December 5th at 4:00 p.m. – for ONE DAY- we will reach out to hundreds of families and friends and ask for their support of A Place for Me THE CENTER. Together, we have the power to raise $100,000 and change lives through a place that Empowers Learning and Healing.
For every $1 you give, we will receive $4!
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We are here to #StandStrongStandTogether so every youth has a place for solace. Support. Contemplation. Learning. A place for self-expression.
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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
Saint Louis Story Stitchers is a nationally recognized Artists Collective known for high quality art and innovative youth violence prevention programs.
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.
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.
Susan Colangelo, President and Executive Director – firstname.lastname@example.org
Breona Butler, Vice President – Tausha Dirks, Secretary – Maggie Wu, CPA, Treasurer – Members At Large – Keisa M. Johnson, Esq. – Ben Kesler – Amanda Shields – Cassandria White – John A Wright, Jr.
Accepting nominations to the 2024 Board of Directors: Please email email@example.com to inquire.
THE CENTER IS OPEN!!!
New Center for Underserved Youth by Saint Louis Story Stitchers will support holistic music and arts education programs
16-25 years old livin’ in the St. Louis region?
YOUTH COUNCIL BENEFITS
Safe FREE studio space, friends, music, mentors, healing, financial literacy, job skills, leadership, performance, journalism, X-Box, dance, media and marketing, podcasting, pizza nights, service to our community…
Join Stitchers Youth Council! Earn $!
Well, Friday night Hang Outs, podcasting, krump dance, auditions, performances, making music and a new music video complete with a tour bus trip! We’re creating, learning, growing, coming together to serve our City and create the change we want to see!!
Stitchers Youth Council has performed over 500 times since 2014 throughout St. Louis in cultural venues, parks and at block parties. Members are 16-25 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, which has helped them drive towards the new larger social justice arts center, a CDC Foundation grant to create art to boost vaccine confidence amongst their peers, the SAFE! Team campaign created to bring awareness to unintentional shootings, and the City of St. Louis Youth at Risk Crime Prevention grant in 2021, 2022, and 2023, they are certain to have an important impact.
Story Stitchers has opened The Center, a space for creative youth development in Grand Center at the Kranzberg Arts Foundation’s 3701 Grandel Square facility in Studio 1A (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.
StitchCast Studio is Story Stitchers’ award-winning youth-led podcast program.
Youth, 16-25 years old who join Stitchers Youth Council may apply for a New Podcaster 4-week introductory course, Alumni Podcasts, and ultimately live podcasting on stage through StitchCast Studio LIVE! Apply today!
Saint Louis Story Stitchers is pleased to announce we have been awarded a FY 2023 Grant for Arts Project in Media Arts award for $20,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts! We’re excited to bring it home to St. Louis, Missouri for the third year in a row!
Additional support is provided by The Lewis Prize For Music and Kranzberg Arts Foundation.
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.
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.
Additional support for StitchCast Studio and Story Stitchers youth arts and humanities programs has been provIded by the The Lewis Prize for Music Accelerator Award, City of St. Louis Youth at Risk Crime Prevention grant of 2023, Youthbridge Community Foundation Think Big For Kids, Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund, 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…
We are here to #StandStrongStandTogether so every youth has a place for solace. Support. Contemplation. A place for self-expression.
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Breona Butler, Vice President – Tausha Dirks, Secretary – Maggie Wu, CPA, Treasurer – Members At Large – Keisa M. Johnson, Esq. – Ben Kessler – Amanda Shields – Cassandria White – John A Wright, Jr.
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 email@example.com if you have any additional requests to accommodate visual, hearing or other accessibility issues.