ST. LOUIS – On September 25, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis will host the Meacham Park Celebration, a free evening of art, poetry, theatre and dance performances to celebrate the stories of the historic Meacham Park neighborhood.
Beginning at 6:30 pm, the event is the culmination of Connecting Community through the Arts, a yearlong project undertaken by The Rep, Springboard to Learning and Webster Arts. Thanks to a generous grant from Theatre Communications Group and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, these three organizations teamed to help gather stories from Meacham Park and bring them to life through creations from local artists.
The project began with Nipher Middle School students interviewing Meacham Park residents, past residents and other people connected with the community, with the assistance of a teaching artist from Springboard. The Rep and Webster Arts then delivered the students’ collected oral histories to area artists, who will adapt those stories into various creative works. The finished products, premiered at the Meacham Park Celebration, will present unique perspectives on this historic St. Louis neighborhood.
Marsha Coplon, The Rep’s director of education, and Jeane Vogel, executive director of Webster Arts, are both available for interview to discuss the celebration and the process that went into its creation. Contact Rep Public Relations Manager Jeremy Goldmeier for information about setting up an interview.