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Scene from The Barber of Seville at the St. Louis Opera

In this scene from "The Barber of Seville," Christopher Tiesi is Almavivia, Emily Fons is Rosina and Jonathan Beyer is Figaro in Opera Theatre of St. Louis’ 2015 production.
Photos by Ken Howard

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis connects people through art

At a time when opera struggles with declining support and an aging audience, it is thriving in St. Louis. Opera Theatre of Saint Louis is using innovative approaches to make the art form more accessible while being faithful to a broader artistic tradition.

In a 2010 production of Twelth Night, Curio Theater Company takes the stage in Philadelphia's Calvary UMC under an arrangement brokered by Arts in Sacred Places.
Photo by Kyle Cassidy

Making homes for the arts in sacred places

Arts groups need their space, and many older churches have plenty to spare. In a win-win for everyone, a Philadelphia nonprofit is pairing up theater, dance, music and other arts groups with congregations that have underused space.

Lerone Martin

Lerone A. Martin is an assistant professor of religion and politics in the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University in St. Louis.
Photos courtesy of Lerone A. Martin

Lerone A. Martin: African-American clergy became celebrities "preaching on wax"

In the early 20th century, African-American preachers recorded by major record labels helped shape African-American Christianity with their best-selling sermon recordings, says an assistant professor who has written a book on the subject.

Marcos, a student, and instructor Jaki Negreros at work in Newspring's art studio. The organization hopes to encourage teens from the Spring Branch community to think about college and careers in the arts.
Photos by Jeff Fitlow

An artful approach to economic development

Newspring, a Christ-centered nonprofit in the Spring Branch section of Houston, helps children and teens visualize a brighter future by nurturing their artistic talents and skills.

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