Story Stitchers erase real and perceived divisions through cultural exploration and arts practice — by stitching together our city. 

ABOUT SAINT LOUIS STORY STITCHERS ARTISTS COLLECTIVE

The Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective is artists and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) youth ages 16-24, working together to create social change with a focus on gun violence prevention.

Story Stitchers is committed to placing youth at the center of the work both in identifying topics for exploration as well as the methods for engagement. This approach builds a community of youth and professional artists who respect one another. Gun violence continues to be a pressing public health crisis that consumes the attention of the engaged youth, and artistic expression helps youth work through the pain and loss they have experienced.

Stitchers collect stories, reframe and retell them through art, writing and performance to promote understanding, civic pride, intergenerational relationships and literacy. 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. Our goal is to promote a better educated, more peaceful and caring region through storytelling.

History

Once upon a time there was a stitcher who liked to embroider stories from the newspaper. One day she was stitching about two sisters who were shot on their porch in University City. One sister died. Two brothers were arrested for the crime. The stitcher reflected on the power of stitching throughout history; of the Aids quilt and quilts on the Underground Railroad.  She determined to join with others to create change. In August 2013 eight artists gathered in Old North St. Louis and founded the Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective — to make change.

Board of Directors

Susan Colangelo, President and Executive Director – susanc@storystitchers.org

Breona Butler, Vice President – Tausha Dirks, Secretary – Maggie Wu, CPA, Treasurer – Members At Large – Michelle Fleming – Keisa M. Johnson, Esq. – Ben Kesler – Amanda Shields – Lynn Valeri – Cassandria White – John A Wright, Jr.

 

Saint Louis Story Stitchers has Missouri State Tax Credits available!

 

SAINT LOUIS STORY STITCHERS ARTISTS COLLECTIVE ANNOUNCES PLANS TO OPEN THE CENTER FOR YOUTH ARTS AND TECHNOLOGY AT KRANZBERG ARTS FOUNDATION

New Center for Underserved Youth by Saint Louis Story Stitchers will support holistic music and arts education programs

In December 2022, Story Stitchers will open The Center, a space for creative youth development in Grand Center at the Kranzberg Arts Foundation’s 3701 Grandel Square facility (4,550 square feet) to expand youth services, partnerships, and community reach, helping to prevent  community violence by intervening before it begins. Youth are heavily involved in the development of the nonprofit organization and feel strong ownership of it; it is the youth who determined the need for The Center and have championed for it to become a reality. The Center is supported in part by the Kranzberg Arts Foundation, where Saint Louis Story Stitchers is a resident arts organization.

Youth who have experienced support from Story Stitchers creative youth development programs have determined that creating a pilot facility, called The Center, will provide underserved teens and young adults with needed resources, including safe spaces to gather, friends that are anti-violence, culturally relevant mentors, youth stipends, and opportunities to speak out and serve as community leaders while gaining skills in organizing, listening, public speaking and leadership, thus aiding youth in lifting themselves up into productive employment and healthier adulthood, proactively reducing crime with community violence intervention.

The Center is supported in part by a 2021 $500,000 Accelerator Award to Saint Louis Story Stitchers from The Lewis Prize for Music,  a philanthropic music arts organization advancing systems change through creative youth development. Funding gives young people access to music education, strengthens the well-being of their communities and puts music at the center of efforts to establish equity. Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective is using funds from The Lewis Prize for Music award to establish The Center and to grow its administrative and fundraising capacity.

UPCOMING

Saint Louis Story Stitchers

24-Hour Fundraiser!!

December 6- 7, 2022

2:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Friends and Family Needed & Welcome!

Perception Isn’t Always Reality

 Keep the conversations flowing and the stories going to stay safe!

We gotchu St. Louis!

PSA Campaign Learn more…

Thanks STL for all of the support! We had a great time meeting and performing for so many people at Fair St. Louis!

Stitchers Youth Council has performed over 250 times since 2014 throughout St. Louis in cultural venues, parks and at block parties. Members are 16-24 years old social justice artists who work with adult mentors to generate high quality art that is aimed at moving the region to a healthier and happier future for all. Working on numerous awards including the prestigious Lewis Prize For Music, geared at driving them towards a larger youth arts and technology center, a CDC Foundation grant to create art to boost vaccine confidence amongst their peers, and the City of St. Louis Youth at Risk Crime Prevention grant of 2021 and 2022, they are certain to have an important impact. Catch their live podcast discussion, closing out Season III of StitchCast Studio followed by a live performance and mingle to sounds from Story Stitchers own DJs at the After Party.

16-24 years old livin in the St. Louis region? Wanna podcast with us?

Join Stitchers Youth Council! Earn $! Apply today! Learn more…

Stitchers Youth Council serves 16-24 year olds, with a focus on youth of color living in the St. Louis region.

Saint Louis Story Stitchers uses nonviolent collective action and creative youth development to create systemic social change.

Story Stitchers uses a collaborative model to create social justice art. Story Stitchers’ Studio is a living laboratory where youth lead and build the nonprofit organization alongside adult mentors.

Weekly Rehearsals

Youth bring raw experiences and are supported by regionally and nationally recognized black artists and scholars who work alongside the young activists through collaborative learning experiences inviting dialogue and generating raw, authentic works of art. Story Stitchers use music, spoken word, photography, videography, and dialogue to highlight stories related to trauma such as gun violence, life transitions, and mental health. The work promotes mutual respect for diverse backgrounds and lived experiences, and fosters understanding across the racial, socioeconomic, and age divisions of our region.

16-24 years old? Join Stitchers Youth Council! Learn more…and apply here

Story Stitchers works throughout St. Louis and practices placekeeping – recognizing the value of place for the people who live and work in that space and working with residents and community members to enhance and respect the inherent values of that place.

The Shelter Project created a new mural and bus shelter for the Wellston Loop Community Development Corporation. Drive by and check it out on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr.  at Hodiamont. Map it at 1514 Hodiamont.

Learn more…

 

Story Stitchers are grateful to our friends, families, collaborators, donors, and funders who have brought us to this point together. Since 2013, thousands of people have joined together to lift Story Stitchers up from nothing to a small, but powerful organization. Thank you! There is so much work to do. Please stay with us on this journey. Our youth are driving towards a large youth arts and technology center to serve greater numbers of their peers, to help lower youth crime, and to create a more healthy and peaceful region. Much more to come!
If you want to help, volunteer, register as a youth, or just say congratulations, please contact us! storystitchers@gmail.com
Saint Louis Story Stitchers
616 N Skinker.
St. Louis, MO 63130
storystitchers@gmail.com
314-899-9001

Saint Louis Story Stitchers is a 501(c)(3) public charity.

 

Saint Louis Story Stitchers has Missouri State Tax Credits available!

Through the Youth Opportunities Program (YOP), Missouri Department of Economic Development, Missouri state tax credits are available for monetary donations made to Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective.  All donors would be eligible for a 50% Missouri state tax credit claimable against their Missouri state tax liability, however, there is a $500 minimum donation.  For example, if you donate $1,000 you can claim a $500 credit off of your Missouri state income tax and control where your tax dollars go!

Donations must clear your bank by December 31st for tax credits.

Donations are greatly appreciated and support Story Stitchers youth programs. Please contact Susan Colangelo, Executive Director, at susanc@storystitchers.org to learn more.

Saint Louis Story Stitchers StitchCast Studio LIVE! is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. On the web at arts dot gov.

Additional support for StitchCast Studio and Story Stitchers youth arts and humanities programs was provided by the Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund, The Lewis Prize for Music Accelerator Award, City of St. Louis Youth at Risk Crime Prevention grant of 2021, Lush Corporation’s The Charity Pot, St. Louis Violence Prevention Commission, ReCast, Kranzberg Arts Foundation, Regional Arts Commission, March for Our Lives Aid & Alliance, and The Equity Impact Award from the Bezos Family Foundation and Creative Reaction Lab, and the Arts & Education Council.

The Lewis Prize for Music announced Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective as a 2021 Awardee for the $500,000 Accelerator Award for youth music programs! We are proud to bring this home to #STL. Learn more…

 

 

With support from the Regional Arts Commission

 

 

Stitchers Youth Council with Katherine Bernhardt create the MLK Mural

Stitchers Storefront Studio is a recording-editing-publishing space. Visit us at 616 N Skinker in the Loop District. Open by appointment, for workshops and events.

Let the Saint Louis Story Stitchers Stitch YOUR STORY!

Thank you for your support!

 

Saint Louis Story Stitchers
616 N Skinker.
St. Louis, MO 63130
Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Your donation is tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

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Story Stitchers at Bruno David Gallery

The Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective is artists and urban youth ages 16-24, working together to create positive social change. Stitchers collect local stories and reframe and retell them through art, writing and performance to promote understanding, civic pride, intergenerational relationships and literacy. Story Stitchers are honored to be a Resident Organization at Kranzberg Arts Foundation in the vibrant Grand Center Arts District.

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.

A social enterprise based on publishing supports the mission. The content is the stories of St. Louis. Content collectors are youth and artists. Partners are cultural and educational institutions across the city. Products are indigenous stories retold through performances and publications. Customers are the public, youth, educators, and tourists. The Story Stitchers message is peaceful co-existence and mutual respect.

Board of Directors

Susan Colangelo, President and Executive Director – susanc@storystitchers.org

Breona Butler, Vice President – Tausha Dirks, Secretary – Maggie Wu, CPA, Treasurer – Members At Large – Michelle Fleming – Chris Hansen – Keisa M. Johnson, Esq. – Ben Kessler – Hedy Lee, Ph.D. – Amanda Shields – Cassandria White – John A Wright, Jr. – Lynn Valeri

Saint Louis Story Stitchers does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, religion, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran or national guard status, handicap status, or any other factor prohibited by law in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its programs and/or activities.

Saint Louis Story Stitchers is committed to ADA compliance. The Collective welcomes people with disabilities and subscribes to the goal of providing access to programs, services and facilities. The Collective’s goal is to integrate this philosophy into all activities: policies, guidelines, plans, budgets, funding proposals, meetings and outreach.

Saint Louis Story Stitchers wishes to make programming accessible to all. In-person events are held in ADA compliant facilities allowing those with mobility issues to participate. Please contact the executive director, Susan Colangelo at susanc@storystitchers.org if you have any additional requests to accommodate visual, hearing or other accessibility issues.

COVID POLICIES:

(Subject to change)

Approved by the Board of Directors March 4, 2022

  • Masks are recommended but not required.
  • If you are ill, feverish, have a runny nose or cough you are not permitted to attend.
  • If someone appears ill, is coughing, sniffling, they may be asked to leave or to take a test.
  • At home or free testing will be available if exposure to Covid has occurred or is suspected or if symptoms occur or are suspected.
  • If Covid exposure occurs, City of St. Louis Department of Health guidelines for quarantines will be followed.

Free Covid Testing Next Door (16 year olds and up) at 3526 Washington Ave. Results in 15 mins.

Covid Policies Landing Page: https://storystitchers.org/covid-19-safety-policies-and-procedures/

 

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