Story Stitchers 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: To promote a better educated, more peaceful and caring region through storytelling.

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St. Louis, MO 63130

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

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Pick the City UP Tour! presents Saint Louis Story Stitchers unique brand of urban storytelling, featuring live hip hop, spoken word and story magic on public health issues St. Louis cares about including gun violence prevention. Pay tribute, join the fun, and make a difference. Now in its 2nd year, the Tour has stopped at community centers, neighborhoods, parks, and cultural venues across St. Louis, using the arts as a catalyst for neighborhood community building.
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The 2018 Pick the City UP Tour is presented with support from the Regional Arts Commission and with support from Missouri Foundation for Health. The program is presented with additional program support from Kranzberg Arts Foundation and media sponsor KDHX.

The St. Louis Story Stitchers Artist Collective spreads positivity during their  performances of Pick the City UP at Strauss Park. Kicking off the festival, the collective of teens, youth and their mentors presented an inspirational “glow” to light the community. The troupe sings and dances to a wide variety of music, including gospel, hip-hop, and original compositions, that is connected through threads of hope, faith, perseverance, intelligence, and education. Each performance is captivating for unique reasons, but all are polished and deeply personal. The troupe thoroughly entertains while shining a positive light on our city’s youth and reaffirming the need to confront the violence and lack of opportunity that threatens our future. (2017)  Written by Tina Farmer, KDHX

For more on the TOUR visit:  LIVE SHO’S 

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Saint Louis Story Stitchers is very pleased to announce support of an Annual Discipline Minority Arts grant from Missouri Arts Council for the research and creation of a new conceptual work of art entitled Peace in the Prairie.

The project is also supported by a grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health. The Foundation is a resource for the region, working with communities and nonprofits to generate and accelerate positive changes in health. As a catalyst for change, the Foundation improves the health of Missourians through a combination of partnership, experience, knowledge, and funding.

Story Stitchers started an exploration of native Missouri prairie lands with photo shoots and overnight trips to the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Shaw Nature Reserve in 2016 and again in 2017.

When a 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?

Peace in the Prairie supports the research, creation and public presentation of a completed conceptual work of art by artists exploring the juxtaposition of violence in St. Louis’s urban environment and the peacefulness of Missouri’s natural prairie landscapes. The grant supports artists’ stipends, travel expenses and expenses for a public presentation.

The project expands the artistic body of work of African American artists in the Collective, addresses the community need of understanding violence while seeking peace, supports the exploration of new natural settings by both artists and audiences, and supports the greater understanding of Missouri’s unique natural heritage in its native prairie lands.

Leading artists in this project include Jamie KP Dennis, Reggie McNichols aka Ntegrity, Troy Anthony Swanson, Bobby Norfolk, Demil Johnson, and contributing artist Susan Colangelo.

OPEN STORY COLLECTION: VIOLENCE AND PEACE

If you would like to contribute a story to this project’s archives, about violence or peace that you have experienced in either the city or the prairie lands of Missouri, please contact Story Stitchers at storystitchers@gmail.com, call 314-899-9001, or drop by the Storefront Studio during one of the Story Collection sessions. 

We’d like to hear from you.

Stitchers Storefront Studio

616 N Skinker Blvd in the Delmar Loop

Audio Recording Sessions:

Wed., September 19, 2018, 3:00-7:00

Tues., October 2, 2018, 11:00-2:00

Wed., November 7, 2018, 3:00-7:00

The public performance followed by a Q&A will take place at the .ZACK Theater, 3224 Locust on Thursday, March 21st, 2019, sponsored in part by the Kranzberg Arts Foundation.

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Saint Louis Story Stitchers is working collaboratively to create an approach to health issues affecting Missouri’s urban youth. Story Stitchers bring the humanities to the forefront through a unique form of “urban storytelling”.

Teen Rap Crisis II is a humanities-based program designed to give voice to concerns and triumphs, uncover facts, and build awareness of public health issues as seen through the eyes of contemporary African American teenage youth.

Saint Louis Story Stitchers is supporting this program in partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council and with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the St. Louis Storytelling Festival, Kranzberg Arts Foundation, and Missouri Foundation for Health and in collaboration with the City of St. Louis Juvenile Detention Center and the City of St. Louis Department of Health.

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Not Another One! A Play 4 Peace

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Part of a signature collection of works under the title, Not Another One! developed from 2015-present by Collective members working with community collaborators including St. Louis Metropolitan Police, the St. Louis City Department of Health and St. Louis Public School District. This video documents highlights from a school assembly performance on gun violence prevention. Each live performance was followed by a youth-led discussion with invited adult guests. Over 150 Collective artists have contributed to Not Another One since 2015.
The 2017/18 school assembly programs were sponsored in part by the Saigh Foundation, the Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund, and Wells Fargo Advisors with additional support provided by Kranzberg Arts Foundation, Steward Family Foundation, and Washington University in St. Louis. 

Knowledge is power! The message should be shared not only with young people but with people in general. Awesome show!!!  — Jerica, Social Worker

The community needs to work together to solve gun issues. There are great people who care. The message tells me to get more involved and try to be a positive influence. — Allison, Museum Educator

Our youth are thinking and looking for guidance to be a part of the solution. The message reinforces my passion and efforts in working in my community. — April, Nonprofit Community Liaison

“The Stitchers are sending a powerful and raw message to our city that needs our unconditional support.”  — Poli Rijos-Saitta, MSW, LCSW, Project Director, Gun Violence Initiative, Institute for Public Health, Washington University in St. Louis

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Curating Teen Voices: Coming of Age is a time capsule of teenage voices combined with adult artists living in St. Louis in 2015, all reacting to a critical and unique time in the history of race relations, gun violence, police roles and community relationships in the city of St. Louis, Missouri. The project was led by Story Stitchers artist in residence Mariana Parisca. Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The portfolio is on view by appointment at Bruno David Gallery, 7513 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton MO 63105

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screen-shot-2017-02-26-at-6-22-44-pmYouth-led discussion on topics such as trauma, legal rights, and police shootings were explored in an open and respectful manner. Foreword by Dr. Jason Q. Purnell, Assistant Professor at Washington University in St. Louis.

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616 N Skinker in the Loop District   Email storystitchers@gmail.com 314-899-9001

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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Susan Colangelo, President * storystitchers@gmail.com * 314-899-9001 

Cassandria White Vice President * Maggie Wu, Treasurer  * Mary Chandler, Secretary * Donna Campbell, Ph.D. * Ebony Boyce Carter, MD, MPH * Chris Hansen * Keisa M. Johnson, Esq. * Tim Portlock * Eric Kayira, Esq.

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Story Stitchers at Bruno David Gallery

The Stitchers Community Council provides and builds community affiliation for the Collective and the governing board, a support network of advisors, and advocates for the organization.

Apply today! COMMUNITY COUNCIL

Story Stitchers Vice President Cassandria White serves as board liaison. 

Members include Ellen Boyne * Gail Rock, M.A., M.Div. * Mary McGinley * Katherine Story

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The Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective is professional 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 Artists-in-Residence 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.

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Artists in Residence

Artists in Residence are young adult artists who typically start by volunteering for the organization and are eventually invited to join the Collective in this important leadership role.

Jun Bae, Britt Baker, Theresa Bergman, K.P. Dennis, Mariana Parisca, Jarmel Reece, Ron Robinson, Lauron Thompson, Anna Maria Tucker, Howard Cox, Reggie McNichols, Troy Anthony, Demil Johnson

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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.

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.

RECRUITING NEW YOUTH COUNCIL MEMBERS NOW!

SEEKING SERIOUS YOUTH WHO WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Fill out the form below.

What — Art, music, spoken word, hip hop, creative writing.

How — Plan, participate, discuss, serve, record, rehearse, perform, exhibit.

Who — A select group of twenty highly engaged 16-24 year old youth.

Benefits — Mentoring, tutoring, access to higher education, better resume, business skills, artistic portfolio, make a difference in your community and more.

Work towards a better community while you have fun, make friends and build your resume with great extracurricular activities, expand your artistic and business skills, and have access to numerous adults for mentoring, tutoring and college and employment references. It’s about giving and the city you love!

Click HERE and fill out the form to apply!

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