Catalyst Conversations is a series of casual discussions – some playful, some serious, but all engaging and thought-provoking – in the Arts and Education Council's Catalyst Innovation Lab, a “living room for the arts” on the ground floor of the Centene Center for the Arts.

Each conversation features people who are using their talents and unique experiences to inspire, connect and shape new perspectives. Food, drink and networking is part of each discussion.

The 2019-2020 series will be announced in late summer 2019.

Media support for Catalyst Conversations is provided by St. Louis Public Radio.

St. Louis Public Radio

2018 - 2019 Events 

All Catalyst Conversations will be in the Catalyst Innovation Lab (3547 Olive St, 63103) from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Cocktail hour at 5:00 p.m. | Conversation at 5:30 p.m.

Oct. 23 Exploring the Paranormal with Betsy Belanger, Lemp Mansion paranormal investigator with cider generously provided by Brick River Cider Co.   
Nov. 13 An Artist Discussion with Hana Sharif, The Rep's next artistic director, and Chuck Harper, YoungLiars co-founder and SIUE chair of theater and dance, with cocktails generously provided by Blood & Sand.  
Dec. 4 Cupcakes and Cocktails with Stefani Pollack of Cupcake Project, Chef Elizabeth Schuster of Tenacious Eats and Catherine Neville of Feast. Food and drink generously provided by Cupcake Project and Tenacious Eats  
Feb.13 A Night of Improvised Love Songs with songwriter and composer Adam Maness, poet Jason Vasser-Elong and stand-up comedian Mollie Amburgey. Food and drink generously provided by Schlafly and Lucha.  
March 19 Spring into Innovation in a conversation about the intersection of tech and art with Allyson Ditchey, Connect the Arts founder, and Sheila Burkett, CEO of Spry Digital. Food generously provided by Turn.  
April 9 Improvised Shakespeare with Tom Ridgely, executive producer of Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, and Andy Sloey of The Improv Shop. Hosted by Suki Peters of St. Louis Shakespeare Company. Food generously provided by Gus' Pretzels.  
May 7 An Artist Discussion with Mike Issacson, artistic director and executive producer of The Muny, and host Nicole Hudson  

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