A Place For Me THE CENTER


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A Place For Me  THE CENTER

#StandStrongStandTogether

Youth are at the CENTER of everything. They tell us what they need. Where they are in life. Where they are today. Everyone we serve has experienced trauma from violence, from poverty, from marginalization. At Story Stitchers, adult artists and youth collaborate to create new works of art. Creation and expression provide space for commonality and affection. Empowerment. Healing. Every photograph, every dance, every story processes some small piece of trauma. Youth reported that friends, the arts, leadership opportunities, access to mentors, and earning money are protective factors that help them make positive decisions. They told us, and we listened.

A Place For Me  THE CENTER 

A place for solace. Support. Contemplation. A place for self-expression.

The interior spaces are being designed by me, the youth for youth.

“Story Stitchers and home? One and the same! Story Stitchers nurtures our best selves just as home does. Most of the youth who start off are lost, troubled or hurting and Story Stitchers helps ease those problems and guides them through a process of self-confidence building. Without Story Stitchers… without home, where would we be?”

Something BIG is coming…


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On December 6th at 4:00 p.m. – for ONE DAY– we will reach out to hundreds of families and friends and ask for their support of A Place for Me THE CENTER. Together, we have the power to raise $100,000 and change lives through a place that Empowers Healing. 

 

For every $1 you give, we will receive $4! 

QUADRUPLE YOUR IMPACT

 

YOUR GIFT MULTIPLIES OUR ABILITY TO

Create A Place For Me THE CENTER.

We are here to #StandStrongStandTogether so every youth has a place for solace. Support. Contemplation. A place for self-expression.

#StandStrongStandTogether 

DONATE TODAY

https://www.charidy.com/storystitchers

StitchCast Studio: Healing through Art with Cheeraz Gormon Part II


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StitchCast Studio Season IV

Healing through Art Part II with Cheeraz Gormon

Youth leaders come together with poet and activist Cheeraz Gormon to talk about healing from trauma from exposure to violence. Artists also discuss gun violence prevention, activism and the role of artists as activists, mental health, sharing resources, moving from response to recovery after the Central Visual and Performing Arts High School mass shooting tragedy, and coping with compounding loss from gun violence. Part II of a three part series.

Pick the City UP Art Interlude

Sneaker Tact

KP Dennis and Branden Lewis

Saint Louis Story Stitchers, 2020

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.

StitchCast Studio: Healing through Art with Cheeraz Gormon Part I


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StitchCast Studio Season IV

Healing through Art Part I with Cheeraz Gormon

Youth leaders come together with poet and activist Cheeraz Gormon to talk about healing from trauma from exposure to violence. Artists also discuss gun violence prevention, activism and the role of artists as activists, mental health, sharing resources, moving from response to recovery after the Central Visual and Performing Arts High School mass shooting tragedy, and coping with compounding loss from gun violence. Part II of a three part series.

Pick the City UP Art Interlude

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Saint Louis Story Stitchers, 2017

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.

Thank you Roland Johnson


Roland Johnson performing at StitchCast Studio LIVE!, Central Stage, on June 10, 2022

Saint Louis Story Stitchers was deeply saddened to learn of our good friend and mentor Roland Johnson’s passing at 74.

Roland spent time with Story Stitchers youth and artists working on Peace in the Prairie, recording America the Beautiful in our studio with 5 young artists and a remix of Missouri Waltz. Roland especially enjoyed working with Story Stitchers young musicians and spent time teaching youth to push recorded works to greater fullness through instrumentation and layering vocals.

In 2022 Roland brought members of his band to perform classics for Story Stitchers at StitchCast Studio LIVE! on two separate nights and also encouraged the young artists to take the mic and share a guitar with the highly experienced band.

Roland’s visits to Story Stitchers were always joyful and enlightening. Thank you for sharing your amazing voice, your musical expertise, your generous spirit, and for the beautiful music you left to us and to the world. We will all miss you.

Congrats to Lewis Prize 2023 Accelerator Award Finalists!!


Congratulations to all of the Lewis Prize for Music 2023 Accelerator Award Finalists!!

We are super excited to see HEAL Center for the Arts led by Harvey Lockhart from ST. LOUIS!!! amongst this elite group!!

We wish all of the finalists, the best if luck!!!

Learn more at https://www.thelewisprize.org/2023awards

The Lewis Prize for Music announced Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective as a 2021 Awardee for the $500,000 Accelerator Award for youth music programs 2 years ago and we have been riding that rocket to our new facility, The Center for creative youth development, opening in January 2023, ever since! We are proud to bring this home to #STL and grateful for this tremendous support!  Learn more…

St. Louis Public Radio – Story Stitchers Promotes Healing through Art


https://news.stlpublicradio.org/health-science-environment/2022-10-31/healing-through-art-story-stitchers-promotes-healing-from-school-shooting-trauma

Youth who are 16-24 years old and living in St. Louis may apply to join Stitchers Youth Council. “If we work together we CAN make change! Get UP and join the movement!”

Apply HERE

Adults who want to support Saint Louis Story Stitchers youth programs please reach out to storystitchers@gmail.com.

An emotionally confusing time…


Story Stitchers and Dr. LJ Punch from The T joined forces today to come together to heal and find peace in community with friends at the Harvest Festival in The Ville, hosted by St. Phillips Lutheran Church.

Branden Lewis, Story Stitchers Youth Artistic Coordinator, did an interview with KSDK at the event about the past week and coping as an alumni of Central Visual and Performing Arts High School with with the school shooting that occurred just 5 days ago.

Watch the KSDK Story HERE

Youth who are 16-24 years old and who want to get involved in gun violence prevention activism may apply to join Story Stitchers Youth Council. Apply HERE.

Coming UP StitchCast Studio!


Coming UP

StitchCast Studio!

Youth living in St. Louis region who are 16-24 years old may apply to participate and earn stipends for community service.

Apply: https://storystitchers.wufoo.com/forms/zeinv521f4w9ez/

StitchCast Studio Special Edition:

Coping with Trauma and Organizing for Change

Saturdays
12:00-5:00
Nov 5, 19
Dec 3, 10

Story Stitchers Youth Council sessions with guests
Podcasting or unrecorded discussions and pizza dinners. Healing together. Talking about gun violence prevention, activism and the role of artists as activists, mental health, sharing resources, moving from response to recovery after the CVPAHS tragedy, and coping with compounding loses from gun violence. Stipends for registered Youth Council members are available. Get UP and join the movement.

New Podcasters

Thursdays
6:00-8:00
Nov 10, 17, Dec 1, 8

StitchCast Studio Season IV Finale

Youth Council Awards Ceremony, & Holiday Party!!

Friday, Dec 16
7:00-10:00

StitchCast Studio LIVE! returns in 2023 with Season V!!!

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.

The WHY of MY City $400 Internships! Applications Open!


The WHY of MY City

$400 Internships! Applications Open!

Saint Louis Story Stitchers seeks youth and young adults to collaborate with Story Stitchers artists for The WHY of MY City.

In June 2023, during the week of Juneteenth celebrations, Story Stitchers will present a public performance entitled The WHY of MY City.

The WHY of MY City is words and revelations from the past and from elders; it is dialect; it is rhythm and music; it celebrates contemporary underrepresented youth and supports them in becoming the storytellers of tomorrow; It supports diversity, equity and inclusion; it is St. Louis; it is Missouri, past and present; it is recording, thinking, sharing, discussing, learning, digesting and then, finally, creating something new to preserve the past and protect our shared future. 

The WHY of MY City

#1 Black Historic Sites Research and Podcasting Internship:

Saint Louis Story Stitchers seeks 4 youth 18-24 years olds and living in St. Louis for an internship to collaborate with Story Stitchers artists and storytellers to conduct research and produce recorded podcast interviews for The WHY of MY City.

4 Young adults who are 18-24 Years old living in St. Louis, MO

$400 each 

No experience needed.

Portions of this internship takes part during school hours. You must have a GED or high school diploma to apply.

Internship Schedule:

Saturdays: 12:00-5:00, Nov 12 and Jan 21

Wednesdays: 12:00-5:00, Nov 9, Nov 16, Dec 14

#2 Music and Poetry Production Internship:

Saint Louis Story Stitchers seeks 4 youth 16-24 years old and living in St. Louis for an internship to collaborate with Story Stitchers artists to write and produce new music and poetry for The WHY of MY City.

4 Youth and young adults who are 16-24 years old living in St. Louis, MO

$400 each

No experience needed.

Internship Schedule:

Saturdays: 12:00-5:00, Nov 12 and Jan 21

Tuesdays: 4:00-8:00, Nov 15, Nov 22, Dec 13, Dec 20

The WHY of MY City Internship applications open until November 4th at midnight.

Apply HERE

 

Acknowledgements:

The WHY of MY City is supported in part by a grant from Missouri Arts Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and the State of Missouri.

The WHY of MY City is supported in part by a grant from Missouri Humanities Council. The Missouri Humanities Council (MHC) has awarded a grant to Saint Louis Story Stitchers in support of the project, The WHY of MY City. The MHC is the only state wide agency in Missouri devoted exclusively to humanities education for citizens of all ages. It has served as a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities since 1971.

Additional funds are provided by The Lewis Prize for Music Accelerator Grant of 2021 and by the Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund.

Additional funds for youth engagement and podcasting are provided by the City of St. Louis Youth at Risk Crime Prevention grant of 2022.

Funds are also provided by the Arts and Education Council.

Saint Louis Story Stitchers is a resident organization of Kranzberg Arts Foundation. The WHY of MY City will be presented at the .ZACK in June 2023.