We erase real and perceived divisions through cultural exploration and arts practice

— by stitching together our city.

Mission: To document Saint Louis through art and word to promote understanding, civic pride, intergenerational relationships and literacy.

Goal: Collective artists work alongside twenty 15-24 year old urban youth living in economically disadvantaged areas to collect stories, reframe and retell them using the arts, direct community engagement, storytelling, publishing and the Internet to promote a better educated, more peaceful and caring society.


SAT October 29, 12:00 -12:45 pm


Family Fun Day at Washington University in St. Louis



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Story Stitchers have started an exploration of native Missouri prairie lands.

When a young person lives in an urban area where sirens, screeching tires, and gunshots can be heard nightly, how will their sense of self and world view change when that person experiences and explores native prairies?

We are finding out…

Kelsey, age 18 wrote, “Being able to experience an environment of peace is different than what I am used. I live in the city of Saint Louis, Missouri where I hear ambulances along with gunshots near my home every night. The trip allowed me to know that there is more to life then what I’ve been used to. I would like to change my mindset by being more adventurous and trying new things to expand my horizon.”

The first excursion was an overnight trip to the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Shaw Nature Reserve and the Dana Brown Education Center August 6th and 7th, 2016. Stitchers Teen Council members were excited to spend some time chillin’ in a new environment, exploring prairie lands and other natural eco-systems, creating art and music, and trying some delicious farm fresh foods courtesy of our very wonderful friends at Winslow’s Home & Farm and HOSCO Foods.

Special thanks to our sponsors! Missouri Botanical Garden, Shaw Nature Reserve’s Dana Brown Education Center, HOSCO Foods – Holistic Sustainable Organic Cooperative, Winslow’s Home & Farm in University City and Regional Arts Commission, Susan Block and The Designing Block, Panera Cares in Clayton, Lowes in Maplewood, Sam’s Club in Maplewood, Jane Schaefer, Georgia Binnington, Washington University North Campus


It’s Not OK!

Brainstorming Solutions



Saint Louis Story Stitchers are working on a 2016 youth-led videotaped discussion on gun violence called, It’s Not OK!  The purpose of the program is to allow St. Louis youth leaders a platform for discussion with local leaders to identify problems and solutions and to create an action plan for peace for youth and families affected by gun violence.

In this sequel to the 2015 discussion, Not Another One!, youth and adult guests will re-open communication to identify commonality, greater understanding and ways to cooperate and collaborate to heal America’s racial disparities. Teenagers, police and leaders will search for solutions to relevant topics including ways to curb youth gun crime, best practices for police-minority youth interaction, and the no snitching phenomenon.

Stitchers Teen Council’s T&T star in the new music video for the song by Story Stitchers artist in residence Jarmel Reece, titled, It’s Not OK!, addressing for peers and younger kids the dangers of guns. The piece is the title song of the 2016 youth-led gun violence discussion on gun violence prevention. The discussion will take place on a closed set on November 10th, 2016. A video tape will follow.

Sponsored by the Regional Arts Commission, Kranzberg Arts Foundation, Kranzberg Arts Center, the Institute for Public Health’s Gun Violence Initiative at Washington University in St. Louis, the Steward Family Foundation, the Yvette and John Dubinsky Family Foundation, and Risa Zwerling and Mark S. Wrighton, Ph.D.


Police And Teens: Finding Ways To Work Together To Combat Gun Violence

SPONSORED BY — Institute for Public Health, Washington University in St. Louis Gun Violence Initiative

Saint Louis Story Stitchers programming is sponsored in part by the Regional Arts Commission

INSPIRATION — St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Gun Violence Prevention Site




Saint Louis Story Stitchers is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Your donation is tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

The Stitchers Storefront Studio is a recording, editing and publishing studio space.


616 N Skinker in the Loop District   Email storystitchers@gmail.com

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.
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.


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The Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective is professional artists and urban youth ages 15-24, working together to create positive social change. We collect local stories and reframe and retell them through art, writing and performance to promote understanding, civic pride, intergenerational relationships and literacy. We are artists-in-residence at Kranzberg Arts Center in vibrant Grand Center.

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 our mission. Our content is the stories of St. Louis. Our content collectors are teens and artists. Our partners are cultural and educational institutions across the city. Our products are indigenous stories retold through performances and publications. Our customer is the public, youth, educators, and tourists. Our message is peaceful co-existence and mutual respect.


Artists in Residence

Jun Bae, Britt Baker, Theresa Bergman, KP Dennis, Mariana Parisca, Jarmel Reece, Ron Robinson, Lauron Thompson


Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective Seeks Nominations to the volunteer Board of Directors.

Please email Susan Colangelo, president at storystitchers@gmail.com for more information.    

Deadline for nominations is November 28th, 2016.                        



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

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