is an initiative created by a dedicated group of multi-generational Ville residents and volunteers that use interactive storytelling methods to share the history of The Ville, a historic African American community in the heart of St. Louis, Missouri, and inspire new and invigorated ownership of the community.
THE VILLE is a historic African-American neighborhood located in St. Louis, Missouri with a rich history of African-American education, business, and art. Prior to the United States Civil Rights movement, the use of restrictive covenants and other legal restrictions prevented African-Americans from finding housing in most areas of the city. As a result, the African American population of St. Louis became heavily concentrated in and around the Ville. The neighborhood became home to a number of important cultural institutions for the black community, including Sumner High School, Poro College, Lincoln University Law School, Stowe Teachers College, Simmons Elementary, Tandy Rec Center, Sarah-Lou Cafe, Annie Malone Children’s Home, and Homer G. Phillips Hospital.
4theVille is partnering with St. Louis REALTORS, Rebuilding Together and Northside Community Housing to commission a commemorative poster for the 70th anniversary of Shelley v. Kraemer and the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act.
We are seeking professional artists to submit qualifications for the commissioned artwork design process. The selected artist will work closely with the project partners and the community to honor the significance of these two civil rights milestones.
Download the RFQ below and submit your proposal!
Proposals are due by 12AM on July 1st