Introducing: Critical Conversations


An upcoming program from Critical Mass for the Visual Arts

Critical Conversations seeks to spark revolution in the St. Louis Artworld. We aim to strengthen vital connections between individuals, institutions, spaces and creative communities, and to set the stage for profound criticism and discussion on a wide range of topics. We inspire action through increased understanding, agency and accountability among creatives, administrators, academics and critics.

Join us for the first Critical Conversation panel! This particular conversation will center on Social Practice in Visual Art. What are the roles and responsibilities of artists in our communities, and how does art influence the tides of social change? What more can we do?


Susan Colangelo (moderator)

Social practice artist, founding president of Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective, activist, community organizer, taught for the Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design at Washington University. 

Stefani Weedon-Smith (panelist)

Project Director for the NCCJ, faculty member for RAC’s Community Arts Training Institute.

Freida Wheaton (panelist)

Owner of Salon 53, founder of the Alliance of Black Art Galleries, curator, and arts advocate.

Christine Ilewski (panelist)

Creative Stimulus Award-winning artist, founder of Faces Not Forgotten.

Marcis Curtis (panelist)

Artist and activist, participant in St. Louis Mural Project, (blank)space, and Creative Exchange Lab.

 When: Wednesday May 6, 2015- 7:30-9:30 pm

Where: The Stage at KDHX

3524 Washington Ave St. Louis, MO 63103

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