Sick of Gunshots? Get UP and Join the Movement!


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Sick of Gunshots?

Get UP and Join the Movement! 

Come and learn what YOU can do to help bring peace to the Lou!

Saint Louis Story Stitchers

StitchCast Studio

to welcome

Wilford Pinkney, Jr.

Director of

The Office of Violence Prevention

NOT ANOTHER ONE!

A Play For Peace

 

Saturday, August 13, 2022

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Performance and Discussion

Central Library

Auditorium

1301 Olive Street
St. Louis MO 63103

 Free book to the first 100 attendees

(age 13 and up)

Author Page

 

“If you’re searching for a way to ignite productive and meaningful discussion and dialogue about gun violence, race, and social justice among teens, this is a treasure trove!” — Sherry Norfolk, Kennedy Center National Teaching Artist, Author

 

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

 

Artists will perform work related to the recently published book NOT ANOTHER ONE!: A Play For Peace, that includes music, readings, and community conversation recorded and published for StitchCast Studio.

Guest Discussant 

Wilford Pinkney, Jr.

 

Youth leaders will welcome guest discussant Wilford Pinkney, Jr., the Director of the Office of Violence Prevention for City of St. Louis.

 

The Office of Violence Prevention (OVP), a division of the Department of Public Safety, provides strategic direction and oversight for the City of St. Louis’ efforts to create safe and healthy neighborhoods free of violence. The office works in partnership with government, non-profit, neighborhood, and faith organizations to take a Public Health approach to addressing violence.  The OVP will use a data driven approach to identify the factors that place people at a greater risk for experiencing or perpetrating violence in order to support and provide programming that reduces violence and strengthens the community.

 

NOT ANOTHER ONE!: A Play For Peace is a collection of stories generated to address gun violence and negative police-youth interactions by Black and BIPOC artists and 16-24 year old youth in Saint Louis, Missouri. The book is a multi-year signature project addressing gun violence through original music, youth-led discussions with adult leaders and police, related documentary videos, music, and scripts. Content has been collected and edited from 2015 to 2021 by over 100 local artists and youth.

 

Free and Open to the public

Not Another One! page: https://storystitchers.org/not-another-one/

StitchCast Studio to welcome Wilford Pinkney Jr., the Director of the Office of Violence Prevention


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Not Another One! A Play For Peace

Author Event and Performance

Saturday, August 13, 2022

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Central Library

St. Louis Public Library

1301 Olive St., 63103

The event is free and open to the public.

Free book to the first 100 attendees

(age 13 or older)

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

Artists will present a 90 minute performance of work related to the book NOT ANOTHER ONE! A Play For Peace that includes music, a reading, and community conversation with guest Wilford Pinkney, Jr., recorded and published for StitchCast Studio.

Youth leaders will welcome guest discussant Wilford Pinkney Jr., the Director of the Office of Violence Prevention for City of St. Louis. The Office of Violence Prevention (OVP), a division of the Department of Public Safety, provides strategic direction and oversight for the City of St. Louis’ efforts to create safe and healthy neighborhoods free of violence. The office works in partnership with government, non-profit, neighborhood, and faith organizations to take a Public Health approach to addressing violence.  The OVP will use a data driven approach to identify the factors that place people at a greater risk for experiencing or perpetrating violence in order to support and provide programming that reduces violence and strengthens the community.

Artists will perform work related to the recently published book NOT ANOTHER ONE!: A Play For Peace, that includes music, readings, and community conversation recorded and published for StitchCast Studio. 

NOT ANOTHER ONE!: A Play For Peace is a collection of stories generated to address gun violence and negative police-youth interactions by Black and BIPOC artists and 16-24 year old youth in Saint Louis, Missouri. The book is a multi-year signature project addressing gun violence through original music, youth-led discussions with adult leaders and police, related documentary videos, music, and scripts. Content has been collected and edited from 2015 to 2021 by over 100 local artists and youth.

NOT ANOTHER ONE! Webpage

Central Library Event Page

Story Stitchers to Perform at Night Out for Safety and Liberation 2022


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Saint Louis Story Stitchers is pleased to join the St. Louis-based Organization for Black Struggle, Youth Council for Positive Development, Project Haki, and the Wellston Loop CDC, to participate in Night Out for Safety and Liberation 2022.

Night Out for Safety and Liberation is a national event started in 2013 by the Ella Baker Center as an alternative to the more police-centric National Night Out. The event’s goal is to get communities thinking about how they can reimagine and redefine public safety.

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Event Time: 6:00-8:00 PM

Story Stitchers Performance: 6:45 PM

Location: Barrett Brothers Park
5872 St Louis Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63120

Shout out to Jelani Brown, Youth Organizer for Organization for Black Struggle and all the folks there, for the invitation to Saint Louis Story Stitchers participate! 

New Partnership with Missouri Green Schools


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Saint Louis Stitchers is pleased to announce that we are now a partnering organization with Missouri Green Schools.

Missouri Green Schools’ mission is to improve health and wellness, incorporate sustainability education, and reduce environmental impact in our schools.

Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective is artists and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) teens and young adults, working together to create social change with a focus on gun violence prevention, public health and public safety.

Story Stitchers is committed to placing youth at the center of the work both in identifying topics for exploration as well as the methods for engagement. 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. Our goal is to promote a better educated, more peaceful and caring region through storytelling.

Story Stitchers work in Missouri’s native prairies, called Peace in the Prairie, supports healing from urban stress and trauma through experiences in nature. Peace in the Prairie will be presented at St. Louis Art Fair in Clayton, Missouri September 9-11th through a booth and 4 performances.

Visit the Parent and Educator Resource page to learn more about Story Stitchers work for families and schools: https://storystitchers.org/parent-and-educator-resources/

Missouri Green Schools (MGS) is a support and recognition program for schools run jointly by the Missouri Environmental Education Association and the U.S. Green Building Council-Missouri Gateway Chapter.

MGS recognizes schools at emerging, progressing, and advanced achievements in three pillars of sustainability – reducing environmental impacts, increasing sustainability literacy, and improving health and wellness. In addition, we have further resources and support available in the form of mini-grants and 1-on-1 support from AmeriCorps VISTAs for eligible schools with at least 60% of their students on free or reduced price lunch.

MGS also serves as the conduit for the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School Awards for the state of Missouri in partnership with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

We are excited to work together for a healthier, safer, and more green region!

July 16 Dance Battle Moves Inside to Central Stage


Story Stitchers Dance Battles return!

Saturday, July 16

Open to all

Due to extreme heat today’s Battle has moved inside to

Central Stage, 3524 Washington Ave, 63103

6:00-7:00 

Dance Battle Registration

7:00-11:00 PM

Dance Battle!!!

Open to 16-24 year old youth living in St. Louis 

Juried competitions in contemporary dance with cash awards provided to

1st – 3rd place winners!!

$300 – $150 – $50!!!

Our Judges are Terry, Lucas, and Cornell!

Spotlight Dance with 2021 1st Place Winners

Kelzz and Terry!

With support from the Regional Arts Commission

This event is made possible by a partnership with the Violence Prevention Commission & City of St. Louis using American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds.

Wholistic Homecomings


 

“I think of a safe space, where I don’t have to worry about being judged. Home is a warm place, a place where I can find loved ones or people I care deeply about.” — Branden Lewis, Youth Program Coordinator, Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artist Collective

The Wholistic Homecomings Essay Series welcomes readers to examine the variety of ways that Creative Youth Development organizations push our collective thinking forward on building trust, safety, and family during these extraordinary times.

Launched in 2017 with a mission to partner with transformative leaders who create positive change by investing in young people through music, The Lewis Prize for Music (TLPM) has built a network of over 70 funded organizations. Through a national prize process granting cycle, TLPM identified the second cohort of Accelerator Awardees, whose organizations underscore the potential for young people to utilize Creative Youth Development as a vehicle to address inequitable systems that have unjustly marginalized their communities.

The 2021 Accelerator Awardees are Celina Miranda from Hyde Square Task Force (Boston, Massachusetts), DeLashea Strawder from Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit (Detroit, Michigan), Matthew Kerr and Christopher Thornton from Beyond the Bars (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), and Susan Colangelo from Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective (Saint Louis, Missouri). Each of the Accelerator Awardees received $500,000 from The Lewis Prize for Music to uplift systems change efforts at their respective organizations.

Following the Accelerator Award recognition, The Lewis Prize for Music invited these leaders to share with a national audience the ways their organizations have emerged as vital spaces for belonging, centering the leadership values, practices, and strategies that have led youth to thrive. In the Wholistic Homecomings Essay Series, Accelerator Awardees highlight the importance of homecoming, reflecting on the ways their organizations have risen to the immense challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to the gaps they have already strived to fill in response to systemic inequities.

The Wholistic Homecomings Essay Series welcomes readers to examine the variety of ways that Creative Youth Development organizations push our collective thinking forward on building trust, safety, and family during these extraordinary times. Accelerator Awardees highlight the importance of homecoming, reflecting on the ways their organizations have risen to the immense challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to the gaps they have already strived to fill in response to systemic inequities.

Learn about the work of #CreativeYouthDevelopment organizations who are recreating the concept of home in the new Wholistic Homecomings Essay Series written by The Lewis Prize for Music Accelerator Awardees www.thelewisprize.org/wholistic-homecomings

Drawing Credit: Chandra, commissioned by The Lewis Prize For Music for The Wholistic Homecomings Essay Series

Instagram: @TheLewisPrize

Facebook: The Lewis Prize for Music

Twitter: @TheLewisPrize

Website: www.thelewisprize.org

#CreativeYouthDevelopment  #CYD  #TheLewisPrize #AcceleratorAwards

Not Another One! Soundtrack Release Set for July 4th!


“If you’re searching for a way to ignite productive and meaningful discussion and dialogue about gun violence, race, and social justice among teens, this is a treasure trove!”

— Sherry Norfolk, Kennedy Center National Teaching Artist, Author

 

NOT ANOTHER ONE! A Play for Peace

Soundtrack Release Set for July 4th!!

Pre-order the album now! Hyperlink HERE

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

NOT ANOTHER ONE!: A Play For Peace is a collection of stories generated to address gun violence and negative police-youth interactions by Black and BIPOC artists and 16-24 year old youth in Saint Louis, Missouri. The book is a multi-year signature project addressing gun violence through original music, youth-led discussions with adult leaders and police, related documentary videos, music, and scripts. Content has been collected and edited from 2015 to 2021 by over 100 local artists and youth.

Story Stitchers has created a suite of publications that will enable any group to stage the play with full music tracks, show tracks, and a coordinated unit plan is available at Teachers Pay Teachers.

NOT ANOTHER ONE! A Play For Peace
Author Event and Performance is scheduled to take place on Saturday, August 13, 2022 from 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM at Central Library, St. Louis Public Library in downtown St. Louis. The event is free and open to the public.
Artists will perform work related to the recently published book NOT ANOTHER ONE!: A Play For Peace, that includes music, readings, and community conversation recorded and published for StitchCast Studio.

NOT ANOTHER ONE! Webpage

Purchase the Book

Central Library Event Page

NOT ANOTHER ONE! A Play For Peace Author Event and Performance


 

Not Another One! A Play For Peace Author Event and Performance is scheduled to take place on Saturday, August 13, 2022 from 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM at Central Library, St. Louis Public Library in downtown St. Louis. The event is free and open to the public.

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

Artists will perform work related to the recently published book NOT ANOTHER ONE!: A Play For Peace, that includes music, readings, and community conversation recorded and published for StitchCast Studio.

NOT ANOTHER ONE!: A Play For Peace is a collection of stories generated to address gun violence and negative police-youth interactions by Black and BIPOC artists and 16-24 year old youth in Saint Louis, Missouri. The book is a multi-year signature project addressing gun violence through original music, youth-led discussions with adult leaders and police, related documentary videos, music, and scripts. Content has been collected and edited from 2015 to 2021 by over 100 local artists and youth.

NOT ANOTHER ONE! Webpage

Central Library Event Page

StitchCast Studio Hits 3 Milestones!!!


StitchCast Studio, a youth-led podcast produced by Saint Louis Story Stitches in St. Louis, Missouri, hits 3 big milestones!

100 episodes published!

3,000 downloads!

And the end of Season III!

To celebrate Story Stitchers will gather with the public!!

Friday, June 24, 2022

Central Stage in Kranzberg Arts Center

3524 Washington Ave, 63103

Free and Open to the public

Story Stitchers will look back at the successes and challenges of the podcast series, and then celebrate the end of Season III with art, music, Stitchers Youth Council Awards, and a big cake! Join us for a very memorable evening!

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

Youth, ages 16-24, lead meaningful dialogues that inspire original content in mentor-led workshops based on participants’ lived experiences in economically disadvantaged, high crime areas. Podcasts focus on the streets, gun violence, and finding solutions to issues that are coming at our youth hard. The project goal is to gain greater understanding of the needs and desires of the youth served and to give them an amplified voice to create needed changes in society, to support youth in a successful transition to adulthood, and to reduce youth crime in St. Louis. Youth artists use dialogue, original poetry, and music to highlight their personal experiences with gun violence, life transitions, and mental health, promoting mutual respect for diverse ideas, greater understanding, and a more peaceful society.

Available on PodbeanGoogle Podcasts, apple podcastsSpotify andYoutube.

 

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

Story Stitchers is supported 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 2021, Lush Corporation’s The Charity Pot, and March For Our Lives Aid & Alliance.

Wondering how you can support Saint Louis Story Stitchers? 

Attend an event and give today! To learn more, click HERE.

 

Misunderstanding, Fear and Hate: Neurodivergent and ADHD Part II


Youth leaders share stories and build understanding about Neurodivergent and ADHD. Recorded in Zoom on March 22, 2022.

Pick the City UP Art Interlude

Alexis, Youth guitarist

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

Story Stitchers is supported 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 2021, Lush Corporation’s The Charity Pot, and March For Our Lives Aid & Alliance.