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.
Watch this profile of 2017-2018 Citizen Artist fellows by The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
It’s #PiDay to the world, but to those of us in St. Louis, MO, it’s #314Day. To celebrate, I decided to challenge my friends across the internet to share the 3 places and 14 things they loved most about our city. With Vogue Magazine’s article, “An Insider’s Guide to the Magic of St. Louis,” as inspiration, the challenge included the following levels:
Simple Challenge: Write It Out
- List 3 places people should know about in STL.
- Share 1 experience you love most in St. Louis.
- Tag 4 people who’ve influenced your St. Louis experience.
- Post your answers using hashtag #314DayChallenge on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter.
Bonus: If you use the Stories feature on Instagram and Facebook, use this photo to tag your favorite places and people in the city:
“Show Me” Challenge: Show the world what you love about St. Louis.
- Film yourself in your home or favorite place in the city and answer the 14 questions below about you and the things you love most in St. Louis.
- Post the video using hashtag #314DaySTL on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter.
- Tag 3 people to do it too.
Simple rules: Make it awesome. Let’s show the world how much heart and pride the people of our city have.
Level Up Challenge: 3 Places, 14 Questions
- Film yourself in three (3) places around the city and answer 14 questions about you and the things you love most in St. Louis.
- Post the video using hashtag #314DayChallenge on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter.
- Tag 3 people to do it too.
14 Questions to Consider
- How long have you lived in St. Louis?
- What neighborhood do you rep?
- How do you feel you contribute to the culture here?
- Favorite spot to eat?
- Best local artist or band?
- One person everyone should know in St. Louis?
- Best experience/memory you’ve had while living in STL?
- What’s one place that used to exist that you would bring back?
- What do you do on the weekend?
- If you told someone to “Meet Me in St. Louis,” where would you take them?
- Most underrated thing about the city?
- What keeps you living here?
- If you could envision one thing to make STL better in the future, what would it be?
- Who else do you think people should hear from? (Shout out three people)
Want to add more questions/ideas: Connect with the creator of this challenge, De Nichols, via Facebook message or Twitter (@De_Nichols).
I am overjoyed and grateful for all who participated in this one-day challenge. It was fun to watch the different social media stories throughout the day, and some people actually leveled up and joined me in creating videos. Here are three from YouTube:
On its second day of its 2018 issue, 28 Days of Black Designers featured a highlight of De Nichols and her work as a creator, entrepreneur, and thought leader within the design field.
In “Design as a Catalyst for Change,”—a course designed and taught by social innovator and designer, De Nichols—students learn and practice skills of community-based social impact design. The focus of this course emphasizes how values of empathy, equity, privilege, relationship building, and justice integrate into the communications design process when working with and within communities. As students identify and select a social cause on which to focus, they develop a series of print and digital works that communicate their chosen issue, pitch proposed design interventions, and visualize a collaborative implementation processes. Learning modules feature weekly readings, direct engagement with national social design practitioners, design charrettes, and on-site learning, allowing students to gain greater depth and perspectives for harnessing design as a catalyst for change.
De Nichols is a 2017/18 Citizen Artist Fellow of the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, and in this recent video, you can witness a snippet of the experience and the impact that it makes on each of its fellows.
This month, De Nichols is a recipient of the Safety Pin Box’s Black Women Being gift, which will reward one-time financial support to individual Black women who have demonstrated a commitment to serving Black people.
On this day 9 years ago, I gave a eulogy at the funeral of my best friend (and high school sweetheart), Santez Walker. The next day, June 1, was my 20th birthday.
I remember returning from Memphis back to St. Louis on my birthday–heavy-hearted–and entering my apartment where Erin and other friends had prepared a surprise cookie cake to try to cheer me up.
I still get emotional when I think about those moments. At the time, I thought celebrating my birth and life was unfair when his was unexpectedly and suddenly lost. I didn’t know how to appreciate my friends in the midst of my own jadedness about losing him. But in following years, I learned to honor the creative, daring, and loving spirit of Santez through my birthdays. I committed to making them a little more meaningful, a lot more creative (like him), and as full of love and friendship as possible. And for most of these recent years, I have kept this commitment because of you–my friends.
Thank you all who have celebrated past birthdays with me. You are my tribe, and your presence has meant more to me throughout these years than I have ever admitted.
I look forward to tomorrow, and I’m grateful for the reminder it brings to celebrate life, cherish friendship, and fill our lives with love/gratitude.
De Nichols was selected as one of five fellows for the 2017 John F. Kennedy Center’s Citizen Artists fellows program, which recognizes artists across the country who utilize their art form for positive impact on communities.
“The recognized Citizen Artists Fellows will be mentored by Yo-Yo Ma, Kennedy Center Artistic Advisor at Large, among other Kennedy Center artistic partners. Additionally, they will receive national attention for their impact in their local communities and opportunities to showcase their voice and work on stage, through exhibition, and at national convenings.”
To commence participation as a fellow, De will join thought leaders from the arts and related fields together for the Kennedy Center’s Art Summit to explore how the arts can propel our thinking towards new ideas and actions, including the leaders we look to for guidance and inspiration.
Learn more at https://www.kennedy-center.org/pages/specialevents/summit.