YourWords STL uses one-on-one tutoring, creative writing workshops, and collaborative writing projects to amplify the voices of St. Louis youth. They are committed to bridging racial, cultural, and economic divides, by honing the ability of people to tell their stories, while providing opportunities for the community to listen.
Sonic Stories is a collaborative effort to generate original audio storytelling projects in St Louis Missouri. Led by sound designer and sound artist Adam Frick, this collection of projects includes: Fablist, audio fables for modern families; Welcome Thru Effingham, a sketch comedy podcast; Socially Awkward Superheroes, a new serialized podcast; The Behavior of Earthlings, a science fiction / world history storytelling project for kids; and UnHeardOf St. Louis, an interactive audio map telling stories from St Louis history. Our goal is to tell a wide range of amazing stories amazingly well, and in so doing create a culture where audio is a valued and important medium of artistic expression.
Flood Plain is a non-profit, artist-run art space located in St. Louis’s Gravois Park neighborhood, founded in September 2017. Flood Plain is dedicated to exploring new ways of being and of being together in the world through collective experiences around art. We aim to support St. Louis’ artistic communities by showcasing the work of socially, aesthetically and intellectually experimental artists, and by facilitating connections between St. Louis and the creative communities of the Midwest and South.
Museum Blue is a collective of artists who run a project space located on the 4th floor of the International Shoe Building in downtown St. Louis, MO. They serve as a platform for art exhibitions and actions that contributes to the contemporary art discourse in St. Louis and broader communities. They strive towards furthering the exploration of contemporary art practices and engagement at the intersection of art, ideas, and community.
Dysfunctionalware is a project featuring a set of china dishware illustrated by local artists with images intended to spark dialogue about what their race may encompass, allow, provide, influence, and get in the way of. Guests sit and eat a meal, bite by bite uncovering the artists’ images as facilitators guide the table through discussion. This project serves as a shared workspace for the ongoing process of undoing racism on a personal level.
Soul Shed STL
Soul Shed STL was established in 2018, beginning as a bi-weekly jam session for musicians. It was developed for artists to create fellowship and have access to an environment that allowed them the freedom to push their musical ideas, pass their limits, and to grow among one another. The project has now grown into the Soul Shed University Program, an artist development initiative to place the tools in musicians' hands to create change in their individual careers and the music community at large.
outside literary magazine
Outside Literary Magazine was founded in 2016 with the mission to empower high school students as writers, artists, entrepreneurs, and leaders through online and print publishing. So far, the magazine has featured work from 79 young writers and artists across six different high schools. Outside Literary Magazine is more than a publication; it is a safe space to write, create, and share. In addition to biweekly editorial workshops with staff, Outside Literary Magazine hosts bi-weekly writing workshops for all students to attend. Workshops feature samples from contemporary writers that reflect the wide diversity of the students and incorporate craft instruction, writing prompts, and open mics to engage and empower young writers.
Find out more about fiscal Sponsorship
The Fiscal Sponsorship program offers individual artists, collectives, and emerging organizations the ability to solicit tax deductible contributions and grants, as well as consultation from MAPS staff for individual projects. Applications are reviewed on their own merit, not in comparison with any other applications received. For more information, visit the link below.