The Pruitt-Igoe Bee Sanctuary proves that art, community building through urban agriculture, and education can have a transformative impact. By inviting young people of North Saint Louis to be in a space where they can explore not only the land they live on, but the cultural climate they are living in exemplifies the kind of creative change making we so admire. Pruitt-Igoe Bee Sanctuary has received awards and grants from the following organization: John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Creative Capital, Art Matters, Graham Foundation, and Grantee Kindle Project Fund of the Common Counsel Foundation.
The Pruitt-Igoe Bee Sanctuary is a proposal for the City of St Louis to transform the urban forest where Pruitt-Igoe housing development once stood into a public space that cultivates community through urban agriculture. Drawing parallels to the depleting population of bees and shrinking cities, this interdisciplinary project-in-progress has the unique opportunity to reignite the conversation about urban abandonment and creative strategies for addressing it.
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