Story Stitchers was founded by eight artists in 2014 to combat gun violence through collective action, proactive arts programming, vocational arts training, and community building for low-income black youth, ages 16-24. StitchCast Studio expands Story Stitchers’ current programs to add regular discussion-based education programming with artist-mentors and youth-led podcast recordings that incorporate the arts. 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.
Podcasts, a format popular with youth, will be created by 16 to 24-year old youth in the program. Information on access to social services is intertwined with arts programming in the podcasts. We are recruiting youth from the St. Louis region.
Be sure to sign at the VERY end and have a parent with you to sign if you are 16-17 years old. If you are 18 and older you may sign for yourself.
Space is limited so do it today! Programs are underway now virtually in the Stitchers Zoom Room!
4 sessions – Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays 5:30-8:00. $100. Nice n easy.
Overall it was a fun exp. Learned a lot about the history of podcast and different kind of podcast. It was fun doing doing it in a group and especially hearing our guest, Dr. Punch’s perspectives on trauma.
StitchCast Studio is sponsored by City of St. Louis’ Youth at Risk Crime Prevention Grant of 2020, Steward Family Foundation, Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund’s three year grant 2020-22, and Missouri Foundation for Health.
Saint Louis Story Stitchers Stream Team, made up of 18-24 year olds from Stitchers Youth Council, share the never before heard back stories to works of art produced by members of the Artists Collective in this new series called “Back Story”.
Back Story I: Wade
Stitchers Youth Council members Emeara, Cali, and AnnaLise talk about their roles in the production of Story Stitchers song entitled, “Wade”. The music video with lyrics is included in the stream. “Wade” is featured on the Pick the City UP Art Interlude on Episode V of StitchCast Studio. In Episode V youth leaders explore the cause, effect and healing of trauma with their guest LJ Punch, MD, a Washington University trauma surgeon at Barnes Jewish Hospital.
Back Story II: ANTI
Stitchers Youth Council members Emeara and Branden talk about their roles in the production of Story Stitchers song entitled, “ANTI”. The music video is included in the stream.
ANTI is featured on the Pick the City UP Art Interlude on Episode II of StitchCast Studio. The focus of the discussion is in relation to gun violence and the resources needed to limit crime all around the globe.
ANTI is available on iTunes, Spotify and major music platforms under Stitchers Youth Council. Live performance at the America’s Center, Urban Expo August 10, 2019.
ANTI, Copyright Saint Louis Story Stitchers, 2017
Back Story III: Who’s Ready?
Stitchers Youth Council members Emeara, Shawn, She’Kinah, Michaela, and Branden talk about their roles in the production of Story Stitchers song entitled, “Who’s Ready?” The music video is included in the stream.
Who’s Ready? is featured on the Pick the City UP Art Interlude on Episode III of StitchCast Studio. The discussion focuses on the social justice art of the Saint Louis Story Stitchers and gun violence in our communities.
Who’s Ready?, Copyright Saint Louis Story Stitchers, 2018. Copyright Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective, 2020. All rights reserved.
Back Story IV: Cali on StitchCast Studio
Stitchers Youth Council leader Cali talks with Emeara about his role in Story Stitchers art production studio and in the creation of StitchCast Studio.
Dance scenes from 2019 include rehearsal at Stitchers Storefront Studio, To The Prairie at High Low at Kranzberg Arts Foundation, Vintage Vinyl for Juneteenth in the Delmar Loop, and the National Walking Summit, Clark Fox Forum, Washington University in St. Louis.
Back Story V: Josh and Art
Stitchers Youth Council members Emeara and Joshua talk about Josh’s art and the role it plays in Story Stitchers productions.
Josh’s art is featured on StitchCast Studio covers and is shown in collaborative work from The WHY of MY City with dancer Anthony from Stitchers Youth Council in “City Dance” at Wellston Loop Community Development Corporation, and with Artist in Residence KP Dennis’s performance from STAND DOWN RISE UP of “Bang in the Night” at Washington University’s Brown School of Social Work.
Prairie Therapy instrumental, Bang in the Night, and
City Dance, Copyright Saint Louis Story Stitchers, 2019. Drawings reproduced with permission of Joshua.
Back Story VI This Is Why
Stitchers Youth Council members Emeara and Elijah talk about Elijah’s raps, survival in the city, and personal growth.
This Is Why, Stitchers Youth Council members Branden and Elijah perform at Shaw Nature Reserve for the St. Louis Storytelling Festival, 2019. Copyright, Saint Louis Story Stitchers, 2020.
Back Story VII Good For Your Health
Stitchers Youth Council leaders Shawn, AnnaLise and She’Kinah talk with Emeara Burns, the Steward Family Foundation Program Director at Saint Louis Story Stitchers about the creation of the project called “Good For Your Health”.
“Good For Your Health” includes an original song (available on iTunes, Spotify, and major music platforms), a music video filmed at Winslow’s Farm, and a school assembly for K-8th grade children. Copyright, Saint Louis Story Stitchers, 2018.
Back Story VII Bringing It Home
Podcast alumnus Patrick talks with Emeara Burns, the Steward Family Foundation Program Director at Saint Louis Story Stitchers about the StitchCast Studio experience and his own creative work in fashion with UVA. International.
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In addition to StitchCast Studio, Story Stitchers has a vibrant and active Youth Council for 16-24 year olds. Interested in learning more about Stitchers Youth Council’s community leadership opportunities? Click HERE and apply!