Author: Saint Louis Story Stitchers

Sept Dance Battle Highlights Reel!


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Saint Louis Story Stitchers 3rd and final Dance Battle of the summer of 2022 was held at St. Louis ArtWorks in the East Loop (thanks for having us!). Special thanks to Regional Arts Commission and St. Louis Area Violence Prevention Commission. This event was made possible in part by a partnership with the Violence Prevention Commission & City of St. Louis using American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds.

Next UP – Join us at Central Stage on December 6!!! We’ll be rockin’ it to raise funds to grow!!! Stay tuned!

StitchCast Studio Marketing Internships


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StitchCast Studio

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

$600 each for 4 youth interns

For 16-24 years old living in the St. Louis region.

Work with our design team to develop marketing campaign for Story Stitchers’ youth-led podcast program.

Mondays 4:00-5:00

Meetings October 3, 10, 17 Nov 7, 14, 21

Photo Shoot starring You! Sat Oct 29 11:00-3:00

3617 Grandel Sq, 63108

Develop messages and model in photo shoots for graphics on the sides of buses, in social media, and on flyers!

No experience needed.

Application Deadline Sept 30

Apply here: https://storystitchers.dm.networkforgood.com/forms/stitchcast-studio-internships

StitchCast Studio is sponsored in part by Lush Corporation’s The Charity Pot.

Story Stitchers at St. Louis Art Fair


Story Stitchers at St. Louis Art Fair

Highlights Reel https://vimeo.com/750728329

Saint Louis Story Stitchers served the community as a Sponsor of the St. Louis Art Fair, providing 4 live performances and 3 days of a unique exhibition booth.

Saint Louis Story Stitchers participation in St. Louis Art Fair was funded in part by the Lewis Prize for Music Accelerator Award of 2021. https://www.thelewisprize.org/

Story Stitchers artists created a set of original music and choreography to guide Fair visitors through urban streets and into Missouri’s prairies with the theme of healing through art and nature.

Story Stitchers Campfire Stories Booth shared photography collected over 8 years of the Peace in the Prairie program and included a campfire, camp stools, a bison selfie wall and more.

Thanks to all who helped us attend and be present at the St. Louis Art Fair! We had a great time!

https://www.saintlouisartfair.com/

Dance Battle Saturday Night!!


Dance Battle Saturday Night!!

September 17th

St. Louis ArtWorks

5959 Delmar Blvd

5:00-10:00 PM

5:00 – 6:00

Lucas, Cornell, and Alexis have your Front of House!

Free and Open to the Public

All Ages Must Sign In to Enter

Bring a Photo ID

(Bring ID and if you are under 18 bring a parent too)

16-24 year olds –

Youth Register for a Chicken Out Dinner Ticket

(Dinners available until gone for Registered Youth Only)

and/or to Compete

Under 15 –

Must have an Adult Chaperone to Enter

6:00-10:00

Dance Battle!!

Slim is your battle manager!

 Cozy, and Rich are your judges!

Branden is your MC!

BlueBeatz is your your DJ!

Quin and Toniio are ready to capture your brilliance on video and in photos!

Kwon & JayMJay are in the Spotlight!!

$500 of prizes!

+ a $200 Bonus Prize!

for Judges’ Choice for a 16-18 year old UP and Coming Dancer

It’s Free and It’s all for YOUTH!

More info here:

More info: https://storystitchers.org/2019-tour/

Meet us at the St. Louis Art Fair!



Campfire Stories Booth

at Central and Forsyth

Join Story Stitchers in our booth to explore storytelling around our campfire!

Peace in the Prairie Performances

at the Performing Arts Stage

at Bemiston and Forsyth

Catch a live performance as Story Stitchers present music, poetry, and dance

centered on healing through art and nature.

 

Saturday, September 10th

Campfire Stories Booth

11:00 am to 10:00 pm

Peace in the Prairie Performances

2:30-3:00 pm and 4:45-5:15 pm

 

Sunday, September 11th

Campfire Stories Booth

11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Peace in the Prairie Performance

1:00-1:30 pm

https://www.saintlouisartfair.com/

Saint Louis Story Stitchers participation in St. Louis Art Fair is funded in part by the Lewis Prize for Music Accelerator Award of 2021. https://www.thelewisprize.org/

Story Stitchers at St. Louis Art Fair all weekend!


Story Stitchers at St. Louis Art Fair

Campfire Stories Booth

at Central and Forsyth

Join Story Stitchers in our booth to explore storytelling around our campfire!

Peace in the Prairie Performances

at the Performing Arts Stage at Bemiston and Forsyth

Catch a live performance as Story Stitchers present music, poetry, and dance

centered on healing through art and nature.

Friday, September 9th

Campfire Stories Booth from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Peace in the Prairie Performance 6:15-6:45 pm

 

Saturday, September 10th

Campfire Stories Booth from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm

Peace in the Prairie Performances 2:30-3:00 pm and 4:45-5:15 pm

 

Sunday, September 11th

Campfire Stories Booth from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Peace in the Prairie Performance 1:00-1:30 pm

https://www.saintlouisartfair.com/

The Center Cabinet Internship Applications OPEN


Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective received grant funding from the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, a program of the Obama Foundation. The funding is part of the MBK Alliance’s Freedom Summer 2022 Fund. The Center Cabinet, formed by Story Stitchers to bring youth voices into planning for The Center, will engage a group of 12 young men ages 16-24 to hold planning meetings to select, and purchase furnishings for interior spaces in The Center and related youth programs around media arts, healing, and music.

Learn more: https://storystitchers.org/support/careers/

Deadline to apply: September 15

APPLY TODAY:

https://storystitchers.dm.networkforgood.com/forms/the-center-cabinet

SAINT LOUIS STORY STITCHERS ANNOUNCES PLANS TO OPEN THE CENTER


SAINT LOUIS STORY STITCHERS ARTISTS COLLECTIVE ANNOUNCES PLANS TO OPEN THE CENTER FOR YOUTH ARTS AND TECHNOLOGY AT KRANZBERG ARTS FOUNDATION

New Center for Underserved Youth by Saint Louis Story Stitchers will support holistic music and arts education programs

Saint Louis Story Stitchers, St. Louis, MO – Saint Louis Story Stitchers is a nationally recognized Artists Collective known for high quality art and innovative youth violence prevention programs.

In December 2022, Story Stitchers will open The Center for Youth Arts and Technology (The Center) in Grand Center at the Kranzberg Arts Foundation’s 3701 Grandel Square facility (4,550 square feet) to expand youth services, partnerships, and community reach, helping to prevent  community violence by intervening before it begins. Youth are heavily involved in the development of the nonprofit organization and feel strong ownership of it; it is the youth who determined the need for The Center and have championed for it to become a reality. The Center is supported in part by the Kranzberg Arts Foundation, where Saint Louis Story Stitchers is a resident arts organization.

Youth who have experienced support from Story Stitchers creative youth development programs have determined that creating a pilot facility, called The Center, will provide underserved teens and young adults with needed resources, including safe spaces to gather, friends that are anti-violence, culturally relevant mentors, youth stipends, and opportunities to speak out and serve as community leaders while gaining skills in organizing, listening, public speaking and leadership, thus aiding youth in lifting themselves up into productive employment and healthier adulthood, proactively reducing crime with community violence intervention.

The Center is supported in part by a 2021 $500,000 Accelerator Award to Saint Louis Story Stitchers from The Lewis Prize for Music,  a philanthropic music arts organization advancing systems change through creative youth development. Funding gives young people access to music education, strengthens the well-being of their communities and puts music at the center of efforts to establish equity. Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective is using funds from The Lewis Prize for Music award to establish The Center and to grow its administrative and fundraising capacity.

Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective is announcing today that it received $25,000 in grant funding from the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, a program of the Obama Foundation. The funding is part of the MBK Alliance’s Freedom Summer 2022 Fund. The Center Cabinet, formed by Story Stitchers to bring youth voices into planning for The Center, will employ a group of 12 young men ages 16-24 to hold planning meetings with meals, plan, select, and purchase furnishings for interior spaces in The Center and related youth programs around media arts, healing, and music.

“We are excited to announce that Saint Louis Story Stitchers is the recipient of an @MBKAlliance Freedom Summer 2022 Fund grant! Saint Louis Story Stitchers’ programs currently engage youth and adults who are 50% male and 99% people of color, 98% Black,” said Susan Colangelo, founding president and executive director of Saint Louis Story Stitchers. “Through our unique program and the opening of The Center focused on excellence in music and the arts, youth leadership, and outreach through community service, Story Stitchers is building a program that also effectively represents evidence-based practices in youth violence prevention while nourishing the leaders of tomorrow. Through our work towards The Center, we accepted @MBKAlliance’s charge for community organizations to reinforce and support youth leadership in The Center Cabinet, to create safe spaces for boys and young men of color this fall. We will use our grant to continue our work by supporting boys and young men to engage in planning interior spaces and purchasing furnishings and technology to support planned activities.”

Link to The Center Cabinet Youth Application: https://storystitchers.dm.networkforgood.com/forms/the-center-cabinet

“The efforts of community organizations are often stifled due to limited financial resources. In line with its mission, the MBK Alliance is committed to ensuring community-based organizations have tools and resources to create safe spaces for boys and young men of color to play, convene, and learn. “I am so proud to support organizations committed to the safety and protection of our boys and young men of color,” said Dr. Adren Wilson, MBK Alliance Executive Director. “The Freedom Summer 2022 Fund will empower grant recipients to pour resources, opportunity, hope, and love into our young boys during a time when they need it most. The MBK Alliance will continue its longstanding commitment to working with community-based organizations to create a brighter, more promising future–not just for our boys and young men of color–but for our country.”

Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective is composed of professional artists and underrepresented and underserved youth ages 16-24, working together to create social change with a focus on gun violence prevention. 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.

Saint Louis Story Stitchers and its partners provide young people with platforms for turning their creative efforts into personal strengths and community transformations. Whether performing at neighborhood festivals, participating in mural and creative placemaking initiatives or podcasting from its Stitchcast Studio, the young artists of Saint Louis Story Stitchers translate the complexities of what they experience into accessible and affirming narratives.

Major projects in 2022/23 include:

  • Pick the City UP dance battles and public and in-school performances
  • Perception Isn’t Always Reality are public service announcement campaign projects – this year boosting vaccine confidence for the CDC Foundation and preventing unintentional shootings for the St. Louis Area Violence Prevention Commission and St. Louis Mental Health Board
  • Not Another One! Publications promoting education on responsible and safe police-teen interaction
  • Peace in the Prairie creating awareness of the effects of trauma from violence and the healing resources of exposure to nature in Missouri’s public lands through outdoor excursions and public performances
  • StitchCast Studio creating a platform for youth-led discussions on topics of importance to youth and published on major podcast platforms nation-wide
  • The WHY of MY City exploring St. Louis’s Black neighborhoods and historic spaces

Saint Louis Story Stitchers differs from other programs in the region in that it is youth-led, directly addressing the difficult issues that impact their daily lives. Youth have the opportunity to define topics of their work, listen and ask questions of other local youth, as well as invite and discuss difficult topics through their StitchCast Studio podcast (such as COVID-19, suicide, trauma, gun violence, homelessness, bullying, domestic violence, and poverty) with local experts. New episodes are published each month to storystitchers.org, Spotify and apple podcast. Each episode of StitchCast Studio includes Pick the City UP art interludes which are original works of art and music by Saint Louis Story Stitchers that are recorded in studio and also performed throughout the region.

About The Kranzberg Arts Foundation

The Kranzberg Arts Foundation is committed to providing the essential infrastructure necessary for the arts to thrive in the St. Louis community. Through the development of performing arts venues, visual arts galleries, free music programs, and work spaces for non-profit arts organizations, the Foundation creates opportunities for and nurtures the growth of artists, while working with emerging and leading arts organizations to engage with St. Louis’s diverse community in ways that are relevant, inclusive, and inspiring. For more information, visit www.kranzbergartsfoundation.org.

About The Lewis Prize for Music

The Lewis Prize for Music believes that music in the lives of young people is a catalytic force to drive positive change in our society. It partners with leaders in diverse and vibrant communities who invest in young people by providing access to safe, inclusive spaces where they can build powerful relationships through music.

The organization is the brainchild of philanthropist Daniel R. Lewis, who has spent the last 19 years focusing on philanthropic efforts in the social and musical arts field, including founding the Miami Music Access Fellowship, serving as the founding chairman of The Cleveland Orchestra Miami Residency/Miami Music Association, chairman of the Spring For Music Festival and chairman of The Management Center. Learn more at www.thelewisprize.org.

Acknowledgements

Saint Louis Story Stitchers StitchCast Studio LIVE! is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. On the web at arts.gov.

Support for Saint Louis Story Stitchers is also provided by a 5-year $500,000 award from The Lewis Prize for Music Accelerator Award.

Additional support for StitchCast Studio and Story Stitchers arts and humanities programs was provided by  a 3-year $100,000 award from the Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund, City of St. Louis Youth at Risk Crime Prevention grant of 2022, Lush Corporation’s The Charity Pot, St. Louis Area Violence Prevention Commission and St. Louis Mental Health Board, Kranzberg Arts Foundation, Missouri Arts Council, Regional Arts Commission, March for Our Lives Aid & Alliance, The Equity Impact Award from the Bezos Family Foundation and Creative Reaction Lab, and the Arts & Education Council, Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts (VLAA), My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, a program of the Obama Foundation, Freedom Summer 2022 Fund, and by generous individuals like you.

About Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective

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

The 501(c)(3) organization is located in the City of St. Louis, Missouri. Our mission is to document Saint Louis through art and word to promote understanding, civic pride, intergenerational relationships, and literacy.

Artists work alongside 16–24-year-old underrepresented youth who are 98% Black and living in underserved areas of the St. Louis region to collect stories, reframe and retell them using the arts and storytelling to promote a better educated, more peaceful and caring society.

Saint Louis Story Stitchers current focus is aimed at addressing pressing public health issues including gun violence through contemporary storytelling. 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.

Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective Website: https://storystitchers.org/

Link to Stitchers Youth Council Application: https://storystitchers.org/stitchcast-studio-podcaster-page/

Link to E-News: https://storystitchers.dm.networkforgood.com/forms/stitchers-fan-club-news

The Center Part IV


The Center Part IV

 

In this week’s episode of StitchCast Studio, youth leaders from Stitchers Youth Council, including leading architect of the Youth Council Branden Lewis, continue to develop The Center Cabinet and  have a conversation about how The Center, a dedicated safe space for under-represented youth envisioned by Story Stitchers youth leaders, might be used to impact the community. In this episode, youth leaders discuss the loss of friends, family, peers and causes for some of that loss. The Center, a project to create a youth arts and technology center designed and driven by youth leaders, is supported in part by a 2021 $500,000 5-year Accelerator Award from The Lewis Prize For Music. Recorded live at Stitchers Storefront Studio, St. Louis, Missouri, on July 22, 2022. 

 

Pick the City UP Art Interlude

Guitar Solo, Alexis

Saint Louis Story Stitchers, 2022

 

Go back and listen to the youth dream unfolding in past episodes:

 

Season I, Episode 27, The Center Part I

Story Stitchers discuss becoming one of 8 organizations nation-wide to reach the finalist stage of the Lewis Prize for Music’s $500,000 Accelerator grant competition. Youth and staff reflect on their application’s focus, a new youth arts and technology facility for St. Louis’ at-risk youth called “The Center.” Recorded in Zoom on December 2, 2020.

 

Season II, Episode 34,  The Center Part II

In this week’s episode, 16-24 year old Stitchers Youth Council leaders brainstorm with host Emeara Burns about The Center, a project to create a youth arts and technology center supported in part by a 2021 Accelerator Award from The Lewis Prize For Music and discuss the future of Story Stitchers. Recorded live in Zoom January 28, 2021.

 

Season IV, Episode 107, The Center Part III

In this week’s episode of StitchCast Studio, youth leaders from Stitchers Youth Council, including leading architects of the Youth Council Branden Lewis and Emeara Burns, form The Center Cabinet and sit down with Story Stitchers founding president and executive director Susan Colangelo to have a conversation about how The Center, a dedicated safe space for under-represented youth envisioned by Story Stitchers youth leaders, might be used to impact the community. 

 

The Center, a project to create a youth arts and technology center designed and driven by youth leaders, is supported in part by a 2021 $500,000 5-year Accelerator Award from The Lewis Prize For Music. Recorded live at Stitchers Storefront Studio, St. Louis, Missouri, on July 22, 2022. 

 

Story Stitchers is supported in part 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 2022, Lush Corporation’s The Charity Pot, Equity Impact from Creative Reaction Lab and the Bezos Family Foundation, and the Arts & Education Council. Saint Louis Story Stitchers is supported by Kranzberg Arts Foundation as a resident organization.

Saint Louis Story Stitchers’ StitchCast Studio LIVE! is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. On the web at arts dot gov.