"As a person with social anxiety, art has always been my outlet. It is this experience, this sensation, that I hope to bring to the community through art." --Jessica Johnson, Community Arts Director
A Red Circle Arts
We are driven and inspired creatives who stand for black empowerment through art and creativity. Our five-year mission is to help the North St. Louis County community to achieve a high quality of life, using a practice called Art-Based Placemaking, a.k.a. Creative Placemaking.
The Creative Spot (by A Red Circle)
In November 2022, the A Red Circle team prepared, cleaned and furnished The Creative Spot (by A Red Circle) in Ferguson. The space will host crafters, artists, musicians, workshop leaders, and more!!
This will be space for healing in the North St. Louis County community.
Art in the Garden
Art in the Garden is a community-based project that aims to assist A Red Circle and partners in raising awareness of the Healthy Community Market and the North County Agricultural Education Center. Volunteers will help us create art kits for participants of the market. In addition, volunteers will also create decorations for, and plant flowers at, the gardens. Sign up below to get involved!
Kwanzaa Principles Guide Our Work All Year
Kwanzaa celebrates what its founder called Nguzo Saba, the seven principles of African Heritage.
1. Umoja (Unity): To strive for and to maintain unity in the family and community. 2. Kujichagulia (Self-determination): To define and name ourselves, as well as to create and speak for ourselves. 3. Ujima (Collective work and responsibility): To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers' and sisters' problems our problems and to solve them together. 4. Ujamaa (Cooperative economics): To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together. 5. Nia (Purpose): To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness. 6. Kuumba (Creativity): To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it. 7. Imani (Faith): To believe with all our hearts in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.