18th annual "What Is a City?" Conference

The majority of artists live in cities. Their work often addresses urban concerns of health, happiness, diversity, security, freedom of expression and a sustainable environment. Speakers from across the Midwest and St. Louis will explore the power of art to effect changes in urban neighborhoods and communities during the 18th annual “What Is a City?” Conference at the University of Missouri–St. Louis.

The Center for the Humanities at UMSL will present the conference on Oct. 25 and Oct. 26. This year’s theme is “How Art Builds Community.”

The following questions will be addressed at the conference:

• How do art and artists help sustain our cities?
• Why should we support the work of artists?
• Why do cities need art and vice versa?
• Why should citizens and voters know about the artists and art projects in their communities and beyond?

“What is a City?” will feature artists and art writers, as well as presenters from UMSL, St. Louis Regional Arts Commission, University Galleries of Illinois State University in Normal, Saint Louis Art Museum, Des Lee Foundation, Laumeier Sculpture Park, and St. Louis ArtWorks. Speakers and audience members will explore the power of art to effect changes in urban neighborhoods and communities.

The conference will be from 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Oct. 25 and from 8:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Oct. 26 in the J.C. Penney Building/Conference Center at UMSL. Registration is free and the event is open to the public, although registrants are asked to bring canned food for donations that will be delivered to a St. Louis food pantry.

Visit umsl.edu/~pcs/programs/wiac.html or call 314-516-5974 for more information, a schedule of presenters and to register.

Ryan Heinz

Ryan Heinz