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: Collective artists work alongside twenty 15-24 year old urban youth living in economically disadvantaged areas to collect stories, reframe and retell them using the arts, direct community engagement, storytelling, publishing and the Internet to promote a better educated, more peaceful and caring society.

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Story Stitchers at Tower Grove Park with STL Mayor Lyda Krewson

Susan Colangelo, President * storystitchers@gmail.com * 314-899-9001         Cassandria White Vice President * Dahlgren Baker, Secretary * Maggie Wu, Treasurer Ellen Boyne * Donna Campbell, Ph.D. * Ebony Boyce Carter, MD, MPH * Chris Hansen Keisa M. Johnson, Esq. * Mary McGinley * Tim Portlock * Katherine Story * Gail Rock, M.A., M.Div.  * Devora Tulcensky, Ph.D.

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Saint Louis Story Stitchers is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Your donation is tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

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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.

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TH August 17, 2017 

2017 St Lou Fringe Festival!! Opening Night!

7:00-8:00 Preview of National Acts

8:00 Preview of Story Stitchers Glo Sho! at Strauss Park, Grand Center, 63103

OPEN to the PUBLIC and FREE!

FR August 18, 2017

2017 St Lou Fringe Festival!! 

9:30 PM Glo Sho at Strauss Park, Grand Center, 63103

Tickets available through MetroTix HERE

SAT August 19, 2017         

2017 St Lou Fringe Festival!!

8:00 PM Glo Sho at Strauss Park, Grand Center, 63103

Tickets available through MetroTix HERE

This production appears as part of the 2017 St Lou Fringe Festival. St Lou Fringe is an open-access network that supports independent producers in bringing their projects to the stage in the city of St Louis. Content, themes, and matters explored in this show are the discretion of the producing company, and are not administrated by St Lou Fringe. For more info: http://www.stlouisfringe.com

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FR September 29, 2017

Grand Finale! 

7:00 PM Glo Sho at the .ZACK, 3224 Locust, 63103

Tickets on MetroTix

OPEN to the PUBLIC!

 

For more on the TOUR visit: LIVE SHO’S

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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

Winslow’s Home and Farm

Panera Cares

Piccone Pastry

Susan and Carmon Colangelo

Mary Jo Wilmes

Susan Sauer

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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 and in a group exhibition this summer June 24th, 6:00-8:00 opening night through August 12th 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.

Buy the book HERE

 

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STITCHERS STOREFRONT STUDIO 

616 N Skinker in the Loop District   Email storystitchers@gmail.com 314-899-9001

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.

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Let the Saint Louis Story Stitchers Stitch YOUR STORY!

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Susan Colangelo, President * storystitchers@gmail.com * 314-899-9001 

Cassandria White Vice President, Secretary * Maggie Wu, Treasurer  * Donna Campbell, Ph.D. * Ebony Boyce Carter, MD, MPH * Chris Hansen * Keisa M. Johnson, Esq. * Tim Portlock *  Devora Tulcensky, Ph.D.

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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.

Apply today! COMMUNITY COUNCIL

Story Stitchers Vice President Cassandria White serves as board liaison. 

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

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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.

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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

 

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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.

RECRUITING NEW YOUTH COUNCIL MEMBERS NOW to start August, 2017

SEEKING SERIOUS YOUTH WHO WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Fill out the form below. Come to the concerts this summer and chill with Story Stitchers! Live Sho’s Schedule

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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