IndiHop RFP

Posted by Anne McCullough on February 17, 2017 | Leave a Comment




 IndiHop is a unique event showcasing two of St. Louis’ most eclectic neighborhoods: Cherokee Street and The Grove.


What is IndiHop? 50 Participating businesses in both neighborhoods provide samples of 50 different types of locally made brews.  As you travel from venue to venue, enjoy entertainment by an assortment of live musicians, artists and street performers. IndiHop provides shuttles, between each neighborhood. 2017 IndiHop will take place on Saturday, May 20th from 1pm to 7pm.


Save the Date: Lot 49 Contemporary Art Auction

lot 49 2017 web flash

The Luminary is pleased to announce our 2nd annual Lot 49 contemporary art auction + fundraiser on Friday, March 24th from 7pm to 10pm.

Lot 49 is a unique artist-centric auction initiated and shaped by artists as an annual fundraiser for The Luminary and a direct means of support for artists in the region and beyond. The interactive auction will feature acclaimed artists nominated by their peers, with participating artists receiving 51% of all proceeds and the remaining 49% going to support our ambitious programs – hence the name, Lot 49.

BIG WEEK @ Hop Shop For Beer & More!  

Posted by Anne McCullough on February 1, 2017 | Leave a Comment




We have an exciting month ahead of us with some crave-worthy brews that recently hit local distribution plus many other restocks. We are also tapping some delicious beers for you to drink while you shop. This week we’re hosting 2 tastings that you don’t want to miss! There is much to choose from and explore here at the Saint Louis Hop Shop. Come by 2606 Cherokee St. and stock your fridge with some amazing beer. February is kicking off with a BANG…keep scrolling for the breakdown.

Cherokee Street Community Improvement District

Posted by Anne McCullough on January 20, 2017 | Leave a Comment

Board Bill No. 229 | Session 2016-2017

Ordinance establishing the Cherokee Street CID

BOARD BILL #229 INTRODUCED BY ALDERMAN KENNETH ORTMANN, ALDERWOMAN CARA SPENCER An ordinance approving the petition to establish the Cherokee Street Community Improvement District, authorizing the district to impose special assessments, finding a public purpose for the establishment of the Cherokee Street Community Improvement District, and containing a severability clause.

Cherokee Street CID Petition 



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

Iced Out 1600 x 900

JAN. 14, 2017


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

Posted by Anne McCullough on January 2, 2017 | Leave a Comment

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.

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: 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 +

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


This weekend

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
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


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 by the end of this week.


Posted by Anne McCullough on November 1, 2016 | Leave a Comment







                                   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

Posted by Anne McCullough on October 21, 2016 | Leave a Comment


Upcoming at Fort Gondo

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




JE Baker
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

keep looking »
  • Quoted

    “To me it feels like Haight Street or something, there is a special feeling in the air. It may be the history, but I think it may also be the future.”
    by Joshua Loyal Creative St. Louis

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