Perception Isn’t Always Reality


PERCEPTION ISN’T ALWAYS REALITY

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2017 COMMUNITY VIDEO SKETCHBOOK 

KRANZBERG ARTS CENTER

Public Screening February 3, 2017

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2016 COMMUNITY VIDEO SKETCHBOOK 

KRANZBERG ARTS CENTER

Public Screening February 5, 2016

Perception Isn’t Always Reality
Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective
Black History Month Celebration 2016

2016 Community Video Sketchbook

The Community Video Sketchbook is a collection of original works created by Collective artists and guests including Yvette Dubinsky, Buzz Spector, Susan Colangelo, K.P. Dennis, Superhood, Michelle Soulchelle Pointer, Shirin Rastin, Jun Bae, Charlotte Gordon, Sam Boven, Xisi Liu, Christine Ilewski-Huelsmann, Wei Huang, Addoley Dzegede, and Stitchers Teen Council reflecting on the project theme, Perception Isn’t Always Reality.

Works cover a range of topics including exploration of Black History Month, living with MS, the freedoms of Iranian women in Shirin Rastin’s piece, to the mass migration of Syrian refugees in Yvette Dubinsky’s work, to body image in Michelle Soulchelle Pointer’s piece, to gun violence prevention in Story Stitchers work, gang recruitment prevention in Superhood’s piece and more.

Edited by SUPERHOOD, Story Stitchers Artist in Residence

Opinions expressed in the Sketchbook are those of the individuals and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective organization.

Black History Month was celebrated in 2016 at the Kranzberg Arts Center with the return of Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective’s Perception Isn’t Always Reality. The Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that brings teens and artists together in documenting our community through art, word, video, and music. Perception Isn’t Always Reality is a cultural exchange that explores the dynamics of community in St. Louis through issues of identity, bias, and public perception as related to individual lives. During February the Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective held public events including a public screening of art and videos collected from community artists reflecting on the theme entitled Community Video Sketchbook.

Perception Isn’t Always Reality is a platform for community engagement through an artistic lens, with it the Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective works to shift perceptions and realities and bring hope to our community.

Purchase the Perception Isn’t Always Reality theme song by K.P. Dennis, Story Stitchers Artist in Residence and Music Director on iTunes on the Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective label.

Public screening at Kranzberg Arts Center
Studio Theater
501 N Grand Blvd.
Big Brothers, Big Sisters Building
Grand Center First Friday, February 5th, 2016 at 7:00 pm.

Copyright license granted by written permission from the participating artists for the 2016 Community Video Sketchbook, Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective. Copyrights for individual works remain with the artists and may not be reproduced without written consent.

 

PERCEPTION ISN’T ALWAYS REALITY

PROJECT PERCEPTION: A Reality Runway Show
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On February 14th, the Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective held a public event and participatory activity with Stitchers Teen Council with the guidance of guest artist and fashion designer Qristyl Frazier called Project Perception: A Reality Runway Show. MC Mr. K.P. Dennis and Ms. Frazier guided the audience through a fun exploration of the relationship between perception and clothing through music, game, and makeovers using repurposed clothing from Avalon Exchange to consider biases people may form about individuals based on attire. Susan Block from The Designing Block was on hand to teach the Stitchers Teens how to walk the runway.

St. Louis American by Kenya Vaughn CLICK HERE

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Kranzberg Arts CenterThe Beauty of America. Taron 2016

501 N Grand Blvd., 63103

Sunday, Feb 14th

12:00-2:00, Studio Theater Performance

 

Qristyl Frazier Designs
Qristyl Frazier Designs

About Qristyl Frazier

Qristyl Frazier dazzles the “plus” community with her exhilarating designs shown on her exclusive website Qristyl Frazier Designs.com. Qristyl Frazier Designs is a high fashioned clothing line that graced its presence within the curvy community beginning in 2006. Qristyl has gained a vast amount of media attention from around the world including the Steve Harvey Show, Project Runway, All on the Line with Joe Zee, The Rachel Ray Show, Essence magazine and more.

Program Sponsors

The Kranzberg Arts Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in the heart of the Grand Center Arts Entertainment District at 501 N Grand Blvd.

 Avalon Exchange is a buy sell trade resale clothing boutique. Our carefully curated inventory includes designer pieces, vintage, Air Jordans, denim, leather, basics, and one of a kind items.  6388 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63130.

Regional Arts Commission

4-H Youth Futures at the University of Missouri Extension Services is an extensive college orientation program that includes on-going local mentoring and a college orientation conference on the MU and LU campuses.

the clothesline is a monthly installation where artists intersect to transform a space for one night only.

 

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PerceptionIsntAlwaysReality_Cover2_TuneCorePerception Isn’t Always Reality Theme Song

Now available on iTunes! Click HERE

For more music visit the Story Stitchers Store :

https://storystitchers.org/portfolio/urban-music-program/

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PERCEPTION ISN’T ALWAYS REALITY

Public Presentations Feb 6 through March 14, 2015

Kranzberg Arts Center

                  

Perception Isn’t Always Reality is a cultural exchange that explores the dynamics of community in St. Louis through issues of identity, bias, and public perception as related to individual lives.

Throughout February and into March, the Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective will held a series of public events including a discussion and book signing with Kim Norwood, author of Color Matters, participatory activities for teens such as the Teen Stitch Squad Sessions led by the Stitchers Teen Council, and a final performance by St. Louis RAP legends KP Dennis and Jarmel Reece.

The project also features an interactive Gallery/Incubator installation with a Community Video Sketchbook featuring twenty-seven area artists. Stitchers Teen Council work was created in collaboration with Mike Pagano at the Nine Network’s NineLAB and United Story. The Saint Louis Storybook Photo Booth invited guests to document their own stories related to perception and reality, and to reflect on the question “What does Black History Month mean to me?” Participants received a Polaroid portrait and were invited to become part of the exhibition through a drawing maker space. In March we pivoted to Women’s History and are exploring issues of gender and bias as well as the role of women in family life. On March 14th the public is invited to join our Teen Council as we honor the women of the Tillie’s Corner Historical Project.

Perception Isn’t Always Reality is a platform for community engagement through an artistic lens, with it the Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective works to shift perceptions and realities and bring hope to our community. Join us at the Kranzberg Arts Center and become part of this vital project.

Below is a collection of the content from the project. We will continue to add to this as we collect interviews from the public. We invite you to participate by visiting the Saint Louis Story Book Photo Booth. To make an appointment please email us at storystitchers@gmail.com.  Please see UPCOMING events page for future activities.

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GALLERY/INCUBATOR INSTALLATION

February 6-March 15

 

Community Video Sketchbook

Project Director & Curator         

Jarmel Reece

 

Be A Bridge

Susan Colangelo and

Mario Miles-Turnage

Bipolar Series

Kait Mauro

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Breaking BoundariesCraig

Raffael Holz-Eckmann

#ChalkedUnarmed

                  Mike Pagano, Nine Network

Ferguson Protest

Anonymous

Ferguson Circle 1, 2, 3

Buzz Spector

Ferguson

Charles Burson and Jarmel Reece

Coming soon…

Ghost of Liberty

Lines of Liberty

Carmon Colangelo

Judgment Day

Jarmel Reece

#Plant4PeaceSTL  

Corinee McAfee, Community Producer, Nine Network, Mike Pagano and

Teresa Martinez, Managing Producers

Put the Gun Down

K.P. Dennis

Three Graces

Paula Wilson

The Little Rock 9 with Terrance Roberts

Denise Ward Brown

Tillie’s Corner RAP                  

K.P. Dennis, Carla and

Miguel Alexander,

Tillie’s Corner Historical Project,

Susan Colangelo

Two Hundred Years A Slave

Anonymous and Katherine Story

Katherine Story and Anonymous
Katherine Story and Anonymous

United Story: Ferguson Beyond Today Project

Mike Pagano, Nine Network,

Sophie Lipman, and

De Andrea Nichols

Stitchers Teen Council Work is created in collaboration with Mike Pagano and Nine Network’s NineLAB and K.P. Dennis, Susan Colangelo and Waheed Abduhl Muhaimin

Stitchers Teen Council:

Juwuan Dennis, Taron Dennis,

Toryon Booker Dennis, Jamarias Fowler,

Laila Spellman, Saivion Spellman

Wurlitzer

Lauren Pressler

Highlights from The Weight of Words Benefit Concert Kranzberg Arts Center Gallery Desk

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