YOUTH OPPORTUNITY RAP SESSION


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UP This Week:

Stitchers Youth Council

YOUTH OPPORTUNITY RAP SESSION

Open to 16-24 year olds

Saturday, August 24, 2:00 – 3:30 PM

Stitchers Storefront Studio

616 N Skinker Blvd.

Free parking in the City lot behind the building.

Discussion and application / registration session for creative opportunities for youth at Saint Louis Story Stitchers. B in the know 🙂

 

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Stitchers Youth Council

OPEN AUDITIONS

Open to 16-24 year olds

Saturday, August 31, 12:00 -4:00 PM

Stitchers Storefront Studio

616 N Skinker Blvd.

Come learn about creative opportunities at Saint Louis Story Stitchers and meet some of the artists. It’s Wash U Day so pick up a freebie give away!

Share your artistic work in spoken word, hip hop or music, photography or videography.

Volunteer to help with our next big event, Super Heroes the West Side on October 26th and get to know the Lou through our eyes!

 

Free parking in the City lot behind the building.

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Take a Listen


Take a listen…

Saint Louis On The Air

St. Louis Story Stitchers Advance Civic Pride Through Performance Art

  AUG 2, 2019

On Tuesday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Sarah Fenske will talk with poet Tylea Wilson and  dancer Shawn Prather who have performed with Story Stitchers over the years. The group’s CEO, Susan Colangelo, will also join the conversation.

St. Louis Public Radio’s On The Air
August 6, 2019
90.7 FM
Coming UP Next:
Pick the City UP 
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Saturday, August 10
11:30-12:00
America’s Center
Downtown St. Louis
Bayer Health Fair at Urban Expo presented by Missouri Foundation for Health and the Urban League of St. Louis
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Saturday, August 10
Performance 1:15-2:00
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Gregory J Carter Park in Walnut Park
5800 Lillian Ave, St. Louis, 63120
Greater Pentecostal Church of God’s 20th Annual Community Day

Catch Story Stitchers on St. Louis Public Radio’s “On The Air”


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Tuesday, August 6

On Tuesday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Sarah Fenske will talk with poet Tylea Wilson and  dancer Shawn Prather who have performed with Story Stitchers over the years. The group’s CEO, Susan Colangelo, will also join the conversation.

St. Louis Public Radio’s On The Air
Coming UP Next:
Pick the City UP 
Saturday, August 10

11:30-12:00
America’s Center
Downtown St. Louis
Bayer Health Fair at Urban Expo presented by Missouri Foundation for Health and the Urban League of St. Louis

Saturday, August 10
Performance 1:15-2:00
Gregory J Carter Park in Walnut Park
5800 Lillian Ave, St. Louis, 63120
Greater Pentecostal Church of God’s 20th Annual Community Day

Pick the City UP Swings Through the Lou!


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Story Stitchers perform Pick the City UP at the Tillie’s Corner Block Party and Health Fair on July 13th, 2019 in the JeffVanderLou neighborhood.

Saint Louis Story Stitchers are lovin’ the 2019 Pick the City UP Tour!!

Pick the City UP 2019 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.

Story Stitchers August 3rd performance will include leading hip hop artist KP Dennis and the wild and wonderful Ntegrity plus a great line up from Stitchers Youth Council!

August 10th two separate performances will include Master Storyteller Bobby Norfolk and the another great group from Stitchers Youth Council!

Fun, educational, family-friendly shows you will remember!

#DROPTHEGUN  #KEEPTHEPEACE STL!!

Saturday, August 3
Pick the City UP
1:30-4:30 PM
WEST SIDE STREET FEAST

1514 Hodiamont, St. Louis, 63112

 

Tuesday, August 6

St. Louis On The Air

Noon Hour

St. Louis Public Radio, 90.7 FM

Catch Susan Colangelo, Story Stitchers President & CEO with Stitchers Youth Council members Tylea Wilson and Shawn Prather.

 

Saturday, August 10

Pick the City UP

11:30 AM-12:00 PM

Bayer Health Fair at Urban Expo

presented by Missouri Foundation for Health

Urban League of St. Louis

America’s Center, Downtown St. Louis

 

Saturday, August 10

Pick the City UP

1:15-2:00

Greater Pentecostal Church of God’s 20th Annual Community Day

Gregory J Carter Park in Walnut Park

5800 Lillian Ave, St. Louis, 63120

 

Pick the City UP 2019 Tour is presented with support from Missouri Foundation for Health, Regional Arts Commission, LUSH Corporation’s The Charity Pot, Kranzberg Arts Foundation, Steward Family Foundation, Cardinals Care, and Incarnate Word Foundation.

For the latest news visit storystitchers.orgstorystitchers@gmail.com or 314-899-9001

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Bowl A Thon @ The Pin Up Bowl 2Day!


 

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2018 Bowl A Thon at Tropicana Bowl

2019 Bowl A Thon! 

Join us for the 2019 Bowl-a-Thon!

Sunday, July 28th, 2019

Pin Up Bowl in the Delmar Loop

6191 Delmar Blvd

4:00-7:00 PM

Saint Louis Story Stitchers 4th Annual Bowl A Thon is the charitable organization’s annual fundraiser.

Funds from this bowl-a-thon will go directly to benefit Saint Louis Story Stitchers Youth Gun Violence Prevention Program.

Come say hello and cheer on the youth teams! 🙂

It’s not too late to make a donation!

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Purchase a Bowl A Thon T-shirt for $20!

Here’s what gifts you collect can accomplish:

  • $25 will sponsor the cost of start-up for 1 participant in Stitchers Youth Council Program
  • $50 can sponsor a youth in one performance or cultural outing
  • $100 can fund a teaching artist at a creative workshop
  • $250 can fund a video of Story Stitchers at work in the community
  • $500 can help fund an after school assembly program
  • $1,000 can fund a Story Stitchers performance on gun violence prevention for a community center or neighborhood block party.

Join us in supporting real change. Let’s support good in the world and make a difference. Youth gun violence is a terrible problem that takes innocent lives. Youth who are living in economically challenged neighborhoods are at the highest risk to be effected by gun violence. But this CAN change!

Story Stitchers work shows African American youth in positive roles as active, leading members of their generation and of the community at large. Youth engaged in the program experience social and emotional support and personal growth, become active and engaged citizens, learn to cooperate and collaborate, have strong mentors and build lasting friendships, and are less likely to become involved in criminal activity and youth violence. Help Saint Louis Story Stitchers save young lives!

Thank you for your help!

Hope to see you there!

 

Good For Your Health is ONLINE!


The music video Good For Your Health is online!

The song will be live on iTunes and major music platforms August 1, 2019! STORE

GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH

Good For Your Health, is a body of work that develops youth leadership and addresses food insecurity, one of the root causes of gun violence. 

Good For Your Health explores food insecurity, nutrition, and healthy food choices, and celebrates the beauty and bounty of Missouri agriculture.

In Missouri865,400 people are struggling with hunger – and of them 243,110 are children. In Missouri, as in the rest of America, 1 in 6 children may not know where they will get their next meal. For the nearly 13 million kids in the U.S. facing hunger, getting the energy they need to learn and grow can be a day-in, day-out challenge.  (Source: Feeding America)

Good for Your Health is a school assembly program that includes curriculum connections on nutrition and bullying. The program is appropriate for 5-15-year-old children. The interactive program includes original music, a skit, games and dance and covers nutrition and bullying in fun and innovative ways.

Good For Your Health has been created with support from Missouri Foundation for Health, LUSH Corporation’s The Charity Pot, Incarnate Word Foundation, and St. Louis Mental Health Board and with support from the Randy and Ann Lipton Charitable Fund of the St. Louis Community Foundation.

See Story Stitcher perform Good For Your Health at the West Side Street Feast on August 3rd, 2019, 1:30-4:30 PM at 1514 Hodiamont, corner of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd and Hodiamont!

For more information please visit storystitchers.org.

Good For Your Health

Produced by Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective
Copyright 2019

Music by

Stitchers Youth Council
Emeara Burns, AnnaLise Cason, She’Kinah Taylor, Shawn Taylor and Michaela Taylor

With Audio Engineering by Ntegrity
Story Stitchers Artist in Residence

Produced at Stitchers Storefront Studio in St. Louis, MO
2018

Mastered at Shock City Studio, St. Louis, MO
2019

Music Video

Directed and filmed by Quinsonta Boyd, Boyd Media

Filmed on location at:

Winslow’s Farm, through the generosity of the Lipton Family in Augusta, MO

Midwest Farmer’s Market in the West Delmar Loop, University City, MO

Miss Tillie’s Corner in the JeffVanderLou neighborhood of St. Louis, MO

All rights reserved. Copyright 2019.

Public schools may receive free-use permission for the music video by contacting Saint Louis Story Stitchers at storystitchers@gmail.com.

Donation

Support the educational programs of Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective.

$25.00

Job Opening


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Saint Louis Story Stitchers after the STAND DOWN RISE UP performance at Gateway Arch National Park on February 18, 2019.

Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective gathers African American youth ages 16-24 years old to talk about current issues and turn that into art aimed at creating social change. The Artists Collective’s current focus is bullying, bias, and gun violence. Story Stitchers promote peace and understanding through a unique brand of urban storytelling, art, and hip-hop. Story Stitchers work on the root causes of youth gun violence including the trauma of poverty and the lack of adult guidance and mentorship by providing ongoing vocational training, safe spaces to gather, relevant cultural experiences, meaningful methods of self-expression, and character education through weekly meetings, in-school assembly programs, community building, and performances. The work of the Collective is authentic and powerful. It documents black history through written word and art including poetry, photography and video recordings while training the next generation to become active, engaged citizens. Programs become a force multiplier, rippling into families, schools and neighborhoods and offering solutions to pervasive urban problems.

Employment Status: New Position

Regular: Review                                                                                                                               

Role: Administrative, Exempt

Job Title: Program Director

Open until filled.

The Program Director is responsible for the coordination and administration of youth programs and youth recruitment through engagement with schools and local community organizations.

The ideal candidate knows that artists can be catalysts for social change and is excited to collaborate with artists, teenagers and young adults to join and support their efforts in strengthening the 5-year-old organization.

For more information please see the full job listing.

Program Director Position: APPLY AT INDEED

Final nights of Peace in the Prairie @ The Dark Room


Closing Thursday, July 25th, 2019

Catch the final days of Story Stitchers Peace in the Prairie Photography Exhibition!!

Live jazz, great photography and relaxing fun!

 

The Dark Room

3610 Grandel Square

Drop In 5:00-9:00 PM

Plus enjoy a solo set by jazz pianist Ptah Williams

5:30 to 7:30 PM.

 

Saint Louis Story Stitchers’ Peace in the Prairie expands the artistic body of work of African American artists, supports the exploration of natural settings by both artists and audiences and the greater understanding of Missouri’s endangered prairies. The exhibition highlights photographic work collected for the project in Missouri prairie lands.

Is the path towards peace through Missouri’s prairies?

Artistic collaborators on the project include visual artists Troy Anthony, Susan Colangelo, Demil Johnson AKA Superhood, and Stitchers Youth Council photographers Cali Fleming and She’Kinah Taylor. Performing artists on the larger project include K.P. Dennis, Reginald McNichols AKA Ntegrity and Bobby Norfolk.

Produced by Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective in association with The Dark Room, Gina Grafos and Kranzberg Arts Foundation.

Peace in the Prairie has been created with support from Missouri Arts Council, a State Agency. The project is supported by Missouri Foundation for Health and by Kranzberg Arts Foundation.

The Dark Room is open Monday through Thursday, 4:00 M-12:00 AM, Friday, 4:00 PM through 1:00 AM, Saturday, 10:30 AM through 1:00 AM and Sunday 10:30 AM through 9:00 PM

Free and Family-friendly

 

Youth Open Mic @ The Fellowship


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Saint Louis Story Stitchers Youth Council and South Side Youth Council, based at Thomas Dunn Learning Center, are co-hosting a Youth Open Mic in conjunction with Story Stitchers Pick the City UP Tour and Youth at the Center programs.
16-24 year old’s take the microphone!
Friends! Food! Fun! Free.
Register HERE!
Thursday, July 25, 2019
5:00-8:00 PM

The Fellowship

2607 Potomac Street

St. Louis, MO 63118

 

Dutchtown Neighborhood
This program provides an open mic opportunity for 16-24 year olds.
Teen youth groups are welcome with registration and adult staff. 
Space is limited.
Rules will apply.
All ages, original material only. 
Register for a time slot at the mic at the door.
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Fun! Friends! Snacks provided!
All Open Mic participants ages 16-24 may register to win by audience popular vote!
1st Place: $50 Gift Card and a Pick the City UP 2019 Tour shirt
2nd Place: Pick the City UP 2019 Tour shirt
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This program is created by and for 16-24 year old youth.
Unsupervised children ages 15 or younger will not be admitted.
Proof of age may be required at the door.
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Register HERE!
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Pick the City UP 2019 Tour and Youth at the Center programs are presented with support from Missouri Foundation for Health, LUSH Corporation’s The Charity Pot, Regional Arts Commission, Kranzberg Arts Foundation, Steward Family Foundation, Cardinals Care, and Incarnate Word Foundation.
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Pick the City UP Tour! presents Saint Louis Story Stitchers unique brand of urban storytelling, featuring live hip hop, spoken word and story magic on public health issues St. Louis cares about including gun violence prevention. Pay tribute, join the fun, and make a difference. Now moving into its 3rd year in 2019, the Tour has stopped at community centers, neighborhoods, parks, and cultural venues across St. Louis, using the arts as a catalyst for neighborhood community building.
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Next UP:
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Saturday, August 3rd
West Side Street Feast!!
MLK & Hodiamont

Next UP: Miss Tillie’s Corner Block Party!


IMG_6475.jpgSaint Louis Story Stitchers are excited to take the 2019 Pick the City UP Tour to Miss Tillie’s Corner for a big ol’ Block Party!!!

Story Stitchers send a very special THANK YOU to Carla and Miguel Alexander for hosting us for the 3rd year in a row!! Wooo Hooo!!!

LIVE SHOW!
Saturday, July 13
Pick the City UP
1:00 -3:00 PM
Miss Tillie’s Corner Block Party and Health Resource Fair
1345 N Garrison, St. Louis, MO 63106
JeffVanderLou

Pick the City UP 2019 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.

Story Stitchers July 13th performance will include Master Storyteller Bobby Norfolk, leading hip hop artist KP Dennis and the wild and wonderful Ntegrity plus a great line up from Stitchers Youth Council!

A fun, educational, family-friendly show you will remember!

#DROPTHEGUN  #KEEPTHEPEACE STL!!

Pick the City UP 2019 Tour is presented with support from Missouri Foundation for Health, LUSH Corporation’s The Charity Pot, Regional Arts Commission, Kranzberg Arts Foundation, Steward Family Foundation, Cardinals Care, and Incarnate Word Foundation.

The Block Party presented by Miss Tillie’s Corner includes a wide array of health resource vendors and civic leaders who will engage with the neighborhood and enjoy conversations and snacks in this historic  JeffVanderLou neighborhood.

Vendors this year include Moms Demand Action, Father’s Support, Stop the Bleed, Safe House, League of Women Voters, City of St. Louis Health Department, and more!

All events are free and family-friendly.

For more information please visit storystitchers.org.