Uniting Data, Art, and Community Health To Build A Stronger St. Louis

St. Louis (July 14, 2014) – The Regional Arts Commission (RAC), Regional Health Commission, Missouri Institute of Mental Health, Missouri Foundation for Health, and Rise are at the forefront of uniting data, art, and community health to build stronger communities. This partnership offers training and support for social service professionals, researchers, community activists, and artists who are looking to use art and data to enhance and expand their work.

Off the Charts! 2: Data and the Arts for Social Change is a data, art, and community health workshop featuring regional and national experts in social sciences and urban planning, health disparities, community activism, and art. This workshop offers inspirational examples of how data and art can work together, opportunities to build skills in data visualization and best practices in community work, and hands-on activities in which attendees can personally explore different ways of using various art forms to tell the story of the data they have.

Off the Charts! 2 featured speaker, Jer Thorp, is the data-artist-in-residence at (COCA) Center of Creative Arts in St. Louis and New York Times data-artist-in-residence. He is also a principal of the Office of Creative Research. Thorp’s residency at COCA has been made possible by a RAC Innovation Grant.

Off the Charts! 2 will take place from 9:30 a.m. – 4p.m. at the Regional Arts Commission at 6128 Delmar Blvd. Registration, which is free and required, can be found at https://offthecharts2.eventbrite.com.

If you have any questions about Off the Charts! 2: Data and the Arts for Social Change, please contact Lisa Harper Chang at lisa.harper.chang@stlrac.org or 314-863-5811.



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. As the largest annual funder of the arts in the region, since its inception in 1985, RAC has awarded more than 6,300 grants totaling over $84 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 County, RAC is a pivotal force in the continuing development and marketing of the arts in the region. www.racstl.org. Follow us on FACEBOOK at Regional Arts Commission or TWITTER at RACStLouis.


About the Regional Health Commission www.stlrhc.org

The Regional Health Commission (RHC) is a collaborative effort to improve healthcare access and health outcomes in St. Louis City and County.  The RHC works to coordinate issues of health policy for the St. Louis region and serves as the fiscal agent of the Gateway to Better Health Demonstration Project, which supports the St. Louis safety net with approximately $30 million dollars annually for outpatient care for the region’s under and uninsured. For more information about the RHC, visit www.stlrhc.org.




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