Saint Louis Story Stitchers is pleased to announce we have been recommended for a FY 2022 Grants for Arts Project in Media Arts award for $20,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts! We’re excited to bring it home to St. Louis, Missouri for the second year in a row!
Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective is a nationally recognized, award winning artists’ collective, known for high quality social justice art and innovative programming in creative youth development and gun violence prevention.
The program receiving funding from the National Endowment for the Arts is StitchCast Studio LIVE!
StitchCast Studio brings together youth and professional artists in St. Louis to develop and produce a series of podcast episodes. Watch and be a part of Story Stitchers live podcast discussions, presented on the state-of-the-arts stage of 3524 Washington Ave. Story Stitchers artists and guest artists will round out each presentation with live art interludes.
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.
Grants for Arts Projects (GAP) is the principal grant category of the National Endowment for the Arts, supporting public engagement with, and access to, various forms of art across the nation, the creation of excellent art, learning in the arts at all stages of life, and the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life.
Matching grants in this category range from $10,000 to $100,000, cover 13 artistic disciplines, and are for organizations in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, DC.
This grant is made possible, in part, by matching funds provided by the Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund 3-year grant, 2020-2022, and Kranzberg Arts Foundation, where Saint Louis Story Stitchers is a resident organization. The effort to submit this grant was made possible in part by support from Missouri Foundation for Health.