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2015 in Review: The most intriguing St. Louis arts and culture stories of the past year

Kelly Moffitt | St. Louis Public Radio
Nancy Fowler, Robert Duffy and Willis Ryder Arnold.

On Friday’s “Cityscape,” we talked about the most influential, interesting and moving parts of St. Louis’ arts and culture scene in 2015. Themes of social justice, urban design, and the continued evolution of issues within the Zoo-Museum District were all part of the discussion.

Joining us were the folks who know it best: St. Louis Public Radio’s arts and culture reporters: Nancy Fowler, Willis Ryder Arnold and Robert Duffy.

“I think there was a lot of work around social justice,” said Fowler. “The arts have always addressed social justice. Beginning in 2014, after the events of Ferguson, that has continued in a deeper and bigger way.”

“Social justice issues have absolutely come to the fore in the arts community, specifically in the hip-hop community and with visual artists like Damon Davis and De Nichols,” said Arnold. “Some of the work that has been produced, and even protest signs, have been included in places like the Smithsonian.”

Some of the topics of conversation:

Listen here to learn about what the reporters’ are looking toward as big arts and culture news in 2016:

“Cityscape” is produced by Mary EdwardsAlex Heuer, and Kelly Moffitt. The show is sponsored in part by the Missouri Arts Council, the Regional Arts Commission, and the Arts and Education Council of Greater St. Louis.   

Kelly Moffitt joined St. Louis Public Radio in 2015 as an online producer for St. Louis Public Radio's talk shows St. Louis on the Air.