Critical Mass for the Visual Arts is a nonprofit, self-formed visual arts collaborative dedicated to promoting, enhancing and initiating contemporary visual art in the St. Louis region.
Join us for our 50th episode of 5 Questions with MK Stallings! MK is a poet, educator, and community arts administrator. In 1999, he began organizing events under the name Urban Artist Alliance, and in 2001, founded Urban Artist Alliance for Child Development (UrbArts), newly Urbstetiks where he serves as president. Like UrbStetiks’ mission, he is dedicated to creating platforms and platforming creatives for youth and community development. With his MA in Sociology, he teaches at St. Louis Community College. He is a married father of three children living in North St. Louis City.
Midwest Artist Project Services (MAPS) and Critical Mass partnered to present a virtual local artist roundtable on Thursday, May 20 at 6:00 pm. The conversation centered on the impact of the pandemic on artists and reimagining creative life after. It asked the following questions: How have artists adapted their practices? What are valuable resources? How do artists think creatively about the future, especially reimagining systems? It is our sincere hope this is a meaningful opportunity to share stories and ideas, connect, and deeply reflect. The conversation was moderated by Vanity Gee—writer, musician, cultural producer, mother—and includes Rachel Youn, Simiya Sudduth, and Jayvn Solomon. The event was captured in poetry by Sahara Sista SOLS.
Critical Mass for the Visual Arts is pleased to announce the winners of the 12th annual Creative Stimulus Award. This year’s selected artists are José Guadalupe Garza, Simiya Sudduth, and Chloe West. Creative Stimulus awards unrestricted funding to support artists to pursue special projects, experiment with new techniques, and deepen their understanding of their working processes. The artists were selected by a jury that included Terry Suhre, former director at Gallery 210; Gavin Kroeber, Studio for Art and Urbanism; and artist Asma Kazmi. Each artist receives an award of $1,500 for their use as creative operating capital. Media Contact: Meridith McKinley- See press release.