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Meet Shayba Diaz Muhammad

Posted Feb 22, 2024 | News & Events,

We are pleased to announce that Shayba Diaz Muhammad is our new part-time Community Engagement Manager. In this position, she will build awareness of our programs and services and will help implement our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility plan. Her email address is community@vlaa.org. Muhammad is a working artist...

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Grants to Support Arts Engagement and Learning

Posted Feb 14, 2024 | News & Events,

East St. Louis Community Arts Access, a re-granting program run by the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation (JJKF) with funding from the Illinois Arts Council (IAC), awards grants to local cultural organizations and nonprofits offering arts programming. Schools and individual artists are also eligible for funding. This grants program seeks to...

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Employee or Independent Contractor?

Posted Jan 16, 2024 | Legal Issues,

by Attorney Christian Misner, VLAA board member Big news alert! The U.S. Department of Labor just threw a curveball our way with a new rule dropping on March 11, 2024 – “Employee or Independent Contractor Classification Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).” Yeah, it’s a mouthful, but stick...

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2024 Tax Preparation Assistance

Posted Jan 15, 2024 | Financial Matters,

Our volunteer accountants aren’t available to prepare tax returns for our pro bono clients until May. As a courtesy, here are are some options to consider if you need assistance: STL Tax Counselors at the Salvation Army STL Tax Counselors are preparing tax returns (by appointment only) at the...

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Recordkeeping Resolutions

Posted Jan 02, 2024 | Financial Matters,

By Sue Greenberg, executive director As we begin 2024, here’s a suggestion that will pay off: Take deliberate control of your creative business by making a commitment to recordkeeping. A complete set of records will help you track your income, assets, and expenses. Additionally, your records (including how you...

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Sister Mary Reflections

Posted Dec 04, 2023 | News & Events,

by Sue Greenberg, executive director A vile diatribe against all things Catholic? Not this time. Stray Dog Theatre’s production of Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You is up and running without any public outrage. That was not the case when Theatre Project Company (TPC) produced Christopher Durang’s...

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The Art of Asserting a Parody Defense

Posted Sep 25, 2023 | Law Student Blog,

By Kim Ly, University of Michigan Law School, Juris Doctorate Candidate, 2025 From The Onion to memes to more recently, the movie, Bottoms, parodying occurs when you take other work and then build on top of it. Parodies can be humorous and poignant, or, neither, like the movie Meet...

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Celebrating the Freedom to Read

Posted Sep 19, 2023 | News & Events,

LIBRARIANS RESPOND Thursday, October 5 at NoonHigh Low Listening Room, 3301 Washington in Grand Center It’s Banned Books Week. Join Rachelle Brandel (Missouri Library Association), Kathleen Gallagher (Richmond Heights Public Library), and Joe Monahan (St. Louis Public Library) with moderator St. Louis Public Library Board President Vincent Volpe, and...

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Introduction to Copyright Rights and Licenses

Posted Sep 03, 2023 | Law Student Blog,

By John Lee, University of Arkansas graduate and prospective law student for entering Class of 2024 Most creatives have a basic familiarity with the concept of copyrights. Even so, the world of copyright can sometimes feel like a mystical maze for those trying to figure out what rights they...