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First Night St. Louis to Pursue a New Location in December 2016

First Night St. Louis to Pursue a New Location in December 2016


St. Louis, MO – Grand Center, Inc., producers of First Night – St. Louis, announced today that organizers will not stage the event in December 2015. Grand Center, Inc. is in early stage discussions with Downtown STL to investigate the feasibility of moving the event downtown beginning in December 2016.

“This decision was not arrived at lightly,” said Grand Center’s president and CEO Vince Schoemehl. “The event has simply outgrown the Grand Center neighborhood. We realize First Night is a New Year’s Eve tradition for many families in our community, so we’ve been working to find an alternate location.”

“Downtown hosts many of the region’s largest events,” said Missy Kelley, president and CEO of Downtown STL. “We will be looking into the feasibility of hosting First Night, and make a decision in early 2016.” 


Hagaman Named President and CEO

Grand Center, Inc. names Karin Hagaman as President and CEO


St. Louis, MO – Grand Center, Inc. has named Karin Hagaman as President and CEO effective September 14. She will succeed Vince Schoemehl who is retiring.

Hagaman will join Grand Center, Inc., from the Cortex Innovation Community where she has served as the Director of Project Development since 2012. While at Cortex, Hagaman lead the public realm planning and implementation of the $12 million, 3.5 acre park and streetscape redevelopment project now nearing completion. Prior to Cortex, Hagaman worked at The St. Louis Development Corporation, Development Strategies, and St. Louis 2004.

“As we move to implement the District’s streetscape improvement plan, we focused on finding a leader who could sustain the momentum in the Grand Center District and implement the Growing Grand Plan. Key to this will be maintaining the collaborative nature of our planning process and we’re confident Karin is that leader,” said Tom Voss, Grand Center Board member and co-chair of the search committee. “The Board is highly impressed with Karin’s urban development experience and her passion for our City and the arts.”

“Karin’s experience leading the development at Cortex and her appreciation for the work occurring in the District’s arts organizations makes her an ideal choice to lead Grand Center Inc.,” said retiring President and CEO Vince Schoemehl.  

Hagaman was selected from a pool of local and national candidates resulting from a national search conducted by DHR International. She received a BA from Harvard, and an MBA & MSW from Washington University. 


STL’s Visionaries: 7 Top Women In The Arts Honored

On Monday night at Grand Center’s Sun Theater, attendees of the St. Louis Visionary Awards celebrated seven local women who strive to support, educate, and inspire the city with all platforms of art.

Organizers Sara Burke, Kim Eberlein and a small committee of women revived the awards this year to recognize the wonder women in the St. Louis art community who have dedicated themselves to serving the community and embracing artistic expression, a group that, this year, included art professionals, educators, emerging artists and artists with community impact (the latter is a new category this year).

The honorees and their awards are:

Thelma Steward, community volunteer, Major Contributor to the Arts

Kelly Pollock, executive director of COCA, Outstanding Arts Professional

Amy Kaiser, St. Louis Symphony chorus director, Successful Working Artist

Ilene Berman, public art advocate, Community Arts Educator

Shualee Cook, playwright, Emerging Artist

Cecilia Nadal, cross-cultural leader, Community Impact Artist

Freida Wheaton, arts activist, Community Impact Artist

Burke opened the evening’s ceremony with an introductory number by Sara Shepard, an understudy for “Beautiful: The Carole King Story” on Broadway. There was also an energizing performance by Cheeraz Gorman, an inspirational spoken word artist whose enlightening poems demanded the audience’s attention.

Each of the seven honorees delivered their own expression of gratitude for receiving such an outstanding award. Wheaton, whose work in response to Ferguson contributed to her win for Community Impact Artist, spoke for unity, equality and positive change in St. Louis. Steward (Major Contributor to the Arts) asked Denise Thimes, a St. Louis singer, to perform a song: Her power-house voice captivated the audience and called for standing ovation. Cook was honored as the 2015 Emerging Artist for her achievements in playwriting. She’s also the first transgender woman to be recognized at the St. Louis Visionary Awards.

Each woman honored has established great respect in bringing cultural diversity, new opportunities for new generations and for enriching the community by advocating artistic expression. Congratulations to all of the 2015 Visionary Award Honorees.

Members of the planning committee included: Co-chairs Sara Burke and Kim Eberlein, as well as Adrienne Davis, Renee Franklin, Linda Kennedy, Kathy McDermott, Cynthia Probst, Andrea Purnell, Marylin Shepard, Katie Verkruyse and Donna Wilkinson.



The St. Louis Symphony announced the appointment of Marie-Hélène Bernard to the position of President & CEO, effective July 1, 2015.

Since 2007, Bernard has held the position of Executive Director and CEO of the Handel and Haydn Society in Boston, the nation’s oldest continuously performing arts organization, which is now in its bicentennial year. She has previously served as Chief of Staff, Project Manager, and Orchestra Manager for the Philadelphia Orchestra; Orchestra Manager for the Cleveland Orchestra; and President and CEO of the Canton (OH) Symphony Orchestra.

During Bernard’s eight year tenure at the Handel and Haydn Society, the organization experienced an important artistic and financial revival towards its 200th anniversary celebration. Under her leadership, H+H established itself as an essential educational provider and partner to youth and music educators in Massachusetts, and as a leader in early music in the nation. H+H also experienced a substantial growth of its audience size, with 30% of patrons under the age of 44; a budget and an endowment that grew to almost double their original size; remarkable partnership programs in the community that fostered diversity and inclusion; the release of eight titles on the CORO label, one international tour, two domestic tours and a regular local and national broadcast presence. 

Barry Beracha, Chairman of the St. Louis Symphony Board of Trustees said: “Marie-Hélène Bernard brings a fresh perspective and a wealth of experience to the St. Louis Symphony. She is a strong leader with a personable, collaborative approach to communication and management. She brings many great things to this important position. I am confident she will be welcomed to St. Louis and look forward to working with her to further the development and growth of our wonderful St. Louis Symphony.”

St. Louis Symphony Music Director David Robertson said: “I am delighted in the appointment of Marie-Hélène Bernard who will be a wonderful partner in our continued success with the St. Louis Symphony. She combines high artistic ideals with a deep knowledge of the profession and a wonderfully open and engaging personality. I’m looking forward to working with her.”

Kathleen Mattis & Michael Walk, Co-Chairs of the St. Louis Symphony Musicians’ Council, said: “We were most impressed with Marie-Hélène’s collaborative nature and global perspective. She has shown herself able to see many sides of an issue, and to think creatively in addressing problems. We believe she will help the St. Louis Symphony to explore new growth opportunities, and will foster the orchestra’s continuing prominence in the artistic world.” 

Marie-Hélène Bernard said: “I am honored to join the St. Louis Symphony and to support this great American treasure. With David Robertson at the helm, some of the world’s finest orchestral players, a  chorus, staff, board & volunteer association whose talent and commitment is extraordinary, and one of the most engaged audiences anywhere, St. Louis has so much of which to be proud. I am thrilled to partner with David, the board, the staff and the community to ensure that this most innovative and resilient of American orchestras continues to thrive and flourish.”

Bernard began her career in orchestra management in 1996, having won a prestigious fellowship with the League of American Orchestras. During that fellowship, she completed residencies with the New York Philharmonic and Minnesota Orchestra. A Québec native, Bernard studied communications, media, and literature at Jean-de-Brébeuf College, law at the University of Montréal, and holds a Master’s degree in arts management from Concordia University (Montreal). She practiced corporate, tax, and intellectual property law for six years in Canada and remains a member of the Québec Bar Association. Bernard plays viola da gamba and serves as Treasurer and President-elect of Early Music America.

The selection of Marie-Hélène Bernard to this post was made by a Search Committee and Selection Committee led by St. Louis Symphony Board Chair Barry Beracha & Vice Chair Kim Eberlein. Members of the committees included St. Louis Symphony Trustees, Music Director, musicians, & senior staff members.


Pulitzer Arts Foundation Is Set To Reopen

April 25, 2015 5:00 am  •  By Calvin Wilson

The Pulitzer Arts Foundation, which has long been admired for its overall design, has lately been attracting disproportionate attention for its closed doors.

But on Friday, those doors will reopen to the public for the first time in almost a year. And museumgoers are likely to be pleased with what they see — both in terms of architecture and the artwork on display.

The Pulitzer’s lower level has been expanded to accommodate more exhibition space — making it possible for the art institution to present several exhibitions at a time instead of just one.

It’s a significant change that promises to open up whole new vistas for the Pulitzer as it approaches a landmark anniversary, said associate curator Tamara Schenkenberg.

“The Pulitzer will be 15 next year, and we wanted to grow the way in which we program,” she said. “To really explore different types of exhibitions, and also expand the range of what we can present in the building.” What was formerly storage and office space has been converted to that purpose, Schenkenberg said.

The first offerings in the reopened Pulitzer will be solo exhibitions by three prominent sculptors. Alexander Calder’s “Lightness,” curated by Carmen Gimenez and composed of mobiles and related sculptures, will be situated mostly on the upper level. Occupying the lower level will be Fred Sandback’s “64 Three-Part Pieces,” curated by Schenkenberg and featuring stretched acrylic yarn sculptures, and Richard Tuttle’s self-explanatory “Wire Pieces,” curated by Pulitzer founder Emily Rauh Pulitzer.


Also part of the opening reception on Friday is “Press Play,” the first of a series of programs aimed at using music and sound to enhance the experience of the exhibitions and the Pulitzer’s Tadao Ando architecture. The series debuts with a piece by composer David Lang, performed by singers from the St. Louis Children’s Choir, the St. Louis Symphony In Unison Chorus and the Webster University Chamber Singers.

The Calder, Sandback and Tuttle works were selected to reintroduce the public to the Pulitzer for reasons beyond their aesthetic worth, Schenkenberg said.

“We were expanding our gallery spaces, adding 40 percent more room to the existing building,” she said. “So we wanted to choose artists who can help us understand the space — how a viewer can experience it as he or she moves through the building. And we thought that the work of sculptors would really achieve that.”

What the three sculptors have in common, Schenkenberg said, is that “they’re not traditional.”

Rather than regarding their pieces as objects to be placed on pedestals, she said, “they look at space as being a constituent element in their artwork, and at how an artwork can animate the space between the viewers, and at how it can invigorate the space of the building.”

The reopening comes at a time of transition for the Pulitzer. Kristina Van Dyke, who has been its director since November 2011, is stepping down. Cara Starke has been named as her successor. Starke comes to the Pulitzer from Creative Time, a New York arts organization where she was director of exhibitions.

The job change “kind of caught me by surprise,” Starke said. “But this opportunity came along and I thought, ‘Wow, this is special.’” She will assume her new post in July.

In a statement, Van Dyke said she is “thrilled to pass the torch to Cara Starke, whose approach to exhibitions and initiatives I deeply respect and admire.” Van Dyke is co-curator of “Kota: Digital Excavations in African Art,” an exhibition scheduled to open at the art institution in the fall.

At a time when so many organizations have been forced to do more with less, the Pulitzer is in the rare position of being able to do more with more.

“Flexibility is one of the things that the new spaces afford,” Schenkenberg said.

‘Alexander Calder: Lightness,’ ‘Fred Sandback: 64 Three-Part Pieces’ and ‘Richard Tuttle: Wire Pieces’

When • Opening reception is from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, with “Press Play” performance at 7:30 p.m. Exhibitions run through Sept. 12; regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

Where • Pulitzer Arts Foundation, 3716 Washington Boulevard

How much • Free

More info • 314-754-1850;


Grand Center Inc. Receives $100,000 Grant From Southwest Airlines


Southwest Airlines announced Grand Center, Inc. as one of six organizations selected to
receive a $100,000 grant as part of the 2015 Heart of the Community program led by Southwest
Airlines and Project for Public Spaces (PPS). The grant will help reimagine and activate Strauss
Park, located at the corner of Grand Blvd. and Washington Ave, as part of the larger Art & Music
Promenade (AMP) Connector project.
The six public spaces set to be developed, programmed and activated by the 2015 Southwest
grants include:
• Albuquerque, NEW MEXICO: Civic Plaza
• Fort Myers, FLORIDA: Cornog Plaza
• Jacksonville, FLORIDA: Hemming Park
• Milwaukee, WISCONSIN: 4MKE: 4th Street and Wisconsin Avenue
• Portland, MAINE: Congress Square Park
• St. Louis, MISSOURI: Strauss Park
These six Heart of the Community spaces were selected through a competitive application
process. Proposed projects were evaluated in terms of preliminary work and preparedness,
capacity for local impact, potential for catalytic backing and strength of the commitment
demonstrated by local partners.
Non-profit organizations in each of the cities will administer the local grants. Partners include
Downtown ABQ Main Street Initiative, Lee County Library System, Friends of Hemming Park,
Creative Alliance Milwaukee, Friends of Congress Square Park and Grand Center, Inc. As a
part of the Heart of the Community grant, each local partner will receive technical assistance
from PPS to set a clear vision and programming platform to help activate their space.
“We are thrilled to have been selected as a 2015 grant recipient with the Heart of the
Community program and look forward to working with Southwest Airlines, PPS and our local
community. The AMP Connector project will conveniently connect visitors to the Grand Center
District to several arts venues, restaurants, retails shops and Strauss Park using cross-block
connector pathways that are well-lit and art-infused,” said Vince Schoemehl, President and CEO
of Grand Center, Inc.
Placemaking, an emerging movement with environmentalist roots, positions public space as an
engine for urban development, serving as catalyst for building sustainable, healthy, inclusive
and economically viable neighborhoods.
“Cities are more than destinations—they are places of human connections and livelihood,” said
Gary Kelly, Chairman, President, and CEO of Southwest Airlines. “Our purpose at Southwest is
to connect people to what’s important in their lives. What better way to do that than by helping to
create more access to our public spaces where communities can come together.”
Strengthened by broad community participation and engagement, Placemaking incorporates the
planning, design, management and program development for public spaces as a means to
advance vibrant, sustainable communities. Placemaking strengthens the connection between
people and the places they share. For the past half-century, common urban problems, like traffic
dominated streets, unused parks and isolated, underperforming capital improvement projects
have led to increased feelings of social isolation and division. Tantamount to the social benefits
of Placemaking, the process minimizes environmental impact by challenging individuals to
reimagine public space without reliance on major capital projects and over consumption of
natural resources.
For more than 40 years, Southwest’s lead partner Project for Public Spaces (PPS) has refined
the participatory Placemaking process. “The best way to build a sustainable world is by focusing
on Place,” said Fred Kent, Founder and President of PPS. “Placemaking is more than how we
design public spaces—it is a means by which people are collectively and intentionally shaping
their environment and building deep and lasting community ties. Placemaking turns our
approaches to land-use, transportation, governance, and the environment upside-down by
asking people what they fundamentally need in a public space and empowering them to be a
part of the development process.”
Grand Center, Inc.
Contact: Michelle Stevens
Direct: 314-289-1520
National Media Contacts
To schedule an interview with a representative from PPS or Southwest, contact Ashley Bain at
214-443-7586 or
Visit the Southwest Newsroom at for multi-media assets and other
company news.
Southwest Media Relations Team can be reached at 214-792-4847, option 1.


St. Lou Fringe Announces Fourth Season

Named in its third year as one of nine intriguing Fringe festivals in the country, St Lou Fringe will expand its programming to two weekends and concentrate its footprint in the Grand Center Arts District

The 2015 St Lou Fringe Festival will centralize its venues this year into Grand Center, and expand from a single-weekend extravaganza, to a 10-day event to be held June 17-27. Organizers expect the expansion to allow for more prime time performances, more chances for patrons to see shows, and to accommodate the growing local and national Fringe movement.  

“The past three years have been so formative - we feel it is time to make the next step,” said executive director Em Piro.  “This is a natural evolution that maintains our focus on independent performing arts and accessibility to all the culturally curious people in our community.”

Performances will run only on the weekends, with additional programming - such as one-off events, workshops, sessions with artists, and other creative projects that activate Grand Center - to fill out the week.

Organizers say that their focus this year is on more fine-tuned, specific programs and events, rather than filling what had been a full half-mile footprint with programming.  Patrons can expect fewer street performers (though there will be busking on the grounds), and will have more program-specific opportunities and “thought salon” environments to connect with other artists and arts enthusiasts.  Favorite programs from the past years, such as Fringe Family and The Ghost Light magazine, are expected to continue to grow in the 2015 season.  

In addition to the refined festival programming, St Lou Fringe will repeat two popular off-season events which made their premieres in 2014.  In March, “Five-Fifths” will return as a showcase of five curated acts performing chapters of a shared classic story.  In May, “Act Your Pants Off” will feature a jovial showcase of some of the region’s finest thespians whose talent is put to the test.  Both events are benefits for the 2015 festival.

“Independent voices are critical for the ongoing recovery and discovery of our cultural identity as a whole community,” said Piro.  “It’s important and an honor to be a part of the renaissance.”

Submissions to produce at the 2015 festival will open online on the fifteenth of January.


Pokey LaFarge to Headline First Night 2015 in Grand Center

First Night in Grand Center, St. Louis’ largest, most creative New Year’s Eve celebration, will turn Grand Center into “St. Lou-minous.” Hometown singer/songwriter Pokey LaFarge and his band will headline the event, which features St. Louis artists and performers. From 6:00 p.m. to midnight on Wednesday, December 31st, First Night will honor and celebrate the arts in St. Louis.

This year’s theme, “St. Lou-minous,” closes the city’s stl250 celebrations while looking toward the bright and luminous future of St. Louis. Grand Center will be abuzz with music, dance, magic, comedy, activities for all ages and two fireworks displays to greet 2015. Attracting thousands of people from all over the region and across the country, First Night in Grand Center is an indoor and outdoor visual and performing arts festival on the streets with more than a dozen performance locations throughout Grand Center to celebrate the coming of the New Year.

Pokey LaFarge is a nationally known, St. Louis-based singer/songwriter who has climbed to the forefront of American music. Over the last decade, LaFarge has won the hearts of music lovers across the globe with a sound that includes a creative mix of early jazz, string ragtime, country blues and western swing. After signing with Jack White’s Third Man Records in 2013, he released his fifth full-length album, Pokey LaFarge. LaFarge has performed as a musical guest on The Late Show with David Letterman and The Late Late Show on Ireland’s RTÉ One network. He and his band will perform on the Main Stage immediately following the 9:00 p.m. fireworks display.

After the 6:00 p.m. opening ceremony on the Main Stage at Grand Boulevard and Lindell Boulevard, performances continue throughout the night. This family-friendly, alcohol-free event offers entertainment options for all. Scheduled performers include music, comedy, magic and dance acts. There will also be a separate venue with activities and performers especially for families with younger children. A full list of scheduled performances will be released in December.

Once again First Night has had tremendous support from local sponsors. First Night 2015 sponsors include Ameren, Boeing Employees Community Fund, Electrical Connection, The Jordan Foundation, Klance Unlimited, Missouri Arts Council, Regional Arts Commission and Wells Fargo.

About First Night: Established in St. Louis in 1991, First Night is a community New Year’s Eve celebration. Held in the Grand Center District, First Night includes both outdoor and indoor family-friendly activities and events. First Night’s mission is to broaden and deepen public appreciation of the arts through an innovative, diverse and high quality program that offers the community a shared cultural experience that is accessible and affordable to all. In order to maximize the participation of people of all ages, First Night is a non-alcoholic event.


Local and International Voices Share Stories of Love and Passion

Internationally acclaimed Fringe performer to add St Louis to her US tour 

What do stories of sex work, loss of virginity, pregnancy, and group sex have in common? They are all part of the unconventional love stories that international Fringe performer Rosie Bitts tells in her critically acclaimed new solo play Stories of Love and Passion. Rosie mixes cabaret, burlesque, and storytelling to create a roller coaster ride of a show that takes the audience from laughter to tears to titillation within the span of an hour. 

Bitts’ play is a spectacle for the senses featuring fabulous live music (Bitts sings soulfully and is accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Jeff Poynter), gorgeous costumes, and some very cheeky burlesque.

Rosie was invited to perform in NYC at the United Solo Theatre Festival, the biggest festival of solo work in the world, and this invitation became the impetus for a US tour that will see her hitting eight cities in seven states. This is Rosie’s very first time in St. Louis, where she is presented by St Lou Fringe.

“I think it’s important to tell true stories, ones that aren’t your traditional, candy-coated love stories,” says Bitts.  She describes the show as edgy, but emphasizes that the stories – all of which are based in truth from her life, or the lives of those close to her - are relatable and important to share.  “They push the envelope and hopefully get the audience thinking about what has been forced underground in our society.” In St Louis, Stories of Love and Passion will feature two world premieres by St Louis artists that resonate with the style and subject of the evening.  On Friday Oct 17, The Wide-Eyed presents Whores, a raw and heartfelt exploration of modern-day relationships in which three women find their voices in a world that compels most to silence.  On Saturday Oct 18, Vip the Clown presents Insufficiently Sober, in which the art of physical comedy is used to explore the shame and trauma associated with alcoholism in a bittersweet tribute to Vaudeville-era storytelling. 

Rosie is also a strong advocate for Sex Workers’ rights and is using the show to raise awareness by promoting a local organization that supports sex workers in each city she’s in. Five percent of the profits from this play will be donated to those organizations – locally, the performances will benefit Sex Positive St Louis. 

Performances are Oct 17-18 at 8pm and take place at the Kranzberg Arts Center, with tickets ranging from $12-$25.  Following each performance, the cast will hold a reception and discussion at The Dark Room wine bar, two blocks north of the venue.  For more information:, 314-643-7853,


Public Media Commons

Opens September 13 in St. Louis Grand Center Arts District

A collaboration of the Nine Network of Public Media, St. Louis Public Radio and the University of Missouri-St. Louis


When the Public Media Commons opens to the public on September 13, 2014, the unique open-air media environment in the Grand Center Arts District of St. Louis will bring people together for experiences that stimulate creative thinking and serve the community as an incubator of arts and ideas.

“The possibilities are endless,” says Jack Galmiche, president and CEO of the Nine Network of Public Media. “We’re inviting individuals and organizations to participate in the creation of experiences that bring the arts and dynamic digital video together to help us see things as we have never seen them before.”

Bordered by the Nine Network, St. Louis Public Radio and the Sheldon Concert Hall in the heart of the Grand Center Arts District, the Public Media Commons will provide a playground for the mind and the senses. 

The 9,000-square-foot space is flanked by large-screen video walls—two stories high—on two sides. Equipped with the latest audio/visual technology, the space will encourage the community to explore what can be created and experienced in a dynamic cityscape conducive to collaboration and experimentation.

The scale of the walls, the vivid quality of the imagery and sound, the surrounding urban architecture, and even a landscaped knoll for quiet contemplation will provide an environment like no other — an urban environment for shared creative experiences.

St. Louis Public Radio General Manager Tim Eby says: “We are looking forward to the opening night celebration, as it will enable the St. Louis community to experience a wonderful new gathering space—a space that is certain to become a destination place for concerts, festivals, art installations, interactive experiences and much, much more. September 13th will, undoubtedly, be the start of something special.”

The evening will include dynamic video on the big screens, interactive experiences, entertainment, food trucks, and live music by Sleepy Kitty and The Reverbs. Among the featured videos is a showpiece by filmmaker Frank Popper and the world premiere of Electric Pilgrims: Everyone Is Everywhere, designed as a site-specific multiscreen experience for the opening by Van McElwee, internationally acclaimed video artist and professor at Webster University in the School of Communications. The party begins at 7:00 p.m.

“Creative and informed citizens are the foundation of a great community,” UMSL Chancellor Tom George says. “We’re proud that UMSL has partnered with the Nine Network and St. Louis Public Radio to strengthen that foundation with the Media Commons in Grand Center. It furthers our commitment to St. Louis and the people who make this region an outstanding place to live and learn.” 

According to Grand Center Arts District President and CEO Vince Schoemehl, the Public Media Commons is unique. “We don’t know of any place like it in the world,” says Schoemehl. “It’s an environment where all ages can actively engage in creative experiences on a large scale. The Public Media Commons will be a dynamic new attraction for our region.”

The two large-scale video walls—two stories high—will become “windows on the world,” providing cultural and sensory adventures for all ages. In addition to the video walls the space will include four interactive touch screens, a performance stage and a window into one of the Nine Network studios. 

The community will also be invited to participate in developing content. Already underway are collaborations with StoryCorps, the Contemporary Art Museum, Feast Magazine, Alarm Will Sound, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, the Sheldon Concert Hall and TEDxGatewayArch.

The public will be able to visit the Public Media Commons from morning to night for experiences ranging from large-screen video productions to performances, events, films, and interactive audio/visual adventures that ignite wonder. A schedule of activities and video content will be available at in early September. The Public Media Commons will also be available for rental.

The public and media are invited to the opening on September 13, but space is limited. Tickets for the public are free and available through EventBrite beginning Tuesday, September 2 at 10:00 a.m. Media should call or email Terri Gates (314) 512-9036 or

The Public Media Commons is a collaboration of the Nine Network of Public Media, the University of Missouri-St. Louis and St. Louis Public Radio. The Public Media Commons is managed by the Nine Network and is privately funded by local contributors.

Funding for the Public Media Commons has been generously provided by the Emerson Charitable Trust, The Boeing Company, Nancy and Ken Kranzberg, Emily Rauh Pulitzer, Edward Jones, Interco Charitable Trust, the Richard A. Baker Foundation, the Steward Family Foundation, the WWT Foundation, and the Trio Foundation of St. Louis.

The Public Media Commons was designed by a team from Powers Bowersox Associates Inc. led by Ben Gilmartin, AIA, who previously was a lead designer on the Lincoln Center Promenade. Other elements of the Public Media Commons were designed by Electrosonic, Inc.; Dlandstudio, LLC; Randy Burkett Lighting Design, Inc.; and HDR, Inc. Electrosonic provided audio/visual design and implementation on the Newseum in Washington, D.C., and Millennium Park in Chicago.



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