A new venue for freedom of expression through the spoken and written word is coming to the Grand Center Arts District in St. Louis.

The Kranzberg Arts Foundation’s latest development, The High Low, will be in a two-story building located at 3301 Washington Ave.

Scheduled to open this summer, the space will include a 1,500-square-foot main level café and progressive library featuring rotating collections of inspiring books, magazines, newspapers and articles carefully curated by St. Louis’ literary arts professionals and institutions.

The café will operate daily from early morning into late afternoon/evening with full-service coffee and a fast/casual food service. There will be several seating options and focused work spaces.

Two distinct work spaces will occupy the second floor. The Writers Suite will house the Kranzberg Art Foundation’s forthcoming Writers-in-Residence program designed to support local up-and-coming writers, and attract national and international writers to the community. Additional spaces will be available for rent by local writers on a weekly or monthly basis.

A separate Cooperative Office with eight dedicated office suites will provide a turnkey environment for fledgling arts organizations. Both work spaces will feature access to a writer’s lounge and kitchenette.

A gallery space will host five to six rotating exhibits a year dedicated to literary arts-focused exhibitions. A 200-person capacity performance and event space will be dedicated to literary-arts-focused content from poetry readings to storytelling and literary series to book signings.

“St. Louis has a strong literary arts tradition and has and continues to produce some of the greatest authors, poets and literary arts professionals in the world,” said Chris Hansen, executive director of the Kranzberg Arts Foundation. “The High Low seeks to uplift and nurture that strong tradition, ensuring that there is always a space, time and place where the literary arts can start and graduate.”