National recording artist and UMSL alum Mr. Brian Owens has been appointed as the first Des Lee Fine Arts Community Music Artist in Residence. Brian has a passion for both music and his community and, through this appointment, hopes to both reach out to the St. Louis community, especially Ferguson and the North County communities, with music, education, and mentoring opportunities.

The Des Lee Fine Arts Community has already sponsored a “Lunch and Learn” with the Grammy award-winning group Take 6 for an audience of around 100 individuals. Other similar events are being planned, along with exploration of community music ensembles and lessons for students.