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Forest Park Hosts Intercultural ArtsFest

March 21, 2014

From Native American storytellers to a Midwest drum conference and video game designers, this year’s Intercultural Artsfest at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park features a broad offering.

Events kicked off this week for the annual festival that runs through April 25. All programs are free and open to the public. Most are in either Café East or West in the Student Center, unless noted.

"Each spring, our Intercultural Arts Festival celebrates the expressive and creative diversity of our campus and the colorful synergy of the many cultures and communities it serves," said Dan Yezbick, global education coordinator.

Highlights include:

“Life Behind the Lens: The Wild World of Local Independent Filmmaking”
March 24, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Café West
Josh Coppenbarger shares his personal journey as a producer, teacher and media maestro. From educational projects and TV production to local history and culture, Coppenbarger does it all with style and success.

“Black Folks in Rural Space”
April 4, 9-10 a.m. and 11 a.m.-noon, Café West
Michael Odom, award-winning University of Illinois American literature instructor, explores the political, racial and regional conflicts described in Jon Lewis and Nate Powell’s “March Vol. 1.” Following 11 a.m.-noon will be a special presentation on Max Brooks’ international sensation, “World War Z,” and the redrawing of human “tribal boundaries” in zombie culture, including the AMC hit series, “The Walking Dead.”

North American Frame Drum Association Midwest Conference
April 4, 8 p.m., Theatre
Tambourine-like instruments from around the world will be played in beautiful and exciting ways. There also will be workshops and clinics April 5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in the theater.

“Native American Storytelling Performance”
April 8, 9:30-11 a.m., William J. Harrison Education Center, 1430 Cass Ave.; and 12:30-1:30 p.m. T-203 at Forest Park
Jim Two Crows Wallen shares the history of the Native Americans during the westward expansion. Two Crows brings the myths and legends to the mind’s eye of his listeners.

“C4: The STL Comics Explosion”
April 21, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Café West
In 2010, a writer and an artist wanted to meet others in St. Louis who made comics. That’s what inspired them to create their own meet-up group for indie comic creators here in town. Come hear how they founded and run C4: Comic Creators’ Coffee Club with 100-plus members dedicated to connecting and promoting STL creators and comics.

For the complete list of events, click here.

For more information, contact Yezbick at 314-644-9910 or dyezbick@stlcc.edu.