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.

Story Stitchers at Tower Grove Park with STL Mayor Lyda Krewson

Susan Colangelo, President * * 314-899-9001         Cassandria White Vice President * Mary Chandler, Secretary * Maggie Wu, Treasurer       * Donna Campbell, Ph.D. * Ebony Boyce Carter, MD, MPH * Chris Hansen                                * Keisa M. Johnson, Esq. * Tim Portlock * Eric Kayira, Esq.

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The 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. Pay tribute, join the fun, and make a difference. For the latest Story Stitchers news, sign up to follow the blog below.
Pick the City UP Glo Sho! 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. Story Stitchers will perform throughout the Lou the summer of 2018 starting at the Sheldon Art Galleries March 2nd in Grand Center, on to Marquette Park with the City of St. Louis Department of Health, then to Make Music St. Louis in the Loop District, to Tillie’s Corner Historical Project Block Party in JeffVanderLou, Demetrius Johnson Foundation’s Community Day, a visit to our friends up in Walnut Park, and on to the finale at the .ZACK in the Grand Center Arts District!

The 2018 Pick the City UP Tour is sponsored by Missouri Foundation for Health, Kranzberg Arts Foundation, the Steward Family Foundation, Yvette and John Dubinsky Family Foundation, Glore Fund of the St. Louis Community Foundation, Washington University in St. Louis, City of St. Louis Department of Health, and many more  individuals like YOU!

Please donate today and keep the Tour rolling along!

Thank you for your support!





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Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

7:30 – 8:30 PM

Sheldon Concert Hall

3648 Washington Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63108

Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective

Pick the City UP Glo Sho!

Pick the City UP at the Sheldon Concert Hall will feature Story Stitchers youth and adults performing original, family-friendly spoken word and hip hop including some wild B-Boy moves! Come and join St. Louis’s top young performers and their mentors and become a part of the movement they are spreading to help make our beautiful city a healthier and happier place for all.

Admission Free, Suggested Donation $10, All ages

Missouri-Foundation-for-Health-Logo-Color-Horizontal-TaglinePick the City UP at the Sheldon Art Galleries and Concert Hall is sponsored in part by a grant from Missouri Foundation for Health to Saint Louis Story StitchersThe 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.

Additional support provided by Alison and John Ferring.



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.  Written by Tina Farmer, KDHX


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Teen Rap Crisis II 

Public Presentation May 5, 2018


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 youth, ages 15-24.  Reflecting on the original 25-year-old Teen Rap Crisis, participants will partake in thoughtful discussion and collaborative learning experiences through writing with Story Stitchers artists Bobby Norfolk, KP Dennis and Howard Cox, leading to a poetic performance and a post-performance discussion with Professor Sean Joe from Washington University, a scholar in Black male adolescent self-destructive behavior and related societal causes and implications. Activities take place both inside and out of the City of St. Louis Juvenile Detention Center, providing an opportunity for youth to explore topics related to individual lives and society at large through writing, discussion, performance and learning. The program is a part of the St. Louis Storytelling Festival.

The goals of the activity are to bring attention, clarity and opportunity for meaningful action to the issues surrounding the challenges faced by youth, especially African American youth in urban environments through documentation, storytelling, performance and discussion. The program also creates opportunities for intergenerational interaction and collaborative storytelling through the collaborative learning experiences and discussion.

Saturday, May 5       St. Louis Storytelling Festival

10:00-12:00        City of St. Louis Juvenile Detention Center 

No public admission.

Teen Rap Crisis II Performance and Discussion

City of St. Louis Juvenile Detention Center


2:00-2:30       Kranzberg Arts Center Gallery    


Kranzberg Arts Center Gallery

501 N Grand Blvd., St. Louis 63103

For The Talking Cure exhibition:

All ages.


MHC_Logo_hor1-1030x334Saint 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.



Not Another One! A Play 4 Peace

School Assembly

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


Peace in the Prairie

August 4th-6th, 2017

Story Stitchers are starting 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’re going to find out…

The 2017 excursion is a two night trip for up to 25 Stitchers youth council members to the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Shaw Nature Reserve and the Dana Brown Education Center. Stitchers Youth Council members are 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 fresh foods from local farms.

Sincere Thanks to the 2017 sponsors:

Missouri Botanical Garden Shaw Nature Reserve, Missouri Prairie Foundation

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Winslow’s Home and Farm, Panera Cares, Piccione Pastry, Susan and Carmon Colangelo, Mary Jo Wilmes, Susan Sauer


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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Susan Colangelo, President * * 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.


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.


Story Stitchers Vice President Cassandria White serves as board liaison. 

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


The Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective is professional artists and urban youth ages 15-24, 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.


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



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.



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 15-24 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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