Mission

The Waterfall of St. Louis Stories is a floor to ceiling, interactive installation made of hundreds of papers cascading down from the ceiling on wire clips. The purpose of this art installation is to provide all members of the community an opportunity to share their story. "History" in its official forms has often reflected the experiences of a select few.  Waterfall of St. Louis Stories allows participants to write their memories on top of past printed histories symbolically giving a voice back to the people.  

Team

Erin McGrath Rieke (Creative Director), Yetunde Ogunfidodo (Regional Arts Commission Program Manager/Gallery Liasion) S. Jewell S. McGhee (Project Coordinator/Lead Designer), Rose Merello (Studio Designer), Megan Hutt (Assistant Director/Studio Designer), Kevin Merello (Studio Engineering Consultant), John Stanford (Installation Assistant)

Project Narrative

Stories are important. They tell us who we are, where we have been and who we can be. They build us because stories hold truths. “History” in its official forms often leaves out stories.  Words that are printed, reported on and published can be deeply dissonant to our lived experiences. This reality creates rifts in our world. “Truth” often seems to favor the “strong,” and the voices of the “weak” are silenced as their stories and struggles are erased. Waterfall of St. Louis Stories is a floor to ceiling, interactive installation made of hundreds of papers cascading down from the ceiling on wire clips. The papers that form the body of the waterfall are published papers that have hand written stories, drawings or markings on top of the papers provided by participants. The contrast of published words with varied markings will juxtapose official and lived histories. Waterfall of St. Louis Stories is designed to have a pathway that leads the participant into the interactive exhibit towards a writing station where they make their story on the past printed story.  This process allows the viewer to become part of the installation when physically surrounded by it and actively contributing to it. A set of fans is installed to ensure constant movement and rustling of papers to mimic the movement and sound of a waterfall.As attested to by counselors and therapists, healing from trauma occurs when a person’s story is heard and believed. Neurologically, narrative and empathy are able to bypass brain patterns that logic and arguments will shut down. That is, stories have the power to change and to heal. We are ever-flowing: we change as our stories move forward full of hope and sorrow, grief and growth. We are all a part of the same rush, the same fall, and the same awe-inspiring beauty.

The Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis (RAC) presents Evocation, an interactive exhibition to remember, imagine and inspire a better St. Louis. This exhibition is a part of EVOKE, a larger cultural planning initiative which invites the region’s residents to engage in dialogue about the value of creativity in their lives and its relevance to issues that make St. Louis a better place to live. This initiative to plan for the cultural future of St. Louis is finally here, it’s happening, and needs everyone’s participation. Be a part of EVOKE St. Louis, and let your voice be heard. EXHIBIT NAME:  Evocation CURATOR: The Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis FEATURING: Dr. Amber Johnson, Erin McGrath Rieke, S. Jewell S. McGhee, Select Maps from the St. Louis Map Room Opening Reception: Friday,September 15, 6:00 – 8:00pm Related Events: Friday, October 6, 6:00 – 8:00pm Friday, October 13, 6:00 – 8:00pm Friday, October 20, 6:00 – 8:00pm Friday, October 27, 6:00 – 8:00pm Talk and Closing: Thursday, November 2, 6:00 – 8:00pm All events are free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible. Evocation continues through November 2, 2017.

The Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis (RAC) presents Evocation, an interactive exhibition to remember, imagine and inspire a better St. Louis.

This exhibition is a part of EVOKE, a larger cultural planning initiative which invites the region’s residents to engage in dialogue about the value of creativity in their lives and its relevance to issues that make St. Louis a better place to live.

This initiative to plan for the cultural future of St. Louis is finally here, it’s happening, and needs everyone’s participation. Be a part of EVOKE St. Louis, and let your voice be heard.

EXHIBIT NAME:  Evocation

CURATOR: The Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis

FEATURING: Dr. Amber Johnson, Erin McGrath Rieke, S. Jewell S. McGhee, Select Maps from the St. Louis Map Room

Opening Reception: Friday,September 15, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Related Events: Friday, October 6, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Friday, October 13, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Friday, October 20, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Friday, October 27, 6:00 – 8:00pm

Talk and Closing: Thursday, November 2, 6:00 – 8:00pm

All events are free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible.

Evocation continues through November 2, 2017.

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Evocation Opening Reception, Regional Arts Commission

From Left to Right: John Stanford, Rose Merello, S. Jewell S. McGhee, Erin McGrath Rieke, Kevin Merello (not pictured) Megan Hutt

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the team

Morning Loading Crew

Morning Loading Crew