Fire. Hammers. A pottery wheel. Some of humanity?s most elemental and primitive tools, yet into the 21st century they remain. And Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design Director
Of Education Programs, Luanne Rimel, attests that they?re some of the coolest. With each season?s catalog of classes, some of the most popular, according to Rimel, let students play with fire, hammer metal into jewelry, or shape a lump of clay into something as fundamentally beautiful as a baby seal mimicking the Mona Lisa?s wry smirk.
At Craft Alliance, the focus is art in all its forms. Whether the tool is the raw flame fusing cut copper or a Mac loaded with Photoshop image-editing software, the intention to inspire and to create remains the same. Its two locations schedule seasonal terms with four- to six-week classes, as well as intensive workshops and children?s classes. Guiding each student along his or her adventure, skilled faculty instruct from experience. Most are working artists who exhibit their work and who have reaped their experience from the trenches of the art world.
Craft Alliance is not just empowering people with knowledge; they are also helping people make mugs, bowls, wooden spinning tops, rings, rugs, and digital photo albums. Many of these things are practical and serve a functional purpose. But many do not?they?re just beautiful things, like vestigial tails. A good number of these pieces are created by hand and are meant to remind us, as Rimel remarked, that everyone can do something different from their everyday, workaday lives by adding beauty to a world that truly needs it.
The student and faculty artists are the backbone of the Craft Alliance community, which in 2014 celebrates its 50th anniversary. The Grand Center location represents a regeneration of an arts district already pillared by the Fabulous Fox Theatre, Powell Symphony Hall, and St. Louis University.
Salon Cosmetique at Vatterott Career College trains tomorrow?s aestheticians and stylists, giving beauty students practice perfecting their craft. Hair, nails, makeup, facials, waxing, and eyebrow tinting are all offered in this busy teaching salon, and all treatments are completed by students under the supervision of licensed instructors.
The staff members at Sylvan Learning Center's numerous study facilities understand that each child learns differently. Therefore, they don’t try to implement a uniform tutoring system; instead, they design custom lesson programs based on the results of standardized testing, diagnostic tools, and one-on-one interviews.
Tutors work with students from kindergarten through grade 12, illuminating topics ranging from basic reading and writing to remembering complex algebraic formulas without having them tattooed on your chest. Many of Sylvan’s instructors work in local schools, so they are intimately familiar with common curricula and understand how to gear lessons toward optimal results. After-school and summer classes can ready high-schoolers for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students to wow college-admissions officers with their superior essay-writing skills.
By working one-on-one with at-risk students throughout the school year, AmeriCorps tutors can effectively identify learning obstacles, target each child's individual needs, evaluate students' progress, and develop strong mentoring relationships. Since 2006, 91 percent to 100 percent of students who participated in the tutoring program ended the school year at their target reading grade levels or higher.
For more than six decades, Stanley Steemer has expunged dirt and stains to produce happy, gleaming homes. The clean-centric company’s experienced technicians journey to sullied homesteads, unleashing their dexterous digits on a variety of surfaces to evict dulling debris accumulated from foot traffic, spills, and indoor meteor showers. Degunk a grimy carpet ($42 for rooms up to 300 square feet), or evict the dirty inhabitants from tile and grout work ($0.75 per square foot). Stanely Steemer also upholds the inherently sparkling nature of upholstery, air ducts, and hardwood floors. Clean-seeking homes in the Illinois counties of Madison, Calhoun, Saint Clair, and Monroe and in the Missouri counties of St. Louis, Jefferson, Franklin, St. Charles, Warren, and Lincoln (except 63019) are all within Stanely Steemer’s scouring, degriming grasp.
The Edison Theatre's Ovations series entertains sensory mechanisms with eclectic music, theater, and dance performances. Renowned Irish ensemble Danú has shared its authentic ballads and in-time foot taps with audiences throughout the world, including the president of Ireland. Accompanied by flute, button accordion, fiddle, bouzouki, and other traditional Irish instruments, they'll allow crowds to legally eavesdrop on their blend of ancient native tunes and contemporary pieces.