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

Susan Colangelo, President  and CEO – Cassandria White, Vice President – Sarah Gaby, Ph.D. Secretary – Maggie Wu, CPA, Treasurer – Members At Large – Breona Butler – Chris Hansen – Keisa Johnson, Esq. – Eric Kayira, Esq. – Donna Campbell, Ph.D. – Ebony Boyce Carter, MD, MPH – Mary Chandler – Wanda Wang – Hedy Lee, Ph.D.

ABOUT SAINT LOUIS STORY STITCHERS ARTISTS COLLECTIVE

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.

The Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective is professional artists and minority youth ages 16-24, working together to create social change with a focus on gun violence prevention. 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.

Peace in the Prairie

Come share stories and experiences about violence or  peace in urban or natural settings in the Story Stitchers recording booth.

The second public performance of Peace in the Prairie, with original work from 2018/19 and a new chapter from 2019/2020 will be presented at the .ZACK Theatre at Kranzberg Arts Foundation on March 26th, 7:00-8:30 PM.

Peace in the Prairie presented with support from Missouri Arts Council, a state agency, Missouri Foundation for Health, and Kranzberg Arts Foundation.

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The WHY of MY City is an artistic commission designed to raise awareness on gun violence prevention and rebuild civic pride for St. Louis, MO, which has neighborhoods that are reeling from gun violence. A new work by African American artists will explore why citizens do and should care about their neighborhoods, even as outsiders might see the same city blocks as uninhabitable. Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artist Collective is working collaboratively to create an approach to public health issues affecting Missouri’s African American urban youth. The Collective brings the arts to the forefront through a unique form of “urban storytelling” that includes rhythm, rap and word to attract attention, build excitement, and communicate key concepts from public safety and health professionals to the public.

Story Stitchers will be collecting stories from residents and encouraging them to share what their community means to them as part of The WHY of MY City. Please visit the Storefront Studio and share your story.

The premiere of the new work of art will take place at Kranzberg Arts Foundation’s new facility, The High Low on April 24th, 2020 at 7:00 PM. Q&A with humanities scholars John A. Wright and Bobby Norfolk will follow the presentation.

The WHY of MY City is created and will premiere at the St. Louis Storytelling Festival with support from Mid-America Arts Alliance and the National Endowment for the Arts, Missouri Humanities Council, a state agency, Missouri Foundation for Health, and Kranzberg Arts Foundation.

Public Story Collection @ The Storefront Studio

616 N Skinker Blvd

September 18, 2019, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM

October 2, 2019, 11:00 AM-2:00 PM

November 9, 2019, 3:00-7:00 PM

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STAND DOWN RISE UP from Saint Louis Story Stitchers on Vimeo.

STAND DOWN / RISE UP Respect and Redirect is an exploration of African Americans throughout Missouri’s history that have impacted gun violence by young poets ages 16-24 who currently reside in St. Louis city or county. This project is supported by Missouri Foundation for Health, Incarnate Word Foundation, Missouri Humanities Council, and Gateway Arch National Park.

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 Click on “TIME MAGAZINE” and then click on the pics to hear their voices. Emeara, AnnaLise, Anthony, Cali, Tylea, Chris are in the upper left hand corner near the Black Lives Matter sign.

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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 moving into its 3rd year in 2019, 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 2019 Pick the City UP Tour is presented with support from  Missouri Foundation for Health. The Tour is presented with additional support from LUSH Corporation’s The Charity Pot, Incarnate Word Foundation, Kranzberg Arts Foundation, and Steward Family Foundation.

More information:

2019 Tour Schedule

2019 Tour Sponsors

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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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School Assemblies

Good For Your Health

Coming in 2019/20 Academic Year!

For 5 to 15-year-old students

Interested? Please email storystitchers@gmail.com to inquire about bookings.

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YOUTH COUNCIL Receives Support to present After School Programs!
Stitchers Youth Council have applied for and received an “It Starts With Us” Youth Project Sponsorship from the St. Louis Mental Health Board and St. Louis Violence Prevention Commission for the school program called “Good For Your Health” that they are developing.
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The grant will support further development and at least two school performances. The program includes music, a skit, games and dance and covers nutrition and bullying in fun and innovative ways. The youth presented a pilot program in March for children at Laclede Elementary School in the West End. This outreach program was supported with funds from LUSH Corporation’s The Charity Pot as part of a youth leadership development program.

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Not Another One! A Play 4 Peace

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. 
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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

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.

Buy the book HERE

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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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STITCHERS STOREFRONT STUDIO 

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.

Let the Saint Louis Story Stitchers Stitch YOUR STORY!

Thank you for your support!

 

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Or send your tax deductible contribution by check made out to Saint Louis Story Stitchers and mail to:
Saint Louis Story Stitchers
616 N Skinker.
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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Susan Colangelo, President  and CEO – Cassandria White, Vice President – Sarah Gaby, Ph.D. Secretary – Maggie Wu, CPA, Treasurer – Members At Large – Breona Butler – Chris Hansen – Keisa Johnson, Esq. – Eric Kayira, Esq. – Donna Campbell, Ph.D. – Ebony Boyce Carter, MD, MPH – Mary Chandler – Wanda Wang – Hedy Lee, Ph.D.

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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

ADVOCATE * ATTEND * SUPPORT

Story Stitchers Vice President Cassandria White serves as board liaison. 

Amazing Members include Ellen Boyne * Gail Rock, M.A., M.Div. * Mary McGinley * Katherine Story * Jennifer Luner * Lee Hastings * Sandy Kaplan * Katy Brainerd * JoAnn Sanditz * Susan Sauer * Denise Hertel * James Bogart * Theresa Bergman * Clarinda Tan

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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 from Saint Louis Story Stitchers on Vimeo.

Artists in Residence

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

Current: Sankofa B. Soleil, KP Dennis, Bobby Norfolk, Ntegrity, Troy Anthony, Demil Johnson

Past: Jun Bae,  Theresa Bergman, Mariana Parisca, Jarmel Reece, Ron Robinson, Lauron Thompson, Anna Maria Tucker, Howard Cox

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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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