Thursday, September 22, 2011

Victor Roberts Building: Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Pais Center’s youth photograph their neighborhood for exhibit

The Academy neighborhood in St. Louis once served as the setting for “Meet Me in St. Louis.” More recently it has fallen on hard times with many homes lying in ruins due, in part, to illegal brick scavenging. The neighborhood, bordered by Dr. Martin Luther Kinger Drive, Delmar Boulevard, North Kingshighway Boulevard and Union Boulevard, also boasts relics of its more elegant past and a nod to the future: well-kept older homes, newly renovated houses, busy shopping centers and active street life.

Academy is the setting for “PPRC Photography Project: Pais Youth Development Center,” the newest exhibition for the Public Policy Research Center at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. Children from the nonprofit center, which is based in the neighborhood, took to the streets to capture the more vibrant aspects of their surroundings. They photographed deep turquoise steps of the Christ’s Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church, a close-up of a glossy yellow fire hydrant cap and a vintage red Cadillac against the backdrop of a red brick house adorned with red ribbons.

The colorful exhibit will be on display Sept. 27 to Jan. 8 at the PPRC Photography Gallery in 427 Social Sciences and Business Building at UMSL, 1 University Blvd. in St. Louis County (63121). Gallery hours are from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. An opening reception will be from noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 27 in the gallery.

A duplicate of the exhibit will be on display Sept. 27 to Jan. 8 in the northwest hallway at the Victor Roberts Building, 1354 N. Kingshighway Blvd. in St. Louis (63113). The exhibit can be viewed from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. An opening reception will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Victor Roberts Building.

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