2015 Rise Up Festival – Celebrating Revitalization Call for Artists

The 2015 Rise Up Festival – Celebrating Revitalization is happening August 21, 2015 on Washington Avenue between 16th and 17th streets directly in front of our office at 1627 Washington Avenue. Artists, this is your call! Please take the time to review the call and enter the Art Show.

This is a fine art and fine craft Show. At Rise we connect key groups working to revitalize communities and neighborhoods in the Greater St. Louis area. The festival is part of our continuing efforts to raise awareness about the importance of the revitalization of the St. Louis metropolitan area. Our work provides invaluable connections that have a positive and lasting impact on people, the neighborhoods they live in, the economy and the region.

The Rise Up Festival Art Show will feature 30 artists from the St. Louis Metropolitan Area, a main stage with music from The Dirty Muggs, Bottoms Up Blues Gang and Jeramiah Johnson Band. The festival will also offer children’s activities, street performers, and yummy treats from some of St. Louis’ best food trucks.

Festival Date: Friday, August 21, 2015
Time: 4:00pm to 10:00pm (music and food will go to 11 pm)
Location: 1627 Washington Ave. between 16th and 17th Streets
Important Dates:
Application Deadline – May 29, 2015
Jurying – June 3, 2015
Artist Notified of Acceptance – June 10, 2015.

Categories: Ceramics, Digital Art, Drawing and Pastels, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Metalwork, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Wood

Entry Instructions:
There is a $10 non-refundable jury fee payable through PayPal (whether you have a PayPal account or not) or by mailing your jury fee check to Rise, 1627 Washington Avenue St., St. Louis, MO 63103. Checks should be made payable to Rise. Images will not be eligible for jury consideration until the application and payment have been received by Rise. The booth fee is $75 and payable at time of acceptance to the show.

Artists applying to the Rise Up Festival Art Show must live in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area. Artists will be required to check in on-site prior to set-up. Please do not apply if you cannot remain at the show throughout the scheduled hours.

Artists must submit a total of 5 images for jurying, 4 images representative of the artist’s work to be exhibited, 1 of the artist’s booth display. A total of 30 artists will be selected during the jury process. A reserve list of additional artists will be selected from the submitted entries.

All decisions are final. We reserve the right to refuse any application. All work exhibited must be comparable to work shown in submitted images. Show Management reserves the right to ask that any work that is inconsistent with the juried subject be removed. Artist guarantees the accuracy of the description of the works presented and the authenticity of the work as the creation of their own hands. Commercial studios involved in multiple or volume production will not be considered for the show. Artists may sell prints of their original artwork. Rise reserves the right to use accepted artist images for promotional purpose only.

Jurying will take place June 3, 2015. Jurying is conducted by a panel of experienced arts industry professionals and is based solely upon the quality of work as illustrated in submitted digital images. The same jury panel will be on-site to judge the Art Show. One artist will be selected for the Best in Show award. The winning artist will receive $150 cash, their images will be on display on the Rise website for one year and they will be invited to return the following year, exempt from the jury process.

Each artist is provided a 10’x10′ booth space. All work exhibited must be limited to the 10’x10′ space. Only one booth is available per artist. A small storage space will be provided at the back of the booth. Artists will receive access to electrical service, no generators are permitted. Artists are responsible for providing all display booths, racks, tables, light fixtures and associated display equipment and supplies. Please make sure you bring enough weights to secure your tent in the event of strong winds or storms.

Off-duty City of St. Louis Police officers will provide security; however, Rise is not responsible for any damage that may occur to work, equipment or other material due to rain, wind, fire, theft, etc.

The art show component of the Rise Up Festival will be managed by Cultural Festivals, producers of the Saint Louis Art Fair. If you have any questions please contact Cindy Lerick or Laura Miller at
314-863-0278 or [email protected]

Please enter via the EntryThingy form below.

Rise to receive award for “Housing Development Project of the Year” by CDA

On Wednesday, April 8, 2015 Rise will receive the “Housing Development Project of the Year” award from City of St. Louis Community Development Administration (CDA) for our work at Fox Manor. The ceremony takes place at the Jewel Box in Forest Park and goes from 6 to 8 pm.This award will be given “in recognition of our exemplary work in 2014,” as part of Community Development Week! The grand opening for Fox Manor was June 14, 2014. Located between Delor and Itaska Avenues on South Spring Avenue, the Fox Manor Apartments were rehabilitated with exterior facelifts, new floor plans, structural enhancements, modern amenities and architectural improvements designed to increase market value. The redevelopment of the Fox Manor Apartments has strengthened the community through the redesign of 25 unoccupied multi-family buildings, which are now reconfigured into 51 apartments and a management office.

We are honored to receive this award and excited about the progress in the Dutchtown neighborhood!

Spring/Delor apartments


CBN Awards Ceremony 2015 Inspirational and Emotional

On March 19, the Community Builders Network (CBN) of Metro St. Louis and Rise hosted the 2015 Community Builders Annual Awards Reception at the Cortex One Building on Forest Park Avenue. As part of the ceremony Rise honored recipients of its 2015 Regional Neighborhood Support Collaborative Grants. This is the third year for the now annual event and by far the most inspirational.

Bonita Cornute of Fox 2 News did  wonderful job as  Mistress of Ceremonies. Hank Webber, Executive Vice Chancellor for Administration at Washington University,  provided a powerful and heartfelt keynote speech on the importance of community development efforts in St. Louis and reminded us that “history is not destiny”.

This year’s eight CBN Award winners were:

Anita Telkamp, St. Charles Office of Community Development for Excellence in the Public Sector, Cynthia Jordan, Citi for Excellence in Banking, Floyd Wright, Southwest Garden Neighborhood for Excellence in Resident Leadership, Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation for Excellence in Philanthropy, Guy Slay, Mangrove Redevelopment for Excellence in Business,  the Workday, a Ministry of Restore St. Louis and New City Fellowship for Excellence in the Faith Based Community, DeSales Community Housing for Excellence in Community Building, and ex-offico board member and a woman who has been an ally of Rise almost since its inception, Debra H. Moore, representing St. Clair County who received the award for Outstanding Achievement in Community Building.

Loura Gilbert, Vice President of Community Development with Commerce Bank, and  the chair of the CDC Capacity Building and Collaborative Grants Program committee for Rise announced our 5 recipients:

DeSales Community Housing Corporation for the Jefferson Collaborative Heath Initiative, Greater Alton Community Development, Inc. for the Block Build Project, Lemay Development Corporation & Lemay Housing Partnership for Start-up of the CommUnity Link Newspaper, Northside Community Housing, Inc. for their Minor Repair, Beautification and Gardening Program, and Tower Grove Neighborhoods Community Development Corporation for their Tenant Screening Program.

The event was well attended with over 225 people and there were some truly inspiring moments that brought tears to the eyes of some of the awardees and the audience.

Congratulations to all of the winners and well done CBN! Rise is proud to be a partner in your efforts to build and lift our communities!

Pre-Schoolers Engage With Rise & New Community Development

On March 18th, Rise led two student tours for East Alton Elementary School, District #13 of the new Emerald Ridge affordable housing development in the once-distressed, former Defense Area of East Alton. Rise began developing 46 new single-family homes in East Alton, Illinois in March of 2014 in partnership with Southwestern Illinois Development Authority (SWIDA), the Village of East Alton and Madison County, IL. The students were led by Principle Stacey Egan and Teacher Beckie Harmon.

The tour consisted of some very inquisitive young students, parents who boldly braved the cold, teachers who led the way, and Mr. Bill Flynn as our guide through the nearly completed location. “Builder Bill” as he identified himself, is the Emerald Ridge project construction manager from Altman Charter Construction Co., a partner with Rise.

Mr. Flynn provided a brief presentation on the details of construction for the students, including all the varieties of artisans and craftspeople required to build an individual house, the average length of time to complete a house (7.7 working days), the materials and tools involved, and all manner of details that really engaged the students. Many tiny hands were raised, adorable and thoughtful questions asked, and plenty of fun was had by all.

The students made a circuit around the 3 blocks of homes in varying states of completion, and were able to visit a fully completed single family home much to their delight (and their parents’ as well, because it was a lot warmer on the inside). They were treated to high ceilings, vibrant paint jobs, and all the exciting nooks and crannies of a brand new living space.

The enthusiasm of the two tours subsequently went off the charts when the students were brought to the common green space in the center of the three blocks, which is slated to be freshly landscaped into a brand new park and green space. The biggest bonus for the kids: a new technicolor playground outside the Keasler Recreation Center, right next door.

Rise finished off with an informative video interview with East Alton Elementary School’s Early Childhood Principal, Ms. Stacey Egan. The school’s commitment to community development awareness, and instructing their own future community builders, is more than admirable.

This tour helps the school and the students meet the Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards, in particular, “comparing and contrasting”, by experiencing and learning about how homes are built and what the finished product looks like. The Emerald Ridge grand opening and ribbon cutting is scheduled for April 20, 2015.

Emerald Ridge/East Alton Elementary Tour 1Emerald Ridge/East Alton Elementary Tour 2Emerald Ridge/East Alton Elementary Tour 3