NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TO APPROVE CHEROKEE STREET COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT

A public hearing will be held on January 19th, 2017 at 9 am in Room 208

at City Hall, 1200 Market Street, St. Louis, Missouri 63103 to consider Board Bill 229

to approve the establishment of the Cherokee Street Community Improvement District within the

City of St. Louis in accordance with the Community Improvement District Act, Sections 67.1401

to 67.1571 of the Missouri Revised Statutes (the “Act”).

The Register of the City of St. Louis has received a petition for the establishment of a

This Friday – LAB: ICE

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ICED OUT NIGHT
JAN. 14, 2017
AN AUDIO / VISUAL / 3D / EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCE CURATED BY ICE.
$10

~I THINK OF NOTHING. EVERY1 HAS TURNED N2 THE SMOOTHEST STONES. WE SIT IN THE CREEK AS THE WATER BABBLES OVER US. THE MOON IS NEARLY FULL N WINTER IS COLD. THE ICE TWINKLES AGAINST THE BLACK UNIVERSE. WE HAVE BEEN STACKED CAREFULLY AND WE R STILL.~

Join us on January 14th for the return of our musician-led series, LAB, featuring performances by ICE, BLOOM, Eric Donte, Jvckss, and Zado as well as 3D digital architectural dreamscapes. More information available here.

January Schedule for Casa Loma

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A Love Letter from Fort Gondo’s founder Galen Gandolfi

Posted by Anne McCullough on December 23, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Dear friend, foe, any and all,
Our fifteen year experiment on Cherokee Street reaches its glorious end come January 7, 2017.  My canoe beached at 3151 Cherokee Street in July 2001 via Chicago, Washington DC and Boston.  The land of opportunity that ultimately realized fort gondo compound for the arts, Beverly, Typo Café, Art Parts and Radio Cherokee laid in various stages of ruin and imagination.
My buddy, brother and partner in crime Dave Early, along with then Bevin Fahey-Vornberg and Mike Schuh, set out to conquer two blocks of Cherokee Street with no budget and no plan.  We needed neither, seemingly, as evidenced by the throngs that populated our exhibitions, events and related happenings.  Both the media and law enforcement seemed equally interested.  Police once chased me down an alley as I fled an art performance wrapped head-to-toe in tin foil.
By mid-decade, fort gondo was no longer merely a gallery space or a collection of buildings, but rather a movement.  It coalesced in my tenure as president of the Benton Park Neighborhood Association and failed run for 20th Ward alderman, where I was labeled the mutually all-exclusive anarchist, communist, socialist and artist.  It was purported that I ran on a platform of “pro-graffiti and pro- nudity.”
Through divine intervention, Jessica Baran parachuted down upon my entropic free-for-all, instilling a semblance of structure heretofore unknown.  Jessica turned my “pro-debt incurring” operation into a formal non-profit organization, complete with by-laws, interns and embossed orange pencils.  Penning national and regional grants, Jessica, along with assistant director Cole Lu, took fort g’s programming to new levels, both in the visual arts and in the realm of poetry.  The esteemed fort gondo poetry series was a cultural by-product of a gifted curatorial team which included, along with Jessica, Jennifer Kronovet, Paul Legault and Ted Mathys.
Hundreds upon hundreds of artists have shown at fort g.  Many more thousands of individuals have experienced everything from baptisms to strip shows within the walls of 3151 Cherokee Street.  Fort Gondo was equal parts art gallery, animal shelter and half-way house; it was a forum for the emerging and non-emerging artist, activist and community resident.
The afterlife, however, manifests in Jessica and Ted’s new poetry series “100 Boots” at the Pulitzer in 2017 and Fort G’s furthering of G-CADD, the Granite City Art and Design District under the curatorial direction of Marianne Laury and landscape execution of Christopher Carl.
In closing, I want to thank the community, be they art, literary, musical or otherwise, that has so generously supported and sustained fort g over the last 15 years.  Proof, indeed, that we are all in this together.
Thank you, Jessica.  Thank you, Cole.  Thank you, St. Louis.
Love,

Cherokee Street Business Association, Special Business District and Cherokee Street Development League meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 5:30pm.  All business owners, residents, property owners, and anyone with an interest in Cherokee Street are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Below is the December agenda and November meeting minutes.

COME, CONTRIBUTE, LEARN, LISTEN about everything happening on the street and surrounding communities. This is one of the many ways to learn about what is happening in the area. If you cannot make it, or would like to contribute or provide input in a different forum, feel free to email me: anne@cherokeestreet.com. All voices should be heard and everyone can be contributing to the growth and development of the street!

Updates + News at The Luminary

Posted by Anne McCullough on December 13, 2016 | Leave a Comment

NEA Award +
To Make a Public Book Release +
LAB: ICE

The Luminary Receives NEA Award for our International Residency Program

2016 Residencies

The Luminary is proud to announce that we have been awarded a highly competitive Art Works grant of $25,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts to support our international residency program and related exhibitions.

The Art Works category focuses on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. “The arts are for all of us, and by supporting organizations such as The Luminary, the National Endowment for the Arts is providing more opportunities for the public to engage with the arts,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu.

Shop Cherokee Street

Posted by Anne McCullough on November 24, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Cherokee Street is the perfect place to do your holiday shopping! Check out all of these retail businesses on Cherokee Street. Shop Local. Shop Cherokee Street! 

Feedback and Takeaways from Public Kick-Off Meeting

Hello! Thank you again for your participation at the Public Kick-Off event for the Gravois-Jefferson Historic Neighborhoods Plan.

Over the past few weeks, we have been working with residents and local stakeholders to determine community assets, challenges and opportunities; focus areas for intervention and community-led development; and priorities for the planning effort. With information gathered at our Kick-Off and our second Steering Committee meeting on November 10th, in addition to one-on-one and group meetings with people living and working in the area, we have compiled information that offers insight into our neighborhoods. You can check out all of the feedback and insights we gathered by CLICKING HERE.

The Fat Babies @ Casa Loma Ballroom

Posted by Anne McCullough on November 17, 2016 | Leave a Comment

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This weekend
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Friday, November 11 at 7 PM:
gondo poetry series #40
featuring poets Dana Levin & Monica Youn
at the compound

Saturday, November 12, 6-9 PM:
G-CADD Exhibition 8
Granite City Art & Design District
1800 Block of State Street
Granite City, IL

Saturday, November 12, 12-4 PM:
Last day to view our current shows:

JE Baker
For
at fort gondo

Bad Habits (Remember Me)
Brandon Anschultz, Jeffrey Michael Austin, Lyndon Barrois Jr., Michael Byron, Jessica Caponigro, Sage Dawson, Snow Yunxue Fu, Hideous Beast, Lily Randall, Andy Roche, Rafael E. Vera, and Deborah Alma Wheeler
Curated by Allison Lacher and Cole Lu
at beverly

GREAT DANCES AT CASA LOMA IN NOVEMBER! 

Posted by Anne McCullough on November 8, 2016 | Leave a Comment

 

FRI. NOV. 11 Ballroom Dancing with an 18 piece orchestra    THE GATEWAY CITY BIG BANDDoors at 7:00pm  Dance Lessons 7:15-8:00  Music 8:00-11;00pm. Adm.$10 / $12*
SAT. NOV. 12 Rock ‘n Roll,    Motown  &   Top 40      Dancing    to    THE   RHYTHM   ROCKERS  Doors open 7:30pm.  Music 8-12:00am.   Adm. $10 per person  /  $12 if  under 21
SUN. NOV. 13 MEXICAN DANCE  featuring  Banda Penasco Doors 9:00pm   Adm. $35 at Door
FRI. NOV. 18 Ballroom and Swing Dancing with 18 piece orchestra   SECOND GENERATION SWING  Doors open 7:00pm Dance Lessons 7:15-8:00  Music 8:00-11:00pm.Adm.  $10 / $12 if under 21

Gravois-Jefferson: Your participation is invaluable

Posted by Anne McCullough on November 8, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Thank you to everyone who came out last week for our Kick Off meeting at 2720 Cherokee for the Gravois-Jefferson Historic Neighborhoods Planning Initiative. A special thanks to the folks at 2720 who offered the space to us without charge. We will be posting a summary of the feedback we received from community members on www.gravoisjeffersonplanning.org by the end of this week.

Bespoke

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                                   We’ve Been Quiet, Not Idle

We felt like real celebrities this summer, with great articles about Bespoke in the RFT, Post-Dispatch, and Saint Louis Magazine. We’ve been so busy sewing there hasn’t been much time to write a newsletter.

But we’ve been doing more than just filling orders. We have big plans for fall and winter, so it’s time to share.

BPW Trunk or Treat

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Upcoming at Fort Gondo

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Saturday
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JE Baker
FOR
October 15 – November 12, 2016
Opening reception Saturday, October 15, 7-10 PM
at fort gondoBad Habits (Remember Me)
Brandon Anschultz, Jeffrey Michael Austin, Lyndon Barrois Jr., Michael Byron, Jessica Caponigro, Sage Dawson, Snow Yunxue Fu, Hideous Beast, Lily Randall, Andy Roche, Rafael E. Vera, and Deborah Alma Wheeler
Curated by Allison Lacher and Cole Lu
Opening reception Saturday, October 15, 7-10 PM
October 15 – November 12, 2016
at beverlySt. Louis Small Press Expo
Saturday, October 15, 10 AM – 5 PM
St. Louis Public Library, Central Branch
fort gondo will have a table of zines, books & broadsides

Benton Park West Trunk or Treat

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El Trumpo Giganti @ Yaqui’s

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Join Yaqui’s as they whack the hell out of the worlds largest El Trumpo piñata. They will simulcast the debate two stories tall on the Earth Bound building.It all happens at seven on Sunday.

Fall Update from 20th Ward Alderman Spencer

Posted by Anne McCullough on October 4, 2016 | Leave a Comment

 

 

 

Hometeam Superheroes!

Congratulations to Bruce Franks, the Democratic Nominee for 78th District State Rep. and Wendy Campbell, our newly elected 20th Ward Democratic Committeewoman who will serve with Dale Sweet, re-elected D-Committeeman.

You may have seen our neighborhoods in the news for a couple of disturbing incidents. I am taking this very seriously and working with our 3rd District Police Captain to improve the safety of our neighborhoods. We will be looking to residents to help by identifying privately owned cameras in the community. Please register your cameras by clicking here to coordinate with police who can save time by leveraging this network to investigate criminal activity.

ST. LOUIS SAFETY GROUP MEET-UP

Posted by Anne McCullough on September 14, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, 7:00 PM
Carondelet Park “Y” RecPlex, 930 Holly Hills
Respect and Responsibility Rooms

Topic: All About the NOM (Neighborhood Ownership Model) including Citizens On Patrol, Court Advocacy and Victim Support.

Kelly Moyich, Assistant Circuit Attorney and Representative for Safety Group Meetings, will lead the discussion.
Kelly will give detailed information on each piece of the NOM and elaborate on the history of the NOM in St. Louis City.
Upcoming trainings will be announced and guests will have the opportunity to sign-up to participate.

FREE AFTER SCHOOL ART PROGRAMS AT INTERSECT ART GALLERY

Posted by Anne McCullough on September 2, 2016 | Leave a Comment

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The Intersect Arts Center
Located at 3630 Ohio in South City, St. Louis.
This free after school program is for youth ages 7-17.
We provide arts opportunities for youth as part of a revitalization effort for the area, school building, church, and community.
We follow the SLPS school schedules of holidays and days off.
Schedule: 4:00-6:30 pm
Monday: Ceramics and Art
Tuesday: Open Studio, Ceramics,  and Music
Wednesday: Photography/Video and Music


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