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The Office for Socially Engaged Practice is a hub and a resource to support collaborative, socially engaged practices of art, architecture, and design. Through this support, we will fulfill our institutional responsibility to citizens and communities here in St. Louis and around the world.

Recent Socially Engaged Initiatives

Featured Socially Engaged Opportunities



CityStudioSTL supports a series of community engagement and outreach projects that bring together students in architecture, art, and design with partners in the city of St. Louis. It is generously supported by Gina and Bill Wischmeyer, BA69/MArch71.

Minor in Creative Practice for Social Change

The minor in Creative Practice for Social Change provides students with a deeper understanding of how to use creative practices in art, design, and architecture to address systemic economic, environmental, and social challenges. Creativity is an essential component of social change, particularly in creating new systems and solutions, understanding the fundamental constraints of a challenge, and leading the process of change.

Youth Programs

Engaging youth in the St. Louis community in architecture, art, and design is essential to building a pipeline of students interested in taking on the challenges of the world through creative practice. The programs below connect Sam Fox School students and faculty with youth from the St. Louis region.

University City Public Art

Each year, the parks, plazas, schools, shopping districts, galleries, libraries, and community centers of University City—Washington University’s neighbor to the north—fill with works by Sam Fox School art and design students as part of the University City Public Art Series.

Community Requests

Are you in the St. Louis region and interested in working with students or faculty from the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts?