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Celebrating the creative spirit of St. Louis


Artica is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to the arts community of St. Louis with over 16 years of supporting artists and creators of all ages and backgrounds. Throughout the year, we host workshops to nurture the curiosity and resourcefulness of youth, artist engagement events where conversations and ideas are stimulated and shared, and spontaneous parades through neighborhoods such as Cherokee Street, Tower Grove, South Grand, and Grand Center. Artica Festival is a celebration that inspires collaboration between artists and fosters the development of new, contemporary works of art. This free, unconventional art festival is the culmination of our efforts to promote the advancement of local artists year round.

The festival is filled with site-specific installation art and performances created by professional artists from the St. Louis metropolitan area. An overlapping schedule of events including music, dance, theater, poetry, video, film and performance art will encourage the audience to move around and experience Artica from different perspectives. We emphasize interactive, participatory art that takes its inspiration from the history and environment of the Near North Riverfront.




Our Team

The Founders


Hap Phillips and Nita Turnage

The brainchild of Nita Turnage and Hap Phillips, Artica celebrated its first festival in 2002 with Exploring the Edge. Phillips and Turnage were inspired by the history and landscape on the riverfront and decided to reintroduce life to the urban wasteland. Artica invites St. Louis artists to peruse the land, lay claim to a spot (be it a thicket of brush, a gathering of trees or the remnants of a lost building) and create heaven within.

"The Artica festival is unlike any other festival in St. Louis.  From the unique post-industrial setting to the interactive nature of the event, Artica lives and breathes creativity and innovation. We have taken a very unconventional space that is decaying and ignored and turned it into a playground for artists and participants of all ages. Every person who attends must interact in some way… simply getting to the event requires interaction with the landscape and its history."


Board of Directors


D Lohr Barkley



Josh Wolf


Dr. Bill Russell

Vice President


Audrey Simes



Elizabeth McDonald



Nina Ganci




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Funded in part by the Arts and Education Council