NEXT TO NORMAL: The Thelonius Monk Story

Next to Normal: The Thelonius Monk Story will tackle the issues of mental illness as it relates to disparities in health care, police interaction, education, and social acceptance. Not only will we celebrate the musical genius of Thelonius Sphere Monk, but we will explore the pervasive misdiagnosis and discriminatory practices toward him and the societal stigma that plagued his career and continues to carry on in today’s society. We will also celebrate the importance of creative self-expression through the arts and how Monk stood firm to pursue his art without compromise.

On June 12, following the performance, Dr. Gerald Early, Chair of African and African-American Studies at Washington University, will give a talk and Q&A about the life and times of Thelonious Monk. Heather McDonnell, MSW, Outreach Specialist of NAMI-St. Louis will facilitate a panel discussion on living with and overcoming the challenges posed by mental illness.

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A Call to Conscience will be performing Times a Getting Harder: Stories of the Great Migration for the Grand Center Theater Crawl, taking place June 28th and 29th of 2019.  The production will chronicle individual stories of hardship & triumph of African Americans’ burning desire to control their own destinies in the hostile environment of Jim Crow racism. They pulled up long planted roots leaving lives behind in the South and ventured north in search of opportunity and equality. The stories re-counted through narrative, music, and slides describe true accounts of both individual lives and collective experiences of people who participated in and witnessed the Great Migration firsthand.

Grandy Center Theater Crawl is free to the public.

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C2C would like to thank all who participated and donated to our cause for Give STL Day!  Although we did not reach our goal, we are grateful for the donations we did received and excited for the documentary of Annie Malone.  We are always accepting donations to our causes which assists us in bringing free historical programming to you!
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A Healthy Community is a Diverse Community!

Once again, Give STL Day and its 24-hour day of online giving will shine the spotlight on our region’s vast assortment of nonprofits, their missions, and the extraordinary ways they make St. Louis special.  Save the date of May 1st to give to your favorite non-profits in St. Louis!

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The funds acquired from Give STL Day will be used to produce a documentary about St. Louis icon, Annie Minerva Turnbo Pope Malone, highlighting her as a scientist and an inspiration that falls in line with the promotion of STEM.


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Scheduling Donations are Open!

If you are worried you will let the 1st of May come and go without contributing to your only interactive theater for social change, you can schedule your donation!  Anytime between April 2 and May 1st, you can set the dollar amount that you plan to donate.  This is a wonderful feature if you plan to give to several St. Louis Non-Profits!

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We are pleased to announce the collaboration between A Call to Conscience, The Annie Malone Historical Society, and the Missouri History Museum’s performance of “Celebrating the Power of Dreams: The Annie Malone Story” attracted full houses on both Saturday and Sunday with Sunday being a standing room only!

We could not be more grateful of this accomplishment.  Sasha Turnbo, great granddaughter of Annie Malone, and Edna Smith, a Poro College Graduate, were in the attendance and were recognized, ecstatically, with applause.

Two on the Aisle gave a positive review of the production.