St. Louis, MO –The Brazen St. Louis Board of Directors today announced the election of five new members: Sarah Arnosky, Jamey Edgerton, Jackie Kirouac-Fram, De Nichols and Kendall Norris. These new members join a board of accomplished community leaders dedicated to Brazen St. Louis’ mission of helping women entrepreneurs grow their businesses in order to create economic prosperity.
As De Nichols has learned how to use the new Instagram TV, she’s made a few videos on her channel, Studio DE, to help you figure it out too. #IGTV
This video walks you through the process of starting your own channel on Instagram TV (IGTV).
So often, we receive messages from social groups, families, histories, media, and cultural norms that tell us to hide our pains and give the world only our best selves. This pressure to always be “on” leaves a lot of people—including myself—navigating this world in silence about the struggles we face. For some, it may be a hidden sickness. For others, it may be a financial challenge. And for more, it may simply be struggles with insecurity, confidence, inadequacy, or even mental health.
De Nichols is a member of the Stoss Landscape Urbanism team, which won the 2018 Chouteau Greenway Design competition launched by Great Rivers Greenway with unanimous decision of it jury.
St. Louis – May 2, 2018 –The Chouteau Greenway Design Competition partners and jury have selected the team led by Stoss Landscape Urbanism to refine their conceptual plans for a new greenway to connect Forest Park and the Gateway Arch.
Four teams were chosen in January to compete and were given 90 days to develop conceptual plans for the Chouteau Greenway. Teams submitted their plans in early April for public feedback and presented their ideas to the jury and community last week.
“The teams’ responses to the design and community goals indicate their understanding of the complexity and transformative nature of the project to St. Louis,” said Don Stastny, Competition Manager. “Their receptivity to the community concerns and interests was apparent and will be important in the next steps of design refinement.”
In the deliberations that followed, the Stoss Team was unanimously chosen as the team to participate in the next stage of the competition. The jury provided comments about each team, suggestions for refinement of the chosen team’s concept and overall recommendations; the full jury report is available online.
“The team has gusto – not just talent, but also passion for the project,” said the jury. “Their successful response to the goals is due to their strong team, clear framework, and flexibility to work with the project partners, the community and also institutions. The outcomes in their presentation are not solutions but provide a starting point for dialog and design.”
Watch this profile of 2017-2018 Citizen Artist fellows by The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Around this time every year, I enter a deep wave of travel, speaking, and co-creating across the nation, and this year, it begins this week. (Outside of traveling home for my nephew’s first birthday, I’ve been sitting still so far to complete teaching my first college course, Design as a Catalyst for Change, at Washington University in St. Louis.)
Some peole may remember how last year’s travels became heavy enough to be considered as the first DeTour (watch all the moments). And, this year is looking promising for engaging even more deeply with fellow young changemakers in both familiar and new communities across the nation (see below).
As I embark upon these journeys, I would love to keep you with me. In addition to these letters, experience each upcoming adventure via YouTube, and engage the lessons and insights I’ll be learning and sharing.
Also, read to the bottom for some cool perks (like TEDx discounts and a free ticket to the United State of Women Summit), and let me know: of all the social movements happening right now, which one(s) speak most to your heart’s fire?
Major Talks & Convenings—Spring 2018 Dates
If I’m speaking in your city, let me know. It would be great to see you. Let’s talk about art, activism, and innovation in your community. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to pitch ideas and share possibilities.
Arts & Activism Conversation with Author, Natalie Hopkinson
Future States of America: National Arts Summit at John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts
Politics, Power, & Design at Washington University in St. Louis
#STL2039 Launch ft. Brittany Packnett, Alison Ferring, Michelle Higgins, and Ryan Rippel
Dwell in Other Futures at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation
Flyover Fest (just attending)
Harvard GSD 99 Provocations
3–6—Baltimore & DC
#Fight4AFuture Gun Violence Summit with Generation Progress
Black Women Speak: Exhibition Talk at The Griot Museum
Rocket Grants Jury & Talk
Theater Communications Group Conference
Americans for the Arts Conference
- I now make new videos EVERY DAY (except Sundays)!! I’ve taken on the infamous #VEDA challenge this month. What’s that?
- Welcome to Innovation City. Listen to my episode of this new podcasthighlighting St. Louis and Miami innovators.
- BTW, Spotify wants to help more black women become podcasters.
- Get a discount on this week’s TEDx in St. Louis. Enter TEDX45 (General Admission, discount from $60 to $45) when you register on MetroTix.
- I overbooked myself. Take my place at the United State of Women Summit.
As social influencers, building a YouTube channel is of course one of the best methods to expand your reach, build your platform, and deepen the impact of your work.
This month, learn, connect, and take adventures with me DAILY as I take on #VEDA2018—the Vlog Everyday in April challenge.
VEDA is one of the many month-long challenges on YouTube, and I will use it to share the ins and outs of my life as a social practice designer, entrepreneur, and well, human. I’ll dive deep into the challenges, the inspirational moments, a lot of travel/journeys, and more.
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