Artists, musicians, poets, performers and all creative citizens are invited to submit project proposals for Artica 2018: MississipEpiphany. Artica is a multi-media, outdoor participatory arts festival developed to provide St. Louis with the opportunity to come together as a community through creative expression. Artica’s philosophy is one of openness and inclusion. All are welcome to create, participate and celebrate on this sacred heritage site.
The Indus, the Nile, the Tigris and Euphrates, the Yangtze.
Any glance into early human civilizations very quickly reveals a singular natural force: a River. Small, isolated bands or tribes could make do with minor water sources; but for people to gather, to come together in numbers sufficient to produce culture, required a River of some significance.
A River delivered food, in the form of fish and the game that was attracted; a River provided water, for drinking, for sanitation, for the earliest attempts at agriculture; a River’s annual flood cycles refreshed the fertility of soil; and a River permitted travel, and eventually contact and exchange with others. A River created the conditions which birthed culture.
Epiphany comes to us from the ancient Greek, meaning a revelation, a revealing, a making seen or evident.
The Mississippi-- from the Ojibwa Mshi-, meaning “Big”, and ziibi, meaning “waters”-- is this continent's central River corridor, and, as such, created the cradle for the native civilization which preceded us, and later provided the means for our exploration and eventual settlement of the third largest country on Earth.
ARTICA began more than a decade and a half ago, as a celebration of and beside this natural, creative force.
ARTICA 2018: MississipEpiphany is the next installment in that annual flood cycle of community and creativity.
Artica 2018 will take place on Friday, October 12th, Saturday, October 13th from noon to midnight and on Sunday, October 14th from noon to 10:00pm. The Cotton Belt Rail Depot and the Mississippi River create a dynamic and historic backdrop for the festival which takes place at 1400 N. 1st St, St. Louis, MO 63102.