Saturday, February 3, 2018 – Intersect Arts Center held its Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting to a very diverse and enthusiastic crowd.

Built in 1915, the 30,000 sqft former Lutheran seminary building, has undergone historic rehabilitation and will house 25 working artist studio spaces, a dance studio, music recording studio, woodshop, ceramics, metals, printmaking, papermaking, stained glass studios, a commercial kitchen, and a 4,000 square foot gallery space.

Lutheran Development Group (LDG), headed up by Executive Director Chris Shearman, is engaged on behalf of Holy Cross Lutheran Church to redevelop two historic buildings that neighbor their sanctuary at 2650 Miami to provide facilities for a new EAGLE Charter Prep elementary school (3636 Ohio) and Holy Cross’s Intersect Arts Program (3636 Texas). This is EAGLE’s fourth school in St. Louis. The total development cost for both facilities is $6.1 million. Rise serves as the Development Consultant on the project.

Sarah Bernhardt, the program director and visionary at Intersect Arts Center said all 25 private artist studios have already been leased. Memberships will be available for the shared studios. In addition, educational programming is offered for free 6 days a week.

The grand opening featured over 60 local artists photographed by Dave Moore and turned into trading cards to showcase diversity and community among St. Louis artists. More info on the exhibit is available at artistsofstlouis.com. In addition to the art exhibit and ribbon cutting, there were live music, theater, and dance performances throughout the evening.

The official ribbon cutting ceremony took place at 4 PM. The esteemed speakers were:

Pastor Tim Wilkins-Emcee- Pastor, Holy Cross Lutheran Church

Sarah Bernhardt- Adjunct professor at the University of Missouri St. Louis/ Director, Intersect Arts Center.

Casey Carlson – District Vice President, Lutheran Church Extension Fund

Brendan Fahey – Deputy Director, Office of U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill

Jonathan Goldstein-Managing Partner, Advantage Capital

Erik Lintvedt – Project Manager, Rise Community Development

Bob Bernhardt-Pastor, Holy Cross Lutheran Church

This investment is a fantastic asset to the Gravois Park neighborhood and we wish Intersect, all of the artists, and the neighborhood great success!