Author: Saint Louis Story Stitchers

NOT ANOTHER ONE! A Play For Peace Author Event and Performance


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Not Another One! A Play For Peace Author Event and Performance is scheduled to take place on Saturday, August 13, 2022 from 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM at Central Library, St. Louis Public Library in downtown St. Louis. The event is free and open to the public.

Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective is a nationally recognized artists collective known for high quality art and innovative youth violence prevention programs.

Artists will perform work related to the recently published book NOT ANOTHER ONE!: A Play For Peace, that includes music, readings, and community conversation recorded and published for StitchCast Studio.

NOT ANOTHER ONE!: A Play For Peace is a collection of stories generated to address gun violence and negative police-youth interactions by Black and BIPOC artists and 16-24 year old youth in Saint Louis, Missouri. The book is a multi-year signature project addressing gun violence through original music, youth-led discussions with adult leaders and police, related documentary videos, music, and scripts. Content has been collected and edited from 2015 to 2021 by over 100 local artists and youth.

NOT ANOTHER ONE! Webpage

Central Library Event Page

StitchCast Studio Hits 3 Milestones!!!


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StitchCast Studio, a youth-led podcast produced by Saint Louis Story Stitches in St. Louis, Missouri, hits 3 big milestones!

100 episodes published!

3,000 downloads!

And the end of Season III!

To celebrate Story Stitchers will gather with the public!!

Friday, June 24, 2022

Central Stage in Kranzberg Arts Center

3524 Washington Ave, 63103

Free and Open to the public

Story Stitchers will look back at the successes and challenges of the podcast series, and then celebrate the end of Season III with art, music, Stitchers Youth Council Awards, and a big cake! Join us for a very memorable evening!

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 on PodbeanGoogle 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.

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.

Wondering how you can support Saint Louis Story Stitchers? 

Attend an event and give today! To learn more, click HERE.

 

Misunderstanding, Fear and Hate: Neurodivergent and ADHD Part II


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Youth leaders share stories and build understanding about Neurodivergent and ADHD. Recorded in Zoom on March 22, 2022.

Pick the City UP Art Interlude

Alexis, Youth guitarist

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.

We’re Hiring for Dance Battles!!


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Dance Battles are coming!

#1 Sat, July 16! Strauss Park
#2 Sat, Aug 20 Strauss park
#3 Sat, Sept 17 Old North STL

We are contracting with artists for roles for organizing and staffing the July 16 battle.

Interested? Attend rehearsal Tuesday, June 21 at 6:00 at 3524 Washington Ave., 63103

OR apply to susanc@storystitchers.org with the role you are interested in and your qualifications and experience.

Roles include:

  • social media influencer: $750
  • event manager: $500
  • 3 dance battle judge: $200 each
  • DJ (well known): $250
  • spotlight artist: $250
  • Youth Council photographer: $100
  • 2 social media: $100 each
  • event planning: $100

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

Pick the City UP Tour presents Saint Louis Story Stitchers unique brand of urban storytelling, featuring live original STL hip hop, spoken word and story magic on public health issues St. Louis cares about including gun violence. Pay tribute, join the fun, and make a difference. Bringing positive change to the Lou.

The program broadens and deepens participation in and access to the arts by targeting
teens and young adults living in St. Louis City neighborhoods that are 70% or more black,
underserved, and underrepresented.
Pick the City UP brings the arts to the forefront through a unique form of “urban storytelling,”
collecting and reframing stories through the arts. A series of public performances and open air
events held in summer and fall, 2022, will engage diverse groups of young residents within St. Louis City.
Lively public performances are family-friendly and promote understanding and civic pride. Local Black artists including top krump style dancers will create and perform alongside black youth, ages 16-24 years old, in a series of high quality musical performances and dance battles, in the Pick the City UP Tour, now in its 6th year. This year, Story Stitchers will incorporate guest artists into a “Spotlight Series,” curated on merit by Story Stitchers artists, to broaden awareness of the excellence of the Black and BIPOC arts movement in our region.

All events are free and family-friendly.

Pick the City UP is sponsored in part with funds from the Regional Arts Commission, St. Louis Violence Prevention Commission, City of St. Louis Youth at Risk Crime Prevention grant of 2022, The Lewis Prize for Music, Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund, Lush Corporation’s The Charity Pot,  and the Equity Impact Award from Creative Reaction Lab and the Bezos Foundation.

Additional support is provided by Kranzberg Arts Foundation and Grand Center Inc.

Also coming up…

The Center Cabinet
Meets Wednesdays, 1:00-2:00

Earn $25 per meeting to plan our future! Are you 16-24 years old and living in the St. Louis region? Take a leadership role in Stitchers Youth Council!  Email Branden@storystitchers.org to learn more. Email storystitchers@gmail.org to sign up.

StitchCast Studio Season III Finale

Friday, June 24, 6:00-10:00

Nominate an outstanding 16-24 year old youth for the Stitchers Youth Council Awards!
https://storystitchers.dm.networkforgood.com/forms/stitchers-youth-council-2022-awards

Juneteenth

Sunday, June 26

Yes! Yes! Yes!

1:00 Performance – 11:00-2:00 – Booth

True Vine Missionary Baptist Church, Ferguson

 

 

Pick the City UP Celebrates Juneteenth!!


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Read the article…Listen to the story…

Story Stitchers will board a bus and trek around St. Louis

Saturday to celebrate Freedom and Juneteenth!!

Catch their moving performance!!

Saturday, June 18th

12:30-1:00 Performance – Maker District  at Craft Alliance

2:30-3:00 Performance – Old North St. Louis, 1307 Montgomery

Friday, June 24

6:00-10:00 – StitchCast Studio Season III Finale – Central Stage, 3524 Washington Ave

Sunday, June 26

Vine Missionary Baptist Church, 8420 Hill Ave, Ferguson

1:00-1:30  Performance

11:00-2:00 – Booth

Wanna serve your City, build your resume, make new friends, make dope ART, and have some fun this summer??

St. Louis youth who are 16-24 years old, are invited to join Stitchers Youth Council!! Visit storystitchers.org and fill out the form to apply!

Dance Battle Awarded Support from the StL Area Violence Prevention Commission


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Saint Louis Story Stitchers is pleased to announce that we have been awarded support from the St. Louis Area Violence Prevention Commission for Pick the City UP!

Story Stitchers Dance Battles are coming back!!!

Strauss Park in Grand Center!

The July 16th Dance Battle will be presented with support from

the St. Louis Area Violence Prevention Commission!

Pick the City UP Tour! presents Saint Louis Story Stitchers unique brand of urban storytelling, featuring live original STL hip hop, spoken word and story magic on public health issues St. Louis cares about including gun violence. Pay tribute, join the fun, and make a difference. Bringing positive change to the Lou.

Programs provide fun, safe, creative spaces for youth in St. Louis. Your support through attendance, donations and sharing our story with friends and family is very much appreciated.

Go to storystitchers.org to learn more.

All events are free and family-friendly.

Sign up to learn more!

Pick the City UP! Awarded Support from the Regional Arts Commission


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Saint Louis Story Stitchers is pleased to announce that we have been awarded $10,500 from the Regional Arts Commission for Pick the City UP!

Story Stitchers Dance Battles are coming back!!!

Strauss Park in Grand Center!

July 16th and August 20th! 

And then on to Old North St. Louis!

September 17!

Pick the City UP Tour! presents Saint Louis Story Stitchers unique brand of urban storytelling, featuring live original STL hip hop, spoken word and story magic on public health issues St. Louis cares about including gun violence. Pay tribute, join the fun, and make a difference. Bringing positive change to the Lou.

All events are free and family-friendly.

Sign up to learn more!

JUNETEENTH – We’re worthy STL!


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SAINT LOUIS STORY STITCHERS ARTISTS COLLECTIVE CELEBRATES JUNETEENTH WITH PUBLIC HEALTH MESSAGING

Saint Louis Story Stitchers youth artists will perform at 3 more local Juneteenth events with messages about public health and safety— boosting vaccine confidence and encouraging their peers to take the lead on gun violence prevention.

 

JUNETEENTH EVENTS COMING UP:

 

June 18, 2022

Featuring work from Perception Isn’t Always Reality

Juneteenth Celebration

Maker District

Craft Alliance

5080 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63108

12:30-1:00 Performance

 

June 18, 2022

Featuring work from Perception Isn’t Always Reality

Juneteenth Celebration

Old North St. Louis

1307 Montgomery, 63106

2:30-3:00 Performance

 

June 26, 2022

Juneteenth Celebration

Ferguson

True Vine Missionary Baptist Church

8420 Hill Ave, 63121

1:00-1:30 Performance

11:00-2:00 Booth

 

Acknowledgements

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 Story Stitchers youth arts and humanities 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, Lush Corporation’s The Charity Pot, St. Louis Violence Prevention Commission, ReCast, Kranzberg Arts Foundation, Regional Arts Commission, March for Our Lives Aid & Alliance, and The Equity Impact Award from the Bezos Family Foundation and Creative Reaction Lab, and generous individuals.

 

ABOUT

About Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective

Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective is a 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.

Collective artists work alongside 16-24-year-old urban youth to collect stories, reframe and retell them using the arts to promote a better educated, more peaceful and caring society. Saint Louis Story Stitchers are a resident organization at Kranzberg Arts Foundation where members rehearse, present and perform in the Foundation’s first-class spaces. The Collective also maintains the Stitchers Storefront Studio in the historic Loop District for recording, editing and publishing. Current projects focus on public health issues including gun violence. Learn more at storystitchers.org/

StitchCast Studio LIVE! with Roland Johnson and Soul Endeavor Friday!


Story Stitchers Youth Council members 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.

Roland Johnson is a legendary vocalist with a huge heart! He has mentored Story Stitchers youth through the production of two song tracks for Peace in the Prairie including “America the Beautiful”, with six Story Stitchers youth on the track, and we are so glad he is back again with his band to shed light on live music production and collaboration through music.

Put on your dancin’ shoes because this music will make you wanna move!

StitchCast Studio LIVE!

Live Podcast Recording Session

+ Performance by Roland Johnson and Soul Endeavor

Friday, June 10, 2022

6:00-8:30 PM

6:00-7:00 Live Podcast Recording

7:00 Intermission

7:30-8:30 Performance

Central Stage

3524 Washington Ave, 63103

Free

St. Louis’s legendary soul/funk vocalist and his band with flavor from Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder, Sam Cooke and Motown.

“One of the smoothest voices you’ll ever hear. A seasoned treasure of the rich soil of the Saint Louis Rhythm & Blues scene. Drawing inspiration from the 1960’s reminiscent of Otis Redding & James Brown, Roland Johnson turns out Ballads to Booty Shakers and everything in between with an authenticity that captivates profoundly.” —Blue Lotus Recordings

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. Available on PodbeanGoogle Podcasts, apple podcastsSpotify andYoutube.

Stay tuned for the finale of StitchCast Studio Season III Friday, June 24th!!!

Young people ages 16-24 living in the St. Louis region are encouraged to join

Story Stitchers and support your community!

It’s free!

Apply here today!

 

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.