AUCW9 And Playing For The Cause Team Up To Raise Money For Saint Louis Story Stitchers
An Under Cover Weekend has teamed up with Playing For The Cause to raise money for Saint Louis Story Stitchers at #AUCW9. At any time you can simply text “AUCW” to 33733 to make your gift, you can donate online at PFTC’s website, and/or you can make a donation in person at An Under Cover Weekend.
A non-profit organization where professional artists work alongside teenagers to promote understanding, civic pride, intergenerational relationships, and literacy through photography, videography, spoken word, and hip hop, Saint Louis Story Stitchers aims to erase real and perceived divisions through cultural exploration and arts practice — by stitching together our city. Story Stitchers are artists-in-residence at Kranzberg Arts Center where they discuss, rehearse and perform and the collective also runs the Stitchers Storefront Studio at 616 N Skinker for recording, editing and publishing.
Artists working in the Collective are 70% African American, 5% Hispanic and 15% Caucasian, and are from St. Louis city and/or are faculty members or students at area universities including Washington University and UMSL. Story Stitchers teens build their resumes very quickly, expand artistic and business skills, and have access to numerous adults for mentoring, tutoring and college and employment references. The Teen Council is currently 12-15 youth who are 100% African American or of mixed racial background and are between 13 and 19 years of age, with 90% attending St. Louis Public School District, 5% in North St. Louis County and 5% attending private school.
Story Stitcher philosophy involves listening and learning in a stable, supportive, creative, and safe environment. From that space artists and teens choose relevant research topics and then use artistic skills to create original work. Artists focus on issues identified as important by the teens such as bias, bullying, profiling, gun violence, unemployment, homelessness, and education and members work to better understand all dimensions of the issues at hand and promote positive change through public art and community engagement. This work lends an honest voice to the issues on the minds of urban youth.
The money raised through An Under Cover Weekend will provide support to artists and youth working towards Story Stitchers’ first publication, Curating Teen Voices: Coming of Age. This publication will include writing from local teens on the experience of growing up today in St. Louis, images and artwork by youth and participating professional artists, reflections by scholars, and a new sound or musical recording related to the subject. This project is aimed at creating a better understanding of the issues that concern local teens and the reduction of bias, especially towards minority teenage youth.