In the Shadow of the Arch: Cultural Landscapes in Downtown STL

September 1, 10:45am- 4:20pm

Hosted by the Amy Miller, Assistant Educator at the Kemper Art Museum

How do cities tell stories? In what ways do public art, architecture, and design construct and communicate civic identity and memory? In this excursion students will travel to downtown St. Louis and discuss the history and impact of the recently renovated Gateway Arch, explore Citygarden and Serra Sculpture Park, and read other aspects of the urban landscape along the way. In conversations with Michael Allen, director and architectural historian at the Preservation Research Office, students will dig into the complicated history of the built environment and consider its implications for residents in the present.  

This excursion will be available for up to 12 students.

Physical Requirements: There will be a significant amount of walking involved as the group moves between locations (2-3 miles), and we will be outside in the heat for most of the excursion.