We 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.

Britt Baker

Creative Connection Open MIC / Poetry SLAM

Saint Louis Story Stitchers will host a 2nd Creative Connection Open MIC / Poetry SLAM sessions with MC Britt Baker.

Friday, October 7th, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Studio Theater in Kranzberg Arts Center, 501 N Grand Blvd. Registration begins at 6:45.

Tickets are $10 per person at Eventbrite or at the door, 18 years old and up. Cash bar. 

Spoken word, storytellers and acoustic music (no drums) are welcome at the October 7th session. Performers can email storystitchers@gmail.com to reserve a 3-7 minute slot at the mic.

The first ever Saint Louis Story Stitchers Open MIC / Poetry SLAM is over! MC Britt Baker created a relaxing, unique and welcoming atmosphere for all. Special thanks to everyone who came out to listen, participate and support.

Lisa Overholser talks with Britt Baker
Lisa Overholser talks with Britt Baker

Interview with Lisa Overholser, director of the St. Louis Storytelling Festival, University of Missouri Extension’s Community Arts Program, 9/2/16 at the Open MIC / Poetry SLAM with Susan Colangelo

Susan: You’re here at the Open MIC / Poetry SLAM. What made you come today?

Lisa: I know the Saint Louis Story Stitchers. They do great work. I think they do a lot of really important work, too, that needs to be recognized and I know this event was happening tonight and I wanted to come out and support them.

Susan: Was there anything that really impressed you as far as content?

Lisa: No, it’s just very authentic, personal expressive stories told in their own ways and I think that’s the beauty of the Story Stitchers, I really do.

Susan: Thanks for coming out tonight.

Lisa: Thank you. Thanks for hosting it. And I’m going to come next time, too!

Details and tickets are available HERE. 

Sponsored by the Regional Arts Commission, Kranzberg Arts Foundation and Kranzberg Arts Center.

Special thanks to Susan Sanders Block and The Designing Block for the T-Shirts!


Contemporary Art Museum OPEN STUDIO

Sunday, October 9, 10:00-4:00

Stitchers Storefront Studio

Family Appreciation Day

Family Photo Scanning Session – Share 10 of your historic family photos with the Collective and help us document St. Louis! We will email you the digital scan files in return. Free scanning is limited to the Open Studio session.

Audio Recording Booth Open! – Share a family story with the Collective. Add your voice!


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Peace in the Prairie, Photo by Susan Colangelo

Story Stitchers have started 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 are finding out…

Kelsey, age 18 wrote, “Being able to experience an environment of peace is different than what I am used. I live in the city of Saint Louis, Missouri where I hear ambulances along with gunshots near my home every night. The trip allowed me to know that there is more to life then what I’ve been used to. I would like to change my mindset by being more adventurous and trying new things to expand my horizon.”

The first excursion was an overnight trip to the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Shaw Nature Reserve and the Dana Brown Education Center August 6th and 7th, 2016. Stitchers Teen Council members were 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 farm fresh foods courtesy of our very wonderful friends at Winslow’s Home & Farm and HOSCO Foods.

Special thanks to our sponsors!

Missouri Botanical Garden

Shaw Nature Reserve’s Dana Brown Education Center

HOSCO Foods – Holistic Sustainable Organic Cooperative

Winslow’s Home & Farm in University City


Regional Arts Commission, Susan Block and The Designing Block, Panera Cares in Clayton, Lowes in Maplewood, Sam’s Club in Maplewood, Jane Schaefer, Georgia Binnington, Washington University North Campus


Police And Teens: Finding Ways To Work Together To Combat Gun Violence

SPONSORED BY — Institute for Public Health, Washington University in St. Louis Gun Violence Initiative

Saint Louis Story Stitchers programming is sponsored in part by the Regional Arts Commission

INSPIRATION — St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Gun Violence Prevention Site


Book a Story Stitchers performance or audition to perform via email storystitchers@gmail.com.


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

The Stitchers Storefront Studio is a recording, editing and publishing studio space.


616 N Skinker in the Loop District   Email storystitchers@gmail.com

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.
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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Saint Louis Story Stitchers
616 N Skinker.
St. Louis, MO 63130

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The Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective is professional artists and urban youth grades 7-12, working together to create positive social change. We collect local stories and reframe and retell them through art, writing and performance to promote understanding, civic pride, intergenerational relationships and literacy. We are artists-in-residence at Kranzberg Arts Center in vibrant Grand Center.

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 our mission. Our content is the stories of St. Louis. Our content collectors are teens and artists. Our partners are cultural and educational institutions across the city. Our products are indigenous stories retold through performances and publications. Our customer is the public, youth, educators, and tourists. Our message is peaceful co-existence and mutual respect.


Artists in Residence

Jun Bae, Britt Baker, Theresa Bergman, KP Dennis, Mariana Parisca, Shirin Rastin, Jarmel Reece, Ron Robinson, Lauron Thompson




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.

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