Mr. Norfolk


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Old St. Louis County Courthouse, 11 N 4th St, St. Louis

Today is Saturday, February 24th, 2018. Story Stitchers will gather at the Missouri History Museum to watch Bobby Norfolk perform in I, Dred Scott at 2:00 in Lee Auditorium.  It’s a free, family-friendly show.

Saint Louis Story Stitchers has been honored to work closely with Master Storyteller Bobby Norfolk over the last year. Working with such an accomplished artist has helped the youth and artists of Story Stitchers push the bar higher on storytelling as a craft, on art as a means to push for change, and as communicators.

Mr. Norfolk has engaged with Stitchers as a performing artist, senior consultant on the practice of social justice art, and as the director of the 2017/18 Not Another One! A Play 4 Peace school assembly series which took place in St. Louis Public School District, hosted by Kaylan Holloway’s Kings of Distinction at Central Visual and Performing Arts High School and engaging youth from five local high schools through theatrical storytelling and discussion. Three years in the making, Lauron Thompson and KP Dennis led the Stitchers in the creation of the final original script and score. Youth led interactions and lively post-performance Q&A’s with St. Louis Metropolitan Police, BJC physicians, leading experts in gun violence and social work from Washington University, social work leaders from K.H.A.O.S., and more. The play was developed with support from The Saigh Foundation, Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund, and Wells Fargo Advisors.

Mr. Norfolk is currently a featured artist in Saint Louis Story Stitchers Teen Rap Crisis II, a humanities-based program designed to give voice to concerns and triumphs, uncover facts, and build awareness of public health issues as seen through the eyes of contemporary African American youth, ages 15-24.  Reflecting on the original 25-year-old Teen Rap Crisis, participants will partake in thoughtful discussion and collaborative learning experiences through writing with Story Stitchers artists Bobby Norfolk, KP Dennis and Howard Cox, leading to a poetic performance and a post-performance discussion with Professor Sean Joe from Washington University, a scholar in Black male adolescent self-destructive behavior and related societal causes and implications. Activities take place both inside and out of the City of St. Louis Juvenile Detention Center, providing an opportunity for youth to explore topics related to individual lives and society at large through writing, discussion, performance and learning. The program is a part of the St. Louis Storytelling Festival.

Mr. Norfolk is also featured on video performing at Tillie’s Corner as a part of the art exhibition and will perform live at the Sheldon Concert Hall with the Story Stitchers as part of Pick the City UP.

The Sheldon Art Galleries presents Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective: 

Pick the City UP

March 2 – April 21, 2018 in the Nancy Spirtas Kranzberg Gallery. 

An opening reception is scheduled for 
Friday, March 2 from 5 – 7 p.m. 
Pop UP Performance at 6:00.

3648 WASHINGTON BOULEVARD | SAINT LOUIS, MO | 63108 | 314.533.9900

WWW.THESHELDON.ORG

Galleries are open until 9 p.m. for First Fridays in Grand Center.

The Sheldon Art Galleries are open Tuesdays, Noon – 8 p.m.; Wednesdays – Fridays, Noon – 5 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and one hour prior to Sheldon performances and during intermission.

Admission is free.

For more information on exhibitions, visit the galleries’ website atTheSheldon.org.

 

Notes from Home

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

7:30 – 8:30 PM

Sheldon Concert Hall

3648 Washington Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63108

Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective

Pick the City UP Glo Sho!

Pick the City UP at the Sheldon Concert Hall will feature Story Stitchers youth and adults performing original, family-friendly spoken word and hip hop including some wild B-Boy moves! Come and join St. Louis’s top young performers and their mentors and become a part of the movement they are spreading to help make our beautiful city a healthier and happier place for all.

Admission Free, Suggested Donation $10, All ages

 

 

 

Building Relationships Stitch by Stitch


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Stitchers Youth Council members visit Wash U’s Experimental Design class

Stitchers Youth Council dancers visited a Washington University fashion design class on President’s Day to discuss their costume choices for the dance finale of the upcoming performance, Pick the City UP, at the Sheldon Concert Hall.

Story Stitchers are collaborating with the Experimental Design class taught by Mary Ruppert-Stroescu, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Fashion Design, in the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, to try to push their messaging of building a stronger city through design to new heights.

Don’t miss the chance to see what the class and the dancers come UP with…

Notes from Home

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

7:30 – 8:30 PM

Sheldon Concert Hall

3648 Washington Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63108

Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective

Pick the City UP Glo Sho!

Pick the City UP at the Sheldon Concert Hall will feature Story Stitchers youth and adults performing original, family-friendly spoken word and hip hop including some wild B-Boy moves! Come and join St. Louis’s top young performers and their mentors and become a part of the movement they are spreading to help make our beautiful city a healthier and happier place for all.

Admission Free, Suggested Donation $10, All ages

 

Pick the City UP at the Sheldon Art Galleries and Concert Hall is sponsored in part by a grant from Missouri Foundation for Health to Saint Louis Story StitchersThe Foundation is a resource for the region, working with communities and nonprofits to generate and accelerate positive changes in health. As a catalyst for change, the Foundation improves the health of Missourians through a combination of partnership, experience, knowledge, and funding.

Additional support provided by Alison and John Ferring.

Experimental Design


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Antonio, Cali and Antonio visit a Washington University fashion design class

Stitchers Youth Council dancers Antonio, Cali, Shawn, Emeara and Antonio visited a Washington University fashion design class on President’s Day to discuss their costume choices for the dance finale of the upcoming performance, Pick the City UP, at the Sheldon Concert Hall.

Story Stitchers are collaborating with the Experimental Design class taught by Mary Ruppert-Stroescu, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Fashion Design to try to push their messaging of building a stronger city through design to new heights.

Don’t miss the chance to see what the class and the dancers come UP with…

Notes from Home

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

7:30 – 8:30 PM

Sheldon Concert Hall

3648 Washington Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63108

Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective

Pick the City UP Glo Sho!

Pick the City UP at the Sheldon Concert Hall will feature Story Stitchers youth and adults performing original, family-friendly spoken word and hip hop including some wild B-Boy moves! Come and join St. Louis’s top young performers and their mentors and become a part of the movement they are spreading to help make our beautiful city a healthier and happier place for all.

Admission Free, Suggested Donation $10, All ages

 

Pick the City UP at the Sheldon Art Galleries and Concert Hall is sponsored in part by a grant from Missouri Foundation for Health to Saint Louis Story StitchersThe Foundation is a resource for the region, working with communities and nonprofits to generate and accelerate positive changes in health. As a catalyst for change, the Foundation improves the health of Missourians through a combination of partnership, experience, knowledge, and funding.

Additional support provided by Alison and John Ferring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exhibition Coming UP


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Stitchers Youth Council members prepare for an exhibition at the Sheldon Art Galleries

Stitchers Youth Council members Chris, Arion and Jaquan create a chalk wall drawing highlighting themes in the Story Stitchers original board game entitled, TRAP LIFE: Where Teen Choices Matter for an art exhibition opening March 2nd at the Sheldon Art Galleries.

The game, on display and ready to be played, was created by Stitchers youth and artists and is an educational game that teaches strategic thinking for youth as they navigate urban life on their journey to high school graduation.

Join Story Stitchers for a Pop UP performance on opening night, sit down and play the game, watch a music video, check out youth art and writing and add your wish about public health in your neighborhood to The Wish Box!

 

The Sheldon Art Galleries 
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ART EXHIBIT FOCUSING ON STOPPING GUN VIOLENCE

The Sheldon Art Galleries presents Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective: 

Pick the City UP

March 2 – April 21, 2018 in the Nancy Spirtas Kranzberg Gallery. 

An opening reception is scheduled for 
Friday, March 2 from 5 – 7 p.m. 
Pop UP Performance at 6:00.

3648 WASHINGTON BOULEVARD | SAINT LOUIS, MO | 63108 | 314.533.9900

WWW.THESHELDON.ORG

Galleries are open until 9 p.m. for First Fridays in Grand Center.

The Sheldon Art Galleries are open Tuesdays, Noon – 8 p.m.; Wednesdays – Fridays, Noon – 5 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and one hour prior to Sheldon performances and during intermission.

Admission is free.

For more information on exhibitions, visit the galleries’ website atTheSheldon.org.

 

Notes from Home

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

7:30 – 8:30 PM

Sheldon Concert Hall

3648 Washington Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63108

Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective

Pick the City UP Glo Sho!

Pick the City UP at the Sheldon Concert Hall will feature Story Stitchers youth and adults performing original, family-friendly spoken word and hip hop including some wild B-Boy moves! Come and join St. Louis’s top young performers and their mentors and become a part of the movement they are spreading to help make our beautiful city a healthier and happier place for all.

Admission Free, Suggested Donation $10, All ages

 

Pick the City UP at the Sheldon Art Galleries and Concert Hall is sponsored in part by a grant from Missouri Foundation for Health to Saint Louis Story StitchersThe Foundation is a resource for the region, working with communities and nonprofits to generate and accelerate positive changes in health. As a catalyst for change, the Foundation improves the health of Missourians through a combination of partnership, experience, knowledge, and funding.

Additional support provided by Alison and John Ferring.

Teen Rap Crisis II


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Saint Louis Story Stitchers is working collaboratively to create an approach to health issues affecting Missouri’s urban youth. Story Stitchers bring the humanities to the forefront through a unique form of “urban storytelling”.

Teen Rap Crisis II is a humanities-based program designed to give voice to concerns and triumphs, uncover facts, and build awareness of public health issues as seen through the eyes of contemporary African American youth, ages 15-24.  Reflecting on the original 25-year-old Teen Rap Crisis, participants will partake in thoughtful discussion and collaborative learning experiences through writing with Story Stitchers artists Bobby Norfolk, KP Dennis and Howard Cox, leading to a poetic performance and a post-performance discussion with Professor Sean Joe from Washington University, a scholar in Black male adolescent self-destructive behavior and related societal causes and implications. Activities take place both inside and out of the City of St. Louis Juvenile Detention Center, providing an opportunity for youth to explore topics related to individual lives and society at large through writing, discussion, performance and learning. The program is a part of the St. Louis Storytelling Festival.

The goals of the activity are to bring attention, clarity and opportunity for meaningful action to the issues surrounding the challenges faced by youth, especially African American youth in urban environments through documentation, storytelling, performance and discussion. The program also creates opportunities for intergenerational interaction and collaborative storytelling through collaborative learning experiences and discussion.

Saturday, May 5       St. Louis Storytelling Festival

10:00-12:00        City of St. Louis Juvenile Detention Center 

No public admission.

Teen Rap Crisis II Performance and Discussion

and

2:00-2:30       Kranzberg Arts Center Gallery    

PUBLIC PERFORMANCE / Q & A

Kranzberg Arts Center Gallery

501 N Grand Blvd., St. Louis 63103

For The Talking Cure exhibition:

All ages.

Free.

Saint Louis Story Stitchers is supporting this program in partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council and with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the St. Louis Storytelling Festival, Kranzberg Arts Foundation, and Missouri Foundation for Health and in collaboration with the City of St. Louis Juvenile Detention Center and the City of St. Louis Department of Health.

 

 

Broken Hearts


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Today is February 14, 2018.

Today is the 45th day of 2018.

Today the 18th American  school shooting of 2018 occurred.

17 people were killed today.

At least 14 people were injured.

The 19 year old shooter today was armed with an AR-15 rifle.

Americans buy 1 million and a half AR-15 rifles each year.

Americans buy 6 million cars each year.

SWAT teams can get to an emergency situation in 2-3 minutes.

The AR-15 can unload a 30-round magazine in seconds.

There have been over 180 mass shootings in America since 2009.

 

What can we do?

Vote.

Demand reasonable gun laws.

Support training for emergency responders and police.

Support mental health trauma training and better mental health accessibility.

Support strengthening school security.

Support school personnel training.

Mentor a youth.

Read to a child.

Support organizations that work with youth.

Register your legal weapon.

Report missing weapons.

Unload and lock your legal weapon.

Ask friends, families, parents if their guns are stored unloaded and locked.

If you see or hear something, say something.

If you know someone in crisis Call 911.

 

Victims of violence include the living. Embrace them.

Learn the facts.

Get involved.

 

Pick the City UP @ The Sheldon


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The Wish Box Project in Dutchtown, © 2017, Saint Louis Story Stitchers.

 

The Sheldon Art Galleries presents

Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective: Pick the City UP

March 2 – April 21, 2018 in the Nancy Spirtas Kranzberg Gallery.

3648 WASHINGTON BOULEVARD | SAINT LOUIS, MO | 63108

An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, March 2 from 5 – 7 p.m.

Pop UP Performance  6:00 PM

Saint Louis Story Stitchers Pick the City UP presents an overview of recent Saint Louis Story Stitchers projects that focus on stopping gun violence, furthering the message through dynamic music videos, colorful documentary photographs, youth poetry from the Curating Teen Voices portfolio, and music and spoken word events.

This audience-interactive exhibit includes a message wall and photos from the Wish Box Project, as well as a game called “TRAP LIFE Where Teen Choices Matter,” which visitors are encouraged to play. Developed by the young members of the collective, it helps to demonstrate the struggles that urban youth face and the tools they can utilize as they navigate teenage years. The exhibit is designed to help foster a deeper understanding of the triumphs and challenges of St. Louis’ African-American teenagers coming of age in the city today.

Special Event in conjunction with the exhibit:

Pick the City UP Glo Sho!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m., Sheldon Concert Hall.

Pick the City UP Glo Sho! presents Saint Louis Story Stitchers’ unique brand of urban storytelling, featuring original, family-friendly spoken word, hip hop music and B-Boy dance moves on public health issues, including gun violence prevention. St. Louis’s top young performers and their mentors will encourage attendees to become a part of the movement to help make our city a healthier and happier place for all.

Admission Free (Suggested Donation $10), all ages welcome.

Funding for this exhibition was provided in part by Missouri Foundation for Health through a grant to Saint Louis Story Stitchers.

Additional support provided by Alison and John Ferring.

Galleries are open until 9 p.m. for First Fridays in Grand Center. The Sheldon Art Galleries are open Tuesdays, Noon – 8 p.m.; Wednesdays – Fridays, Noon – 5 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and one hour prior to Sheldon performances and during intermission. Admission is free. For more information on exhibitions, visit the galleries’ website at TheSheldon.org.

 

STAY WOKE


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“STAY WOKE”” by LaShonda 2017

My name is LaShonda. I am 17 years old and a member of Stitchers Youth Council.

I’m stitching my story to you from a piece I did called ” STAY WOKE!”

This piece amplifies the topic of police brutality which is a constant problem in our community.  I drew this piece to say that eyes that are awake or “stay woke” and pay attention to our community can hold important knowledge and bloom like a flower. Within the piece the eyes hold the initials of people who have died from police brutality. The flowers shown in the piece are also representative of the flowers at their funerals.  The people who have passed will never see their own beauty.

We become their flowers.

It’s blooming season, so stay woke.

#Dropthegun      #Keepthepeace      #Staywoke

Teen Rap Crisis II Open Call 4 Youth


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Teen Rap Crisis II          

OPEN CALL 4 Youth                                                                               

St. Louis Storytelling Festival 2018

Saint Louis Story Stitchers is working collaboratively to create an approach to health issues affecting Missouri’s urban youth. Story Stitchers bring the humanities to the forefront through a unique form of “urban storytelling”.

For 15-24 year olds. Up to ten spots total.

APPLY at Stitchers Storefront Studio

616 N Skinker Blvd.

SATURDAY JANUARY 27, 2018

11:00-3:00

Teen Rap Crisis II is a humanities-based program designed to give voice to concerns and triumphs, uncover facts, and build awareness of public health issues as seen through the eyes of contemporary African American youth, ages 15-24. Activities take place both inside and out of the City of St. Louis Juvenile Detention Center, providing an opportunity for youth to explore topics related to individual lives and society at large through writing, discussion, performance and learning. The program is a part of the St. Louis Storytelling Festival.

Sponsored in part by Missouri Humanities Council, Missouri Foundation for Health, St. Louis Storytelling Festival, Kranzberg Arts Foundation, Washington University in St. Louis. In collaboration with the City of St. Louis Juvenile Detention Center and the City of St. Louis Department of Health.

Stitchers Youth Council Work for Hire Fee: A maximum $100 Youth Stipend will be awarded to Youth who successfully complete the project by check on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at the Storefront Studio.

For 15-24 year olds. Up to ten spots total.

APPLY at Stitchers Storefront Studio

616 N Skinker Blvd.

SATURDAY JANUARY 27, 2018

11:00-3:00

Under 18? Please bring a parent or guardian to sign off for you.