Night Hike


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Stitchers Youth Council is fundraising for another camping trip. Please help them on their journey to Peace in the Prairie!

Donate today!

On the prairie trip we took a night hike. I personally think that was the best part of the trip for me. When we took the night hike all the teenagers had glow sticks around our wrists and the grown ups had flashlights. It was cool and the wind was blowing. The grass was really wet under my shoes. It was already dark outside. The teenagers had paired up so nobody would get lost in the dark. So we started walking threw the tall grass. As we got farther and farther into the prairie we came across a spider web. It was so beautiful and detailed and the spider was in the center, just sitting there. We heard lots of noises like prairie grass moving with the wind, woodpeckers and crickets. The boys were throwing rocks in the grass trying to scare people. When we were walking though the prairie at night it made me feel like I was hallucinating because flashlights were going on and off around me and coming in my eyes. But I also felt good and I like doing things like that…looking up at the stars, sitting quietly and trying to hear different animals. When we were walking back all the kids started running to scare the grown ups. If I had a chance to do it all over again I would because it was a nice experience for me.

My name is Jayla. I’m a 16 year old intern at Story Stitchers and I attended the 2016 Peace in the Prairie trip to Shaw Nature Reserve’s Dana Brown Education Center this past weekend.

 

Feelin’ the Luv


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Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective is pleased to announce that the Arts and Education Council has awarded the Pick the City UP Tour a Monsanto Creative Impact Fund grant.

The Monsanto Creative Impact Fund provides grants to arts and/or arts education institutions that demonstrate immediate need in support of new programs or projects which show promise for creative new directions.

On behalf of the artists and communities involved in this project, THANK YOU!

The Pick the City UP Tour promotes gun violence prevention, better understanding between police and youth, and healthy life style choices through music, urban storytelling and innovative public health education.

Story Stitchers 2017 summer/fall tour has confirmed sites in economically disadvantaged communities in St. Louis. The support of the sponsors and individuals is critical to the project’s success!

 

WED June 21, 2017        TOUR STOP #3

LOOP ARTS FEST!!

Make Music St. Louis on the Delmar Loop!

12:00-1:00, 7:00-8:00 at Stitchers Storefront Studio, 616 N Skinker Blvd., 63130

2:00-3:00 at Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design, 6640 Delmar Blvd, 63130

6:00-7:00 at Piccone Pastry, 6197 Delmar Blvd., 63130

OPEN to the PUBLIC and FREE!

TH June 22, 2017

Literary Arts Day

Spoken Word and Readings

1:00-3:00 at Stitchers Storefront Studio, 616 N Skinker Blvd., 63130

 

For more on the Tour visit storystitchers.org.

Curating Teen Voices Portfolio Acquired


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Mariana Parisca   Photo by S. Colangelo, 2017

Washington University Libraries Portfolio Acquisition

Portfolio to be exhibited at Bruno David Gallery

Exhibition Opening, Saturday, June 24th, 2017, 6:00-8:00 PM 

Curating Teen Voices: Coming of Age has been acquired by the Washington University Libraries Department of Special Collections. The project is a time capsule of teenage voices combined with adult artists living in St. Louis in 2015, all reacting to a critical and unique time in the history of race relations, gun violence, police roles and community relationships in the city of St. Louis, Missouri. Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective is a nonprofit organization where artists and urban youth collect stories, reframe and retell them through art to promote understanding, civic pride, and literacy. The project eloquently puts a megaphone to unheard voices, generating new respect for minority youth and brushing implicit biases away.

The portfolio may be viewed by request at Washington University in St. Louis Libraries’ Department of Special Collection.

Curating Teen Voices: Coming of Age will be exhibited at Bruno David Gallery,7513 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton, MO 63105, in a group exhibition OVERVIEW_2017 this summer, June 24-August 12th. Adult artists represented include Heather Bennett, Michael Byron, Carmon Colangelo, Addoley Dzegede, Ann Hamilton, Kahlil Irving, and Buzz Spector. Proceeds benefit the ongoing work of the Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective.

The project contains an edition of 10 portfolios, each containing 30 archival digital prints. Each portfolio is housed in a handcrafted archival box created by Saint Louis Story Stitchers artist-in-residence Mariana Parisca, BFA’15. Mariana Parisca, received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in studio art with a double major in Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis in 2015. Parisca joined the Saint Louis Story Stitchers after graduation in 2015 as an artist in residence. Mariana spent the first eight years of her life in Caracas, Venezuela, her family’s home. In 2000 Parisca and her nuclear family immigrated to suburban Ohio. Parisca’s immigration experience as well as the diaspora of her family landscape incite an interest in sense of self and place that she explores through her work.

Support: Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that brings teens and artists together in documenting our community through art, word, video, and music.

Curating Teen Voices: Coming of Age is based on the Youth Art and Writing Contest, 2015 and Curating Teen Voices Workshop Series which were supported in part by the Kranzberg Arts Center, Yvette and John Dubinsky Family Foundation, Susan Sanders Block and The Designing Block, Washington University in St. Louis, and the Regional Arts Commission.

Special thanks to the youth, the contributing artists, Bruno David Gallery, and Washington University in St. Louis.

Make Music STL on the Loop


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Loop Arts Fest!

WE June 21, 2017

Make Music St. Louis on the Delmar Loop!

12:00-1:00, 7:00-8:00 at Stitchers Storefront Studio, 616 N Skinker Blvd., 63130

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm  Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design

6:00-7:00 at Piccone Pastry, 6197 Delmar Blvd., 63130

OPEN to the PUBLIC and FREE!

 

TH June 22, 2017

Literary Arts Day

Writing, Spoken Word and Readings with Aigner Crawley aka NewNu

1:00-3:00 at Stitchers Storefront Studio, 616 N Skinker Blvd., 63130

T-Shirts and the new Not Another One! A Discussion on Gun Violence book will be for sale!!

OPEN to the PUBLIC and FREE!

An Artist’s Ally


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STL Youth Jobs intern Zak behind the camera at a photo shoot

Working at Saint Louis Story Stitchers these past two weeks has been an interesting experience. As a non-artist, it can sometimes feel as if the work you do for an artist collective is insignificant and unexciting. Operating PAs, crunching numbers, and planning schedules aren’t activities that immediately come to mind when one hears the phrase ‘social justice artist’.  And yet, without people doing these jobs none of the work our artists create would be possible. There is no feeling quite like watching a show from behind a soundboard while talented performers dazzle audiences, and then having these same performers personally thank you with a handshake.

I believe that our world needs to change, and I believe that art has the power to do it. Too often those who have important stories to tell are left without a voice in our communities. Although I don’t have the skills or the experiences necessary to tell these stories myself, it is my honor to pass the mic to those who do.

Pick the City UP Tour!!

LOOP ARTS FEST!!

WED June 21, 2017        TOUR STOP #3

Make Music St. Louis on the Delmar Loop!

12:00-1:00, 7:00-8:00 at Stitchers Storefront Studio, 616 N Skinker Blvd., 63130

6:00-7:00 at Piccone Pastry, 6197 Delmar Blvd., 63130

TH June 22, 2017

Literary Arts Day

Spoken Word and Readings on the Sidewalk

1:00-3:00 at Stitchers Storefront Studio, 616 N Skinker Blvd., 63130

T-Shirts and the new Not Another One! A Discussion on Gun Violence book for sale!!

More info on the Pick the City UP Tour HERE

What’s UP in the Storefront Studio


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20170603_115259 (1)Story Stitchers is a work site for 16-24 year old interns from STL Youth Jobs. Interns are working on a variety of projects including learning about audio technology both in the studio and live, fundraising, and social justice art in general.

Youth are working with artist Anna Maria Tucker on a documentation project called The Wish Box Project. Cards are collected at tour stops from neighborhood locals reflecting on health care issues. Youth are also collecting audio interviews on health care issues at tour stops.

Interns are heading into week 3 today and will meet representatives from the Contemporary Art Museum and from Co-Op City Market, two of the upcoming Pick the City UP Tour stops. Youth have worked with artist-in residence Demil Johnson aka Superhood to create a new song based on the tour’s theme and a recording has been created. Youth will begin to research a style of music video for this song, debating appropriate audience, imagery and messaging and critiquing what is currently popular with their age group.

STL Youth Jobs Interns are working with Washington University interns Griffin Reed, Kathy Tun and Jinhee Kim to create an audio PSA for the tour and send out press releases and working with KP Dennis and Susan to create show sets and ready information for cast and crew.

For more on the Tour visit LIVE SHO’s

Next UP!!  WED June 21, 2017        TOUR STOP #3

LOOP ARTS FEST!!

Make Music St. Louis on the Delmar Loop!

12:00-1:00, 7:00-8:00 at Stitchers Storefront Studio, 616 N Skinker Blvd., 63130

6:00-7:00 at Piccone Pastry, 6197 Delmar Blvd., 63130

OPEN to the PUBLIC and FREE!

TH June 22, 2017

Literary Arts Day

Spoken Word and Readings on the Sidewalk

1:00-3:00 at Stitchers Storefront Studio, 616 N Skinker Blvd., 63130

T-Shirts and the new Not Another One! A Discussion on Gun Violence book will be for sale!!

OPEN to the PUBLIC and FREE!

 

YES, WE CAN!


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With STL Mayor Lyda Krewson at Tower Grove Park for Moms Demand Action event

Yes, we can! We can stop the violence St. Louis. The tipping point for change is 70%. That means if 7 out of 10 of every citizen in STL says enough we CAN pick our city UP out of this tragedy. Don’t you miss hearing those words? Yes, we can STL!!

Story Stitchers teamed up with the City of St. Louis Department of Health and the Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America this past Saturday to kick off our summer program called Pick the City UP Tour!!

#dropthegun  #keepthepeace

At both Marquette Park and at Tower Grove Park Stitchers enjoyed interacting with people from the neighborhoods, learning more about health issues affecting local youth and seniors, and doing some pretty serious damage to our microphones!

Artists in the cast included KP Dennis, Dadishi Buchannon, NewNu, and Story Stitchers leading young performers – Griffin, Chelsea, Jonathan, Taron, Toryon, Trevor and Juwuan!

Artists and volunteers in the crew included Susan Colangelo, Cassandria White, Gail Rock, Kathy Tun, Allen Williamson, Anna Maria Tucker, Sandra Dennis, leading Story Stitchers young photographer Jaquan, and STL Youth Jobs interns Kelsey, Lester, Zak and Rachael.

Next Tour stop is at one of our home bases outside the Studio on the Delmar Loop!!

For more on the tour visit LIVE Sho’s

WED June 21, 2017        TOUR STOP #3  

Loop Arts Fest

Make Music St. Louis on the Delmar Loop!

12:00-1:00, 7:00-8:00 at Stitchers Storefront Studio, 616 N Skinker Blvd., 63130

6:00-7:00 at Piccone Pastry, 6197 Delmar Blvd., 63130

TH June 22, 2017

Literary Arts Day

Spoken Word and Readings on the Sidewalk

1:00-3:00 at Stitchers Storefront Studio, 616 N Skinker Blvd., 63130

T-Shirts and the new Not Another One! A Discussion on Gun Violence book will be for sale!!

OPEN to the PUBLIC and FREE!

 

Some links you might enjoy follow from June 3rd…

Marquette Park/City of St. Louis Dept of Health

http://www.kmov.com/clip/13381383/city-of-st-louis-st-louis-story-stitchers

https://vimeo.com/220198665

Tower Grove Park / Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

http://www.ksdk.com/news/local/rally-against-gun-violence-brings-crowd/445494459

https://twitter.com/cmpcamille/status/871363176876490756

https://vimeo.com/220215062

To make a tax deductible donation visit storystitchers.org

or mail a check to:

Saint Louis Story Stitchers

616 N Skinker Blvd.

St. Louis, MO 63130

Donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

Pick UP 2 LIVE Sho’s 2DAY! #wearorange


Pick the City UP Tour BEGINS TODAY with 2 stops on June 3rd 4

National Gun Violence Awareness Day!! #wearorange

SAT June 3, 2017        TOUR STOP #1
City of St. Louis Health Department Resource Fair 10:00-2:00; Live Show at 11:30 AM

Marquette Park, in the Dutchtown Neighborhood,  4025 Minnesota Ave, 63118

#notanotherone #endviolence  #CityofSTLDOH  #dropthegun  #keepthepeace

OPEN to the PUBLIC and FREE! Pool OPENS AT Noon!!!

 

SAT June 3, 2017        TOUR STOP #2

2:00-4:00; Live show at 2:15

Stupp Center in Tower Grove Park

Enter park from Grand Blvd and first take left Stupp Center.

4256 Magnolia Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110

#wearorange  #momdemandaction  #everytownforgunsafety  #notanotherone #endviolence  #CityofSTLDOH  #dropthegun  #keepthepeace

OPEN to the PUBLIC and FREE!

For more on the tour visit storystitchers.org!

Don’t shoot! I’m human. #wearorange


#wearorange  #dropthegun   #keepthepeace

Take the pledge to #wearorange       HERE

Create your own #WearOrange image, and share it on Facebook or Twitter to show

everyone why you’re committed to ending gun violence in America.

Saturday, June 3, 2017        

Pick the City UP Tour STOP #1

Marquette Park, in the Dutchtown Neighborhood,  4025 Minnesota Ave, 63118

City of St. Louis Health Department GIANT Resource Fair   10:00-2:00!
Live Performance at 11:30 AM
Featuring your favorite Story Stitchers Mr. KP,  Bull Buchannon, Chelsea and Jonathan,
Griffin, Taron, Toryon and Juwuan, Trevor!!
Take part in the Wish Box Project with Anna Maria and let Stitchers Youth Council catch
a live recording of your words!
Family-friendly and fun!

OPEN to the PUBLIC and FREE! Pool OPENS AT Noon!!!

 

 Pick the City UP Tour STOP #2

Tower Grove Park, Stupp Center, 4256 Magnolia Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110

2:00-4:00

St. Louis #wearorange Event for National Gun Violence Awareness Day

Special live performance at 2:30 for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America in conjunction with Everytown for Gun Safety

OPEN to the PUBLIC and FREE!

Enter park from Grand Blvd and first take left Stupp Center.

OPEN to the PUBLIC and FREE!

We sought to understand


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As three Washington University students working for the Center for Experiential Learning’s nonprofit consulting program, we had the rewarding experience of working with Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective this semester.

Our goal was to create a marketing plan for their summer tour, “Pick the City UP.”  We have gotten to see the artists diligently prepare dance, song, and slam poetry for the series of performances in the coming months. While art and performance is their medium, speaking out against gun violence and food insecurity is their message. It was incredibly powerful to see how Story Stitchers youth came together to discuss difficult issues that so many St. Louisans face every day. In hopes of making their tour a success, we needed to create a campaign that would both draw an audience from the St. Louis downtown area and spread their important messages. We sought to understand various downtown communities, learn the ins and outs of radio PSA messaging, and create inventive ideas for encouraging participation in the tour.

We loved getting to work with director and founder, Susan Colangelo and all the talented individuals at Story Stitchers!

Aviva Mann, Taylor Ohman and Gary Wang

The 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 and food insecurity. Pay tribute, join the fun, and make a difference.

Pick the City UP Tour starts June 3rd for National Gun Violence Awareness Day in South City! Check out the Tour Schedule!