Arts & Faith St. Louis commissioned an original poem choreographed to a new dance, performed at the Marcelle the weekend of November 20, 2021.

 

Young poet Rachel Aaliyah Jackson’s original poem “÷” (“Division”) was performed to new choreography by Arica Brown of Consuming Kinetics Dance Company in the fall concert "[R]evolution."

Jackson’s poem “÷” (“Division”) examines the literal and figurative divides of race and class as symbolized by the Delmar divide. As a native St. Louisan, she states that she has grown up witnessing segregation and the poem is a call to embrace differences. Jackson is a student at Webster University majoring in Music and Audio Engineering. The recent graduate of Metro High School was a finalist in the Teen Talent Competition, held each year at the Fox Theatre. “I want people to hear my voice not just as a black woman, but as a daughter, a mental health advocate, a leader, and poet,” says Jackson.

 

Choreography by  Arica Brown in collaboration with dancers Cyrus Coble, Nadani Dixon, Coralie-Michele Francois, Kevin Lee, Carly Lucas, Ana Nishioka, Izzy Perry, Josephine Starr, Jazzmon Thomas and Kaitlyn Whiteman.

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Poet Rachel Aaliyah Jackson was a finalist in the St. Louis

Teen Talent competition

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"Creating Our Future - Together!"

On September 12, 2021, the tenth anniversary Arts & Faith Interfaith Concert premiered on YouTube, Facebook and on HEC-TV.

Below is a highlight video of the concert, which included performances by world-renowned soprano Christine Brewer, the Interfaith Youth Chorus and a retrospective of

musical performances by a variety of faith ensembles. 

The hour-long concert can be viewed on the concerts tab or on the

Arts & Faith YouTube Channel. 

For more than a decade, Arts & Faith St. Louis has united people of diverse faiths and cultures through music, visual art and spoken word. 

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Now in its tenth year, Arts & Faith St. Louis began on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 with an interfaith commemoration in music at The Sheldon Concert Hall. The concert, which has become an annual event, has been presented to capacity audiences each year.

 

Headlined by renowned soprano Christine Brewer and other acclaimed local musicians, the event showcases the performances of many diverse faith groups, providing attendees with a unique opportunity for reflection, unity, and peace.

In recent years Arts & Faith St. Louis has expanded its reach with a wide range of projects to bring groups together through artistic expressions and interfaith connections, including docent-led tours of the St. Louis Art Museum and other visual art projects and storytelling, spoken word, and poetry.