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Give St. Louis Day is a day of on-line charitable giving on May 1, 2019 to support work of many nonprofits, including Saint Louis Story Stitchers.

Thank you for considering Saint Louis Story Stitchers for this day of on-line giving!

Every contribution helps us reach our goal to promote a better educated, more peaceful and caring region through storytelling.

Click HERE to GIVE

IMPACT – Your dollars at work: 

2018 Highlights

Vocational Training * School Assemblies * Character Education* Community Building

  • New director hired to head up programs with youth and community relations
  • 80 Youth engaged 449 times, 99% minority
  • 82 Vocational training educational programs completed
  • 22 Volunteers engaged
  • Public performances and presentations grew from 15 in 2015 to 34 in 2018
  • 7 School assembly programs reaching 600 school-aged children
  • 5,900 Audience members reached
  • Media features in Time magazine, HEC TV, KSDK and Public Radio
  • 2019 projected annual budget $151,000
  • In 2018, Saint Louis Story Stitchers received support from: Missouri Foundation for Health, Steward Family Foundation, LUSH Corporation’s The Charity Pot, Missouri Arts Council, Missouri Humanities Council with National Endowment for the Humanities, Regional Arts Commission, Incarnate Word Foundation, Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund, Saigh Foundation, St. Louis Mental Health Board, Washington University in St. Louis, Kranzberg Arts Foundation, and individuals like YOU!

Click HERE to GIVE

Let’s Give Today!


Thank you for following the Story Stitchers — for caring, attending and supporting.

Today is Give Stl Day, sponsored by the Greater St. Louis Community Foundation and is an online day of giving to benefit nonprofits serving the St. Louis region.

Your donation today will help to support Story Stitchers work with artists and youth ages 16-24 throughout the year.

Thank you!

 Give StL Day Link to Saint Louis Story Stitchers

IMPACT – Your dollars at work: 

2018 Highlights

Vocational Training * School Assemblies * Character Education* Community Building

  • New director hired to head up programs with youth and community relations
  • 80 Youth engaged 449 times, 99% minority
  • 82 Vocational training educational programs completed
  • 22 Volunteers engaged
  • Public performances and presentations grew from 15 in 2015 to 34 in 2018
  • 7 School assembly programs reaching 600 school-aged children
  • 5,900 Audience members reached
  • Media features in Time magazine, HEC TV, KSDK and Public Radio
  • 2019 projected annual budget $151,000
  • In 2018, Saint Louis Story Stitchers received support from: Missouri Foundation for Health, Steward Family Foundation, LUSH Corporation’s The Charity Pot, Missouri Arts Council, Missouri Humanities Council with National Endowment for the Humanities, Regional Arts Commission, Incarnate Word Foundation, Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund, Saigh Foundation, St. Louis Mental Health Board, Washington University in St. Louis, Kranzberg Arts Foundation, and individuals like YOU!

Story Stitchers works to save lives through creative work and messaging and through mentoring and job training. In the words of an 18 year old intern:

“Hey! I’m Terrell. I am a high school senior in St. Louis Public School District and an intern studying non-profit business structure at Story Stitchers. I have been helping with setting up the social media to attract teenagers, reviewing and critiquing the website, studying the budgets and meeting lots of people that help with the organization.

Kids are already saying this summer is going to be tragic and terrible because people are going to be losing their lives to gun violence this summer. Sometimes teens will pick up an a gun because of anger and sometimes because of fear. Some teens might be going through something at home, or something they’ve seen or done might make them think a gun could help to keep them safe. 

The Story Stitcher summer Pick the City UP Tour can help because it informs teens about why you should not pick up a gun and helps them to think about the consequences if you do pick it up and pull that trigger. You could go to jail, lose your life, take someone’s else’s life. The songs and poems tell about how you don’t need a gun to be safe or cool. They say that you should have your own mind and think for yourself and don’t let nobody get in your head about carrying a gun.”

 Give StL Day Link to Saint Louis Story Stitchers

Pick the City UP Tour OPEN Auditions!


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SATURDAY, MAY 4, 2019

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Stitchers Storefront Studio
616 N Skinker Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63130

STORYSTITCHERS.ORG

Open Auditions for the Saint Louis Story Stitchers 2019 Pick the City UP Tour.

Seeking professional adult artists and youth ages 16-24 years old performing original, family-friendly spoken word or hip hop music on public health topics including gun violence, bullying, nutrition, implicit bias and the African American experience in line with the Story Stitchers goal to promote a better educated, more peaceful and caring region through storytelling.

Present a 2-4-minute original piece without notes.

Keyboard, guitar, or a speaker to connect to your phone available on site.

Appointments preferred.  Pre-register at storystitchers@gmail.com or call 314-899-9001.

Youth 16-17 years old must have a parent present to register.
Youth 16-24 years old will apply to Stitchers Youth Council prior to auditioning.

Youth Council is open to all youth who are interested in this work and in community service.

Performance opportunities are highly competitive.

ABOUT SAINT LOUIS STORY STITCHERS ARTISTS COLLECTIVE

Once upon a time there was a stitcher who liked to embroider stories from the newspaper. One day she was stitching about two sisters who were shot on their porch in University City. One sister died. Two brothers were arrested for the crime. The stitcher reflected on the power of stitching throughout history; of the Aids quilt and quilts on the Underground Railroad.  She determined to join with others to create change. In August 2013 eight artists gathered in Old North St. Louis and founded the Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective — to make change.

The Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective is professional artists and minority youth ages 16-24, working together to create social change with a focus on gun violence prevention. 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.

www.storystitchers.org

Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective

616 N Skinker Blvd., Saint Louis, MO 63130

storystitchers@gmail.com – 314-899-9001

TO THE PRAIRIE @ 40th Annual St. Louis Storytelling Festival this weekend!


To The Prairie! from Saint Louis Story Stitchers on Vimeo.

The 40th Annual St. Louis Storytelling Festival is drawing near!!

TO THE PRAIRIE

Peace in the Prairie For All Ages

Family-friendly, free and open to the public.

 

Saturday, April 27, 2019

12:00-12:35 PM

Gateway Arch National Park

Tucker Theater

11 N 4th St.

St. Louis, MO 63102

FREE, but registration required at http://www.cvent.com/d/36q2k4/4W

Film with live performances by Stitchers Youth Council members Elijah Foggy and Branden Lewis and Story Stitchers Artists in Residence Bobby Norfolk, K.P. Dennis and Ntegrity.

 

Sunday, April 28, 2019

1:00 PM Performance

2:00 Hike to the prairie

Missouri Botanical Garden’s

Shaw Nature Reserve

Adlyne Freund Center

352 Freund Rd.

Villa Ridge, MO 63089

FREE, but registration required at http://www.cvent.com/d/j6q3v2/4W

Film with live performances by Stitchers Youth Council members Elijah Foggy and Branden Lewis and Story Stitchers Artists in Residence K.P. Dennis and Ntegrity. Following the performance join Story Stitchers and a Shaw Nature Reserve naturalist for a hike to the prairie!

 

 

Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective presents To The Prairie, a rendition of Peace in the Prairie for all ages. The piece is an original video exploring the concept of peace through exposure to natural landscapes.  Story Stitchers are interested in the juxtaposition of urban life as experienced by African American people living in the city of St. Louis, Missouri and the state’s unique endangered prairie lands. 

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

Saint Louis Story Stitchers is working collaboratively to create an approach to health issues affecting Missouri’s urban youth. Story Stitchers bring the humanities to the forefront through a unique form of “urban storytelling”.

The artistic components for To The Prairie, include the creation of music, stories, and video. The work represents a collaborative exploration of the psychological and physical differences involved in a peaceful natural environment and an urban environment where violence is common. The resulting work is unique to Missouri, generated by local artists reflecting on loss, resilience and rejuvenation in nature and in the human experience. Leading Story Stitchers adult artists in residence Troy Anthony, KP Dennis, Bobby Norfolk, Ntegrity, and Superhood and contributing artist Susan Colangelo explored the experience of violence affecting black families in St. Louis through organized collaborative learning experiences and sharing, recording some of these stories. The artists explored and recorded native prairie landscapes via trips to Missouri prairie reserves including Prairie Day at Shaw Nature Reserve of the Missouri Botanical Garden in Gray Summit, with the Missouri Prairie Foundation at Prairie Star Restoration Farm in Osage County, and Prairie State Park in Mindenmines, Missouri in Barton County near Joplin, and Dunn Ranch Prairie of The Nature Conservancy in Hatfield, Missouri. During creative sessions, artists generated an original work that adds to the critical artistic discourse, contributes to the archived experiences of the state’s African American community and archives an endangered natural resource through art.

Peace in the Prairie expands the artistic body of work of African American 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.

Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the St. Louis Storytelling Festival, Community Arts, University of Missouri Extension Services. The project is supported by a grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health. 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. The project created with support from Missouri Arts Council, a State Agency and from Kranzberg Arts Foundation.

Catch Bobby Norfolk’s Fireside Chat @ Gateway Arch National Park


To The Prairie! with Bobby Norfolk from Saint Louis Story Stitchers on Vimeo.

The 40th Annual St. Louis Storytelling Festival is drawing near!!

TO THE PRAIRIE

Peace in the Prairie For All Ages

Family-friendly, free and open to the public.

 

Saturday, April 27, 2019

12:00-12:35 PM

Gateway Arch National Park

Tucker Theater

11 N 4th St.

St. Louis, MO 63102

FREE, but registration required at http://www.cvent.com/d/36q2k4/4W

Film with live performances by Stitchers Youth Council members Elijah Foggy and Branden Lewis and Story Stitchers Artists in Residence Bobby Norfolk, K.P. Dennis and Ntegrity.

 

Sunday, April 28, 2019

1:00 PM Performance

2:00 Hike to the prairie

Missouri Botanical Garden’s

Shaw Nature Reserve

Adlyne Freund Center

352 Freund Rd.

Villa Ridge, MO 63089

FREE, but registration required at http://www.cvent.com/d/j6q3v2/4W

Film with live performances by Stitchers Youth Council members Elijah Foggy and Branden Lewis and Story Stitchers Artists in Residence K.P. Dennis and Ntegrity. Following the performance join Story Stitchers and a Shaw Nature Reserve naturalist for a hike to the prairie!

 

 

Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective presents To The Prairie, a rendition of Peace in the Prairie for all ages. The piece is an original video exploring the concept of peace through exposure to natural landscapes.  Story Stitchers are interested in the juxtaposition of urban life as experienced by African American people living in the city of St. Louis, Missouri and the state’s unique endangered prairie lands. 

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

Saint Louis Story Stitchers is working collaboratively to create an approach to health issues affecting Missouri’s urban youth. Story Stitchers bring the humanities to the forefront through a unique form of “urban storytelling”.

The artistic components for To The Prairie, include the creation of music, stories, and video. The work represents a collaborative exploration of the psychological and physical differences involved in a peaceful natural environment and an urban environment where violence is common. The resulting work is unique to Missouri, generated by local artists reflecting on loss, resilience and rejuvenation in nature and in the human experience. Leading Story Stitchers adult artists in residence Troy Anthony, KP Dennis, Bobby Norfolk, Ntegrity, and Superhood and contributing artist Susan Colangelo explored the experience of violence affecting black families in St. Louis through organized collaborative learning experiences and sharing, recording some of these stories. The artists explored and recorded native prairie landscapes via trips to Missouri prairie reserves including Prairie Day at Shaw Nature Reserve of the Missouri Botanical Garden in Gray Summit, with the Missouri Prairie Foundation at Prairie Star Restoration Farm in Osage County, and Prairie State Park in Mindenmines, Missouri in Barton County near Joplin, and Dunn Ranch Prairie of The Nature Conservancy in Hatfield, Missouri. During creative sessions, artists generated an original work that adds to the critical artistic discourse, contributes to the archived experiences of the state’s African American community and archives an endangered natural resource through art.

Peace in the Prairie expands the artistic body of work of African American 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.

Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the St. Louis Storytelling Festival, Community Arts, University of Missouri Extension Services. The project is supported by a grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health. 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. The project created with support from Missouri Arts Council, a State Agency and from Kranzberg Arts Foundation.

TO THE PRAIRIE @ 40th Annual St. Louis Storytelling Festival this weekend!


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The 40th Annual St. Louis Storytelling Festival is drawing near!!

TO THE PRAIRIE

Peace in the Prairie For All Ages

Family-friendly, free and open to the public.

 

Saturday, April 27, 2019

12:00-12:35 PM

Gateway Arch National Park

Tucker Theater

11 N 4th St.

St. Louis, MO 63102

FREE, but registration required at http://www.cvent.com/d/36q2k4/4W

Film with live performances by Stitchers Youth Council members Elijah Foggy and Branden Lewis and Story Stitchers Artists in Residence Bobby Norfolk, K.P. Dennis and Ntegrity.

 

Sunday, April 28, 2019

1:00 PM Performance

2:00 Hike to the prairie

Missouri Botanical Garden’s

Shaw Nature Reserve

Adlyne Freund Center

352 Freund Rd.

Villa Ridge, MO 63089

FREE, but registration required at http://www.cvent.com/d/j6q3v2/4W

Film with live performances by Stitchers Youth Council members Elijah Foggy and Branden Lewis and Story Stitchers Artists in Residence K.P. Dennis and Ntegrity. Following the performance join Story Stitchers and a Shaw Nature Reserve naturalist for a hike to the prairie!

 

 

Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective presents To The Prairie, a rendition of Peace in the Prairie for all ages. The piece is an original video exploring the concept of peace through exposure to natural landscapes.  Story Stitchers are interested in the juxtaposition of urban life as experienced by African American people living in the city of St. Louis, Missouri and the state’s unique endangered prairie lands. 

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

Saint Louis Story Stitchers is working collaboratively to create an approach to health issues affecting Missouri’s urban youth. Story Stitchers bring the humanities to the forefront through a unique form of “urban storytelling”.

The artistic components for To The Prairie, include the creation of music, stories, and video. The work represents a collaborative exploration of the psychological and physical differences involved in a peaceful natural environment and an urban environment where violence is common. The resulting work is unique to Missouri, generated by local artists reflecting on loss, resilience and rejuvenation in nature and in the human experience. Leading Story Stitchers adult artists in residence Troy Anthony, KP Dennis, Bobby Norfolk, Ntegrity, and Superhood and contributing artist Susan Colangelo explored the experience of violence affecting black families in St. Louis through organized collaborative learning experiences and sharing, recording some of these stories. The artists explored and recorded native prairie landscapes via trips to Missouri prairie reserves including Prairie Day at Shaw Nature Reserve of the Missouri Botanical Garden in Gray Summit, with the Missouri Prairie Foundation at Prairie Star Restoration Farm in Osage County, and Prairie State Park in Mindenmines, Missouri in Barton County near Joplin, and Dunn Ranch Prairie of The Nature Conservancy in Hatfield, Missouri. During creative sessions, artists generated an original work that adds to the critical artistic discourse, contributes to the archived experiences of the state’s African American community and archives an endangered natural resource through art.

Peace in the Prairie expands the artistic body of work of African American 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.

Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the St. Louis Storytelling Festival, Community Arts, University of Missouri Extension Services. The project is supported by a grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health. 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. The project created with support from Missouri Arts Council, a State Agency and from Kranzberg Arts Foundation.

Story Stitchers @ 39th Annual St. Louis Storytelling Festival in 2018


Teen Rap Crisis II LIVE from Saint Louis Story Stitchers on Vimeo.

The 40th Annual St. Louis Storytelling Festival is drawing near!!

For the past four years Saint LouisStory Stitchers have participated in this great St. Louis tradition. As the Festival draws near we will look back on some past performances and ahead to the Story Stitchers 2019 contribution.

Looking back at 2018…

Teen Rap Crisis II is a humanities-based program designed to give voice to concerns and triumphs, uncover facts, and build awareness of public health issues as seen through the eyes of contemporary African American youth, ages 15-24.  Reflecting on the original 25-year-old Teen Rap Crisis, participants will partake in thoughtful discussion and collaborative learning experiences through writing with Story Stitchers artists Bobby Norfolk, KP Dennis and Howard Cox, leading to a poetic performance and a post-performance discussion. Activities take place both inside and out of the City of St. Louis Juvenile Detention Center, providing an opportunity for youth to explore topics related to individual lives and society at large through writing, discussion, performance and learning. Stitchers Youth Council members Emeara, Tylea, Rachel, Chris, Yolandis, Antonio and Juwuan contributed to the project.
The program is a part of the 39th Annual St. Louis Storytelling Festival in 2018.
The goals of the activity are to bring attention, clarity and opportunity for meaningful action to the issues surrounding the challenges faced by youth, especially African American youth in urban environments through documentation, storytelling, performance and discussion. The program also creates opportunities for intergenerational interaction and collaborative storytelling through the collaborative learning experiences and discussion.
Saint Louis Story Stitchers is supporting this program in partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council and with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the St. Louis Storytelling Festival, Kranzberg Arts Foundation, and Missouri Foundation for Health and in collaboration with the City of St. Louis Juvenile Detention Center and the City of St. Louis Department of Health.
Copyright Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective, 2018. All rights reserved.

 

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40th Annual St. Louis Storytelling Festival

TO THE PRAIRIE

Peace in the Prairie For All Ages

Family-friendly, free and open to the public.

 

Saturday, April 27, 2019

12:00-12:35 PM

Gateway Arch National Park

Tucker Theater

11 N 4th St.

St. Louis, MO 63102

FREE, but registration required at http://www.cvent.com/d/36q2k4/4W

Film with live performances by Stitchers Youth Council members Elijah Foggy and Branden Lewis and Story Stitchers Artists in Residence Bobby Norfolk, K.P. Dennis and Ntegrity.

 

Sunday, April 28, 2019

1:00 PM Performance

2:00 Hike to the prairie

Missouri Botanical Garden’s

Shaw Nature Reserve

Adlyne Freund Center

352 Freund Rd.

Villa Ridge, MO 63089

FREE, but registration required at http://www.cvent.com/d/j6q3v2/4W

Film with live performances by Stitchers Youth Council members Elijah Foggy and Branden Lewis and Story Stitchers Artists in Residence K.P. Dennis and Ntegrity. Following the performance join Story Stitchers and a Shaw Nature Reserve naturalist for a hike to the prairie!

 

 

Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective presents To The Prairie, a rendition of Peace in the Prairie for all ages. The piece is an original video exploring the concept of peace through exposure to natural landscapes.  Story Stitchers are interested in the juxtaposition of urban life as experienced by African American people living in the city of St. Louis, Missouri and the state’s unique endangered prairie lands. 

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

Saint Louis Story Stitchers is working collaboratively to create an approach to health issues affecting Missouri’s urban youth. Story Stitchers bring the humanities to the forefront through a unique form of “urban storytelling”.

The artistic components for To The Prairie, include the creation of music, stories, and video. The work represents a collaborative exploration of the psychological and physical differences involved in a peaceful natural environment and an urban environment where violence is common. The resulting work is unique to Missouri, generated by local artists reflecting on loss, resilience and rejuvenation in nature and in the human experience. Leading Story Stitchers adult artists in residence Troy Anthony, KP Dennis, Bobby Norfolk, Ntegrity, and Superhood and contributing artist Susan Colangelo explored the experience of violence affecting black families in St. Louis through organized collaborative learning experiences and sharing, recording some of these stories. The artists explored and recorded native prairie landscapes via trips to Missouri prairie reserves including Prairie Day at Shaw Nature Reserve of the Missouri Botanical Garden in Gray Summit, with the Missouri Prairie Foundation at Prairie Star Restoration Farm in Osage County, and Prairie State Park in Mindenmines, Missouri in Barton County near Joplin, and Dunn Ranch Prairie of The Nature Conservancy in Hatfield, Missouri. During creative sessions, artists generated an original work that adds to the critical artistic discourse, contributes to the archived experiences of the state’s African American community and archives an endangered natural resource through art.

Peace in the Prairie expands the artistic body of work of African American 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.

Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the St. Louis Storytelling Festival, Community Arts, University of Missouri Extension Services. The project is supported by a grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health. 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. The project created with support from Missouri Arts Council, a State Agency and from Kranzberg Arts Foundation.

 

Work We Like…


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Community Initiative | RISD Stands Against Gun Violence

To mark and remember the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre on April 20, RISD will launch a multidisciplinary community response to the rampant gun violence that plagues America. Last November, after the 307th incident of gun violence in the US in 2018 alone, President Somerson and Vice President of Social Equity + Inclusion Matthew Shenoda called for RISD to respond in a unique way that would transcend simple statements of values and sympathy.

https://events.risd.edu/event/risd_stands_against_gun_violence_initiative?_ga=2.191864746.1612207374.1555524437-1730570606.1555524437#.XLdrY5NKh0s

Gun Violence Exhibition
Opens April 17, 2019
20 Washington Place

Running the Numbers
A public art project by Scott Lapham 90 PH and One Gun Gone
Saturday, April 20, 1-4 pm
Contemporary Art Gallery, RISD Museum

Digital Quilt Display
April 22–26, 2019, 8–10 pm
Digital screens in 20 Washington Place, the Met, Portfolio Café and the RISD Museum

Digital Quilt Artists
Anthony Azanon BArch 19
Boris Bally, Community member
Josh Chodorow, Coordinator, RISD Global
Elizabeth Debs, Critic, Interior Architecture
Ningyi (Jessica) Fang 21 IL
Daniel Fidoten 22 EFS
Malaika Franks 20 ID
Karyn Lynn Gilman, Parent
James Goggin, Assistant Professor, Graphic Design
Blue Gregor 21 PT
James Harvey 87 PT
Jamie Murphy Hlynsky, Senior Critic, Illustration
Max Hu 21 ID
Amelia Huang 22 EFS
Nicole Juen, Assistant Professor, Experimental and Foundational Studies
Ting Loetaphirom 19 GD
Tim McFate, Site Manager/Chef, Watermark Cafe
Hector Munoz-Guzman 21 PT
David Porter, Assistant Professor, Illustration
Portfolio Cafe Team, Dining Services
Brenda Rodriguez 21 IL
Rebecca Schena 19 JM
Nancy Skolos, Professor, Graphic Design
Adam Smith, Associate Professor, Industrial Design
Tori Torres, RISD Store Sales Clerk
VF Wolf, Night Watchman, Museum
Isabel Yang, Pre-College 2018, Drawing Major

Related Resources
Counseling and Psychological Services – Students Only
RISD Employee Assistance Program – Faculty and Staff
Public Safety – RISD Community
Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence
One Gun Gone
Providence Police Department
Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence
Rhode Island Office of the Attorney General
Rhode Island State Police
Rhode Island Victims of Crime Helpline
Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Everytown for Gun Safety
Gun Violence Archive
GunPolicy.Org
Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research
Trace.org

Story Stitchers @ 38th Annual St. Louis Storytelling Festival in 2017


38th St. Louis Storytelling Festival from Saint Louis Story Stitchers on Vimeo.

The 40th Annual St. Louis Storytelling Festival is drawing near!!

For the past four years Saint LouisStory Stitchers have participated in this great St. Louis tradition. As the Festival draws near we will look back on some past performances and ahead to the Story Stitchers 2019 contribution.

Looking back at 2017…

The 38th St. Louis Storytelling Festival
Story Stitchers were proud to perform as Regional Storytellers in the
38th Annual St. Louis Storytelling Festival.
University of Missouri Extension Services Community Arts Program
Saturday, May 6th, 2017 in the Old Courthouse Gallery
As part of the NEA-funded “Parks Come Alive” project, a collaboration between Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and St. Louis Storytelling Festival, a variety of storytellers showcased community reflections of what this iconic national park in the heart of St. Louis means to them. Featured were the Arch Builders, Bobby Norfolk and other park rangers, Story Stitchers (an urban storytelling troupe), and school and community groups presenting community art projects. This project was supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Story Stitchers program was also supported by Kranzberg Arts Foundation.

 

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40th Annual St. Louis Storytelling Festival

TO THE PRAIRIE

Peace in the Prairie For All Ages

Family-friendly, free and open to the public.

 

Saturday, April 27, 2019

12:00-12:35 PM

Gateway Arch National Park

Tucker Theater

11 N 4th St.

St. Louis, MO 63102

FREE, but registration required at http://www.cvent.com/d/36q2k4/4W

Film with live performances by Stitchers Youth Council members Elijah Foggy and Branden Lewis and Story Stitchers Artists in Residence Bobby Norfolk, K.P. Dennis and Ntegrity.

 

Sunday, April 28, 2019

1:00 PM Performance

2:00 Hike to the prairie

Missouri Botanical Garden’s

Shaw Nature Reserve

Adlyne Freund Center

352 Freund Rd.

Villa Ridge, MO 63089

FREE, but registration required at http://www.cvent.com/d/j6q3v2/4W

Film with live performances by Stitchers Youth Council members Elijah Foggy and Branden Lewis and Story Stitchers Artists in Residence K.P. Dennis and Ntegrity. Following the performance join Story Stitchers and a Shaw Nature Reserve naturalist for a hike to the prairie!

 

 

Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective presents To The Prairie, a rendition of Peace in the Prairie for all ages. The piece is an original video exploring the concept of peace through exposure to natural landscapes.  Story Stitchers are interested in the juxtaposition of urban life as experienced by African American people living in the city of St. Louis, Missouri and the state’s unique endangered prairie lands. 

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

Saint Louis Story Stitchers is working collaboratively to create an approach to health issues affecting Missouri’s urban youth. Story Stitchers bring the humanities to the forefront through a unique form of “urban storytelling”.

The artistic components for To The Prairie, include the creation of music, stories, and video. The work represents a collaborative exploration of the psychological and physical differences involved in a peaceful natural environment and an urban environment where violence is common. The resulting work is unique to Missouri, generated by local artists reflecting on loss, resilience and rejuvenation in nature and in the human experience. Leading Story Stitchers adult artists in residence Troy Anthony, KP Dennis, Bobby Norfolk, Ntegrity, and Superhood and contributing artist Susan Colangelo explored the experience of violence affecting black families in St. Louis through organized collaborative learning experiences and sharing, recording some of these stories. The artists explored and recorded native prairie landscapes via trips to Missouri prairie reserves including Prairie Day at Shaw Nature Reserve of the Missouri Botanical Garden in Gray Summit, with the Missouri Prairie Foundation at Prairie Star Restoration Farm in Osage County, and Prairie State Park in Mindenmines, Missouri in Barton County near Joplin, and Dunn Ranch Prairie of The Nature Conservancy in Hatfield, Missouri. During creative sessions, artists generated an original work that adds to the critical artistic discourse, contributes to the archived experiences of the state’s African American community and archives an endangered natural resource through art.

Peace in the Prairie expands the artistic body of work of African American 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.

Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the St. Louis Storytelling Festival, Community Arts, University of Missouri Extension Services. The project is supported by a grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health. 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. The project created with support from Missouri Arts Council, a State Agency and from Kranzberg Arts Foundation.

 

 

Peace in the Prairie Sketchbook: This Is Why


Stitchers Youth Council Branden Lewis at Gateway Arch National Park. STAND DOWN RISE UP Performance. 2.2.2019. Saint Louis Story Stitchers. 2019DSC_0099
Branden performing at Gateway Arch National Park, February, 2019

Peace in the Prairie explores urban violence and peace experienced in nature. For the 40th Annual St. Louis Storytelling Festival, Saint Louis Story Stitchers commissioned two Stitchers Youth Council members, Branden Lewis and Elijah Foggy, to write a new hip hop piece explaining their experiences as young men living in St. Louis. They will open the presentation To The Prairie at the Festival with this new piece.

Excerpt from the lyrics to

This Is Why

Verse I

Branden Lewis

 

I’m trying to show you I’m more than just gifted

I’m more than my issues, more than statistics

I’m more than the chasing of money and women

I’m more than the bundles of graves that they digging

I’m more than potential that’s lost in the system

I’m more than a criminal, more than a victim

There’s more to my image, immortalize this

That there’s more to the morals of stories you hearing

(Hold up)

Aye, how many fears must I face in a day

How many friends can be taken away

How many planned to spend life in a cage

How many wish they got that but in graves

How many wish they got that but in chains

How many wish they enacted a change

(Yea)

How many wish they enacted a change

 

40th Annual St. Louis Storytelling Festival

TO THE PRAIRIE

Peace in the Prairie For All Ages

Family-friendly, free and open to the public.

 

Saturday, April 27, 2019

12:00-12:35 PM

Gateway Arch National Park

Tucker Theater

11 N 4th St.

St. Louis, MO 63102

Film with live performances by Stitchers Youth Council members Elijah Foggy and Branden Lewis and Story Stitchers Artists in Residence Bobby Norfolk, K.P. Dennis and Ntegrity.

FREE, but registration required at http://www.cvent.com/d/36q2k4/4W

 

Sunday, April 28, 2019

1:00 PM Performance

2:00 Hike to the prairie

Missouri Botanical Garden’s

Shaw Nature Reserve

Adlyne Freund Center

352 Freund Rd.

Villa Ridge, MO 63089

FREE, but registration required at http://www.cvent.com/d/j6q3v2/4W

Film with live performances by Stitchers Youth Council members Elijah Foggy and Branden Lewis and Story Stitchers Artists in Residence K.P. Dennis and Ntegrity. Following the performance join Story Stitchers and a Shaw Nature Reserve naturalist for a hike to the prairie!

 

 

Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective presents To The Prairie, a rendition of Peace in the Prairie for all ages. The piece is an original video exploring the concept of peace through exposure to natural landscapes.  Story Stitchers are interested in the juxtaposition of urban life as experienced by African American people living in the city of St. Louis, Missouri and the state’s unique endangered prairie lands. 

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

Saint Louis Story Stitchers is working collaboratively to create an approach to health issues affecting Missouri’s urban youth. Story Stitchers bring the humanities to the forefront through a unique form of “urban storytelling”.

The artistic components for To The Prairie, include the creation of music, stories, and video. The work represents a collaborative exploration of the psychological and physical differences involved in a peaceful natural environment and an urban environment where violence is common. The resulting work is unique to Missouri, generated by local artists reflecting on loss, resilience and rejuvenation in nature and in the human experience. Leading Story Stitchers adult artists in residence Troy Anthony, KP Dennis, Bobby Norfolk, Ntegrity, and Superhood and contributing artist Susan Colangelo explored the experience of violence affecting black families in St. Louis through organized collaborative learning experiences and sharing, recording some of these stories. The artists explored and recorded native prairie landscapes via trips to Missouri prairie reserves including Prairie Day at Shaw Nature Reserve of the Missouri Botanical Garden in Gray Summit, with the Missouri Prairie Foundation at Prairie Star Restoration Farm in Osage County, and Prairie State Park in Mindenmines, Missouri in Barton County near Joplin, and Dunn Ranch Prairie of The Nature Conservancy in Hatfield, Missouri. During creative sessions, artists generated an original work that adds to the critical artistic discourse, contributes to the archived experiences of the state’s African American community and archives an endangered natural resource through art.

Peace in the Prairie expands the artistic body of work of African American 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.

Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the St. Louis Storytelling Festival, Community Arts, University of Missouri Extension Services. The project is supported by a grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health. 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. The project created with support from Missouri Arts Council, a State Agency and from Kranzberg Arts Foundation.

 

To become part of Peace in the Prairie contact the Collective.

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