PERCEPTION ISN’T ALWAYS REALITY
Public Presentation Feb 6 through March 14, 2015
Kranzberg Arts Center
Community Video Sketchbook
Project Director & Curator
Be A Bridge
Susan Colangelo and Mario Miles-Turnage
Breaking Boundaries — Craig
Mike Pagano, Nine Network
Ferguson Circle 1, 2, 3
Charles Burson and Jarmel Reece
Ghost of Liberty
Lines of Liberty
Corinee McAfee, Community Producer, Nine Network, Mike Pagano and
Teresa Martinez, Managing Producers
Put the Gun Down
The Little Rock 9 with Terrance Roberts
Denise Ward Brown
Tillie’s Corner RAP
K.P. Dennis, Carla and
Tillie’s Corner Historical Project,
Two Hundred Years A Slave
Anonymous and Katherine Story
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
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, 2015 the Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective 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. Some of the responses can be viewed in the Perception Isn't Always Reality 2016 video loop.
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 was invited to join our Teen Council as we honored 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.
This video loop is a collection of the content from the project.