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
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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.

 

@storystitchers LIVE @GatewayArch 2DAY!!!


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Saint Louis Story Stitchers are excited to kick off the 2019 Pick the City UP Tour during Fair St. Louis at the Gateway Arch National Park!!

Come and cool off inside in the beautiful new Mezzanine!

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 6th 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.

All events are free and family-friendly.

For more information please visit storystitchers.org.

 

Saturday, July 6
Pick the City UP
1:00-2:00 PM
Fair St. Louis!
Gateway Arch National Park
Mezzanine

11 N 4th St., St. Louis, MO 63102

Free and open to the public

 

Next UP

YOUTH OPPORTUNITY!

Tuesday, July 9

Pick the City UP Art Activists Training

Youth @ The Center

9:00 AM -3:00 PM

Kranzberg Arts Center

501 N Grand, St. Louis, MO 63103

As part of the Pick the City UP 2019 Tour, Saint Louis Story Stitchers presents an arts activists and organizers training session for young artists 16-24 years old. The sessions will be presented with two parts by social justice artist Joel King, CEO/Owner at JPEK CREATIVE WORKS.

Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. Contact storystitchers@gmail.com or call 314-899-9001 for more information. Youth providers and parole officers are welcome to inquire.  Free.

 

LIVE SHOW!
Saturday, July 13
Pick the City UP
1:00 -3:00 PM
Miss Tillie’s Corner Block Party and Health Resource Fair
1345-1355 N Garrison, St. Louis, MO 63106
JeffVanderLou
For more information please visit storystitchers.org.
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Pick the City UP Tour Kicks Off July 6 @ Gateway Arch National Park!


 

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Saint Louis Story Stitchers are excited to kick off the 2019 Pick the City UP Tour during Fair St. Louis at the Gateway Arch National Park!!

Come and cool off inside in the beautiful new Mezzanine!

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 6th 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!!

Saturday, July 6
Pick the City UP
1:00-2:00 PM
Fair St. Louis!
Gateway Arch National Park
Mezzanine

11 N 4th St., St. Louis, MO 63102

Free and open to the public

 

 

YOUTH OPPORTUNITY

Tuesday, July 9

Pick the City UP Art Activists Training

Youth @ The Center

9:00 AM -3:00 PM

Kranzberg Arts Center

501 N Grand, St. Louis, MO 63103

As part of the Pick the City UP 2019 Tour, Saint Louis Story Stitchers presents an arts activists and organizers training session for young artists 16-24 years old. The sessions will be presented with two parts by social justice artist Joel King, CEO/Owner at JPEK CREATIVE WORKS.

Pre-registration is required. Space is limited.

Contact storystitchers@gmail.com or call 314-899-9001 for more information.

 

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.

The WHY of MY City


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Stitchers Youth Council members paint a fence on the lot of Wellston Loop Community Development Corporation’s 1514 Hodiamont city lot.

M-AAA is pleased to announce the FY20 Artistic Innovations grantees, supporting the creation and presentation of new artistic endeavors taking place between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020 in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.

With this year’s total of $165,400, Artistic Innovations awards grants of up to $15,000 to artists and organizations creating innovative new work. Grantees are chosen by a selection panel of artists and arts professionals from across the six-state region, including past recipients. This year’s thirteen grants are made possible by generous funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Todd Stein, President and CEO of Mid-America Arts Alliance, says, “Through this grant program, we encourage the spirit of experimentation and exploration, exclusively engaging regional artists and arts organizations in the creation of new, original works for audiences across the M-AAA region. We have awarded more than $1 million in total awards through Artistic Innovations, and we are so pleased to continue this stellar program with an exciting slate of recipients.”

Saint Louis Story Stitchers is pleased to announce it will receive a FY20 Artistic Innovations grant for $7,000 for a new program entitled, The WHY of MY City.

Additional support for this program is provided by Missouri Foundation for Health, Steward Family Foundation, St. Louis Storytelling Festival, a part of the University of Missouri Extension Services Community Arts Program, and Kranzberg Arts Foundation.

The WHY of MY City is an artistic commission designed to raise awareness on gun violence prevention and rebuild civic pride for St. Louis, MO, which has neighborhoods that are reeling from gun violence. A new work by African American artists will explore why citizens do and should care about their neighborhoods, even as outsiders might see the same city blocks as uninhabitable. Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artist Collective is working collaboratively to create an approach to public health issues affecting Missouri’s African American urban youth. The Collective brings the arts to the forefront through a unique form of “urban storytelling” that includes rhythm, rap and word to attract attention, build excitement, and communicate key concepts from public safety and health professionals to the public. 

Professional artists work alongside dedicated African American youth, ages 16–24 years old. Saint Louis Story Stitchers works in collaboration with the City of St. Louis Department of Health to identify key concepts that will help youth to stay healthy and avoid guns and gangs. The works will debut at the 41st St. Louis Storytelling Festival in 2020 and become a consistent part of the Story Stitchers’ live performance repertoire. 

The public is invited to share stories about their own neighborhoods.

Stories will be collected during the Pick the City UP Tour’s neighborhood stops including July 13th from 1:00-3:00 at Tillie’s Corner, 1345 N Garrison; August 3rd from 1:00-4:00 at the West Side Street Feast at 1514 Hodiamont; and on August 10th from 11:00-3:00 at Gregory J Carter Park in Walnut Park, 5800 Lillian Avenue.

Please call 314-899-9001 or email storystitchers@gmail.com for more information.

 

 

Welcome Bailey Spencer


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Bailey Spencer works with Stitchers Youth Council members during a creative session.

Saint Louis Story Stitchers is pleased to welcome poet Bailey Spencer as the new Summer Program Coordinator. Bailey will head up youth communication and handle the logistics of the summer programs including youth leadership activities. Bailey’s position is supported by the LUSH Corporation’s The Charity Pot.

Bailey earned the MFA in Poetry from Washington University in St. Louis in 2017 and is now a lecturer teaching writing and poetry at Washington University as well as at St. Louis Community College. Bailey worked with youth on writing projects at Intersect Arts Center in 2018.

 

King Pins & Strike Queens


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2018 Bowl A Thon at Tropicana Bowl

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.

VOLUNTEER today!

King Pins & Strike Queens! The Bowl A Thon Committee needs YOU!

Start a Fundraiser 🙂 Super simple, just load a pic of yourself, set your goal and share!

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2019 Bowl A Thon! 

Come, say hello and cheer on the youth teams 🙂

Date:            Sunday, July 28, 2019

Time:            4:00-7:00 PM

Location:     Pin-Up Bowl, 6191 Delmar Blvd,, Saint Louis, MO  63112

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 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.

Thank you for your help!

 

ANNOUNCEMENT


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Merlin Bell (seated)

Merlin Bell, who has served as Saint Louis Story Stitchers director of programs and community engagement since January, 2019, is moving on the take a position teaching drama in Beijing, China at the end of June.

Story Stitchers would like to thank our community friends for welcoming Merlin during his time here. We would also like to thank Merlin for the good work he did on the organization’s behalf during his tenure.

Good luck in your new home and position, Merlin! We wish you all the best! Send pics!!

Saint Louis Story Stitchers will be listing the position through INDEED soon. Stay tuned!

Bowl A Thon Kick-Off and Open House


DROP IN TO THE KICK-OFF!

Wednesday, June 19th, 2019

Drop in 11:00 AM -7:00 PM

Stitchers Storefront Studio, 616 N Skinker Blvd, 63130

BUY A T-SHIRT! $20

Buy a T-Shirt for $20 and Support a Stitchers Youth Bowling Team!

Join Saint Louis Story Stitchers 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!

START A FUNDRAISER!