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Our Mission

CommUNITY Arts STL a 510(c)3 nonprofit organization that mobilizes the local arts community and their resources to aid

Saint Louis's anti-violence efforts

from tragedy to unity

On February 6, 2017 a local dancer, Rain Stippec, and a local fighter were ambushed by two gunmen in Soulard, Saint Louis.  Rain took eight bullets in the back and in just in the first week following the shooting, Rain underwent seven surgeries, most lasting upwards to 5 hours at a time.


In response to this tragedy, Rain's closest artistic friends decided to create a concert to help offset the climbing medical costs.  The concert to grew, to their surprise, to a two-weekend festival in Grand Center featuring

local arts and community organizations


Due to the overwhelming response of the arts community  the team of artists dared to continue using the arts to aid Saint Louis.

Our Catalyst



Listen to founder, Paige Walden-Johnson's personal storytelling session with Campfire at Home Podcast on how CommUNITY Arts came to be

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Our Team


Saint Louis, MO


Executive Director

I am always looking for partnerships and collaborations, feel free to contact me to connect.



(513) 482-0931

With a BFA in Modern Dance and a minor in Psychology from Webster University, Paige believes in the power of the arts as a communicator, educator and healer.  She has performed with Collective Motion and Karlovsky & Company Dance as a company member, and in collaborative freelance work.  Her choreography has been featured by Ashleyliane Dance Company, St. Lou Fringe Festival, and Principia College.

After the shooting of her dance friend, Rain Stippec, Paige decided to refocus her artistic career for the community. While working with the Violence Prevention Commission, local hospitals, law enforcement, and community agencies, Paige to shows St. Louis how impactful an artist can be.

In addition to her work with CommUNITY Arts, Paige is currently the Director of CS Academy at Central Studio and a company dancer with Collective Motion Dance Company.

Board of Directors

Emily Herman


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Bishoppe Kamusinga

Principia School

Laurie Ritchey

Whole Arts


Jane Orr

US Army

Advisory Board

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James “Jim” Nowogrocki

Summers Compton Wells

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Miranda Myles

Posh Creative Studios

Volunteer Team

Interested in joining our team? connect with us on Slack
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Marcus Johnson

Young Artists Rehearsal Director 

Renee's Dance Floor


Jessica Epperson

CommUNITY Volunteer 

St. Louis Children's Hospital


Tonya Reed

Director of LouKidz

B. Elite

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Sarah Diaz

CommUNITY Volunteer

Barnes Jewish Hospital

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Rain Stippec

Survivor, CommUNITY Volunteer

Movement Arts Center


Emma Weidman

CommUNITY Volunteer


Lydia Wood

CommUNITY Volunteer

St. Louis Children's Hospital


Megan Melville

CommUNITY  Volunteer

YAW Choreographer - Rehearsal Director