I Scream CAKES!

Teen Council members are participating in a project to document issues related to recent incidents in Ferguson, MO through the Nine Network Public Television station and United Story.

Here Council members videotape an interview with Kerry Soraci, owner of I Scream Cakes, a delicious and unique ice cream shoppe on Cherokee Street. Of course, we had to taste, too…!


Looking Ahead on New Year’s Eve

Teen Council members explore career paths they are interested in…here Council members look ahead on New Year’s Eve and taste the artistic masterpieces of Chef David Kirkland at Osage Cafe on Olive Street. David shared the story of his career and insights into the path to becoming a chef. We tasted a delicious bruschetta with an onion jam and Gruyere cheese… and wonderful desserts—YUM!!! The teens learned there is no short path to becoming a chef — its a lot of hard work, years in the kitchen and learning as you go but if food is your passion and you enjoy feeding people healthy and creative dishes then it can be a great way to earn your living! Thanks for sharing with us Chef Kirkland!! Happy New Year!!!


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Treasuring Community

Rick Lowe is a nationally recognized artist who has served his community in Houston with a project called Project Rowe Houses for over 20 years. I visited him there once about 9 years ago. He was playing checkers with some neighbors in the community house. He is a pleasant, easy-going man. He got up and showed me around the Project, picking up a small piece of trash from the grass as we talked. He is a leader in social practice in Houston and beyond and now also a MacArthur fellow.

Here’s to you Rick! Congratulations!


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The circular symbol in our logo comes from the West African Adinkra symbol called Adinkrahene, chief of the Adinkra symbols. It stands for greatness, charisma and the importance of playing a role in community leadership.

Adinkra cloth is hand-stamped in Ghana and worn by people in a variety of social and festive gatherings. Adinkra symbols express various themes related to the history, beliefs, and philosophy of the Asante people of Ghana. Sometimes they are related to wisdom as taught through traditional proverbs. Adinkra cloth has been called story cloth, as numerous symbols are stamped in blocks on one cloth, perhaps telling the story of a person’s life.

I have stitched this simple design many times. It is a beautiful symbol of community.

We want to give a shout out to Jessica Colangelo who designed it for us during her visit this week to St. Louis. Thanks Jesse!


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