Powered by a diverse group of women from nearly every corner of the St. Louis region, SOS has been a quiet but mighty force for change since 2006, delivering over $2.7 million in focused and informed grants to more than 85 small nonprofits throughout the community.
This year, due to the social distancing guidelines of Covid-19, the members and guests couldn’t gather in person to honor the SOS grantees for the upcoming year. Still, the joy was infectious as the names were announced as follows:
Multi-year grant recipient: Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective ($100,000 paid in three $33,333 installments, beginning in 2020)
Single-year grant recipients: Almost Home ($25,000), Angel’s Arms ($20,000), Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America, St. Louis Chapter ($10,000), Eye Thrive ($15,000), Home Sweet Home ($25,000), Migrant and Immigrant Community Action Project (MICA), ($25,000), Pianos for People ($20,000), Urban Harvest ($25,000), and Volunteers in Medicine, Inc. ($15,000)
Watching the Spirit Awards last night with the Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund members, my husband Carmon, and with Story Stitchers in the virtual room was humbling and a little emotional. The awardees this year are doing such important work in our community. Our youth hope to collaborate with some of them through StitchCast Studio to further highlight the issues that they work to address as our three years play out. It is quite an experience to watch the young people at Story Stitchers react to this award. They feel very happy, important and validated. I think they will remember this for the rest of their lives. It gives the youth greater confidence that what they are working to do can be noticed and can make a difference. Our heartfelt thanks go out to the members of the Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund! — Susan Colangelo, President and Executive Director of Saint Louis Story Stitchers.
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.
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 – Michelle Fleming – Chris Hansen – Keisa Johnson, Esq. – Eric Kayira, Esq. – Ebony Boyce Carter, MD, MPH – 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.
Follow StitchCast Studio, an amazing trip into the world of podcasts for 16-24 year olds living in St. Louis city neighborhoods!
StitchCast Studio is sponsored by City of St. Louis’ Youth at Risk Crime Prevention Grant of 2020, Steward Family Foundation, Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund’s three year grant 2020-22, and Missouri Foundation for Health.
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.
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.
2020 Pick the City UP will take a different form. More to come soon!
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
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
Youth-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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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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Susan Colangelo, President and CEO – Cassandria White, Vice President – Sarah Gaby, Ph.D. Secretary – Maggie Wu, CPA, Treasurer – Members At Large – Breona Butler – Micheele Fleming – Chris Hansen – Keisa Johnson, Esq. – Eric Kayira, Esq. – Ebony Boyce Carter, MD, MPH – Wanda Wang – Hedy Lee, Ph.D.
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.
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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
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.
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: KP Dennis, Bobby Norfolk, Ntegrity, Troy Anthony, Demil Johnson, Roland Johnson
Past: Jun Bae, Theresa Bergman, Mariana Parisca, Jarmel Reece, Ron Robinson, Lauron Thompson, Anna Maria Tucker, Howard Cox, Sankofa B. Soleil
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!