Local actress writes letter to Krewson, wants to 'heal the city' with free concert

"Music is a universal language"

Carol Daniel
August 28, 2019 - 1:10 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — "Music is a universal language," Marty Casey told KMOX.

Casey is a local actress who wants the mayor's office to use the language of music in the form of a free concert to "heal the city."

Casey, the founder of Show Me Arts Academy, posted a lengthy letter to St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson on Facebook asking for her support to create the "Stand Up St. Louis" concert.

"I wrote her a letter because I feel it is our responsibility to do whatever we possibly can to fix this epidemic that is happening in our city," Casey said.

Casey said the concert would include organizations focused on mental health and other resources for those in need. 

After the deaths of more than a dozen children in St. Louis since April, Casey said she had to explain to her 6-year-old grandson that he was not going to get shot. 

"That is a worry a child should never have to have. And we as adults, it is our responsibility to fix it in their minds, right now," Casey told KMOX.

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And to those who say a concert isn't going to stop someone who is intent on killing, Casey said, "I have seen music heal a lot of things and a lot of people and a lot of situations down through my years, and I don't think that that's going to go away any time soon. I believe it is a healing agent."

The mayor's office has told KMOX News that Mayor Krewson is supportive of anything that brings awareness to "the tragedies our city is experiencing due to reckless behavior."

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