Ever wonder what YOU can do to help stop the violence in St. Louis?
You can use your voice to say “Im ready for the violence to STOP!”
Saint Louis Story Stitchers is creating a new music video of our popular song, “Who’s Ready?”
We are inviting residents to join us in the call and response of the chorus on camera!
At our big event, Peace in the Prairie, from 4:00-6:00, one of Story Stitchers’ lead videographers, Troy Anthony, will be on hand to capture individuals and groups singing the response to the song, “I’m ready! I’m ready for the violence to STOP!” Story Stitchers youth leaders will be on hand to teach you the line and then you’ll go on camera!
Troy Anthony is also one of the videographers who captured bison on film at Prairie State Park for Peace in the Prairie. Troy is an Army veteran and his voice is featured in the film sharing a story about survivor’s guilt from one of his two tours in Iraq. He has been a mentoring artist for youth at a Story Stitchers since 2017, joining us on most major projects and capturing both St. Louis and the work of black artists. Troy also owns a photography studio in St. Louis.
Over the past six years artists at Saint Louis Story Stitchers have visited and documented prairies across the great state of Missouri. Since 2016, the artists have explored and recorded native prairie landscapes via trips to Missouri prairie reserves including Shaw Nature Reserve of the Missouri Botanical Garden in Gray Summit, with the Missouri Prairie Foundation at at Linden’s Prairie in Mt. Vernon, Missouri and at Prairie Star Restoration Farm in Osage County, Prairie State Park in Mindenmines, Missouri in Barton County near Joplin, and Dunn Ranch Prairie of The Nature Conservancy in Hatfield, Missouri. We have visited prairie plantings in Forest Park and at Gateway Arch National Park.
Peace in the Prairie is about healing from violence through spending time in nature. It is about recognizing the causes of violence and seeking solutions through healing. It is about listening to black voices. It is a time capsule of stories and scenes and it is eternal. It is the black experience in America and it also relates to everyone. It is trips to prairies, creative time in natural settings, a respite, time to reflect and rejuvenate. It is an hour long original film, 6 years in the making. It is still active and being realized and created and you are invited to have a part!
To be a part of the music video come to Peace in the Prairie and stop by the Welcome Table to sign up! for a video spot!
Music Video Cameos 4:00-6:00 by appointment.
Stop by the Welcome Table or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot!
April 22, 2022
World’s Fair Pavilion in Forest Park
Saint Louis, Missouri
10:00 AM-9:30 PM
Vendors, presentations, and performances
Main Event 7:00 PM
Performance and Film Screening
Free and open to the public
Come experience Peace in the Prairie!
Vendors, performances, presentations, and an original film providing information and experiences for victims of violence and healing through greater access to Missouri’s public lands!
Visit Eventbrite for free admission tickets, details and to pre-order meals:
The film will also be online for public viewing with captions April 23-30 at storystitchers.org.
Peace in the Prairie is presented with support from Missouri Arts Council, a State Agency, which receives support from the State of Missouri.
Story Stitchers is supported by The Lewis Prize for Music’s 2021 Accelerator Award. The mission of The Lewis Prize is to partner with leaders who create positive change by investing in young people through music.
Additional support for Saint Louis Story Stitchers is provided by the Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund, City of St. Louis Youth at Risk Crime Prevention grant of 2021, March For Our Lives, Edward Jones Community and Philanthropic Giving, and Kranzberg Arts Foundation.