KDHX Media Sponsorship Event Profile: The St. Louis Grassroots Arts and Music Festival
- Written by KDHX
The St. Louis Grassroots Arts and Music Festival takes place on Sunday, May 7th from 11 AM to 5 PM at Webster Groves’ Old Orchard Gazebo Park.
The event benefits Bridge Builders STL - a nonprofit organization committed to connecting young leaders of the St. Louis area and youth across the global community.
Enjoy a day of art, music, food, and drink while celebrating the St. Louis arts community and contributing to a local grassroots nonprofit.
From Bridge Builders STL:
Mission: “To create and strengthen bridges that empower interpersonal change within and between communities."
Values: Community – Bring about positive change not as individuals but through cooperative effort; Empowerment – Consistently strive to create positive change by enhancing participants’ sense of their own agency; Good Stewardship – Build positive relationships internally, externally, and through the transparent and responsible use of the resources provided to us; Diversity and Integrity - Encourage and celebrate differences in people, it is our cultural, religious, personal, and educational differences that allow us to learn, grow, and work together as a community to make the world a better place for all.
Bridge Builders STL is a nonprofit organization committed to connecting young leaders of the St. Louis area and youth across the global community. Through workshops and intercultural exchange programs created to foster participation in genuine conversations, encourage vulnerability and multiple perspectives, broaden and enhance a sense of community, and redefine what community means.
Founded on the concept of a bridge. Bridges are inherently connective and help overcome obstacles. BBSTL constructs bridges for disconnected groups of people to come together to learn, grow, and develop a more inclusive sense of community.
Promote intercultural competency and leadership development through place-based learning, working with Indigenous communities and smaller community service projects. Exchange programs bring young adults from diverse communities together to engage in cultural immersion, leadership and development. Programs are typically two weeks long, with one week spent in a partner location and one week in St. Louis.
Strives for intercultural competency through educational theory of Place-Based Learning and Ethics of Care. Exchange programs collaborate with indigenous communities across North and South America. Programs are built out of self-described needs of the cultures and communities partnered with. This is to avoid paternalism and to maximize a collaboration with marginalized communities.
The St. Louis Grassroots Arts and Music Festival is the primary fundraiser for STL Bridge Builders. The St. Louis-Dupree exchange program is an intercultural competency learning opportunity in partnership with the Lakota nation and the @YMCASevenFires on the Cheyenne River Reservation. We offer this two-week program for little to no cost for exchange program members. All funds raised at the festival will support the 2023 exchange program.