More than 100 people showed up for the event at the Thomas Dunn Learning Center next to Marquette Park in the Dutchtown Neighborhood.
The location was selected because the learning center offers its space for classes and workshops at either low prices or free of charge.
“Our hope is that each person that’s here will be bold and brave and introduce themselves to someone and find something that they need and find ways in which they can assist others,” said Griesbach.
The speed-dating-esque event let artists sit face to face with administrators and curators to discuss their work and whether it fits with certain institution’s anesthetics and goals.
Artists and administrators talked about application and grant processes as well as additional support programs that exist in the St. The event featured art education programs and cooperative groups as well. Louis and said this type of event was indicative of a change in the arts community over recent years.
He said there seems to be a specific push to make relationships between artists and venues more transparent over recent years.
Gina Alvarez, 41, Executive Director VSA Missouri and Living Arts, supported this theory.
She said the event was likely the first like it that she’s ever attended.
“This is one of the first that I’ve participated in to this degree. Louis is a culturally vibrant community and there’s a lot to offer in terms of the arts,” said Alvarez.
The event aimed to increase artists’ understanding of what galleries, venues and museums are looking for in terms of local artwork.
Artists from various neighborhoods and disciplines were also invited to provide 15-minute presentations on their work.