Inaugural CityStudioSTL Faculty Grants

Photo courtesy of Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective.

Posted by Liz Kramer April 29, 2016


The Sam Fox School awarded two faculty its inaugural CityStudioSTL Faculty Course Grants, which are intended to encourage community-engaged teaching in St. Louis.

Faculty proposed mutually beneficial collaborations involving organizations, agencies, or individuals outside of Washington University. A jury of tenured faculty and community engagement staff awarded funding up to $2,000 to support the following courses:

Segregation by Design: A Historical Analysis of the Impact of Planning and Policy in St. Louis (A46 ARCH 457B)
Taught by assistant professor Catalina Freixas and Mark Abbott of Harris-Stowe State University, this course seeks to examine the role of planning and design in fostering and maintaining segregation in American cities, including St. Louis. Students will create specific neighborhood plans to address challenges facing St. Louis communities, supported by mentors from both design and the humanities. The course will run in fall 2016, and is presented as part of The Divided City, a four-year urban humanities initiative organized by the Sam Fox School and the Center for the Humanities in Arts & Sciences, with support from the Mellon Foundation. More information about The Divided City is available here.

URGENT: Activism in Art and Design (A46 ARCH 430A)
In this course, lecturer Susan Colangelo will connect students with the Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective, a nonprofit organization made up of professional and teenage artists working together to document St. Louis through art and word to promote understanding, civic pride, intergenerational relationships, and literacy. During the fall 2016 semester, students will examine the lack of access to higher education for some populations in St. Louis due to intergenerational poverty, segregation, and lack of resources. They will then develop proposals that engage the Collective in addressing these challenges.

About CityStudioSTL

CityStudioSTL is an initiative inspired by Design for Excellence, the Sam Fox School's 10-year strategic plan. Originally offered in partnership with Washington University's Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Gina and Bill Wischmeyer, BA69/MArch71, this program has supported a series of community engagement and outreach projects in the city of St. Louis over the past five years. More information is available here>>

About CityStudioSTL Faculty Course Grants

CityStudioSTL Faculty Course Grants are open to all teaching faculty affiliated with the Sam Fox School. Funding may support existing community-engaged courses, adding a component of community-engaged teaching to an existing course, or developing and executing a new community-engaged course. Students must be involved in socially engaged and collaborative work with a St. Louis-based partner. Grant applications are typically due in the spring semester. More information is available here>>