- St. Louis, MO- This fall, American artists across a wide variety of mediums will take the stage in St. Louisas they participate in the third annual American Arts Experience-St. Louis, a 17-day festival showcasing national and local talent. The festival will take place October 5 through October 21, 2012 throughoutSt. Louis.
This year’s festival happenings will include:
- a large sound installation and performance by Composer in Residence, Eric Hall atLaumeierSculpturePark
- jazz and folk concerts at The Sheldon, including a world premiere commission by pianist Peter Martin in celebration of The Sheldon’s 100th Anniversary
- theatre by American playwrights at the Edison Theatre atWashingtonUniversity
- a new initiative by Dance St. Louis, which has commissioned renowned choreographers to collaborate with four local dance companies
- Native American exhibits at theSaint LouisArt Museum
- Best ofMissouriMarket at theMissouriBotanical Garden
- “Count Your Blessings,” a Rosemary Clooney musical tribute at theMissouriHistoryMuseum
- classical compositions at the St. Louis Symphony
- a world premiere of hip hOZ, an original hip hop production that takes audiences down the yellow brick road
- and many more!
The grassroots festival is a collaboration among arts organizations to draw attention to the quality and breadth of the arts inSt. Louis. American Arts Experience aims to attract new audiences both within the region and from around the country. The festival began in the fall of 2010, with over 100,000 people attending over 200 events presented by 48 arts and cultural institutions.
“In a tough economy, we felt it was challenging to create a traditional festival, where
organizations must relocate to a different space,” says Paul Reuter, founder of the festival and executive director of The Sheldon. “But with the American Arts
Experience, artists get to work in their own environments, which gives them more creative freedom…For few glorious weeks in October,St. Louisis going to experience a cultural renaissance!”