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.

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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

Download RFQ

Why Submit?

receive a $1500 award

participate in community design

invest in North St. Louis

celebrate black history

Am I Eligible?

this competition is for professional artists

artists or design teams may submit a proposal in accordance with the RFQ guidelines.

How To Submit?

download Request for Qualifications

submit by email:

submit by mail: 4067 Lincoln Avenue St. Louis, MO 63113

Educational Curriculum

Curriculum will be developed for high school students in the region to learn the rich history of the Ville while also being exposed to new career paths.

Self-Guided Tour Apps

Phone applications will be developed so that those interested can explore the Ville and its many landmarks on their own.

Heritage Walk

A vacant neighborhood lot will be transformed into a park to honor notable residents and encourage healthy living.

Augmented Reality Tour Enhancements

4theVILLE will harness the power of augmented reality to bring back to life elements of the community that are gone but not forgotten.


We will work with local vendors to design and sell paraphernalia for your favorite people, places, and memories from the ville.

Mobile Museum

4theVILLE will work with community artists to repurpose a metro bus into an interactive mobile museum and tour bus to travel around the city sharing the rich history of the Ville.