Thursday, April 27, 2006

The Urban Studio Rehab Nearing Completion

With the help of our amazing volunteer base, we have been rehabbing a storefront next door to Crown Candy Kitchen (incredible homemade ice cream and chocolates since 1913) in historic Old North St. Louis. The storefront will host youth art, music, and capoeira classes, movie screenings, concerts, events, community meetings and just generally bring a spark to the area. Before we started our rehab, the storefront had not been used for decades (right-side boarded up with green boards).

After 8 months of scraping, bashing, vacuuming, bashing some more, plastering, sanding, patching, and painting, we are nearing completion of our rehab. The space has a lot of character with exposed brick, a venetian plaster finish, restored wood floors, and a bright store front. In the days and weeks ahead, we'll be posting pictures of the project. We will be having a grand opening sometime near the end of May or early June, so check back for details. If you would like to be added to our emailing list for announcements of events, classes, art openings, and meetings please email us at Please also send us an email if you are interested in volunteering (teaching, mentoring, community art, etc.), coordinating events (concerts, movies, art openings...), or you would like to learn more.

Below is a photo of the storefront in mid-process. The colors we selected in the store looked much more drab on the street than we expected. Since this photo was taken, we went back to the drawing board, selected new colors and re-painted the store front. The process hasn't been perfect, but it has been a good process because we've learned a lot at every step. In our next update we'll post photos of the brighter store front and some internal before and after shots.