StitchCast Studio LIVE! with Roland Johnson and Soul Endeavor Friday!


Story Stitchers Youth Council members discuss current topics in live podcast recordings on stage from 6:00-7:00 pm. Following an intermission, guest artists perform live sets or host open mic’s. Learn about the community through the words of young leaders and join them to get to know some of St. Louis’s outstanding black artists.

Roland Johnson is a legendary vocalist with a huge heart! He has mentored Story Stitchers youth through the production of two song tracks for Peace in the Prairie including “America the Beautiful”, with six Story Stitchers youth on the track, and we are so glad he is back again with his band to shed light on live music production and collaboration through music.

Put on your dancin’ shoes because this music will make you wanna move!

StitchCast Studio LIVE!

Live Podcast Recording Session

+ Performance by Roland Johnson and Soul Endeavor

Friday, June 10, 2022

6:00-8:30 PM

6:00-7:00 Live Podcast Recording

7:00 Intermission

7:30-8:30 Performance

Central Stage

3524 Washington Ave, 63103

Free

St. Louis’s legendary soul/funk vocalist and his band with flavor from Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder, Sam Cooke and Motown.

“One of the smoothest voices you’ll ever hear. A seasoned treasure of the rich soil of the Saint Louis Rhythm & Blues scene. Drawing inspiration from the 1960’s reminiscent of Otis Redding & James Brown, Roland Johnson turns out Ballads to Booty Shakers and everything in between with an authenticity that captivates profoundly.” —Blue Lotus Recordings

In Saint Louis Story Stitchers’ StitchCast Studio, 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.

Stay tuned for the finale of StitchCast Studio Season III Friday, June 24th!!!

Young people ages 16-24 living in the St. Louis region are encouraged to join

Story Stitchers and support your community!

It’s free!

Apply here today!

 

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.

Story Stitchers Supported Moms #WearOrange in Kiener Plaza


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 participate with the Moms Demand Action on #wearorange every year. Even in Covid we made a video for their virtual rally. Check it out here

This year artists were happy to get out and join others in the cause for peace and public safety as the Moms Demand Action local St. Louis Chapter rallied for changes to our nation’s public safety policies.

Youth artists sang their signature song, available on major streaming platforms:

 

Who’s Ready for the Violence to Stop?

Excerpt from the Lyrics

 

Looking at my city and I see it is in trouble 

Instead of facing each other they out here facing muzzles

People droppin left to right I’m seeing families crumble

We gotta help each other cuz we’re all part of this struggle 

Why we hurting each other? I look and I see double

There’s so much hurt and hopelessness that lies beneath the rubble 

But if we set aside our differences we can make change 

We just gotta be humble and make our way through the rain

Cuz I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of seeing pain

The gang-banging is old, gun violence is beyond lame

If we’re not tryna save our city, then we’re livin in vain

People out here taking lives like it’s a video game

What I’m saying isn’t make-believe cuz anything is possible 

And if we work together we can obliterate these obstacles 

So put the gun down, get up, and join the movement 

Cuz there’s strength in numbers, so let’s get to it

Chorus 

RESPOND ALL

We ready. 

We ready.

We ready for violence to stop.

Get ready. 

Get ready. 

Get ready for change to come.

Whose ready? 

We ready. 

We ready for a revolution.

Whose ready? We ready. 

We ready for the violence to stop.

 

The Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective is artists and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) youth ages 16-24, working together to create social change with a focus on gun violence prevention.

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. This approach builds a community of youth and professional artists who respect one another. Gun violence continues to be a pressing public health crisis that consumes the attention of the engaged youth, and artistic expression helps youth work through the pain and loss they have experienced.

Young people ages 16-24 living in the St. Louis region are encouraged to join

Story Stitchers to support your community!

It’s free!

Apply here today!

Catch a live show featuring youth podcasters and mentoring artists from Roland Johnson and Soul Endeavor this Friday night, June 10 at 3524 Washington Ave, 63103. It’s free! Show starts at 6:00.

Or outdoors at the East Delmar Loop Juneteenth Festival, Saturday, June 11 with a 1:00 performance and a booth from 12:00-5:00.

Learn more: Upcoming

Music is Business TONIGHT at StitchCast Studio LIVE!


StitchCast Studio LIVE!

Live Podcast Recording Session 

Music is Business

Youth Leaders welcome musical guests to a lively podcast discussion

Harvey Lockhart, Executive Director of HEAL Center for the Arts

and Ntegrity, teaching Artist and Audio Producer at Saint Louis Story Stitchers

+ Performance by Point of View Jazz Ensemble

from HEAL Center for the Arts

Friday, May 27, 2022

6:00-9:00 PM

6:00-7:00 Live Podcast Recording

7:00 Intermission

7:30-8:30 Performance

Central Stage

3524 Washington Ave, 63103

Free

Cash Bar (Non alcoholic)

The “Point of View” Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Harvey Lockhart at HEAL Center for the Arts, is a progressive ensemble that performs a variety of jazz and positive popular music at over 50 public and private events per year. This ensemble has drastically impacted the lives of its students and has truly established a sense of family and pride. POV has established a reputation of producing exceptional young professional musicians, teaching students the importance of self-discipline, time management, communication, and unity. Instrumental music fundamentals, jazz history and advanced music theory are also taught in order to provide a deeper understanding of music.

In Saint Louis Story Stitchers’ StitchCast Studio, 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.

If you are between 16 and 24 years old and living in St. Louis region, apply to be part of StitchCast Studio!

Apply HERE Today!

Peace in the Prairie Encore


Due to popular demand Peace in the Prairie will be live online for virtual viewing as an encore presentation through July 5th, 2022!

The film and Peace in the Prairie 2022 were part of a feature article in St. Louis American that has generated additional interest.

Read the article here

The full Peace in the Prairie film can be viewed at the link here

Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective presents Peace in the Prairie, an original multimedia presentation newly expanded in its 4th iteration, exploring the concepts of peace and violence, juxtaposing urban life as experienced by black and brown people living in the city of St. Louis, Missouri and the state’s unique endangered prairie lands.

Peace in the Prairie is a lively, multimedia presentation that combines original music, discussion, and storytelling with videography. Peace in the Prairie is unique to Missouri, generated by local artists and residents reflecting on loss and resilience in the human experience and rejuvenation in nature.

The film will be on view online as an encore from May 26-July 5, 2022. Screenings are available. Please contact us at storystitchers@gmail.com to inquire.

Over the past five years, the artists have explored and recorded native prairie landscapes via trips to Missouri prairie reserves including Shaw Nature Reserve of the Missouri Botanical Garden in Gray Summit, with the Missouri Prairie Foundation at Linden’s Prairie in Mt. Vernon, Missouri and Prairie Star Restoration Farm in Osage County, Prairie State Park in Mindenmines, Missouri in Barton County near Joplin, and Dunn Ranch Prairie of The Nature Conservancy in Hatfield, Missouri. Peace in the Prairie expands the artistic body of work of black and brown artists in the Collective, addresses the community need of understanding violence while seeking peace, supports the exploration of new natural settings by both artists and audiences, and supports the greater understanding of Missouri’s unique natural heritage in its native prairie lands.

Peace in the Prairie has been presented at Laumeier Sculpture Park, the National Blues Museum, and Central Stage at Kranzberg Arts Foundation in 2021 and at the World’s Fair Pavilion in Forest Park on Earth Day, April 22, 2022 where we joined our community in celebrating the earth we share and its power to heal us from the trauma of exposure to violence and loss. Partners included Cabanne Library, St. Louis Public Library, Perennial teaching people creative skills to upcycle materials, Audubon Center at Riverlands, Alive and Well, Crime Victim’s Center, Flora Conservancy will be offering plants for sale, Missouri Prairie Foundation, Missouri Department of Conservation, Powder Valley Nature Center & Tower Grove Park Office, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Creative Reaction Lab, Women’s Voices Raised For Social Justice providing free gun locks and gun safety education, Power4STL aka The T with Punch Love! with TWheels with make your own first aid kit and PunchLove Boxing, Yoga and Mindfulness with Michelle Fleming, Master Storyteller Bobby Norfolk, Story Stitchers Who’s Ready? Music Video Cameos with Troy Anthony, CommUNITY Arts Pop UP performances by MoSTLy Tap, Big Plate Dance + CS Academy, CS Academy Landscapes and Loukidz, Sierra Club, Missouri Chapter, and Ars Poetica! A live performance by Saint Louis Story Stitchers artists and 3-channel film screening of Peace in the Prairie under the stars capped the event.

Peace in the Prairie 2022 is presented with support from Missouri Arts Council, a State Agency, which receives support from the State of Missouri.

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 Saint Louis Story Stitchers is provided by the Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund, City of St. Louis Youth at Risk Crime Prevention grant of 2021, March For Our Lives, Aid & Alliance, Edward Jones Giving and Philanthropic Giving, and Kranzberg Arts Foundation.

Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective is a non-profit organization engaged in urban storytelling. The mission of Saint Louis Story Stitchers is to document St. Louis through art and word to promote understanding, civic pride, intergenerational relationships and literacy. Collective artists work alongside 16-24-year-old urban youth to collect stories, reframe and retell them using the arts to promote a better educated, more peaceful and caring society. Saint Louis Story Stitchers are a resident organization at Kranzberg Arts Foundation where members rehearse, present and perform in the Foundation’s first-class spaces. The Collective also maintains the Stitchers Storefront Studio in the historic Loop District for recording, editing and publishing. Current projects focus on public health issues including gun violence.

Learn more at storystitchers.org/

StitchCast Studio LIVE! Point of View Jazz Ensemble


StitchCast Studio LIVE!

Live Podcast Recording Session

+ Performance by Point of View Jazz Ensemble

from HEAL Center for the Arts

Friday, May 27, 2022

6:00-9:00 PM

6:00-7:00 Live Podcast Recording

7:00 Intermission

7:30-8:30 Performance

Central Stage

3524 Washington Ave, 63103

Free

Cash Bar (Non alcoholic)

The “Point of View” Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Harvey Lockhart at HEAL Center for the Arts, is a progressive ensemble that performs a variety of jazz and positive popular music at over 50 public and private events per year. This ensemble has drastically impacted the lives of its students and has truly established a sense of family and pride. POV has established a reputation of producing exceptional young professional musicians, teaching students the importance of self-discipline, time management, communication, and unity. Instrumental music fundamentals, jazz history and advanced music theory are also taught in order to provide a deeper understanding of music.

In Saint Louis Story Stitchers’ StitchCast Studio, 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.

St. Louis American Finds Peace in the Prairie


Read the article in St. Louis American here

Thanks for telling our story Sophie and STL American!

Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective presents Peace in the Prairie, an original presentation exploring the concepts of peace and violence, juxtaposing urban life as experienced by African American people living in the city of St. Louis, Missouri and the state’s endangered prairie lands.

Is the path towards peace through Missouri’s native prairies?

Learn more about Peace in the Prairie here

Outreach and Recruitment Internship


Outreach and Recruitment Internship

Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective is a nationally recognized, award winning artists’ collective, known for high quality social justice art and innovative programming in creative youth development and gun violence prevention.

Story Stitchers is building and growing! The organization seeks a summer intern with experience in outreach who is outgoing, organized, and loves to meet and talk with people to help us spread the word about our programs and our board!

Intern will work with artists and administrative staff to conduct research related to outreach, building the nonprofits profile, and growth as well as participate in site visits, attend public events and collaborate with other interns, staff and participants about what is needed and generate concrete plans to help create sustainability.

This position reports to the executive director and works alongside Story Stitchers staff.

Start date: June 1, 2022

End date: July 31, 2022

$500 per month

Preference:

Junior, senior, masters level college student, 3.0 or higher GPA, studying business, non profit management, or marketing.

Outgoing and organized.

Apply with resume to:

susanc@storystitchers.org

Social Media Marketing Internships


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Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective is a nationally recognized, award winning artists’ collective, known for high quality social justice art and innovative programming in creative youth development and gun violence prevention.
Through a grant from Lush Corporation’s The Charity Pot, Saint Louis Story Stitchers is offering two social media and marketing internships to help grow the brand. Compensation is $50 per week or up to $200 per month for June through August 2022. Additional work may follow for outstanding interns. Engagement in St. Louis with the artists and events is expected.
Internships: Social Media Marketing
Track 1: photos and written content
Track 2: videos and captions
Start date: Jun 1, 2022
End date: August 31, 2022
Youth Program Coordinator: Branden Lewis
Internship Teaching Artist 1: Avery Rogers
Internship Teaching Artist  2: Britny Cordera
Internship descriptions:
  • Attend one meeting with supervisor(s) per week:
  • Review and edit posts for the upcoming week as a team
  • Interns will participate in the review by offering constructive feedback and ideas for each other’s work
  • Schedule upcoming posts
  • Answer any questions
  • Do research together based on Interns’ interests
  • Mentorship on certain subjects such as:
  • Content creation, writers voice
  • Choosing photos
  • Taking photos
  • Hashtags and keywords
  • Assign posts for next week
  • (Track 1 only) Choose & edit photos, write content for Instagram, Twitter, Facebook
  • (Track 2 only) Create & edit videos, write captions for Instagram Reels and TikTok
  • Ensure content for upcoming events is created and posted in a timely manner
  • Ensure balance between events related content and general engagement related content
  • Interns will submit all post and content creation to the supervisors through Google drive according to a provided template. Interns understand that the supervisors will post on social media on the interns’ behalf
  • Interns agree to only communicate with supervisors over Story Stitchers email accounts and at Story Stitchers related meetings or events
  • As such, interns are expected to check their email on a regular basis
Additional information:
  • Interns are encouraged, but not required, to attend events to capture their own original photos and videos to use for posts. Teaching Artists will guide and mentor interns on this as well
  • Interns are encouraged, but not required, to keep a portfolio of all their work. Supervisors will assist and support interns in the creation and upkeep of such a portfolio.
  • Teaching Artists  will be available as a reference, either over the phone or through a written reference letter,  for future job or school applications.
To apply, fill out this form: https://forms.gle/1TBXDACUjzvEMBuB9

National Endowment for the Arts!


Saint Louis Story Stitchers is pleased to announce we have been recommended for a FY 2022 Grants for Arts Project in Media Arts award for $20,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts! We’re excited to bring it home to St. Louis, Missouri for the second year in a row!

Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective is a nationally recognized, award winning artists’ collective, known for high quality social justice art and innovative programming in creative youth development and gun violence prevention.

The program receiving funding from the National Endowment for the Arts is StitchCast Studio LIVE!

StitchCast Studio brings together youth and professional artists in St. Louis to develop and produce a series of podcast episodes. Watch and be a part of Story Stitchers live podcast discussions, presented on the state-of-the-arts stage of 3524 Washington Ave. Story Stitchers artists and guest artists will round out each presentation with live art interludes.

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 and Youtube.

Grants for Arts Projects (GAP) is the principal grant category of the National Endowment for the Arts, supporting public engagement with, and access to, various forms of art across the nation, the creation of excellent art, learning in the arts at all stages of life, and the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life.

Matching grants in this category range from $10,000 to $100,000, cover 13 artistic disciplines, and are for organizations in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, DC.

This grant is made possible, in part, by matching funds provided by the Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund 3-year grant, 2020-2022, and Kranzberg Arts Foundation, where Saint Louis Story Stitchers is a resident organization. The effort to submit this grant was made possible in part by support from Missouri Foundation for Health.

Read the NEA press release 

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