Bread for Work
Bread for Work was a 3-day event developed by St. Louis-based artist and museum programmer Alex Elmestad and Kansas City-based artist and baker Sean Starowitz. The project occurred on August 15-17, 2014 at Lots, a site-specific installation developed by Freecell Architecture for PXSTL. Located across the street from the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts at 3713 & 3719 Washington Boulevard, PXSTL was initiated to explore how small-scale interventions can spur long-term revitalization and to provide the public with an outdoor space for cultural activity in the heart of the Grand Center neighborhood.

During Bread for Work, edible bread tokens were offered to the public in return for goods or services to be rendered at a specified time. This created an exchange similar to a time bank, and provided the public with substantial nourishment for their work. The Cowry Collective Time Bank (CCTB) was onsite to facilitate and track the exchanges between members of the public. Local bakeries, such as Companion, Panera (St. Louis) Bread Company, Black Bear Bakery, and Kansas City based Farm to Market Bread Company supplied the bread tokens. Various conversations and workshops occurred with collaborators, individuals, unions, and others throughout the implementation of the exchanges. All monies, both bread tokens and US currency, paid to key collaborators or the public in the project acted as symbols that generated greater awareness of current labor related issues in America.


Alex Elmestad is an artist, museum programmer, educator, and curator. Collaborating with numerous creative professionals and working on an interdisciplinary scale his practice takes on a variety of forms and media. Often drawing from architecture, history, scientific research, and popular culture his work explores civic issues, spatial experimentation, and the complexity of human relationships. Projects are always public, participatory, or sensory and his practice revolves around the meaning of cultural production today and its accessibility for all.

Sean M. Starowitz’s work is executed in a variety of social, political, and community engaged contexts. Notable projects include Wheels for Meals, BREAD! KC and Byproduct: The Laundromat. He has also explored curatorial projects such as The Speakeasy, and Vagabond, Kansas City’s premiere pop-up restaurant. He has contributed writings to Proximity Magazine and Temporary Art Review, and has lectured at Queens College in NY, UCLA’s World Arts and Cultures Department, and the 2012 Mid-America College Art Association Conference. He currently resides in Kansas City, Missouri as the artist-in-residence at the Farm To Market Bread Company. He is a 2010 graduate of the Interdisciplinary Arts program at the Kansas City Art Institute and a 2012 Rocket Grant recipient with support from the Charlotte St. Foundation, Spencer Museum of Art and the Andy Warhol Foundation.

About Lots
Lots encourages active audience engagement through a temporary construction composed of a platform, canopy, and fabric. Lots will serve as a space for outdoor performances, social gatherings, and public and education programs in the Grand Center neighborhood of St. Louis. Located across the street from the Pulitzer building, the Lots structure will be open to the public from May 9 through October 5, 2014, and will be accompanied by a series of curated public programs, including those developed from community proposals.

About Freecell Architecture
Founded by Lauren Crahan and John Hartmann, Freecell Architecture creates site-specific, three-dimensional constructs that transform and question the use and perception of space. Their drawings, installations, and furniture address issues of scale, movement, and environment. The team works to find a balance between the functional and experimental—providing both a solution to a need, as well as an opportunity to expand understanding of objects and space.

Community Program Grants
The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts has announced the thirteen recipients of its grants for public programs taking place at the site of the inaugural PXSTL installation. Full news story>>