Spoken Word

"÷" (Division), a poem by Rachel Aaliyah Jackson with an original dance by Consuming Kinetics Dance Company

In 2021, through an anonymous donation, Arts & Faith St. Louis commissioned an original poem choreographed to dance.

Rachel Aaliyah Jackson's poem "÷" was featured in the performance (R)evolution by

Consuming Kinetics Dance Company.

The program centered on themes of justice and power, and offered a vision for a more

just and humane future.

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Stories of Hope

On May 2, 2021, Arts & Faith St. Louis presented "Stories of Hope" to a virtual audience in the St. Louis Storytelling Festival. The four stories were inspiring accounts of moments in history when the arts united people of differing faiths and cultures.

 

Timothy O’Leary, former General Director of Opera Theatre St. Louis, now head of the Washington National Opera, describes the dialogue between the Jewish and Muslim communities that preceded a controversial Opera Theatre production of "The Death of Klinghoffer."

Duane Foster, professional singer and teacher at Normandy High school, tells the story of how music brought the St. Louis community together in the immediate aftermath of Ferguson.

Carole Shelton, retired educator and author, tells a Missouri slave narrative based on an

actual interview from the W.P.A. Federal Writers Project.

Chris Sutton, storyteller and actor, portrays in costume a St. Louis-born Union soldier who witnesses the creation of a new bugle call that became the anthem "Taps."