Plese join us for an exciting lecture presented by artist and cultural activist Juan William Chávez
The Pruitt-Igoe Bee Sanctuary
The Pruitt-Igoe Bee Sanctuary is a proposal for the City of St. Louis to transform the urban forest where the Pruitt-Igoe housing development once stood into a public space that cultivates community through beekeeping and preserving 33 acres of green space. Drawing parallels to the depleting population of bees and shrinking cities, this project aims to redirect the conversation surrounding Pruitt-Igoe by developing creative strategies that both memorialize the past and embrace the future. By envisioning potential in urban abandonment, we could transform one of the worst failures of public housing into a leading example of revitalization.
Juan William Chávez
Born in Lima, Peru, Juan William Chávez is an artist, educator and cultural activist that uses art as a ways of researching, developing and implementing creative place making projects and educational art programming that address community and cultural issues. He has received awards and grants from Creative Capital, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Art Matters and the Gateway Foundation. Chávez holds a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
This lecture is presented with support from the Ellen Johnson Fund.
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