Emily Rauh Pulitzer established an endowment in 2004 to support joint collaborative projects between the Sam Fox School and the Pulitzer Arts Foundation that enhance the creative life of St. Louis. This endowment has spurred a variety of collaborative endeavors.
Multidisciplinary artist and activist Jordan Weber has earned a national reputation for his projects investigating the intersection of social justice and environmental racism. He is exploring questions of incarceration and healing in St. Louis as artist-in-residence for a new project centered on the “Close the Workhouse” campaign. The initiative is a collaboration between the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, the Sam Fox School, and Washington University’s new Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Equity (CRE2).
A Sustaining Arts Practice Fund (ASAP Fund) provided relief to practicing artists, architects, and designers facing significant financial hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund, totaling $100,000, sought to support creative workers who are facing significant financial hardship caused by the current crisis.
PXSTL—an acronym that stands for the Pulitzer, Sam Fox School, and St. Louis— launched in 2013. The program was initially based on a national competition to design and build a temporary, site-specific structure that functions as a venue for community-based and site-specific programming, while activating a vacant lot in the Grand Center neighborhood of St. Louis. The first two iterations of PXSTL yielded Lots, developed by Freecell Arcihtecture in 2014, and A Way, Away (Listen While I Say), developed by Amanda Williams and Andres L. Hernandez in 2017.
Lots was the inaugural site-specific installation developed by Freecell Architecture, was on view at 3713 and 3719 Washington Blvd. May 9-October 5, 2014. Lots encouraged active audience engagement through a temporary construction composed of a platform, canopy, and fabric. It served as a space for outdoor performances, social gatherings, and public and education programs in the Grand Center neighborhood of St. Louis. Located across the street from the Pulitzer building, the Lots structure was open to the public and accompanied by a series of curated public programs, including those supported by Community Program Grants.