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Woodworker who created “Sinquefield Tables” for Chess Club featured on St. Louis Public Radio

by Dean Minderman

The designer and builder of the custom chess tables used for major Grand Chess Tour events at the St. Louis Chess Club is featured in a story on the St. Louis Public Radio website.

Nate Cohen, a woodworker and the chief financial officer of Cohen Architectural Woodworking, a 70-employee family-run business in St. James, MO, wrote an article for StLPR about how he created the “Sinquefield Tables,” which were unveiled at the 2019 St. Louis Rapid & Blitz Opening Ceremony and later used for for the 2019 Sinquefield Cup.

The tables feature built-in display screens showing information about the game being played to the audience. Each chess board is “fully computerized…to monitor player’s moves, clock times and also display other graphic and player information.” You can read Cohen’s complete story here.

January 2020
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Missouri Arts Council selects Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield as winners of the 2020 Missouri Arts Award for Philanthropy

by Dean Minderman

The Missouri Arts Council has selected Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield of Westphalia as the recipients of the 2020 Missouri Arts Award for Philanthropy.

Presented annually since 1983, the awards recognize “profound and lasting contributions to the artistic and cultural legacy of the state” in six different categories.

The Sinquefields were cited specifically as “ardent supporters of music education and the composition and performance of new music, especially through the University of Missouri in Columbia via competitions, festivals, awards, scholarships, and the leading gift toward a new music building.”

The new building for the University’s School of Music, funded with a $10 million lead gift from the Sinquefields, will open in 2020. In addition, since the Mizzou New Music Initiative was created in 2009, the Sinquefields have made gifts totaling $6.9 million to support its various programs positioning the University as a center for new music and composition.

Those programs include the annual Mizzou International Composers Festival; the Creating Original Music Project (COMP), a statewide composition contest for Missouri students in grades K-12; the Missouri Composers Project (MOCOP), which provides performance opportunities for orchestral and choral works by Missouri composers; and more.

Over the last ten years, the Sinquefields’ gifts have funded a total of 74 full scholarships and graduate assistantships; campus visits from 171 guest performers and composers; and the creation or performance of 512 works of new music, including eleven that have been performed or read by the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

“Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield’s support has been transformative for our composition department and the entire School of Music,” said Julia Gaines, director of the School. “The Mizzou New Music Initiative is a real asset to the University, the community, and the entire state that simply would not exist without their generosity and vision. And looking ahead, the new building for the School of Music will realize a long-held dream for the department, and allow us to continue to grow in many ways.”

An independent panel of Missourians representing the arts community throughout the state selects the honorees from among public nominations. Since the founding of the Missouri Arts Awards, the Missouri Arts Council and the State of Missouri have honored 223 people, organizations, and communities throughout the state.

The other 2020 award winners are William Ash of St. Louis for Arts Education; Bach Aria Soloists of Kansas City for Arts Organization; Grand Center Inc. of St. Louis for Creative Community; Maryfrances Wagner of Independence for Individual Artist; and Quin Gresham of Arrow Rock for Leadership in the Arts. All honorees will receive art glass created by Tyler Kimball, founder and owner of Monarch Glass Studio in Kansas City.

The 2020 Missouri Arts Awards will be presented in a public ceremony on February 5, 2020, in the Capitol Rotunda in Jefferson City. Everyone is invited to attend.

Established as a state agency in 1965, the Missouri Arts Council is a division of the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, and is funded through the Missouri General Assembly, Missouri Cultural Trust, and National Endowment for the Arts.

The Council provides support to not-for-profit organizations through grants, making quality arts programming possible in communities statewide, and also provides expertise in community development, fundraising, marketing, grant writing, arts education, and artistic disciplines.

December 2019
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First-ever Invention Jamboree introduces
Scouts to new technologies and tools

by Dean Minderman

Nearly 400 Scouts, adult leaders and volunteers from Missouri and Kansas attended the first-ever Invention Jamboree presented by the Great Rivers Council of the Boy Scouts of America from Friday, September 13 through Sunday, September 15 at the Lake of the Ozarks Scout Reservation in Gravois Mills, MO.

Taking advantage of the Reservation’s unique features, Scouts who came to the Jamboree got to participate in activities including robotics, welding, blacksmithing, woodworking, graphic design, shooting, climbing, flying radio-controlled drones, conducting search-and-rescue operations using geo-spatial mapping, and more.

All attendees also spent time in the reservation’s Sinquefield Invention Lab, the center of the council’s Invention Campus and Invention Scout program and the only facility of its kind at any Scout camp in the nation.

Experts who were on hand to work with Scouts included professional inventor Steve Goldstein; designer Eric Mosul; Dr. Rob Duncan, former vice chancellor of research at the University of Missouri and currently professor and distinguished chair in physics at Texas Tech; Dr. Annette Sobel, associate professor at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center; and members of the prize-winning robotics team from the FIRST® LASER program at Camdenton High School in Camdenton, MO.

Governor Parson visits the Sinquefield Invention Lab

Missouri Governor Mike Parson also made an appearance at the Invention Jamboree, visiting on Saturday afternoon to observe various activities, meet some of the Scouts and Scout leaders, and even try his hand at operating a radio-controlled aerial drone.

In addition to working directly with Scouts, the guest experts served as judges for the Jamboree’s invention competition. The Scout winner of the competition was Michael Powell of Troop 706 in Columbia, MO, who used CAD software and a 3-D printer to create new designs for “camping beads” collected by Scouts to mark participation in specific campouts and activities. The adult winner was Morgan Dailey of Troop 6, also in Columbia, who used various power and hand tools to build a portable “ladder ball” game.

“The response from everyone who came was overwhelmingly positive,” said Thomas Yang, Invention Scouts Executive and Director of Sinquefield Invention Lab & Program Building. “We think this event is a model for what Scouting can be in the 21st century.” In all, 40 different Scout troops were represented at the event, including eight all-female troops, Yang said, with girls comprising 35% of the total Scout attendance.

With headquarters in Columbia, MO, the Great Rivers Council of Scouts BSA serves youth and adults in 33 counties in central and northeast Missouri. The Council’s Invention Scouts program is made possible by generous support from the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation.

The Invention Jamboree was presented by the Great Rivers Council and co-sponsored by the Missouri Innovation Center and the Buttonwood Business Center, with support from the National Academy of Inventors, VentureWell, ESRI, Saint Louis University Geographic Information Sciences Department, State Technical College of Missouri, and the Midwest Woodworkers Association.

October 2019
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