Sophie Lipman
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Who is Sophie?

I am a community arts organizer and facilitator based in St. Louis, Missouri.

 

I collaborate with artists and activists to bring co-created projects to life, using the arts to connect people, build relationships, share under-heard and under-acknowledged stories, foster empathy, find collective power in our creativity, see ourselves and each other through new lenses, and become better neighbors. I also see myself as a weaver - one of relationships, ideas, and support; someone who seeks to connect similar or seemingly disparate threads, bringing them together in a united tapestry of collaboration.

I currently serves as the Public Programs and Engagement Manager at Pulitzer Arts Foundation, where I assist in the management and coordination of large-scale commissions as well as works to engage neighbors and other community members as integral partners in Pulitzer programming.

 

Experience

Fellowships and Distinguished Roles 
2017, StartingBlock Fellow, New York
2016-present, Regional Arts Commission, Citizen Review Panelist
2016, CULTURE/SHIFT, Kitchen Cabinet Member
2015, Community Arts Training Fellow

Project Management 
2015-present, Pulitzer Arts Foundation, Public Programs and Engagement Manager; commissions managed:
            2017, A Way, Away (Listen While I Say)
            2016, 4562 Enright Avenue 
            2014, Lots
2014-present, FoodSpark, Co-Organizer 
2015, United Story Summit, Co-Organizer

Facilitation 
2017, Witnessing Whiteness, Co-Facilitator 
2015-present, FoodSpark, Co-Organizer

Teaching
2015, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Teaching Artist
2014, Center of Creative Arts, Arts Teacher
2013, Missouri History Museum, K-12 Educational Interpreter 

Exhibitions, Collections, Publications 
2017
Art in America, “Staying Put”, James McNally

2016
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection, Mirror Casket 
Smithsonian Magazine, "The Powerful Objects From the Collections of the Smithsonian’s Newest Museum",           Angela Davis 

2015
IMPTXDESIGN.14/15., Regional Arts Commission
With Not For, Regional Arts Commission
FoodSpark Showcase, 14th Street Community Artist Gallery

2012
Graphic Impressions: The Newsletter of SGC International
Hard To Get: Printmaking BFA Show, Des Lee Gallery, St. Louis
Varsity Art XVI – Art Saint Louis
Prepared: Strategies for Activists, Spencer Museum of Art