ioby is always looking for the next city where we can support more projects and St. Louis is at the top of this year’s list. St. Louisans have a lot of pride about their grassroots work being done to propel their city into an equitable future.
Here are three great CURRENTLY FUNDING projects that show you just a small slice of the good work being done. Show them some love!
Ethnodrama After-School Program at Grand Center Arts Academy
The ethnodrama after-school program at Grand Center Arts Academy allows youth to take issues impacting their lives and explore them through drama, film, and other arts. This expressive ethnography leads to important learning for the students while opening cross-cultural conversations with their audiences.
Starting in October 2017, Sarah Hobson will run an ethnodrama after-school program with 10-15 students. She will also use the program to teach teachers about the power of ethnodrama through workshops and coordinated research communities that will bring teachers together across disciplines.
Neighborhoods United for Change
When it comes to breaking down barriers between people, there’s nothing like a shared experience to start meaningful conversation. Neighborhoods United for Change, a program of St. Louis Association of Community Organizations (SLACO), creates both by providing a cross-cultural exchange between people living in different neighborhoods across St. Louis.
In the aftermath of Michael Brown’s death, SLACO was looking for a way to increase the understanding and proactive work of addressing equity issues in terms of housing, education, race, and jobs. Through the program, neighbors take turns touring each other’s neighborhoods. In the process they learn about their similarities and differences, while creating stronger community bonds. SLACO is working with ioby to raise money for a fourth of the cost of providing ten tours that will connect 20 neighborhoods in 2017.
RECLAIM + SUSTAIN: Food and Farm Weekend
Solidarity Economy St. Louis believes that everyone should have access to healthy, affordable, and locally-sourced food. On September 9 they’re bringing people together to advance food justice through learning and building relationships at RECLAIM + SUSTAIN: Food and Farm Weekend. Farmers, gardeners, business owners, community organizers and a host of other groups will gather. Activities will include workshops on a variety of topics such as intro to permaculture and juicing and food preservation.