Arts-Based Community Development Convening
Transforming Post-Industrial Cities through Art and Innovation
April 12 through 14, 2012 - St. Louis

Jane Ellen Ibur

St. Louis, Missouri

Jane Ellen Ibur

Jane Ellen Ibur, poet/ arts educator, is Lead Faculty for the Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute and serves on the faculty for the CAT graduate program TIGER. Ibur received a Visionary Award from Grand Center for Outstanding Arts Educator, has twice been honored by the Missouri Scholar’s Academy, and received a World of Difference Award from the Anti-Defamation League. She is an award winning poet who for the past 25 years has taught writing to all ages in jails, homeless shelters, public schools, residential schools, residences for teen mothers, museums, social service agencies, Alzheimer patients and elders, to name a few. She is a pioneer in creative education with prisoners. She co-directs the Gifted Writers Project for middle and high school writers ( Her commissioned site-specific poetry stands on the floodwall along the Mississippi River. She writes like her hand’s on fire; she thinks everybody should.


Training to do the Work: Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute

Day 2 / Apr, 13 @ 1:30 pm
Top Floor : Starlight Room

A national model since 1997 and the oldest sustained training of its kind in the country, the CAT Institute facilitates cross-sector training of community art partners. Strong arts programs that amplify the voices of communities, regenerate neighborhoods and create significant vehicles for positive social change are among the Institute’s goals.