I GOTCHU Released


 

Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artist Collective’s Perception Isn’t Always Reality will engage BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) teen and young adult artists to reevaluate messages they may have received about COVID and vaccinations and to evaluate the sources of the information. Through their own brand of urban storytelling that involves collaborative work in hip hop music and krump dance, videography, photography, and podcasting, the artists will produce a challenging body of work for the public to experience on urban canvases such as the sides of city buses and on the airwaves.

Story Stitchers youth leaders have worked with mentoring artists and professional companies to develop a campaign called I GOTCHU around the concepts of worthiness and protection to boost vaccine confidence in our community. The I GOTCHU campaign is now out around town on the sides of Metro buses and at bus shelters, on iHeart Radio, and on social media!

To learn more about the project visit storystitchers.org. For the latest information or to find a vaccination site near you go to vaccines.gov.

StitchCast Studio LIVE! with Roland Johnson and Soul Endeavor


Youth, ages 16-24 years old, 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 artists.

StitchCast Studio LIVE!

Live Podcast Recording Session

+ Performance by Roland Johnson and Soul Endeavor

Fridays, May 13 and June 10, 2022

FREE but capacity is limited. Come early to get a seat.

6:00-9:00 PM

Central Stage

3524 Washington Ave, 63103

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.

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 and 2022, Lush Corporation’s The Charity Pot, and March For Our Lives Aid & Alliance.

Gender Roles


Youth leaders discuss misconceptions about gender and  navigating the age old traditions of gender roles in contemporary life. Recorded in Zoom in St. Louis, Missouri on March 24, 2022.
 
Pick the City UP Art Interlude
Youth guitarist Alexis, live at Central Stage, StitchCast Studio, 2022
 
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.

StitchCast Studio LIVE! with Poet & Storyteller Cheeraz Gormon Friday


Youth, ages 16-24 years old, 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.

StitchCast Studio LIVE!

Live Podcast Recording Session

The WHY of Artist and Art Form

+ Cheeraz Gormon

Poet and Storyteller

Friday, April 29, 2022

6:00-9:00 PM

Central Stage

3524 Washington Ave, 63103

Free

“Described as a multipotentialite, St. Louis native, Cheeraz Gormon is a cross genre writer, multi-medium storyteller, and public speaker whose work spans across the art forms of poetry, essay writing, photography, film production, music, and advertising. She is a community centered social entrepreneur, and helping professional devoted to the visibility, care, and healing of underserved, and marginalized populations.

As a poet, and storyteller, Cheeraz has opened for Dr. Cornell West, Dr. Dennis Kimbrow, MacArthur Genius honoree, Dr. Deborah Willis, and has hosted events for Left Bank Books in St. Louis, MO, and St. Louis Public Radio. She is a 2x TEDxGatewayArch speaker, and her poetry has been featured in Ebony Magazine, Huffington Post, St. Louis Public Radio, and performed on stages nationally, and internationally

 

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.

Peace in the Prairie Film Online April 23-30, 2022


Peace in the Prairie film in 3 channels will be available for online viewing April 23-30, 2022.

The film is also available for screening by groups in-person and virtually.

Please inquire at storystitchers@gmail.com.

To view the film and for details about the project and artists please visit storystitchers.org Peace in the Prairie tab.

 

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?

The 2022 rendition of the film, Peace in the Prairie, 6 years in the making, tells the stories of black Missourians grappling with trauma from poverty and gun violence, turning towards Missouri’s natural public lands, especially its beautiful endangered prairie lands, for healing and peace.

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.

Leading Story Stitchers artists in residence Troy Anthony, KP Dennis, Ntegrity, Quinsonta Boyd, and Master Storyteller Bobby Norfolk, contributing artist Susan Colangelo, and special guest artists, legendary St. Louis soul vocalist, Roland Johnson, and videographer Meghan Kirkwood, Assistant Professor of Art in the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, award-winning krump dancer Rich Gzelka,  joined by leading performing artists from Story Stitchers Youth Council, will treat you to a memorable and inspiring journey.

Since 2016, 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 at Linden’s Prairie in Mt. Vernon, Missouri  and at 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 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.

Countdown to Earth Day: 1 and Time for Podcasts in the Park with Bobby Norfolk


 

StitchCast Studio Special Edition: Podcasts in the Park VIII

Master Storyteller Bobby Norfolk started off his storytelling career as a Park Ranger in the National Park Service. In this podcast he muses about our place in the natural world.

Recorded live at Shaw Nature Reserve, Missouri Botanical Gardens,  September 19, 2021

Pick the City UP Art Interlude

To The Prairie

KP Dennis and Ntegrity with Troy Anthony on bass, Saint Louis Story Stitchers, 2018

Take a listen HERE

Don’t miss Bobby Norfolk telling a story at Peace in the Prairie at 1:15 PM!

Saint Louis Story Stitchers is excited to share Peace in the Prairie with St. Louis this Friday! So many friends, organizations, activities, and performances will be there! Try yoga, learn about Missouri’s parks and prairies, get a better understanding of trauma and healing, pick up a free gun lock and learn to BE SMART about gun safety, try a PunchLove punching game game, stay for the Main Event at 7:00 and watch the Story Stitchers perform and then experience the 1-hour original film, Peace in the Prairie, now on 3-channels, 6 years in the making, featuring Story Stitchers, community voices, Master Storyteller Bobby Norfolk and St. Louis’ Father of Soul, Roland Johnson. The film is captioned. Limited seating is available.

The film is captioned and will also be available online April 23-30 at storystitchers.org.

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 black and brown 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?

 

April 22, 2022

10:00 AM-9:30 PM

Main Event 7:00 PM

Earth Day!

World’s Fair Pavilion in Forest Park

Saint Louis, Missouri

Free and open to the public

All ages

Come experience Peace in the Prairie!

Vendors, performances, presentations, and an original film providing information and experiences for victims of violence and healing through greater access to Missouri’s public lands!

Visit Eventbrite for free admission tickets, details:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/peace-in-the-prairie-tickets-218221124257

 

Peace in the Prairie 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, Edward Jones Community and Philanthropic Giving, and Kranzberg Arts Foundation.

Countdown to Earth Day: 2


Saint Louis Story Stitchers is excited to share Peace in the Prairie with St. Louis this Friday! So many friends, organizations, activities, and performances will be there! Try yoga, learn about Missouri’s parks and prairies, get a better understanding of trauma and healing, pick up a free gun lock and learn to BE SMART about gun safety, try a PunchLove punching game game, stay for the Main Event at 7:00 and watch the Story Stitchers perform and then experience the 1-hour original film, Peace in the Prairie, now on 3-channels, 6 years in the making, featuring Story Stitchers, community voices, Master Storyteller Bobby Norfolk and St. Louis’ Father of Soul, Roland Johnson. The film is captioned. Limited seating is available.

The film is captioned and will also be available online April 23-30 at storystitchers.org.

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 black and brown 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?

 

April 22, 2022

10:00 AM-9:30 PM

Main Event 7:00 PM

Earth Day!

World’s Fair Pavilion in Forest Park

Saint Louis, Missouri

Free and open to the public

All ages

Come experience Peace in the Prairie!

Vendors, performances, presentations, and an original film providing information and experiences for victims of violence and healing through greater access to Missouri’s public lands!

Visit Eventbrite for free admission tickets, details:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/peace-in-the-prairie-tickets-218221124257

 

Peace in the Prairie 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, Edward Jones Community and Philanthropic Giving, and Kranzberg Arts Foundation.

Play a Part In Story Stitchers Music Video “Who’s Ready?”


Troy Anthony photographs Chris, a member of Stitchers Youth Council

Ever wonder what YOU can do to help stop the violence in St. Louis?

You can use your voice to say “Im ready for the violence to STOP!”

Saint Louis Story Stitchers is creating a new music video of our popular song, “Who’s Ready?”

We are inviting residents to join us in the call and response of the chorus on camera!

At our big event, Peace in the Prairie, from 4:00-6:00, one of Story Stitchers’ lead videographers, Troy Anthony, will be on hand to capture individuals and groups singing the response to the song, “I’m ready! I’m ready for the violence to STOP!” Story Stitchers youth leaders will be on hand to teach you the line and then you’ll go on camera!

Check out the original Who’s Ready? video HERE

Troy Anthony is also one of the videographers who captured bison on film at Prairie State Park for Peace in the Prairie. Troy is an Army veteran and his voice is featured in the film sharing a story about survivor’s guilt  from one of his two tours in Iraq. He has been a mentoring artist for youth at a Story Stitchers since 2017, joining us on most major projects and capturing both St. Louis and the work of black artists. Troy also owns a photography studio in St. Louis.

Over the past six years artists at Saint Louis Story Stitchers have visited and documented prairies across the great state of Missouri. Since 2016, 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 at Linden’s Prairie in Mt. Vernon, Missouri  and at 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. We have visited prairie plantings in Forest Park and at Gateway Arch National Park.

Peace in the Prairie is about healing from violence through spending time in nature. It is about recognizing the causes of violence and seeking solutions through healing. It is about listening to black voices. It is a time capsule of stories and scenes and it is eternal. It is the black experience in America and it also relates to everyone. It is trips to prairies, creative time in natural settings, a respite, time to reflect and rejuvenate. It is an hour long original film, 6 years in the making. It is still active and being realized and created and you are invited to have a part!

To be a part of the music video come to Peace in the Prairie and stop by the Welcome Table to sign up! for a video spot!

Music Video Cameos 4:00-6:00 by appointment. 

Stop by the Welcome Table or email storystitchers@gmail.com to reserve a spot!

April 22, 2022

Earth Day!

World’s Fair Pavilion in Forest Park

Saint Louis, Missouri

10:00 AM-9:30 PM

Vendors, presentations, and performances

Main Event 7:00 PM

Performance and Film Screening

Free and open to the public

All ages

Come experience Peace in the Prairie!

Vendors, performances, presentations, and an original film providing information and experiences for victims of violence and healing through greater access to Missouri’s public lands!

Visit Eventbrite for free admission tickets, details and to pre-order meals:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/peace-in-the-prairie-tickets-218221124257

The film will also be online for public viewing with captions April 23-30 at storystitchers.org.

Peace in the Prairie 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, Edward Jones Community and Philanthropic Giving, and Kranzberg Arts Foundation.

 

 

Peace in the Prairie spotlight on Moms Demand Action’s Be SMART


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 black and brown 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?

Peace in the Prairie-Earth Day’s focus on peace and anti-violence resonates with that of Be SMART, a national public education campaign.

Be SMART focuses on helping parents and adults normalize conversations about gun safety and take responsible actions that can prevent child gun deaths and injuries. We will spread the word of what each of us can do to protect our families and environment.

The Be SMART information table and volunteers will provide free written materials for adults to learn how to keep their families safe from firearms, how to talk with youth about firearms, and identify warning signs of suicide by firearms. We will provide education and awareness of child/teen firearm deaths and injuries, firearm suicides, and secure gun storage.

From 10:00 am to 4:00 pm adults visiting the Moms’ table will learn the SMART approach to saving lives:

  • Secure all guns in your homes and vehicles
  • Model responsible behavior around guns (including how to talk to kids about guns)
  • Ask about unsecured guns in other homes where children may play
  • Recognize the role of guns in suicide
  • Tell your peers to Be SMART

April 22, 2022

10:00 AM-9:30 PM

Main Event 7:00 PM

Earth Day!

World’s Fair Pavilion in Forest Park

1904 Concourse Dr, St. Louis, MO 63110

Saint Louis, Missouri

Free and open to the public

All ages

Come experience Peace in the Prairie!

Vendors, performances, presentations, and an original film providing information and experiences for victims of violence and healing through greater access to Missouri’s public lands!

Visit Eventbrite for free admission tickets, details:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/peace-in-the-prairie-tickets-218221124257

 

Peace in the Prairie 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, Edward Jones Community and Philanthropic Giving, and Kranzberg Arts Foundation.

Peace in the Prairie spotlight on Missouri Department of Conservation


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 black and brown 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?

Missouri Department of Conservation, Powder Valley Nature Center & Tower Grove Park Office is a state agency whose mission is

  • to protect and manage the forest, fish, and wildlife resources of the state and
  • to facilitate and provide opportunity for all citizens to use, enjoy, and learn about these resources.

Visit their table from 10:00-2:00 to learn more about the animals who live in the prairies. They will have animal pelts, skulls, and pictures to share. Staff will also bring publications that have information about the prairies and provide giveaways, such as the great Missouri Department of Conservation magazines.

“Peace in the Prairie is a great opportunity for us to help connect visitors to the prairies of the state and the value of them.”

Staff will also provide information on the children’s summer camps offered for children 4 – 14 years in age at Powder Valley Nature Center, Emmenegger Nature Park, and Forest Park One. Serving under resourced children and families is a priority.

April 22, 2022

Earth Day!

World’s Fair Pavilion in Forest Park

Saint Louis, Missouri

10:00 AM-9:30 PM

Main Event 7:00 PM

Performance and Film Screening

Free and open to the public

All ages

Come experience Peace in the Prairie!

Vendors, performances, presentations, and an original film providing information and experiences for victims of violence and healing through greater access to Missouri’s public lands!

Visit Eventbrite for free admission tickets, details and to pre-order meals:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/peace-in-the-prairie-tickets-218221124257

 

Peace in the Prairie 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, Edward Jones Community and Philanthropic Giving, and Kranzberg Arts Foundation.