Amal Walks Across America and Stops In St. Louis One Little Girl. One Big Hope.


June 6, 2023 – Little Amal, the internationally celebrated 12-foot-tall puppet of a 10-year-old

Syrian refugee girl who has been welcomed by more than 250 uniquely created artistic events across the globe since she set out on her initial 5,000-mile trek across Europe in 2021, will embark on an epic 6,000-mile journey across the United States beginning in September with a stop in St. Louis on October 1.


Saint Louis native, Dr. Philip A. Woodmore, a nationally recognized, accomplished vocal performer, is excited to lead the St. Louis team that will bring Little Amal to the Arch Grounds on October 1st.  Dr. Woodmore has been collaborating with the national creative team for the past four months and has built a local committee including the International Institute, the
St. Louis Mosaic Project, COCA – Center of Creative Arts, and local artistic and philanthropic leaders who are excited to welcome this national symbol of hope and humanity to our vibrant community.  More details on the October 1st event will be released in the coming weeks.  


“I wasn’t sure what I was signing up for when I was tapped to lead this effort, but once I learned about Little Amal’s origin story and talked with local experts at the International Institute and the St. Louis Mosaic Project about our region’s long history of welcoming refugees and immigrants, I couldn’t wait to start planning an event that will engage the entire community,” said Dr. Woodmore.

Read more by clicking the link here: LITTLE-AMAL-Press-Release_FINAL.pdf