Exhibition - Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective: Wade

Wednesday, Mar 10, 2021 at 11:00am

Bruno David Gallery
7513 Forsyth Boulevard
Saint Louis, MO 63105

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Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective: WADE

Bruno David is pleased to present "WADE", a video work by Saint Louis–based organization Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective. This will be the third exhibition by Saint Louis Story Stitchers’ artists with the gallery.

Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective creates original works of art through a collaborative process. Through non-violent collective action, artists work with 16-24-year-old urban youth to create systemic social change. Story Stitchers collect local stories, reframe, and retell them through art, writing and performance to promote understanding, civic pride, intergenerational relationships, and literacy. The video WADE in the Media Room comments on the history, endurance, and fellowship of St. Louis’s African American citizens.

The purpose for all Story Stitchers programs is to promote a better educated, more peaceful and caring region through storytelling. A core creative group of professional artists and African American youth generate original work through a unique form of “urban storytelling” that includes hip hop, spoken word, photography and videography and disseminate new works through public presentations and performances. The Collective’s body of work focuses on gun violence prevention and topics related to public health issues including education on safe practices during the Covid-19 pandemic. In 2020, Saint Louis Story Stitchers, a charitable organization, has been recognized nationally by Starbucks Foundation, Lush Corporation’s The Charity Pot, and twice by the Lewis Prize for Music through the Covid-19 Response Fund and as one of eight finalists nation-wide in the Accelerator Grant competition.

Story Stitchers’ programs are driven by the interests and concerns of low-income, black youth and as a result have focused on gun violence since 2014. Gun violence is a pressing public health crisis that consumes the attention of the engaged youth. Youth have the opportunity to work through their pain and loss and be a force multiplier, impacting families, schools and neighborhoods.

Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective piece WADE is a work from the multi-year project entitled, The WHY of MY City. The WHY of MY City captures and documents black history through written word and art and gives audiences insight into neighbors’ lives. The WHY of MY City and WADE were presented in 2019 with support from Mid-America Arts Alliance and the National Endowment for the Arts, Missouri Humanities Council, a state agency, National Endowment for the Humanities, Missouri Foundation for Health, and Kranzberg Arts Foundation. Story Stitchers will publish an album and podcast series, StitchCast Studio Special Edition: The WHY of MY City in the spring of 2021.

For more information visit here:  https://www.artsy.net/show/bruno-david-gallery-saint-louis-story-stitchers-artists-collective-wade/info

Exhibition Date: January 26 - March 13, 2021

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