Author: Saint Louis Story Stitchers

StitchCast Studio LIVE! Domestic Violence


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Story Stitchers youth artists discuss domestic violence in a live podcast recording on stage with Brigid Welch, the Director of Crisis and Community Education at Safe Connections.

Brigid has a background in the Higher Education and Intimate Partner Violence/Sexual Violence fields. Brigid has lived in St. Louis for 10 years and has a master’s degree in Education and master’s degree in Social Work. Through their work on college campuses, Brigid learned about the prevalence of sexual violence and relationship violence among college students. The reality of addressing such issues on campus was the catalyst for Brigid to go into advocacy for survivors and ultimately prevention education. Brigid is a certified intimate partner violence/sexual violence advocate for the states of Missouri and Illinois, has direct service experience in survivor support, and serves as a prevention educator throughout the St. Louis metro area. Brigid is passionate about sexual health education, anti-racist/anti-oppression work, and creative expression.

Friday, January 28, 2022

6:00-8:00 PM

Central Stage, 3524 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103

TICKETS: Adults $15 through MetroTix. Virtual ticket sales only. Please purchase prior to arrival.

https://www.metrotix.com/events/detail/stitchcast-studio-live

YOUTH: FREE Event is free to youth under age 25

COVID POLICIES: Effective September 1st, 2021, all people who are 12 years or older who wish to enter Story Stitchers venues will need to bring a photo ID and either their physical vaccination card or a photo of their vaccination card. Unvaccinated people, including unvaccinated adults and unvaccinated children over the age of 12, must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test: with a test taken within 24 hours of the activity start time. Story Stitchers policy also includes mandatory wearing a KN95 mask indoors, social distancing, and frequent hand washing and use of hand sanitizer. No food or drink permitted. Seating is limited.

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Be a Bridge


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Story Stitchers continue our work towards systems change through racial justice and economic opportunity. Efforts in racial justice include collecting, amplifying, and preserving BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) voices and music. Economic opportunity is improved by hiring BIPOC artists and youth and making space for artists to be paid to create new works. 

On a civic level, Stitchers engaged multiple systems. Health and safety inequities were challenged by our work with the City of St. Louis on youth crime prevention and mental health through music; we engage BIPOC youth in civic leadership through year-round community service. Story Stitchers address healthcare and education inequalities, including mental health, through an evidence-based youth violence prevention program with culturally relevant mentors and friends and shelter with safe spaces to gather including indoor studio and outdoor spaces. Most recently, Story Stitchers are collaborating with the City’s Department of Health and Washington University’s Institute for Public Health on vaccine education, addressing healthcare education inequalities. Civic systems for equality in education and employment are challenged by free performing arts and music education, offered as workforce training by BIPOC artists for youth, with all economically compensated. 

Justice system inequities are challenged by making safe space for justice-involved youth in our programs and through our work on violence prevention with the City’s Department of Public Safety, which supports creative youth development practices such as offering youth stipends, mentoring, safe spaces, and skill development to help young people steer clear of justice involvement. 

We acknowledge the unique power of the arts to move mountains.

We acknowledge the power of the youth to steer the work in the most impactful direction for a more equitable tomorrow for all.

We follow the path of creative youth development and nonviolent collection action to bring the systemic change youth want to see.

Be a river. Join with others moving the the same direction to create powerful movement.

Be a bridge. Build a path to the future that all people can cross.

Saint Louis Story Stitchers wishes for everyone a productive and safe Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday today.

To lean more visit IMPACT.

 

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StitchCast Studio: Social Media Part II


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Social Media Part II

Youth leaders discuss social media and its impact on young people’s lives and brains with Emma Lembke, founder of Log Off, a movement founded by teens for teens who want a safer and healthier relationship with social media. Recorded in Zoom December 7, 2021.

 

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Not Another One!

Saint Louis Story Stitchers, 2016

 

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Learn more about StitchCast Studio here

 

StitchCast Studio brings together youth and professional artists in St. Louis to develop and produce a series of podcast episodes.

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.

Available onPodbeanGoogle Podcasts, apple podcastsSpotify andYoutube.

 

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.

Additional support for StitchCast Studio and Story Stitchers youth programs was provided by the Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund, The Lewis Prize for Music Accelerator Award, City of St. Louis Youth at Risk Crime Prevention grant of 2021, and March For Our Lives Aid & Alliance.

Perception Isn’t Always Reality


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Saint Louis Story Stitchers is one of 30 recipients awarded funding that will support a national health initiative through the arts.

Saint Louis-based organization Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective is being funded to create innovative dances, songs, and stories that will harness the power of the arts to engage audiences and participants of all ages in overcoming COVID-19 and influenza vaccine hesitancy.

With support from the CDC Foundation, the Saint Louis Story Stitchers project Perception Isn’t Always Reality will engage Black teen and young adult artists to re-evaluate messages they may have received about COVID and vaccinations and evaluate the sources of the information. Through their own brand of urban storytelling that involves collaborative work in hip-hop music, krump dance, videography, photography, and podcasting, the artists will produce a body of work for the public to view on urban canvases, such as the sides of city buses, and listen to on the airwaves.

“We are excited to bring the arts and science together in a really powerful way with these partnerships,” said Judy Monroe, MD, president and CEO of the CDC Foundation. “Through their chosen art forms, these organizations will be able to create accessible and inspiring work that communicates essential health information about the safety and importance of vaccination in protecting communities from COVID-19 and influenza.”

The CDC Foundation helps the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) save and improve lives by unleashing the power of collaboration between CDC, philanthropies, corporations, organizations and individuals to protect the health, safety and security of America and the world. Since January 2020, the CDC Foundation, through the support of its donors, has addressed a wide variety of critical needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. This work has included providing personal protective equipment for frontline responders; care kits for schools, jails and the unhoused; studies examining the impact of COVID-19; work to strengthen communities and community-based organizations to improve vaccination uptake and address misinformation; more than 100 projects focused on health equity; and much more.

Funding for this effort is made possible through a subaward from the CDC Foundation and is part of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) financial assistance award totaling $2,500,000.00 with 100 percent funding from CDC/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by, CDC/HHS or the U.S. Government.

More details and a schedule of events for the Perception Isn’t Always Reality project will be published soon at storystitchers.org.

See the CDC Foundation Press Release.

The effort to submit the Perception Isn’t Always Reality grant was made possible in part by support from Missouri Foundation for Health.

About Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective

The Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective is artists and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) youth ages 16-24, working together to create social change with a focus on gun violence prevention.

Story Stitchers is committed to placing youth at the center of the work both in identifying topics for exploration as well as the methods for engagement. This approach builds a community of youth and professional artists who respect one another.

Stitchers collect stories, reframe and retell them through art, writing and performance to promote understanding, civic pride, intergenerational relationships and literacy. 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. Our goal is to promote a better educated, more peaceful and caring region through storytelling.

Learn more at www.storystitchers.org.

 

1/14/2022 StitchCast Studio LIVE! Canceled


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StitchCast Studio LIVE!

Friday, January 14, 2022 at 6:00 PM

CANCELED

This event has been canceled due to public health safety concerns during the Omnicron surge.

Dr. Matifadza Hlatshwayo Davis, director of health for the city of St. Louis, urged people to only go to work, school, doctor appointments and grocery stores.“

Any social gathering of any kind at his time is risky, it will put people at risk,” Davis said. “I think for a short period of time at least, until we get past this particular record-high surge, that people should not be engaging in anything other than essential activities.”

St Louis Post Dispatch 1/12/2022

Please be safe and listen to StitchCast Studio at home and come see us soon!

If you are 16-24 years old and living in the St. Louis region, you can apply to podcast with Story Stitchers!

Listen or join here: https://storystitchers.org/stitchcast-studio/

Story Stitchers Receives Grant from Lush Corporation’s The Charity Pot


Saint Louis Story Stitchers is pleased to announce we have received a grant from Lush Corporation’s The Charity Pot for $10,000 to support audience expansion for StitchCast Studio.

We are grateful that The Charity Pot also provided support for audience expansion for StitchCast Studio in 2020. Story Stitchers virtual audience grew from 161,000 views and 5,000 followers in 2020 to 928,444 views and 6,700 followers in 2021!

StitchCast Studio, now in Season III, brings together youth and professional artists in St. Louis to develop and produce a series of podcast episodes. To date 75 episodes have been published.

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.

Available on PodbeanGoogle Podcasts, apple podcastsSpotify andYoutube.

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Misunderstanding, Fear, and Hate Part IV: LGBTQ+


In Part IV of the series, Misunderstanding, Fear, and Hate, the discussion will focus on the experiences of the LGBTQ+ community. Stitchers Youth Council’s guests include actor, creative activist, and educator Merlin Bell and Marc Ridgell, a junior at Washington University in St. Louis, studying Africana Studies; Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; and Sociology. Marc is a research fellow for the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program. In partnership with the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, they are assisting with editing written work, organizing budgets, and they are also collaborating on this podcast with StitchCast Studio.

 

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Saint Louis Story Stitchers, 2018

 

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.

Additional support for StitchCast Studio and Story Stitchers youth programs was provided by the Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund, The Lewis Prize for Music Accelerator Award, City of St. Louis Youth at Risk Crime Prevention grant of 2021, and March For Our Lives Aid & Alliance.

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Link to StitchCast homepage…

Bus Shelter Wins 2021 Best of Design in Social Impact


Story Stitchers is pleased to share news that Somewhere Studio’s design for the bus shelter that is part of “The Shelter Project” in St. Louis, has won an Architect’s Newspaper 2021 Best of Design Award in the Social Impact category!  Congratulations!!!

Read The Architect’s Newspaper announcement and see other awardees here: https://www.archpaper.com/2021/12/announcing-the-winners-of-the-2021-an-best-of-design-awards/

See Somewhere Studio’s webpage: https://somewherestudio.com/The-Shelter-Project

This bus shelter was designed by Somewhere Studio for the Wells Goodfellow neighborhood in St. Louis with an amazing team of collaborators:

Client: Wellston Loop Community Development Corporation, located at 1514 Hodiamont at the corner of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Blvd.

Community Collaborators: Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective, Cure Violence, Metro St. Louis, and the Wells-Goodfellow Neighborhood Association

Mural Artists: Katherine Bernhardt and Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective

Contractor: Alberici Constructors

Engineering: Goser Structural

Learn more about The Shelter Project here: https://storystitchers.org/wellston-loop-bus-stop-shelter-project/

To help support the project please send small containers of new toiletries or new bottles of cleaning supplies for the bus shelter community pantry to the Wellston Loop Community Development Corporation, 1514 Hodiamont, St. Louis, MO 63112.

Thank you!

We’re Hiring! Project Coordinator


Part-Time Position:

Perception Isn’t Always Reality

Project Coordinator

About Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective: Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective is a nationally recognized award-winning non-profit organization engaged in urban storytelling. The mission of Saint Louis Story Stitchers is to document St. Louis through art and word to promote understanding, civic pride, intergenerational relationships and literacy. Saint Louis Story Stitchers is known for high quality art and innovative gun violence prevention programs through creative youth development.

Learn more at https://storystitchers.org/.

Summary:

Perception Isn’t Always Reality will engage Black teen and young adult artists to reevaluate messages they may have received about COVID and vaccinations and to evaluate the sources of the information. Through their own brand of urban storytelling that involves collaborative work in hip hop music and krump dance, videography, photography, and podcasting, the artists will produce a challenging body of work for the public to experience on urban canvases such as the sides of city buses and on the airwaves.

The Project Coordinator will be a temporary part-time employee and staff member hired to coordinate details of scheduling, reservations, facilitation details, and budgets. The coordinator will monitor project activities to assure completion and support evaluation process. Duties include working with artists, including teen and young adult artists, to plan schedule, and coordinate details of the artistic production.

Covid Policies: Inside all Story Stitchers facilities: Show your photo ID with date of birth and vaccination card or a negative test within 72 hours. Wear masks at all times.

Pay: $20/hour for 250 hours over the project period. Start Date: December, 2021. End Date: August 7, 2022.

Work Schedule: An average of 8 hours per week.

To learn more and apply visit: https://storystitchers.org/support/careers/

StitchCast Studio LIVE!! LGBTQ+ this Friday


December 10, 2021

6:00 – 10:00 PM 

3524 Washington Ave

$15 on MetroTix

Always free for youth!

In the Part IV of the series, Misunderstanding, Fear, and Hate, the discussion will focus on the experiences of the LGBTQ+ community. Stitchers Youth Council’s guests include Merlin Bell and Marc Ridgell.

Merlin Bell is an arts administrator, writer, director, and producer. Merlin is a creative professional, who has offered experience working in content management and production leveraging a passion for culture and the arts. He has a BA from Denison University in Theatre and a MA from Fontbonne University in Theatre. He has worked in several nonprofit arts and culture organizations as an actor, creative activist, and educator.

Some of Merlin’s notable contributions is Journey’s in Search of Justice with Conner Prairie’s long-standing partnership with Asante Art Institute, MLK’s Lasting Legacy documentary Merlin produced in partnership with WFYI. Finally, Merlin directed, produced and co-wrote a short film called Rebuilding the House of Stone in Partnership with Hamilton Southeastern Schools and WFYI for the HSE outreach program in 2021.

Marc Ridgell is a junior at Washington University in St. Louis, studying Africana Studies; Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; and Sociology. At Washington University, Marc serves as producer for Black Anthology, an intern at the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, a Residential Advisor, and a mentor for Deneb STARS (organization for first-generation and low-income students).

Marc also is a research fellow for the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program. In partnership with the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, they are assisting with editing written work, organizing budgets, and they are also collaborating on a podcast with StitchCast Studio.

Covid Policy: Bring a vaccination card or negative test within 72 hours and a photo ID for indoor spaces. Free gentle tests available at 3526 Washington Ave. 15 minute results. Masks are required.