Youth, ages 16-24 years old, discuss current topics in live podcast recordings on stage from 6:00-7:00 pm. Following an intermission, guest artists perform live sets or host open mic’s. Learn about the community through the words of young leaders and join them to get to know some of St. Louis’s outstanding black artists.
StitchCast Studio LIVE!
Live Podcast Recording Session
The WHY of Artist and Art Form
+ Cheeraz Gormon
Poet and Storyteller
Friday, April 29, 2022
3524 Washington Ave, 63103
“Described as a multipotentialite, St. Louis native, Cheeraz Gormon is a cross genre writer, multi-medium storyteller, and public speaker whose work spans across the art forms of poetry, essay writing, photography, film production, music, and advertising. She is a community centered social entrepreneur, and helping professional devoted to the visibility, care, and healing of underserved, and marginalized populations.
As a poet, and storyteller, Cheeraz has opened for Dr. Cornell West, Dr. Dennis Kimbrow, MacArthur Genius honoree, Dr. Deborah Willis, and has hosted events for Left Bank Books in St. Louis, MO, and St. Louis Public Radio. She is a 2x TEDxGatewayArch speaker, and her poetry has been featured in Ebony Magazine, Huffington Post, St. Louis Public Radio, and performed on stages nationally, and internationally
In Saint Louis Story Stitchers’ StitchCast Studio, youth, ages 16-24, lead meaningful dialogues that inspire original content in mentor-led workshops based on participants’ lived experiences in economically disadvantaged, high crime areas. Podcasts focus on the streets, gun violence, and finding solutions to issues that are coming at our youth hard. The project goal is to gain greater understanding of the needs and desires of the youth served and to give them an amplified voice to create needed changes in society, to support youth in a successful transition to adulthood, and to reduce youth crime in St. Louis. Youth artists use dialogue, original poetry, and music to highlight their personal experiences with gun violence, life transitions, and mental health, promoting mutual respect for diverse ideas, greater understanding, and a more peaceful society.
Saint Louis Story Stitchers is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. On the web at arts dot gov.
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 StitchCast Studio and Story Stitchers youth programs was provided by the Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund, City of St. Louis Youth at Risk Crime Prevention grant of 2021, Lush Corporation’s The Charity Pot, and March For Our Lives Aid & Alliance.