Gains Economic Activity with Opening of New KDHX Building

KDHX, St. Louis’ volunteer powered radio station, website, events producer, music curator and educator will give the public its first look at the new Larry J. Weir Center for Independent Media, a four-story building located in the heart of Grand Center. KDHX has been building community through media for 26 years, and will now expand its reach with a coffee shop and performance venue in addition to new offices and broadcast facilities.

“This new broadcast center and 138-seat venue space will support local artists and arts organizations, strengthen the creative class in St. Louis, and increase economic activity for Grand Center,” said Vincent C. Schoemehl, President and CEO of Grand Center Inc. “We look forward to welcoming KDHX and their volunteers to the Grand Center community.“

The performance space can accommodate live music, film, equity and non-equity theatre, cabaret and lecture, as well as be available for private events. The coffee shop will serve breakfast and lunch and serve venue events. The office space will accommodate KDHX’s staff of 17 and the flow of the 1,000 plus volunteers who power the various aspects of KDHX’s offerings over the course of the year.   

“As with everything that KDHX does, building our new home was a community effort,” says Caron House, KDHX development director. “We are excited to welcome those who have made the Larry J. Weir Center a reality, with special tours for our volunteers and campaign supporters.” A “Hard Hat Party” will end the fall fundraising drive on Sunday, October 13  and DJs, volunteers and people who contributed during the drive will have the option of touring the new building.

Keys to the building will be handed over to KDHX in late October and move-in is scheduled for mid-November.

The fall drive began on Wednesday, October 3 and goal is $150,000, all of which will go toward daily operations.


The Nine Network Wins Three Mid-America Emmy Awards

Programs Focusing on Nine Network Initiatives—American Graduate, Beyond November and Our Region’s Health—Each Win One 

The Nine Network of Public Media won three Emmy Awards from the Mid-America Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), it was announced at ceremonies in St. Louis on Saturday, October 5.

A Living St. Louis segment on compulsory education won in the Historic/Cultural Program Feature Segment category for producer Jim Kirchherr. The segment is part of the national American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen initiative being led by the Nine Network both in St. Louis and across the country. The Emmy-winning piece explored changing attitudes about mandatory schooling in Missouri since the early 1900s.

Kirchherr and producer Anne-Marie Berger also won Emmy Awards in the Politics/Government category for Beyond November Voters Guide, a pre-election comparison of political races, issues and candidates that was part of the Beyond November initiative, a partnership with St. Louis Public Radio and the St. Louis Beacon; and in the Specialty Assignment category for Health, Money and Politics: Missouri’s Medicaid Debate, a special that was part of the ongoing Our Region’s Health initiative.  

Berger is a resident of Maplewood. Kirchherr lives in University City.

About the Nine Network of Public Media

The Nine Network of Public Media is a multifaceted public media organization creating a network of individuals and organizations empowered by public media to strengthen civic life. One of the nation’s most watched public television stations, Nine offers the people of the St. Louis region multiple ways to explore the world and become engaged in civic life, including the Nine Center for Public Engagement, nineAcademy, www.nineNet.organd four distinct broadcast channels (Nine PBS, Nine World, Nine Create and Nine Kids). The Nine Network’s rich legacy of serving the community was launched in 1954 and continues through our mission of bringing St. Louis together as we connect our region to the world and the world to St. Louis.


New Creative Space Opening for Architects and Designers in Grand Center

The Center for Architecture & Design St. Louis is opening a gallery space on Washington Ave. in Grand Center with the exhibit CONTEXT/CONTRAST on Thursday, September 12, 2013.

Presented by The Center for Architecture & Design St. Louis and AIA NY, CONTEXT/CONTRAST examines the civic responsibilities of building and developing in historic districts. Through photos, illustrations and essays, the exhibit explores how “appropriate” architecture allows neighborhoods to grow without sacrificing their essential character. The Hon. Robert B. Tierney, Chair of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, will be the featured speaker.

The Washington Ave. gallery is also the headquarters of the new Creative Exchange Lab (CEL), a nonprofit organization promoting architecture, design, art and technology. CEL provides infrastructure and collaboration to students and professionals at any phase of their career in an alternative work environment.

The opening reception is Thursday, September 12, 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at 3307 Washington Ave., St. Louis, MO 63103 (just west of Urban Chestnut Brewery).


Free Outdoor Dance Festival Fills the Streets of Grand Center on September 21

BANDALOOP to Headline 7th Annual Dancing in the Street Festival

The seventh annual Dancing in the Street Festival, hosted by Grand Center Inc. returns to the streets of Grand Center this fall as one of the region’s largest, most diverse displays of the art, beauty and athleticism of dance. This free, outdoor festival features more than 1,000 dancers on three stages and runs on Saturday, September 21, 2013 from 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm on Grand Boulevard, between Lindell and Delmar.

BANDALOOP, a pioneer in vertical dance performance, will headline the 2013 festival.  BANDALOOP seamlessly weaves dynamic physicality, intricate choreography and the art of climbing to turn the dance floor on its side.  Founded by choreographer and artistic director Amelia Rudolph,BANDALOOP’s work has been presented in theaters and museums, on skyscrapers, bridges, billboards and historical sites, in atriums and convention halls, in nature on cliffs, and on screen.  BANDALOOP honors nature, community and the human spirit by bringing dance to new audiences, activating public and natural spaces, and re-imagining what dance can be.

“We are thrilled to have BANDALOOP as our headline performer,” said Vince Schoemehl, President and CEO of Grand Center.  “I’m confident St. Louisans will love their vertical dance maneuvers.”   

Please visit for more information about Grand Center’s Dancing in the Street festival.

For more information on BANDALOOP, please visit


Grand Center Announces Creation of New Interactive Mural

Painting of the Mural began Last Week and will be Unveiled during the Dancing in the Street Festival on September 21

The interactive mural was funded by the Art & Life Alliance, a women’s giving circle at Grand Center, with support from Urban Chestnut and the Moto Museum.

Grand Center has partnered with international artists MOMO and Re+Public to bring a state of the art, interactive mural to Grand Center.  The mural is being painted on the Moto Museum wall in Grand Center and the interactive, augmented reality piece can be viewed through your smartphone or tablet.  The mural will is 85 feet wide and 21 feet high.

The concept of the mural is  “motion.”  The artists’ digital work allows viewers to peer through the surface mural to layers partly hidden underneath.  The digital art provides interactivity and three-dimensional form to the shapes that comprise the mural, which allows the users a richer and more fluid experience of the two-dimensional surface.  The overall experience reflects the ever-changing landscapes we move through in our automated and motor-driven world. As this is a “digital” mural, our collaboration affords users the opportunity to rearrange and recombine the composition. 

“This will be an exciting new addition to Grand Center,” said Vince Schoemehl, Grand Center President & CEO.  “The interactive concept is very cutting edge and we’re proud to have it here in Grand Center.”

In addition to New York and Miami, St. Louis is the latest city to add this marriage of art and technology.


Grand Center, Inc. & Jazz St. Louis Partner to Present American Music Showcase

Grand Center, Inc. & Jazz St. Louis have partnered to present the American Music Showcase on Saturday, August 3, from 6pm to Midnight, in Grand Center.  For $10, guests will receive wristband admission which will provide access to all six bands and five participating venues along with food and drink specials. Participating venues include Hotel Ignacio, Dooley’s, Jazz at the Bistro, and Vito’s. Additional performances will also occur in Strauss Park.  Wristbands can be purchased in Strauss Park and at each participating venue the night of the event or in advance by calling 314-289-4030.  Urban Chestnut will also be sampling beer for wristband wearers and UCBC products will be discounted at all of the participating venues.

“The American Music Showcase will provide a great opportunity for people of all ages to experience the Grand Center District while hearing many different music genres at an affordable cost,” said Vince Schoemehl, President & CEO of Grand Center. 

The following is the Schedule for the American Music Showcase:

  • 6:00 - 7:30 pm at Strauss Park: The Thin Dimes – Folk/Bluegrass
  • 6:30 - 9 pm at Hotel Ignacio: Beth Bombara - Country/Americana
  • 7:30 - 10 pm at Vito’s: The Aching Hearts - Folk
  • 8:30 - 11:00 at Jazz at the Bistro: Phil Dunlap Quintet - Jazz
  • 9:30 - Midnight at Dooley’s: Bottoms Up Blues Gang - Blues
  • 10:00 - 11:30 pm at Strauss Park: Tommy Halloran’s Guerilla Swing – Traditional/Hot jazz

The American Music Showcase is part of the Jazz Arts Groups’ Jazz Audiences Initiative, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

For more information please visit



Art & Life Newsletter: July 17-31, 2013

Click here to view the July 17-31, 2013 Art & Life Newsletter in your web browser, filled with the latest District developments and news on the American Music Showcase, the PXSTL Project, music and theater in Grand Center, and much more.

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Art & Life Newsletter: July 1-16, 2013

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