STL by Design

STL by Design

STL by Design will introduce you to the awesome creatives, events, and organizations right under your nose. We'll talk to people who are actively working to make our community a better place through the power of design. Whether it's for the environment, for our neighborhoods, for our schools, for our designers, and more, we'll learn more about the people and things that make Saint Louis unique. Questions? Comments? Reach out to us on AIGA Saint Louis social media channels. This podcast is for you, and we want it to be the best it can be.

Episodes

July 14, 2021 26 min

In this episode, we talked to Gavin Schiffres and Jack Krewson of Kairos Academies about education, education reform, and the importance of how we learn. 

Kairos Academies is a free, public charter school serving 6th-12th in St. Louis. They are rethinking education for the 21st century, personalizing learning, empowering student self direction, and nurturing restorative justice within a diverse-by-design student body. 

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In this episode, we talked to Gavin Schiffres and Jack Krewson of Kairos Academies about education, education reform, and the importance of how we learn. 

Kairos Academies is a free, public charter school serving 6th-12th in St. Louis. They are rethinking education for the 21st century, personalizing learning, empowering student self direction, and nurturing restorative justice within a diverse-by-design student body. 

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May 6, 2021 12 min

*Note: We had some technical difficulties when recording this episode. We did our best, but apologize for any audio issues you might encounter*

In this episode, we talked with Aaron Williams and Julia Allen, two co-founders of 4theVille. 

4theVille is a community-based tourism and arts organization created by multi-generational Ville residents and volunteers to restore pride in the legacy of The Ville, a historic African American com...

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April 29, 2021 29 min

*Note: We had some technical difficulties when recording this episode. We did our best, but apologize for any audio issues you might encounter*

In this episode, we talked with Aaron Williams and Julia Allen, two co-founders of 4theVille. 

4theVille is a community-based tourism and arts organization created by multi-generational Ville residents and volunteers to restore pride in the legacy of The Ville, a historic African American com...

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April 22, 2021 21 min

*Note: We had some technical difficulties when recording this episode. We did our best, but apologize for any audio issues you might encounter*

In this episode, we talked with Aaron Williams and Julia Allen, two co-founders of 4theVille. 

4theVille is a community-based tourism and arts organization created by multi-generational Ville residents and volunteers to restore pride in the legacy of The Ville, a historic African American com...

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April 1, 2021 24 min

This week, Dee and Jayvn talked to Christine Ilewski, founder and executive director at Faces Not Forgotten.

Don't forget to listen to part one! 

Faces Not Forgotten was formed in 2010 to serve the dual mission of giving comfort to families who have lost a child (age 20 and under) to gun violence and to raise awareness of this devastating loss to our society.

To date, they have completed 30 FNF Quilts including over 250 portraits...

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March 25, 2021 33 min

This week, Dee and Jayvn talked to Christine Ilewski, founder and executive director at Faces Not Forgotten.

Tune into part two tomorrow!

Faces Not Forgotten was formed in 2010 to serve the dual mission of giving comfort to families who have lost a child (age 20 and under) to gun violence and to raise awareness of this devastating loss to our society.

To date, they have completed 30 FNF Quilts including over 250 portraits nationally...

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January 6, 2021 58 min

After a little bit of a hiatus, we're back! 

This week we talked with Dee Drenning, who's not only an awesome human being, but also our new co-host. 

In this episode, we get to know Dee, do a refresher on what this podcast is all about and why we love what we do, and talk briefly about what Jayvn and Anna have been up to since the last episode release. 

Did you know that we're doing all of our episodes via IGTV these days?...

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September 4, 2020 39 min

This week, we spoke with the new executive director of Continuity, a local nonprofit that addresses the disparities and lack of equity in the film and media production industry. 

We talk about why Continuity is such an important program in St. Louis, how COVID-19 has affected their curriculum and what they've done to pivot, and how media has changed as social media and technology have become more accessible. 



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July 9, 2020 46 min

In this episode, we talked with the duo that created the few-week-old initiative called Painted Black STL , Jayvn Solomon & Tyson Baker. That's right-- One of the STL by Design co-hosts is both the interviewer and interviewee this time!

Painted Black STL began as an initiative to support & boost black artists and their voices by paying them to paint businesses that were boarded up due to property destruction. In the past...

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In this episode, we talk with the new Executive Director of the St. Louis Metro Market, Quinton Ward. 

The St. Louis MetroMarket is a non-profit mobile farmers’ market that is restoring access to healthy, affordable food to St. Louis City food deserts.

They have transformed a donated city bus into a grocery store on wheels to bridge physical, financial, and educational barriers in food deserts in order to have the greatest potential ...

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May 13, 2020 29 min

This week, we talked with Scott Gericke, who's one of the design school teachers at UMSL here in St. Louis. Scott has been a designer in St. Louis for many years, and also served as AIGA St. Louis President from 1994–1997. 

We talked about how education has changed because of COVID-19 for both students and teachers, and what UMSL's design program is doing to help support the graduating class during this harrowing and confusi...

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April 30, 2020 20 min

This week, we talked with James McAnally, founder of The Luminary. We discuss how it all started, and the journey that The Luminary has taken so far. We also talk about the new Emergency Artist Relief Fund (in partnership with the Andy Warhol Foundation), and why it's important to not only support an artist's work, but also their day-to-day lives. Check out more about The Luminary and all of their efforts at: https://thelum...

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April 16, 2020 23 min

This week we talked with Andy Wise of Paradowski Creative. 

Paradowski Creative has been taking on a variety of different projects aimed at helping those in the creative community who are suffering due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Efforts include an online poster gallery and show called APART, a collaboration with previous guest MADE STL on making face masks for health care workers, a re-invigorated podcast, and t-shirt sales benefitin...

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March 12, 2020 60 min

This week we talked with Lee Broughton, one of the minds behind the STLMade movement.

STLMade is a movement within the St. Louis area that shines a light on the amazing things our innovative, tenacious, big-hearted people are doing. It’s supported by a region-wide collaboration of residents, local leaders, institutions, businesses, and nonprofits helping to tell our story. It’s a celebration of a region that insists on moving forwa...

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February 26, 2020 46 min

This week, we talked with designer, artist, and educator Shreyas R. Krishnan, who started Bad Drawing Club and currently teaches at the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts. We discuss a lot of things, ranging from the need for Bad Drawing Club, the culture shock of moving to St. Louis, and being an artist. Enjoy a rambling episode of distracted artists doing bad drawings while talking and laughing together. 

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February 12, 2020 70 min

This week, we talked to Caitlin Metz, who's a local artist and teacher. 

In her own words, Caitlin is "a tender queer, feisty introvert, early morning art making kind of human that wants to fuck shit up with empathy". 

We discuss living document manifestos, the paths through life and art we all take, and the awesome projects that Caitlin is working on in the future. 

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January 29, 2020 42 min

This week we interviewed Jia Lian and Ashley Winters, co-hosts of the popular podcast We Live Here. 

We Live Here explores the issues of race, class and power that led to the emotional eruption in the wake of Michael Brown's shooting death in Ferguson. St. Louis Public Radio reporters Tim Lloyd and Kameel Stanley present podcasts, radio features, web stories and use social media for an in-depth exploration of how systemic racism...

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December 5, 2019 72 min

In this episode, we talked with Kaveh Razani. He’s a CAT alumn (and if you don’t know what we’re talking about, you can listen to our episode on the Regional Arts Commission to learn about their CAT program), a member of the Cherokee Street Community Improvement District, and the founder and owner of Blank Space.



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November 6, 2019 48 min

In the first episode of this next season, we talked (again) to our guests Kristin Fleischmann Brewer, of the Pulitzer Arts Foundation & Chris Carl, of Studio Land Arts. They discuss their newest collaboration called Park-Like, a new green space across from the Pulitzer building, and how it came to be; the organic process of development and iteration, the importance of the local community and sustainable practices, and what the ...

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