The Gallery at RAC Presents Humans of St. Louis

St. Louis – November 30, 2016 – The Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis (RAC) presents Humans of St. Louis, an art initiative that brings the stories of people in the St. Louis region to life through street documentary portraits and interviews. The project uses visual-virtual storytelling as the platform for discussion and civic engagement around local issues, including economic development, public health, social justice, and human rights.

EXHIBIT NAME: Humans of St. Louis

ARTISTS: Lindy Drew, Caroline Fish and Dessa Somerside

CURATOR: Lindy Drew

DATES: Opening Reception: Friday, December 9th, 6:00 – 8:00pm

                 Gallery Talk: Friday, January 20th, 6:00 – 8:00pm

                 Closing Reception: Saturday, February 4th, 3:30 – 5:00pm

All events are free and open to the public.

Humans of St. Louis continues through February 4.

GALLERY HOURS: Monday through Friday from 10am to 5pm; Saturday & Sunday 12pm to 5pm.

LOCATION: The Gallery at the Regional Arts Commission (RAC)

6128 Delmar Blvd. 63112 (across from The Pageant)

Free parking behind The Pageant or metered street parking

EXHIBIT DESCRIPTION:

Humans of St. Louis is an art initiative that brings the stories of people in the St. Louis region to life through street documentary portraits and interviews. The project uses visual-virtual storytelling as the platform for discussion and civic engagement around local issues, including economic development, public health, social justice, and human rights.

The idea behind the exhibition is to amplify the voices of the people of St. Louis, one photo and story at a time. HOSTL storytelling aspires to promote, encourage and foster the arts, support and preserve cultural diversity, and spark community conversations and engagement that ultimately creates opportunities and understanding throughout the region. Showing the work in a physical location gives life to a select group of moving photostories beyond the 24-hours that they’re usually featured on the page.

Humans of St. Louis is open to the public for viewing through Saturday, February 4. The Gallery will be open that day during the hours of 12 – 5pm.

About Humans of St. Louis www.humansofstl.org  

Humans of St. Louis (HOSTL) is part of a global “Humans” movement inspired by Brandon Stanton’s Humans of New York (HONY). Since its founding in May 2014, Humans of St. Louis has shared over 1200 stories, inspired over 82,000 followers, sparked dialogue, facilitated civic engagement and connected viewers to local needs, causes, and volunteer opportunities. HOSTL’s viewership is second in the US to HONY’s in the “Human” movement.

HOSTL has shared stories of racial conflict and healing in partnership with the Ferguson Commission, exhibited stories on maternal and child health at the Brown School of Social Work, conducted youth photography workshops through a partnership with the Contemporary Art Museum, featured refugee and immigrant stories from Bilingual International Assistant Services, and much more.

As HOSTL transitions this year from a community arts initiative to a non-profit, our hope is to continue with more original storytelling from our city streets, conduct more collaborations, and offer opportunities like #YouthHOSTL and HOSTL Scholars for those who want to learn and study documentary photography in St. Louis. We’re committed to fostering a respectful online following where visual-virtual storytelling is the platform for discussion and civic engagement around local issues, including economic development, public health, social justice, and human rights.

About the Regional Arts Commission www.racstl.org

The Regional Arts Commission (RAC) is at the forefront of efforts to transform St. Louis into a more vibrant, creative and economically thriving community by elevating the vitality, value and visibility of the arts. It is the largest annual funder of the arts in the region, and since its inception in 1985, RAC has awarded more than 6,900 grants totaling over $97 million to support nonprofit arts, individual artists, cultural organizations, consortiums and programs. Directed by a board of 15 commissioners appointed by the chief executives of St. Louis City and St. Louis County, RAC is a pivotal force in the continuing development and marketing of the arts in the region. Visit www.racstl.org for more information, or follow us on Facebook at Regional Arts Commission or Twitter @RACStLouis.

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