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.
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 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.
Saint Louis Story Stitchers is a 501(c)(3) public charity.
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 – Michelle Fleming – Chris Hansen – Keisa M. Johnson, Esq. – Nichole Dawsey – Ben Kessler – Hedy Lee, Ph.D. – Amanda Shields – Cassandria White – John A Wright, Jr.
The Lewis Prize for Music has 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…
StitchCast Studio Season II is sponsored by Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund’s three year grant 2020-22, Arts and Education Council PNC grant, and Lush Corporation’s The Charity Pot.
Stitchers Youth Council serves 16-24 year old African American and BIPOC urban youth.
Saint Louis Story Stitchers uses nonviolent collective action and creative youth development to create systemic social change.
Story Stitchers uses a collaborative model to create social justice art. Story Stitchers’ Studio is a living laboratory where youth lead and build the nonprofit organization alongside adult mentors.
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 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.
16-24 years old? Join Stitchers Youth Council! Learn more…
Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective presents Peace in the Prairie, an original presentation exploring the concepts of peace and violence, juxtaposing urban life as experienced by African American people living in the city of St. Louis, Missouri and the state’s endangered prairie lands.
Is the path towards peace through Missouri’s native prairies?
Peace in the Prairie is screening at Laumeier Sculpture Park June 15-29th with three live podcast recordings created in the park and then moving on to the National Blues Museum July 3rd for a screening with live performance elements.
WHEREAS, The creativity of artists and mentors brighten our daily lives; and the spirit of collaboration, kindness, ingenuity, creativity and compassion can bring about peaceful change; and
WHEREAS, Simple acts of kindness such as giving shelter can build hope and bring lasting change; and
WHEREAS, In 2020, Story Stitchers and Stitchers Youth Council accepted the invitation to aid the Wellston Loop neighborhood in working with residents to create an ADA compliant bus shelter with a bench for residents, which also incorporates a rainwater collection system for nearby vegetable gardens, a hygiene cupboard for sharing free soap and cleaning products, and a community bulletin board; and
WHEREAS, The new accessible bus shelter being dedicated today at the corner of Dr. Martin Luther King Drive and Hodiamont is a wonderful addition to the Wellston Loop; and
WHEREAS, In addition to the shelter, a new 90-foot fence mural was created behind the shelter. Its bright colors, playful imagery, and vibrant messaging reflects the heart and soul of the neighborhood and bring smiles and love to the Wellston Loop and Wells-Goodfellow neighborhoods; and
WHEREAS, The City of St. Louis recognizes and thanks the many sponsors who made The Shelter Project possible, including Wellston Loop Community Development Corporation; Somewhere Studio, LLC; Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective; St. Louis-based artist Katherine Bernhardt; Wells-Goodfellow Neighborhood Improvement Association, Metro St. Louis, Alberici Constructors, Inc.; Ryan Goser of Goser Structural Engineering, LLC; and Cure Violence:
WHEREAS, Investing in youth and in youth serving organizations can save lives and change the landscape of St. Louis. The strength and power of youth leadership, as exhibited through The Shelter Project, is the hope and future of St. Louis.
Now, therefore, I, Tishaura O. Jones, Mayor of the City of St. Louis, do hereby proclaim June 19, 2021, as:
“THE SHELTER PROJECT DAY”
IN THE CITY OF ST. LOUIS
In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the seal of the City of St. Louis, this 19th day of June, A.D. 2021.
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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 – Breona Butler, Vice President – Tausha Dirks, Secretary – Maggie Wu, CPA, Treasurer – Members At Large – Michelle Fleming – Chris Hansen – Keisa M. Johnson, Esq. – Nichole Dawsey – Ben Kessler – Hedy Lee, Ph.D. – Amanda Shields – Cassandria White – John A Wright, Jr.
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.
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