This week has been shocking and very sad, most especially for those connected with Central Visual and Performing Arts High School.

The Saint Louis Story Stitchers want to stay close and check in with their neighbors in The Ville at St. Phillips Lutheran Church’s Harvest Festival. This is a time to come together as a cohesive community to support, which is one of the strengths of Story Stitchers—a natural conduit of community for those who are impacted by and care about gun violence.

This Saturday they will explore coping with trauma from gun violence with our long-time partner Dr. LJ Punch from The T. The T promotes holistic healing from trauma related to bullet injuries and overdose here in St. Louis.

Youth will lead a Q&A with Dr. Punch and perform some healing songs. Please bring your questions and join their community circle. There will also be dancing, free food, and fun!

About Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective

Saint Louis Story Stitchers is a nationally recognized Artists Collective known for high quality art and innovative youth violence prevention programs.

The 501(c)(3) organization is located in the City of St. Louis, Missouri. Our mission is to document Saint Louis through art and word to promote understanding, civic pride, intergenerational relationships, and literacy.

Artists work alongside 16–24-year-old underrepresented youth who are 98% Black and living in underserved areas of the St. Louis region to collect stories, reframe and retell them using the arts and storytelling to promote a better educated, more peaceful and caring society.

Saint Louis Story Stitchers current focus is aimed at addressing pressing public health issues including gun violence through contemporary storytelling. Projects create a platform for community engagement through an artistic lens and with it the Saint Louis Story Stitchers work to shift perceptions and realities and bring hope to the Saint Louis community.

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