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Redefining ex-felons, and why you should go to prison… to see a play

March 3 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am

Arts organizations such as St. Louis’ Prison Performing Arts have nearly eliminated recidivism for participants that continue after confinement in their Prison Performing Arts Alumni Theater Company.

Through personal experience of going from nursing professor to drug addict, our speaker Julie Antonic will share how this arts organization transformed her life, as well as countless others across the country. The stigma of being an ex-felon creates huge barriers when felons return to their communities. When prisoners and ex-prisoners are given a voice, that platform can change everything.

All Sunday Programming

9:45–10:45 a.m. Forum
9:45–10:45 a.m. Youth Activity Hour
10:55 a.m. to Noon Ethical Education Classes
11 a.m. to Noon Platform
Noon to 1 p.m. Pledge Lunch
12:30–1:30 p.m. Finding Connections Book Club
7–9 p.m. Creative Writing Night

Complimentary childcare available for ages 0-5 in our nursery from 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Stream on YouTube


Julie Antonic

In Act I of Julie Antonic's life, she was a travel RN, an adjunct professor of nursing, and became an addict after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. In Julie's current Act II of her life, she is an actress, playwright and spokesperson for Prison Performing Arts. She is an artist and co-owner of Altitude Video Production, which produces aerial cinematography for events, real estate and more. She recently did a talk at TEDxSt.Louis Women, and lives in Blue Springs, Missouri. There she is the secretary of the friendliest yacht club on the planet and sails a 52 year old sailboat with her wife.


This Platform will feature music by Patrick Rafferty, an active performer and teacher, who concertizes across the Midwest and teaches in a variety of studio and classroom settings across the area. A polished interpreter of the traditional guitar repertoire, he is equally at home in a wide range of popular and world music styles. Patrick has extended his interests to early guitar repertoire with a focus on Baroque guitar, 19th Century Guitars and the music that was written for them. Patrick currently serves on the guitar faculty of Southeast Missouri State University, Saint Louis University and the Webster Community Music School.


March 3
11:00 am - 11:30 am
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9001 Clayton Road
St. Louis, MO 63117
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