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

Things To Do

The convening’s location at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel is within minutes of many St. Louis attractions. The Chase is in the Central West End neighborhood full of restaurants and shops and just across the street from the popular Forest Park.

On Thursday, April 12 at 3 pm, join Michael Allen, architectural historian, for a Walking Tour. This 90 minute walking tour of the Central West End neighborhood will be an introduction to the community’s built environment, and how throughout history it has been shaped in relation to the rest of the city. Meet outside the the movie theater box office at the Chase’s south entrance.

Chase Park Plaza Hotel is also fifteen minutes by car to downtown, and about twenty to thirty minutes to south side hubs such as Soulard and Cherokee Street as well as north side neighborhoods like Hyde Park and Old North.

St. Louis is bursting with activity, culture, history, and art, and we encourage you to explore and experience the city as much as possible. From our free museums to our staggering residential and commercial architecture, you will find yourself amidst STL’s best features at the Rustbelt to Artist Belt : At the Crossroads Convening.

Forest Park

Most associated with the legacy of the 1904 World’s Fair, Forest Park features numerous museums, one of the nation’s best zoos, interesting restaurants, miles of trails, and on the simplest level, many beautiful sights.

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Downtown and Riverfront

Explore the city’s riverfront and downtown area, which, since its founding in 1764 has been responsible for St. Louis’ early rapid development and commerce. Eero Saarinen’s modern marvel, the Gateway Arch; the mid-19th century Old Courthouse, where Dred and Harriet Scott sued for their freedom; the historic levee district known as Laclede’s Landing, where W.C. Handy wrote the “St. Louis Blues”; and the world-famous innovation of the City Museum are merely a handful of places to start your tour of this deeply rooted historic section of St. Louis.

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For a Comprehensive List of Attractions and Events throughout the City, visit: Explore St. Louis