Unsung Heroes Advocate For Creatives

Unsung Heroes Advocate for Creatives

Brigid Flynn (left) and Liz Deichmann (right) saw an unmet need and created Midwest Artist Project Services (MAPS). Founded in 2011, their nonprofit, tax-exempt organization serves and empowers individual artists, collectives and emerging arts organizations by providing business consultation, fiscal sponsorship, professional development and vetted online resources. Unsung heroes, Brigid and Liz run this robust organization on a volunteer basis. St. Louis…

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Censored At The U.S. Capitol: Pulphus V. Ayers And Its Implications

Censored at the U.S. Capitol: Pulphus v. Ayers and Its Implications

St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts (VLAA) will host “Censored at the U.S. Capitol: Pulphus v. Ayers and Its Implications,” a free lecture by Attorney Mark Sableman (left) on Monday, April 30, at 5:30 PM. The program will be presented in the Arcade building auditorium, 810 Olive Street, Webster University’s downtown Gateway Campus. Pulphus v. Ayers involves…

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Amicus Brief Defends St. Louis Artist’s 1st Amendment Rights

Amicus Brief Defends St. Louis Artist’s 1st Amendment Rights

Viewpoint censorship should not be allowed of art works properly accepted in an exhibition, according to a friend of the court brief submitted by 17 arts service and advocacy organizations, including St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts (VLAA). The brief was filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, urging reversal of a…

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Fearless Girl Says Price The Job, Not The Person

Fearless Girl says price the job, not the person

Fearless Girl and the gender pay gap are back in the news with an ironic twist. State Street Global Advisors, the firm that commissioned the crowd-pleasing sculpture as part of its campaign to increase the number of women who serve on corporate boards, recently agreed to pay $5 million to settle U.S. Department of Labor allegations that it discriminated against…

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Arts Organizations Feed Our Souls…and Put Food On Tables

Arts organizations feed our souls…and put food on tables

Arts, culture and creativity are big business in St. Louis, according to The Arts & Economic Prosperity 5, a newly released study conducted by Americans for the Arts (AFTA). In 2015, nonprofit arts and culture industry generated $591 million in annual economic activity in St. Louis City and County, supporting 19,129 full-time equivalent jobs — jobs that won’t be shipped overseas…

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Fire Safety For Artists

Fire Safety for Artists

Here are some highlights and tips from Fire Safety for Artists, a workshop that was co-sponsored by All the Art, Critical Mass for the Visual Arts and VLAA at the Regional Arts Commission on May 11, 2017. • CERF+ is a national arts service organization that provides emergency readiness and safety resources that can benefit all artists. Craft artists can…

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