‘Dwell in Other Futures’


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‘Dwell in Other Futures’ conference this weekend

Dwell in Other Futures is a two-day festival of art and ideas exploring the collisions of race, urbanism, and futurism, providing a platform for alternate visions of the St. Louis to come.

Visions of the future shape how we see the present. On Friday and Saturday, April 27 and 28, Washington University’s Divided City initiative will co-sponsor “Dwell in Other Futures,” a two-day event exploring how collisions of race, urbanism and futurism might spark fresh ideas about the city that is and the city that is to come.

Dwell in Other Futures is organized by Gavin Kroeber, Tim Portlock, and Rebecca Wanzo.

Congratulations to all, especially Tim, a member of the Story Stitchers board.

Events take place at the .ZACK and the Pulitzer Arts Fundation

RSVP online.

https://dwellinotherfutures.com/

“A sense of optimism…”


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Saturday, April 14, 2018 7:30 PM

KDHX and St. Louis Poetry Center present Bullets Into Bells: Poets & Citizens Respond to Gun Violence

At The Stage at KDHX

Special thanks to Erin Quick from the St. Louis Poetry Center for the invitation to participate.

3524 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103

Free, open to the public

STORY STITCHERS PERFORMANCE:

Representing The Collective: Leading performing artists in the Stitchers Youth Council will perform their original poems, Different by Emeara and Different II by Branden. The poems draw from stories collected by the artists from St. Louis neighborhoods and reflect on the pressures of gang violence.

The Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective is a non-profit organization engaged in urban storytelling whose mission is to document St. Louis through art and word to promote understanding, civic pride, intergenerational relationships and literacy. Collective artists work alongside 15-24-year-old urban youth to collect stories, reframe and retell them using the arts to promote a better educated, more peaceful and caring society. Current projects focus on public health issues including gun violence.

Poets and panelists:
Dana Levin, Aaron Coleman, Mary Jo Bang, Cheeraz Gorman, Kenneth J. Pruitt, MO State Rep. Stacey Newman, Becky Morgan from Moms Demand Action, Emeara and Branden from Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective, Dr. Laurie Punch from Washington University in St. Louis and moderator, co-editor of Bullets into Bells, Brian Clements.

This program is presented in conjunction with:

I.M.A.G.I.N.E. Peace Now at Craft Alliance

Saint Louis Story Stitchers presentation is sponsored in part by a grant from Missouri Foundation for Health to Saint Louis Story Stitchers. The 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.

To learn more about Saint Louis Story Stitchers visit the exhibition Pick the City UP at the Sheldon Art Galleries through April 21st.

Story Stitchers Community Council


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Photograph from The Wish Box Project, c Saint Louis Story Stitchers, 2017

The Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that brings youth, 15-24 years old, and artists together in documenting our community  to build a healthier, more peaceful society through storytelling.

SAINT LOUIS STORY STITCHERS COMMUNITY COUNCIL

 The purpose of the Community Council is to build a network of support for the organization.

Story Stitchers Vice President Cassandria White serves as board liaison.

Community Council members…

Stay up to date, follow the blog and help to spread the word through social media.

Attend events and bring guests.

Participate in the annual Bowl A Thon fundraiser.

Join today!

Email storystitchers@gmail.com or call 314-899-9001.

 

Anthony and Antonio on the Cat Walk!


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Story Stitchers at a visit to the Experimental Design Class

Story Stitchers Youth Council members Antonio and Anthony will appear on the cat walk at the 89th Annual Sam Fox School of Art and Design Fashion Show.

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.

Anthony and Antonio will wear clothing that features accessories created by the student designers.

Sunday, April 15th

Third Degree Glass Factory

5200 Delmar Blvd.

Doors Open 4:30

Ticketed Event

The event will feature dozens of models wearing scores of outfits created by fashion design majors.

The show begins at 5p and will be followed by a reception for the designers at 5:30p. Advance VIP tickets—which include front-row seating, a gift bag, and a pre-show event sponsored by the St. Louis Fashion Fund—are $125.

General admission tickets (i.e. second- and third-row seating) are $50, or $20 for standing-room-only. Tickets are available through the Edison Theatre Box Office, 314.935.6543, or online at edison.wustl.edu.

For more information, email samfoxschool@wustl.edu or search #wustlfashion on Twitter and Instagram.

Bullets Into Bells


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Saturday, April 14, 2018  7:30

KDHX and St. Louis Poetry Center present Bullets Into Bells: Poets & Citizens Respond to Gun Violence

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At The Stage at KDHX

3524 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103

Free, open to the public

STORY STITCHERS PERFORMANCE:

Representing The Collective: Leading performing artists in the Stitchers Youth Council will perform their original poems, Different by Emeara and Different II by Branden. The poems draw from stories collected by the artists from St. Louis neighborhoods and reflect on the pressures of gang violence.

The Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective is a non-profit organization engaged in urban storytelling whose mission is to document St. Louis through art and word to promote understanding, civic pride, intergenerational relationships and literacy. Collective artists work alongside 15-24-year-old urban youth to collect stories, reframe and retell them using the arts to promote a better educated, more peaceful and caring society. Current projects focus on public health issues including gun violence.

This program is presented in conjunction with:

I.M.A.G.I.N.E. Peace Now at Craft Alliance

Saint Louis Story Stitchers presentation is sponsored in part by a grant from Missouri Foundation for Health to Saint Louis Story Stitchers. The 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.

To learn more about Saint Louis Story Stitchers visit the exhibition Pick the City UP at the Sheldon Art Galleries through April 21st.

50 years ago today


 

Today, April 4, 2018, marks 50 years since the day Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Stitching and Videography Susan Colangelo
Music Ron Robinson, A Cry for Help

Saint Louis Story Stitchers c 2017

OPEN AUDITIONS CONTINUE!


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For the Summer Tour!

Last Saturday’s Open Auditions 4 youth were great! Thanks everyone!!

See clips of some of the artists on instagram and twitter @storystitchers.

WHO: Artists 16-24 years old & New Adult Artists

PLUS Summer Tour Registration 4 Returning Adult Artists

If you want consideration for this summer’s tour line-up come in and let us know!

Show us the piece or act you would like to perform in the tour.

All original, family friendly work related to the Story Stitchers mission.

To document St. Louis through art and word to promote understanding, civic pride, intergenerational relationships and literacy.

The tour is especially focused on public health issues including gun violence, safe driving, addiction, healthy eating, peer pressure, and bullying.

WHAT: Hip hop, spoken word, dance, instrumentals.

Acts must have an easy set up. 

WHEN: Saturday, April 28, 2018   *  10:00 am -12:00 pm

WHERE: Stitchers Storefront Studio  *  616 N Skinker Blvd.

KSDK High 5!


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Video Still CREDIT Brittney Verner

North city youth aims to end gun violence through creative art

Author: Brittney Verner
5 On Your Side
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Journalist Brittney Verner from KDSK’s 5 On Your Side visited the Stitchers Storefront Studio today to learn about the creative work of Saint Louis Story Stitchers related to gun violence prevention. Brittney filmed a recording session, interviews and a focus group session with Brown School of Social Work students from Washington University. She also went to the Sheldon Art Galleries to film the exhibition, Pick the City UP, on view through April 21st.
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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 | 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.

 

Cut & Paste: ‘Stitching the city together’: St. Louis youth process gun violence through art


 

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Susan Colangelo, left, co-founded Saint Louis Story Stitchers. Twenty-year-old Emeara Burns, right, joined the artists collective as a teenager to help her process experiences with gun violence.
CREDIT CAROLINA HIDALGO | ST. LOUIS PUBLIC RADIO
Take a listen:

Cut & Paste: ‘Stitching the city together’: St. Louis youth process gun violence through art

 

The Sheldon Art Galleries presents

Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective: Pick the City UP exhibition in the Nancy Spirtas Kranzberg Gallery (through April 21, 2018) 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.

Funding for the program was provided in part by Missouri Foundation for Health through a grant to Saint Louis Story Stitches.

Additional funding provided by Alison and John Ferring.

 

Pick the City UP 2018 Tour begins!


The Sheldon Art Galleries presented a special event, Pick the City UP Glo Sho, in conjunction with the exhibit, Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective: Pick the City UP.

On Tuesday, March 20th, 2018 “Pick the City UP Glo Sho!” presented 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’ top young performers and their mentors encourage attendees to become a part of the movement to help make our city a healthier and happier place for all.

Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective: Pick the City UP exhibition in the Nancy Spirtas Kranzberg Gallery (through April 21, 2018) 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.

Funding for the program was provided in part by Missouri Foundation for Health through a grant to Saint Louis Story Stitches.

Additional funding provided by Alison and John Ferring.

 

For up to the minute 2018 Tour info follow the blog at storystitchers.org!