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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We hope that you will join Piccione Pastry in supporting Saint Louis Story Stitchers by visiting the Pastry shop on the historic Delmar Loop for a coffee or a delicious treat January 16th through 21st. Story Stitchers are honored to be a part of their Pastries with a Purpose program.

Join us at Piccione Pastry for some live vibs on the mic and to say hello to the Stitchers in person on Friday, January 19th, 6:00-8:00 PM!

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Friday, January 19th   

“Pastries with a Purpose”

Piccione Pastry

6197 Delmar Blvd.

6:00-8:00 PM Performance/Community Engagement

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Monday Closed * Tuesday – Friday 9AM–9PM * Saturday 9AM–11PM * Sunday 9AM–9PM



Saint Louis Story Stitchers is very proud to announce the start of a three year grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health.

The 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.


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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 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. The Tour has stopped at community centers, neighborhoods and cultural venues across St. Louis. Story Stitchers have performed throughout the Lou this summer starting June 3rd  in Tower Grove Park, on to Make Music St. Louis in the Loop District June 21st, to the City of St. Louis Juvenile Detention Center, Mathews Dickey Boys’and Girls’ Club, to Tillie’s Corner Historical Project in JeffervanderLou, Thomas Dunn Learning Center in 63118, Contemporary Art Museum, in August 3 nights of Glo Sho’s at Fringe Fest, and  on to the Finale at the .ZACK in the Grand Center Arts District September 29th!

The tour has been sponsored by the Arts and Education Monsanto Creative Impact Fund, Kranzberg Arts Foundation, .ZACK, the Steward Family Foundation, Yvette and John Dubinsky Family Foundation, Washington University in St. Louis, Rome West Realty, LLC, and many more plus individuals like YOU!

Thank you for your support!

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by Aynsley Hensgen


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

For more on the TOUR visit:  LIVE SHO’S

Not Another One! School Assembly

Not Another One! A Play 4 Peace: The Collective commissioned St. Louis playwright and Story Stitchers artist in residence Lauron Thompson to write and direct the Saint Louis Story Stitchers first play, Not Another One! A Play 4 Peace.

Lauron Thompson during rehearsal

The play features original hip hop music by Story Stitchers artist in residence K.P. Dennis and Stitchers Teens. The play is based on the 2015 youth-led discussion, Not Another One! with police and civic leaders on gun violence and was premiered Saturday, February 25, 2017 at .ZACK, 3224 Locust, 63103.

Audience Reactions – What message did you take away from 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

KP Dennis during a rehearsal

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

Not Another One! School Assembly

In the 2017/18 grant year, Stitchers received funding to take the play into a mobile school

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assembly program from the Saigh Foundation and the Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund.
Director Bobby Norfolk is leading that effort. Open auditions have been held, the cast has been selected and are now in rehearsals. Sarah Hobson, Ph.D., founder and President of Community Allies, LLC is serving as consultant and developing program evaluation. The program will be premiered in one school in St. Louis Public School District in 2018.

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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

Walmart Community Grant 

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Winslow’s Home and Farm

Panera Cares

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Susan and Carmon Colangelo

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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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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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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!

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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.



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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