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Reviews of Kehinde Wiley at the Saint Louis Art Museum and David Hutson at Laumeier Sculpture Park.

How Earthdance Organic Farm and the GiftAMeal app is helping feed our community.

Get to know U.S. Military service members and their families during our interactive program on Educate.Today Nov. 14.

the hype around hyperloop High-speed travel through a tube-travel system from St. Louis to Kansas City in 28 minutes is not only possible, a new study says it’s also safe and sustainable. But St. Louis to Kansas City isn’t the only route in the running.



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November 2018

12/13 art corner

November 2018

reviews of kehinde wiley at slam and david hutson at laumeier



ARTS/CULURAL St. Louis Arts Experience Bach Society of St. Louis Center of Creative Arts (COCA) Commission for Access and Local Original Programming (CALOP) Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) Donald Danforth Plant Science Center Focus St. Louis Holocaust Museum and Learning Center International Institute of St. Louis Jazz St. Louis Missouri Botanical Garden Missouri Department of Conservation Missouri History Museum Missouri Humanities Council Museum of Transportation National Endowment for the Arts National Blues Museum Opera Theatre Saint Louis Regional Arts Commission Saint Louis Art Museum (SLAM) Saint Louis County Parks and Recreation Saint Louis Science Center Saint Louis Symphony Saint Louis Zoo The Sheldon Art Galleries and Concert Hall CIVIC Cortex Innovation Community Missouri Bar Association St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission St. Louis Economic Development Partnership St. Louis Regional Chamber EDUCATION Archdiocese of St. Louis 22 Area Universities and Colleges Education Plus 62 Elementary/Secondary School Districts in Metropolitan St. Louis

HEC-TV leadership Alan Winkleman, Acting President Ann Terry Johnson, Secretary James L. McHugh Sr., J.D., Treasurer Wayne Goode, Member Craig Larson, Member

HEC-TV team Dennis Riggs, President Boyd Pickup, Director of Operations Jayne Ballew, Director of Programming Christina Chastain, Marketing & Strategic Partnerships Manager Amanda Honigfort, Special Projects & Programs Producer Kristy Houle, Educational Opportunities Coordinator Tim Gore, Director of Educational Initiatives

15 EDUCATION SPOTLIGHT By: Kristy Houle Educational Opportunities Coordinator

Get to know U.S. Military service members and their families during our interactive program on, November 14th from 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. Central Time.

Feat. the hype around hyperloop one


High-speed travel through a tube-travel system from St. Louis to Kansas City in 28 minutes is not only possible, a new study says it’s also safe and sustainable. But St. Louis to Kansas City isn’t the only route in the running. Others inlucde a Midwest corridor, Pittsburgh-Columbus-Chicago, and a North Central Texas corridor, connecting Dallas, Arlington and Fort Worth.

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area events

tech news



Holiday lights and happenings begin in November, as well as awesome new exhibits around town!


Catch up on MoDOT’s new technology for driverless vehicles, an interview with Karin Slaughter, and more.

We bring you innovation stories you can’t get anywhere else, including new technolgy for students at SLU.

Making an impact

Two stories that are making a positive impact on our community and how you can get involved.




3 best of us

The Best of Us: 100 Years of Muny Magic is playing at the St. Louis International Film Festival! Our documentary, The Best of Us, pays tribute to the Muny. It features dozens of interviews with actors, performers, craftspeople, and audience members, providing rare glimpses backstage. The film demonstrates why The Muny is a place like no other. When: Nov. 3, 2018 Where: .ZACK $$ $13 website:

1 game xploration

Welcome to a universe of games, a universe that does not follow the dimensions of space and time, where you will play to learn and learn to play. See what games reveal about us. They allow us to explore new identities, relate to others and grow more competent in skills like critical thinking and problem-solving. Explore a universe of games and see yourself in a whole new dimension: as a gamer. When: Thru Fall 2019 Where: St. Louis Science Center $$ Free website:

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11 graphic revolution

Graphic Revolution: American Prints 1960 to Now examines the transformational decade of the 1960s through the early 21st century, and the emergence of the creative synergies between the artists, publishers, printers, dealers, and collectors who have been critical to the development of American art during that time. When: Nov. 11, 2018 - Feb. 3, 2019 Where: Saint Louis Art Museum $$ $14 | Free on Fridays website:

17 garden glow

Garden Glow features a million lights surrounding visitors with a spectacle of unique installations amid some of the Garden’s most iconic locations. Enjoy interactive photo opportunities, traditional holiday music and festivities, delicious food and drinks and more as the Garden is transformed around you into a winter wonderland. When: Nov. 17, 2018 - Jan. 1, 2019 Where: Missouri Botanical Garden $$ $18 | $14 website:

15 Brewery lights 3 laumeier after dark

Explore Laumeier in a new light—night time, for an activity-packed evening filled with fun for the whole family! Food and beverage available for purchase. Activities include live music, art activities, moonlight sculpture scavenger hunt, prizes, face painting, fire pits/ smores, lawn games, and so much more! When: Nov. 3, 2018 Where: Laumeier Sculpture Park $$ Free website:

This family friendly event features fun for all ages. Enjoy the Bud Light Ice Skating rink which is back again this year! Come visit our Kid Zone where kids of all ages can take a ride on our Bevo Express train, enjoy Frosty the Snowman Winter Wonderland on the big screen, play Ice Breaker or enjoy the Lite Brite and afterwards the whole family can warm up at our Soup Bar. While this is a free event, there are several special packages and a la carte options available to guests and sampling. Food tokens available for purchase. When: Nov. 15, 2018 - Dec. 30, 2018 Where: Anheuser-Busch Brewery $$ Individual and group packages available website:

23 wild lights

For almost two decades, the Saint Louis Zoo has celebrated the winter season with a fun and festive holiday light show. This year, the tradition continues as families enjoy the “Wild Lights” on display, toast s’mores, and learn a little something more about the Zoo’s animals. Live entertainment varies nightly. When: Nov. 23, 2018 - Dec. 30, 2018 Where: St. Louis Zoo $$ $11 | $10 website:

16 made makerspace grand opening

Join your community at St. Louis’s biggest local makerspace. Watch machine demos, take a self-guided tour, and join us in celebrating our opening. Some equipment demonstrations include 3D printers, laser cutters, waterjet, CNC routers, wood lathe, welding machines, embroidery, and more! Food and drink will be available for purchase. When: Nov. 16 Where: MADE Makerspace $$ Free website:


what to watch

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MoDOT Prepares to Test Driverless Technology As part of an effort to keep MoDOT workers safe from work zone crashes, MoDOT is retrofitting two of its vehicles with driverless technology for a pilot program. The plan is to test driverless MoDOT vehicles in the Kansas City area in 2019. Driverless technology is added to two Truck Mounted Attenuators, or TMAs, which are considered crash cushions. The vehicle drives in the rear of a striping or sweeping work zone convoy and absorb the impact if hit. A driver would still be in the vehicle cab during testing, with the ability to immediately take over control of the truck.

One on One with Thriller novelist Karin Slaughter


New York Times #1 internationally bestselling author, Karin Slaughter returns with her most heart-pounding standalone thriller to date with Pieces of Her. Andrea thinks she knows everything about her mother, Laura. But all that changes when a trip to the mall explodes into violence and Andrea suddenly sees a completely different side to Laura.The prolific writer shares with fans why she enjoys penning thrillers and why libraries are so pivotal to her success and her efforts to keep their doors open. Funny and engaging, Slaughter dishes about her writing style, habits, and how she comes up with storylines.

ADL Torch of liberty awards HEC Media brings you the Anti-Defamation League 2018 program honoring Bob Fox and Maxine Clark, featuring a performance from acclaimed storyteller Bobby Norfolk and a speech by Roy Waterman, Criminal Justice Project Manager, JCPA.

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how to watch who to watch HEC Media is the leading producer of local arts, cultural, and educational programming in St. Louis - reflecting our mission statement, “to strengthen and promote the education, arts, and cultural communities of the St. Louis Metropolitcan area.” HEC is affiliated with the St. Louis County for Educational Media. As a three-time winner of the prestigious Station of Excellence Award from the Mid-America Emmy Association, HEC is committed to producing television designed to engage and challenge viewers, and to illuminate topics that will “Make You Think!” In addition to providing local programming, all HEC productions are available free of charge to teachers, along with corresponding curriculum and classroom materials through www.Educate.Today.

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yvonne osei German-born Ghanaian performance and video artist Yvonne Osei describes herself as a trans-media artist. “It’s basically using mediums in a diverse way to inform each other, so I can start from a photograph, and it would end up being a garment, and that garment will end up being a performance,” Osei said. Every photograph in Osei’s repertoire is an extension of a performance that has taken place. Osei’s talent and artistic vision made her the 2018 St. Louis Visionary Awards Emerging Artist, and her list of accolades doesn’t end there. Osei attended Webster University and pursued dual degrees in graphic design and international studies. She continued on to earn an MFA in visual arts at Washington University in St. Louis, and is currently pursuing a masters in fashion design and business at Lindenwood. She completed the 2016-17 Romare Bearden Graduate Minority Fellowship at the Saint Louis Art Museum and is currently the curator in residence at COCA. Osei is an artist with a desire to learn about life, while celebrating diversity and culture.





Her last exhibit at the Bruno David Gallery, Who Discovers the Discoverer?, exposed the influence of Western education on a West-African psyche. Osei is a visionary who hopes to bring change, and she is just getting started. “I just want to be someone who impacts lives for the better,” Osei said. “The work must make people think critically about their day to day lives. It’s more so about service. Art must extend oneself.”


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November 2018

the hype around hyperloop

Savings for trips to and from Columbia would be approximately 1.5 hours (to 15 minutes). 80% increase in ridership demand for proposed route of 16,000 to 51,000 riders per round trip. Savings from less time spent on the road, adding up to $410 million per year. Reduction in accidents along the I-70, putting up to $91 million per year back in people’s pockets.

By Kathleen Berger, Producer


High-speed travel through a tube-travel system from St. Louis to Kansas City in 28 minutes is not only possible, a new study says it’s also safe and sustainable. That’s according to a feasibility study conducted by Kansas City engineering giant Black & Veatch.

Virgin Hyperloop One had previously ranked Missouri’s route through the I-70 corridor among the top five locations in the world for the high-speed track, and perhaps “top three” the company said in 2018. And now Missouri is the first state to complete a full feasibility report. “We are thrilled at the results of this study,” said Virgin Hyperloop One CEO Rob Lloyd. “A feasibility study of this depth represents the first phase of actualization of a full-scale commercial hyperloop system, both for passengers and cargo in the United States. We are especially proud that Missouri, with its iconic status in the history of U.S. transportation as the birthplace of the highway system, could be the keystone of a nation-wide network. The resulting socio-economic benefits will have enormous regional and national impact.” A company spokesperson released an estimated cost

A coalition of groups forming the Missouri Hyperloop Coalition authorized the feasibility study. The groups include St. Louis Regional Chamber, KC Tech Council, and the University of Missouri System. Virgin Hyperloop One said the full study will not be released, citing intellectual property issues concerning proprietary technology described in the study. Virgin Hyperloop One released, what it called, “relevant pieces of the report” directly pulled from the study’s executive summary. Backers of the study say it confirms the commercial viability of Virgin Hyperloop One’s technology for the I-70 route based on examination of the social impact, station locations, regulatory issues, route alignments, and rights-of-way. The route would link St. Louis, Columbia, and Kansas City. According to the study, the cost to take a hyperloop from St. Louis to Kansas City would be lower than the cost

of gas to drive, while cutting down the typical 3.5 hour travel time to 28 minutes. Pods would travel at speeds up to 640 mph. Additionally, the study highlights how the proposed corridor is very straight and relatively flat, making construction relatively straight-forward and high speeds achievable. Tom Blair, The Missouri Department of Transportation’s (MoDOT) St. Louis district engineer, said he originally pitched the I-70 corridor as a viable option for many reasons, including the I-70 right of way is readily available. Concerning the exact location of the track along I-70, Virgin Hyperloop One spokesperson Marcia Christoff explained how the alignment with the interstate lanes would vary. “The hyperstructure route itself is fixed in the sense that it will follow along I-70 between the two cities, St. Louis and Kansas City, but may have to vary in terms of positional configuration,” Christoff said. The “portals” passengers use to board have not been determined. Andrew Smith, Missouri Hyperloop Coalition co-founder, said one near Lambert International Airport has been discussed and seemed to be the preferred location making the most sense for St. Louis. Christoff said if the company were to move forward with the Missouri project, the route infrastructure would be completed by the mid-2020s.

The study also reveals the benefits of Missouri’s location being within 500 miles of 43 percent of the U.S. population, 44 percent of all U.S. manufacturing plants, and seven of the top 25 international cargo hubs in the U.S. The route could serve as a central link to an eventual national hyperloop network.


In addition to Virgin Hyperloop One’s expressed enthusiasm for Missouri’s feasibility study, Christoff explained that while Missouri is the first-ever state to have completed a full feasibility report, there are other U.S. locations under consideration making progress. Christoff said the company’s engineers are especially excited about Colorado’s project plans because of the landscape and topography of the state. She explained Colorado is in the second half of a feasibility study that is looking at routes to and from Denver International Airport. There will then be a “Phase 2” that then looks at other routes in the state. The Midwest corridor, Pittsburgh-Columbus-Chicago, is in the midst of an Environmental Impact Study (EIS). “Such a study for any transportation system denotes very serious commitment to that proposed system, in our case, a hyperloop project,” Christoff said. North Central Texas announced in July its intention to undertake an Environmental Impact Study at the “Tier 2 Level” for a high-speed corridor connecting Dallas, Arlington and Fort Worth.

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Virgin Hyperloop One is developing the technology for passengers and cargo. According to the company, the hyperloop pod vehicle would accelerate gradually via electric propulsion through a low-pressure tube that glides above track through magnetic levitation at airline speeds.

for the Missouri project as between $30 million to $40 million per mile, including the track. That can add up to $10 billion or less for a 250-mile track. Virgin Hyperloop One anticipates that public-private partnerships would fund hyperloop projects like the one Missouri is hoping to achieve. The company claimed its linear infrastructure costs are about 40 percent lower than those seen in high speed rail projects, yet hyperloop delivers two to three times faster speeds.

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November 2018

High Tech Meets Fresh Food By George Sells, Producer

Digital Assistants Move In At slu The college experience has changed a great deal in recent years, but the latest advancement intended to help students at Saint Louis University represents another sizable technological leap.


Amazon Echo devices, with the popular “Alexa” technology, have not only arrived on campus, they’ve taken up residence. There is one in every university owned dorm room and apartment.

It is being met by students warmly, but with a little skepticism, too.

worry the machine is “listening” to them.

“I like it,” senior engineering student Annika Hylen responds when asked about it. She then continues, “I think it has a long way to go as far as productivity. So right now I use it for setting reminders and Iheart radio skill it has as well.”

Hylen says getting used to the device will take time.

She points out that basic questions are not always answered on the first try. “Sorry, couldn’t find any information on that or maybe I misunderstood you,” the device responded when asked, “What is happening on campus?”

“Spring break is from Monday, March 11 to Saturday, March 18,” responds the device, which is about the size of a hockey puck.

Hylen elaborates, “She either responds that she doesn’t know or she responds with a really long list of every professor’s talk that’s going on, or every game that’s going on.”

About 2,300 of the devices have been installed.

Officials say working out the bugs is a major focus right now.

“The focus of the project was really around productivity,” SLU Chief Innovation Officer David Hakanson said. “And that can be answering general knowledge questions or SLU-specific questions. How can we take a process that’s taking five minutes and get them that answer in about five seconds or less?”

The university has also been faced with a little bit of public relations work. A tweet announcing the new devices, along with an accompanying video, set off a small uproar among some alumni and students. They questioned the need for such an expenditure, and, in some cases, if there was a privacy issue. Some

"Personally speaking, I don’t know how trustworthy I would be of the device as of now, so I think it would take a couple of more years on the market for just everyone to get more comfortable with it.” But the university sees it as a win for students. In just the first week of school, 75 percet of the devices were used and some 1,700 “SLU-specific” questions were asked according to school officials. “Success is really feedback from the students and general usage,” Hakanson said. “Seeing the 75 percent usage in one week, we think that’s fantastic because we know with this technology, it’s gonna grow over time. Like in the household, you ask it a few questions, but you really don’t have it as more of your daily routine until you’re more accustomed to it and that takes a little bit of time.” Making it part of that daily routine will require making it better, something Hakanson says SLU is working with programmers to accomplish.

“We know the future,” Dan Mitchell, one of the owners of Kirkwood Farmers’ Market operator Summit Produce said. “We know, no doubt, we’re gonna have to do delivery, curbside pickup, something that is ordered online, people don’t even want to pick up a phone anymore.” A glimpse at what he soon might be partnering with, or even competing with, was on display at an Ag-Tech conference at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center that day. Marcia Woods has founded a company called Freshspoke. The firm, currently operating in Canada and the Great Lakes region of the United States, allows a wholesale purchaser like Mitchell, or a restauranteur, to use an app to browse the wares of farmers in their area, place their orders directly, and get them delivered directly. “We tap into the excess capacity that already exists in the commercial delivery system,” Woods said. “So think, Uber, but for commercial delivery for food.” A trucker who has extra space and time, much like an Uber driver, heads to the farm, picks up the order, and makes the delivery. Freshspoke claims it will cut costs, promote fresher food, and help farmers. Woods also sees the possibility of her technology being used by companies delivering produce directly to consumers. This could cut out stores and markets altogether. “Where we see the benefit of our technology and what we’ve developed is the application of that technology to other companies that want to get into that market and distribute the food that we have,” she said.

Back at the farmers’ market, Mitchell says he understands Freshspoke’s pitch of “fresh,” but fears this high-tech approach will put consumers back in the position of never quite knowing what they’re getting. “I think dealing straight with the farmer and then bringing their truck here or us going to the farmer is the best way to go,” he explains. “A phone call or a text. Of course if you told me 15 years ago I’d be ordering produce by text, I’d be saying, what’s a text?” Of course, the big supermarket chains are already onto all of this, and doing what they can to stay ahead of shoppers and their smartphones. Schnucks stores are among those now offering home delivery and store pickup online. They’re also using apps to deliver rewards designed to bring customers in. They are doing all this on a much larger scale, with about 100 stores. “It is complex,” Schnucks Director of Digital Marketing Chace MacMullan, said. “But again we do it for the benefit of our customers, so we have a lot of items in our stores and whether it’s getting the items from our store to their house through Schnucks Delivers or changing the whole experience of how people shop in our stores, it’s worth it for us and our customers.”


They see the challenge of the future as anticipating which emerging technology will be the next one the customer demands. “We do have a pretty strong innovation pipeline of knowing what our customers are looking for and we try to anticipate their needs, not only next week and next month but in the years to come,” MacMullan said. It all goes back to that word, “change.” It’s something the technology world is trying to force, and a word folks back at the Kirkwood Farmers’ Market still aren’t sure they want to hear.

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If you have a question about the university and its activities, SLU officials hope students will “Ask SLU.” The devices are programmed to respond to that command with answers to queries, such as, “When is spring break?”

By George Sells, Producer

One of the great throwback traditions of shopping for food is the local farmers’ market. This is the place where they still have prices memorized, the signage is written by hand, and the food comes from a place someone at the market knows personally. If you’re looking for “high tech,” you won’t find it here.

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November 2018

Neon Art of Memory & Desire at Laumeier


By Christina Chastain, Producer

Laumeier Sculpture Park’s most recent exhibit, “Memory and Desire,” which lends its name from our fellow St. Louisian T.S. Elliot’s The Waste Land, is full of dichotomies and trivia of a time before.

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Kehinde Wiley Honors People of STL at SLAM By Kerry Marks, Producer

Kehinde Wiley rose to stard­­om as the master painter behind President Barrack Obama’s portrait at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C., but here in St. Louis, he’s unveiled a new series at the Saint Louis Art Museum (SLAM).


“There’s something kind of wonderful that these grand narrative paintings are all based on a single chance moment in the streets of St. Louis,” he said while describing a preference for capturing the everyday person over the rich and famous. The subjects behind Wiley’s paintings at SLAM all originate from a trip to North St. Louis and Ferguson in 2017, where Wiley and his team street cast models for the series. “When street casting, I would say I look for alpha male behavior and sensibility, but what that ultimately ends up looking like can be sometimes conflicting,” Wiley said. “Sometimes someone who is very large in presence and gait is in the same photo shoot rather small. I don’t think I have a formula for it, bit it’s sort of in the process that it all comes out.” The everyday men and women memorialized in his grand, large-scale paintings look immensely familiar. Wiley lauds the work as being a “celebration of 21st century culture.”


As part of this project, Wiley took inspiration from masterworks within SLAM’s collection, so these everyday people take on the roles once reserved for the wealthy and the white. The models assume “poses of colonial masters, the former bosses of the old world.” It is a potent subversion of classic western art to see the democratization of power with portraiture extend to men and women who have historically endured so much powerlessness by virtue of the color of their skin. The portraits reflect a personal narrative, both of the subjects and the artist himself. “So much of what I do now is a type of self-portraiture,” he said. With this series, Wiley has brought a refreshing and long overdue vibrancy to portraiture within the walls of the Saint Louis Art Museum. Kehinde Wiley grew up in South Central Los Angeles and is a graduate of both the Art Institute of San Francisco and Yale University. He currently resides in New York City. “Kehinde Wiley: Saint Louis” will be free and open to the public through February 10, 2019.

“We are recognizing and rediscovering an urban landscape through these signs and places that have since closed and the signs are left, which is really their personality, is really what called people to those businesses,” said David Hutson, the artist and collector behind the exhibit. “So this exhibit isn’t really just about neon, it’s also about St. Louis and times passed. It’s kind of interesting to see something that was in the everyday lives of the people who came before us if you’re from St. Louis or have an appreciation for the city.” From an early age, Hutson had a strong affinity for nostalgia. “I spent a lot of my teenage years scouring the city looking for artifacts,” said Hutson. “I was attracted to anything that emitted light, and those two things came together and I started collecting vintage signs. And I amassed such a collection of vintage signs that I knew I wouldn’t be able to afford to do anything with them unless I learned to do it myself.”

But, after mastering the art, training with a neon artist in the Bay Area, and repairing his own collection, Hutson began creating his own work, which is the second part to the exhibit. One of his most popular works includes a modern work of art from the past – a family door from his ancestral home on Shaw Blvd., where three generations of his family lived, back-lit by neon. This example of retro contemporary explains the exhibit perfectly and can be seen on every wall and corner of the Aronson Fine Arts Center – a sign from past, in its reflection, a modern work of bendy, gaseous typography created by Huston. “The interesting thing about neon — ever since the creation of neon, it seems to go through these renaissance periods and we’re in another one right now,” said Hutson. “People seem to rediscover neon. And I think one thing that drives it is that we forget how it works or we don’t know how it works and it’s always fun to find out how things that are a little bit mysterious, like neon, works.”


Memory and Desire, running through Jan. 13, 2019, showcases a large scale outdoor work along with his extensive collection of vintage neon signs alongside and in conversation with about 15 neon sculptures from Huston’s current body of work.

Learning neon wasn’t easy and took years to master.


When he spoke with the models, he requested that they wear clothing in which they felt comfortable – that reflected their own personal style. So the models wore camouflage and Nike t-shirts. They wore jean shorts and midriff tops with tattoos fully on display. However, the poses they assume hold a different kind of familiarity.

Part whimsy, part spiritual, the exhibit is nothing less than retro contemporary, looking back at St. Louis’ past, the buildings that no longer exist, the generations who came before us, and the desire to look to the future – of what art can and will be.

“Neon involves science, technology, artistry, craftsmanship, and a little bit of alchemy,” said Hutson. “A lot of people don’t quite get it.”

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Organic Farm School gives confidence, opportunity to future famers By Emma Bright, Producer

Located in Ferguson, Mo., Earthdance Organic Farm School is the oldest organic farm west of the Mississippi River. Earthdance is the only organic farm school that offers a part-time national apprenticeship program and this year marks its tenth year in operation with more than 320 St. Louis area participants in the apprentice program. The program is for people of all ages interested in learning about healthy, raw, homegrown food, and how to maintain it in a hands-on, community environment.


“When apprentices join the farm for the first time, there’s a whole range of levels of experience, so we really try to have a framework include everybody and

meet them where they’re at,” Eric Steven, farm manager, said.

“It’s a lot of hard work,” Danielle Valli, apprenticeship student, said. “But, everyone’s doing it because they value organic, local food.” “Our end goal is to try to empower them, to where they can actually have a career out of it,” Stevens said. Earthdance also invites school groups all throughout the St. Louis region from public to private to universities to visit the farm for field trips and classes. Earthdance specifically works close with the FergusonFlorissant school district by sharing an abundance of fresh food for student lunches. For more information on the farm or to sign up for their apprentice program, go to


“GiftAMeal’s a mobile app that helps provide a meal to someone in need each time someone snaps a photo at a partner restaurant,” explains Glantz, Founder and CEO of GiftAMeal. “We’re a blend of restaurant marketing and giving back. Restaurants pay a monthly subscription to be on our app, and each time someone takes a photo, we make a donation to a local food bank that helps provide one meal

By Suzanne Vanderhoef, Producer

to a pantry, so someone in need can access it.” In St. Louis, that donation is made to Operation Food Search, which then distributes the food to more than 300 local food pantries. All you have to do is download the app, snap a photo of your meal at a verified restaurant, and GiftAMeal makes a donation. What’s more, if you share your photo on social media, GiftaAMeal will make a second donation. So far, they’ve provided more than 180,000 meals. “It’s been really beneficial for us as far as like customers coming in who’ve seen us and tagged us, says David Kirkland, Owner and Chef

for Turn Restaurant. “Or I think customers who come in … really want to be part of this great product in this app. They’ll order an extra thing just to take a picture so they can post it and also give back to the charities, so it’s great.” Download the GiftAMeal app and use the promo code HEC when you sign up, they’ll automatically donate a meal to someone in need through Operation Food Search.

By Kristy Houle, Educational Opportunities Coordinator

I come from a long line of veterans and know what it’s like to celebrate and appreciate family members who have served. Each year as the month of November roles around, I swell with pride for my father who served in the Vietnam War and came home with two Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star and a heart full of sadness, remembrance and pride. As a young adult, I sat nervously as my older brother fought with a team of Marines during the Gulf War and as a wife I have felt the panic thinking my husband, an Air Force E5 Staff Sergeant could be called out to duty at any moment. Military families know what it means to serve and feel the stress of that service. Long separations, frequent moves, inconsistent training schedules, late nights in the office and the toll of mental and physical injuries on both the service member and the family can all add up over time. Did you know: More than two million U.S. children have a parent who served in Iraq or Afghanistan and many of these parents have been deployed more than once. The average military family moves every two to three years Deployments typically last one year Sometimes, both parents get deployed at the same time. There are roughly 84,000 dual-military couples in the U.S., and about 36,000 of them have kids. The average military child will change schools six to nine times. Since academic standards and requirements vary by school district, it can be difficult for military kids to maintain good grades. Military families often have to give up their pets. Overseas transfers, deployments and long training exercises can force families to relinquish their pets. But, organizations like Dogs on Deployment and PACT for Animals are working to connect military families with temporary foster volunteers. The unemployment rate among military spouses is more than three

times the nationals average. In 2011, Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden established the Joining Forces Initiative to provide employment and career development opportunities to these military spouses, among other services. More than 52,000 U.S. service members have been wounded in action since 9/11. Thousands more suffer from the invisible wounds of war. Service members divorce less frequently than civilians. Despite the stress of frequent moves and long separations, reports the military divorce rate declined from 3.7 percent in 2011 to 3.1 percent in 2014. Conversely, the civilian rate stayed at 3.6 percent over the same period. Military children are twice as likely to join the military as civilian children. As difficult as military life can be, it does also bring about a deep sense of pride, commitment and service to our country that's difficult to describe unless you've lived it.

As a tribute to our military veterans and families, Educate.Today wants to invite you and your students to celebrate our current military, veterans and their families. Join Educate.Today on Nov. 14, 2018 for a day-long series of interactive programs celebrating the service, pride, and support of Military Service and Military Families. When: November 14th from 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. Central Time How: View Online at and/or via Videoconference You can choose to watch online any time from 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 14 and also can choose to join via videoconference connection for face-to-face interaction for any of the sessions listed below. To enroll, click on the Sign Up button at the top left of the page or e-mail us.



A mobile app created by recent Washington University graduate Andrew Glantz helps do just that.

Celebrating Military Service, Fa m i l i e s Wi t h E d u c at e . To day

The apprenticeship commitment is 10 hours a week for 26 weeks. Each student of the apprenticeship program brings home a share of harvested food each week.

Giving Back by Eating Out with GiftAMeal It’s not uncommon to take a picture of your meal at a restaurant, and then post it online. But did you know, there’s now a way you may be able to turn that photo of your food into actual food for someone in need?

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1. Kehinde Wiley, American, born 1977; “Madame Valmant”, 2018; Courtesy of the artist and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles, California © Kehinde Wiley 2. Kehinde Wiley, American, born 1977; “Jacob de Graeff ”, 2018; Courtesy of the artist and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles, California © Kehinde Wiley 3. Kehinde Wiley, American, born 1977; “Three Girls in a Wood”, 2018; Courtesy of the artist and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles, California © Kehinde Wiley

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