Story Stitchers erase real and perceived divisions through cultural exploration and arts practice — by stitching together our city. 
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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.

Board of Directors

Susan Colangelo, President and Executive Director – susanc@storystitchers.org

Breona Butler, Vice President – Tausha Dirks, Secretary – Maggie Wu, CPA, Treasurer – Members At Large – Michelle Fleming – Chris Hansen – Keisa M. Johnson, Esq. – Ben Kessler – Hedy Lee, Ph.D. – Amanda Shields – Cassandria White – John A Wright, Jr.

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Story Stitchers are having an active and productive summer creating podcasts in Zoom and live events in Strauss Park! Take a listen to our recent StitchCast Studio episodes below or visit us at a live event!

Coming UP Live:

StitchCast Studio LIVE, Strauss Park, 6:00 PM

  • Friday, September 10
  • Friday, September 24

6:00p – StitchCast Studio LIVE!

7:30p Pick the City UP Talent Showcase  – Strauss Park – $200 1st Place!

 

Dance Battle!, Strauss Park, 6:00 PM

  • September 11

with Your favorite Top #STL Judges Richie, Lucas and Slim back for another round!

Strauss Park – $400 1st Place, $150 2nd Place, $50 3rd Place

Saint Louis Story Stitchers is working with the St. Louis Violence Prevention Commission, ReCast, the City of St. Louis Department of Public Safety and the City of St. Louis Department of Health to create safe spaces for youth.

Need more Facts? Take a listen to StitchCast Studio as Story Stitchers youth leaders do some digging to uncover the truth about the Covid vaccine…

Covid Vaccine Fears and Facts II

Part I: Story Stitchers friend Dr. LJ Punch, a certified trauma surgeon and founder of The T and Prepare STL, does a live Q&A on the Covid Vaccine with youth leaders on stage at a Story Stitchers Dance Battle. Recorded live at Story Stitchers Dance Battle in Strauss Park on July 13, 2021.

Part II: As the Delta Variant stand of Covid 19 sweeps across Missouri, youth leaders meet to discuss their fears of the vaccine. Recorded live July 16, 2021 in Strauss Park.

Covid Vaccine Fears and Facts III

As the Delta Variant strand of Covid 19 sweeps into the St. Louis region and the City puts a new mask order in place, youth leaders meet to discuss fears of the vaccine and the facts with Dr. Frederick Echols, Acting Director of the Department of Health for the City of St. Louis. Recorded live July 30, 2021 in Strauss Park.

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16-24 years old livin in the St. Louis region? Wanna podcast with usJoin Stitchers Youth Council! Earn $$! Apply today! Learn more…

 

Stitchers Youth Council serves 16-24 year old African American and BIPOC urban youth.

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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.

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Peace in the Prairie

Saint Louis Story Stitchers is pleased to announce that we have received an 2021/22 award from Missouri Arts Council to support Peace in the Prairie.

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 was screened at Laumeier Sculpture Park June 15-29th, 2021 with three live podcast recordings created in the park and then moved on to the National Blues Museum July 3, 2021 for a screening with live performance elements.

Booking now for 2021/22. Bring Peace in the Prairie to your school, club, or organization. Contact us at storystitchers@gmail.com to inquire.

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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.

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Story Stitchers are grateful to our friends, families, collaborators, donors, and funders who have brought us to this point together. Since 2013, thousands of people have joined together to lift Story Stitchers up from nothing to a small, but powerful organization. Thank you! There is so much work to do. Please stay with us on this journey. Our youth are driving towards a large youth arts and technology center to serve greater numbers of their peers, to help lower youth crime, and to create a more healthy and peaceful region. Much more to come!
If you want to help, volunteer, register as a youth, or just say congratulations, please contact us! storystitchers@gmail.com
Stand together! Stand Strong!
Saint Louis Story Stitchers
616 N Skinker.
St. Louis, MO 63130
storystitchers@gmail.com
314-899-9001

Saint Louis Story Stitchers is a 501(c)(3) public charity.

Saint Louis Story Stitchers is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. On the web at arts dot gov.

Additional support for StitchCast Studio and Story Stitchers youth programs was provided by the Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund, The Lewis Prize for Music Accelerator Award, City of St. Louis Youth at Risk Crime Prevention grant of 2021, Lush Corporation’s The Charity Pot, St. Louis Violence Prevention Commission, ReCast and the City of St. Louis Department of Health.

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…

Stitchers Youth Council with Katherine Bernhardt create the MLK Mural

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!

Saint Louis Story Stitchers
616 N Skinker.
St. Louis, MO 63130
Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Your donation is tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

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Story Stitchers at Bruno David Gallery

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. – 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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