Creating new spaces of exchange and imagination
We believe that through their creative practice, artists move people, change minds, and help us envision alternate worlds and possibilities. The power of their work and practice informs CRE2’s Arts & Culture, a project that creates spaces of exchange and imagination—“publics”—within communities both local and global. We design initiatives with partners and collaborators both on campus and off to multiply opportunities, promote deep exploration through creative practice, empower artists as thought leaders, and expand and amplify the conversations surrounding the work of artists, performers, and arts scholars and critics locally, nationally, and globally. Believe with us.
The CRE2 Arts & Culture proposes to help address these and other issues by serving as a key partner, hub, and incubator for race and/or ethnicity and the arts and culture in St. Louis.
Arts & Culture Partnerships
In spring 2021 CRE2, in partnership with Washington University’s Department of Music and Opera Theatre of St. Louis, began a multi-year exploration of race and opera through scholarly conversations; exchanges between composers, performers, researchers, and arts administrators; and performances by some of the world’s preeminent contemporary musicians. We aim to gain unique insights into the ways in which race and ethnicity have shaped the history of opera and are animating its future.
CRE2 was pleased to partner with the Pulitzer Arts Foundation and Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts in hosting Jordan Weber as our artist-in-residence in St. Louis. During his residency, Weber conducted field research in St. Louis, meeting with students and faculty at various sites in the city and connecting with community members to build partnerships in support of a public art project.
CRE2 partners with the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum in hosting Gabi Senno as the Curatorial Research Intern. Gabi’s research is focused on better understanding the socio-political history and context of the late 19th century founding of the Kemper Art Museum.