EVOKE Launch Event

On June 22, St. Louis Poet Laureate Michael Castro and internationally acclaimed artist/innovator Marc Bamuthi Joseph kicked off EVOKE: A cultural planning process to explore how the arts can make St. Louis a more vibrant and equitable place to live.


What if art could help solve St. Louis’ deepest community challenges?

At the end of June, more than 150 people came together at the Public Media Commons to celebrate the launch of EVOKE, the St. Louis region’s first comprehensive cultural planning initiative.

We were truly honored that so many of you were able to join us for the kickoff along with St. Louis’ Poet Laureate Michael Castro, public officials from St. Louis City and St. Louis County, internationally-acclaimed performance artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph, and many local artists and arts organizations.

A selection of photos from the event are available below and more are viewable in the Facebook Photo Album.

What’s Next

Throughout the rest of 2017, we’ll talk to thousands of St. Louis residents about how the arts can become more meaningful to our lives and to issues that affect us. We want to hand the microphone to St. Louis individuals, groups and communities who don’t usually talk about art — giving voice to the ideas and opinions of anyone and everyone who is willing to join the conversation.

From what we learn, we’ll develop a plan which we believe will transform the way the Regional Arts Commission works today and explore ways for strengthening the St. Louis region through arts and culture.

How can you get involved?

EVOKE is St. Louis’ first ever cultural planning initiative — and it’s all powered by you, our community. Explore with us!

  • GET HEARD: Take our quick online survey and share it with your family and friends.
  • GET CONNECTED: Use #EVOKESTL to Tweet, Instagram, or Facebook your photos and ideas about arts and culture in St. Louis. Show us: What does a vibrant St. Louis look like to you?
  • GET ENGAGED: Join the email list or become an EVOKE volunteer.


Here’s a small taste of the energy at the EVOKE launch event! More photos are available in the Facebook Photo Album.