We erase real and perceived divisions through cultural exploration and arts practice

— by stitching together our city.

Mission: To document Saint Louis through art and word to promote understanding, civic pride, intergenerational relationships and literacy.

Goal: Collective artists work alongside twenty 15-24 year old urban youth living in economically disadvantaged areas to collect stories, reframe and retell them using the arts, direct community engagement, storytelling, publishing and the Internet to promote a better educated, more peaceful and caring society.

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It’s Not OK!

Brainstorming Solutions

A SAINT LOUIS STORY STITCHERS TEEN COUNCIL RAP SESSION

ON GUN VIOLENCE

Saint Louis Story Stitchers held the 2016 youth-led videotaped discussion on gun violence called, It’s Not OK! on November 10th in Kranzberg Arts Center’s Black Box Theater. The program created a platform for a lively youth-led discussion with local community leaders to identify problems and solutions and to create an action plan for peace for youth and families affected by gun violence. Stitchers Teen Council Co-Chairs Aniya and Toryon led the discussion.

In this sequel to the 2015 discussion, Not Another One!, youth and adult guests re-opened communication to identify commonality, greater understanding and ways to cooperate and collaborate to heal America’s racial disparities. Teenagers, police and leaders searched for solutions to relevant topics including ways to curb youth gun crime, best practices for police-minority youth interaction, and the no snitching phenomenon.

Stitchers Teen Council’s  Taron and Toryon aka T&T, star in the new music video for the song by Story Stitchers artist in residence Jarmel Reece, titled, It’s Not OK!, addressing for peers and younger kids the dangers of guns. The piece is the title song of the 2016 youth-led gun violence discussion on gun violence prevention. An edited video tape is now in production.

This program was sponsored by the Regional Arts Commission, Kranzberg Arts Foundation, Kranzberg Arts Center, the Institute for Public Health’s Gun Violence Initiative at Washington University in St. Louis, the Steward Family Foundation, the Yvette and John Dubinsky Family Foundation, and Risa Zwerling and Mark S. Wrighton, Ph.D.

Blog about the 2016 discussion

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Saint Louis Story Stitchers will host two open auditions for young actors to stage the Collective’s first play, Not Another One! The play, written and directed by Lauron Thompson, artist in residence at Saint Louis Story Stitchers, with original hip hop music by KP Dennis, artist in residence and the Stitchers Teen Council, is based on a 2015 youth-led discussion with civic leaders and police on gun violence and police/teen interaction entitled Not Another One! A Discussion.

Saint Louis Story Stitchers is seeking youth up to age 24 with acting experience and/or hip hop ability to audition for lead roles. Successful selected performers may receive an honorarium for two final performances, Saturday, February 25th, 2017 on stage at the new .ZACK in the Grand Center Theater District.

Open auditions will be held Friday, December 9th, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and Saturday, December 17th, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Studio Theater in the Kranzberg Arts Center located in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Building in Grand Center. Pre-registration for 10 minute audition slots begins by email at storystitchers@gmail.com or at the door at 9:45 am each session. Youth under 18 years old must have a parent or legal guardian present to register prior to participation. Prepare a one-minute dramatic or comedic audition and be prepared to read from the script.

 

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Perception Isn’t Always Reality: COMMUNITY VIDEO SKETCHBOOK            

Kranzberg Arts Center     

WHAT: The 3rd iteration of the community video sketchbook projection of original works of art and videos created by Collective artists and guests reflecting on the project theme, Perception Isn’t Always Reality.  The Sketchbook will give a glimpse of lives in St. Louis.  Work will be curated by the Collective.  After the screening, Video Sketchbooks are added to Story Stitchers Vimeo page. This year’s Sketchbook will feature a few highlights from the past two years as well as new works.

SUBMISSIONS: All artists age 18 or older residing in the St. Louis city or county and Stitchers Teen Council members. Visit storystitchers.org for more information or email storystitchers@gmail.com.

WHEN: SUBMISSION DEADLINE December 1, 2016 through Friday, January 20, 2017        

VIDEO SCREENING: Grand Center First Friday, February 3, 2017; 7:00 PM, all ages.

WHERE: Kranzberg Arts Center’s Studio Theater, 501 N Grand, St. Louis, MO 63103

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Saint Louis Story Stitchers is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Your donation is tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

The Stitchers Storefront Studio is a recording, editing and publishing studio space.

STITCHERS STOREFRONT STUDIO    

616 N Skinker in the Loop District   Email storystitchers@gmail.com

Stitchers Storefront Studio is a recording-editing-publishing space. Visit us at 616 N Skinker in the Loop District. Open by appointment, for workshops and events.
Stitchers Storefront Studio is a recording-editing-publishing space. Visit us at 616 N Skinker in the Loop District. Open by appointment, for workshops and events.

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The Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective is professional artists and urban youth ages 15-24, working together to create positive social change. We collect local stories and reframe and retell them through art, writing and performance to promote understanding, civic pride, intergenerational relationships and literacy. We are artists-in-residence at Kranzberg Arts Foundation in the vibrant Grand Center Arts District.

Projects create a platform for community engagement through an artistic lens and with it the Saint Louis Story Stitchers work to shift perceptions and realities and bring hope to the Saint Louis community.


A social enterprise based on publishing supports our mission. Our content is the stories of St. Louis. Our content collectors are teens and artists. Our partners are cultural and educational institutions across the city. Our products are indigenous stories retold through performances and publications. Our customer is the public, youth, educators, and tourists. Our message is peaceful co-existence and mutual respect.

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Artists in Residence

Jun Bae, Britt Baker, Theresa Bergman, KP Dennis, Mariana Parisca, Jarmel Reece, Ron Robinson, Lauron Thompson

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Saint Louis Story Stitchers does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran or national guard status, or any other factor prohibited by law in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its programs and/or activities.

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