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 are proud to perform LIVE as Regional Storytellers in the
38th Annual St. Louis Storytelling Festival!
University of Missouri Extension Services Community Arts Program

Saturday, May 6th

“Parks Come Alive” year-end storytelling project

Old Courthouse Gallery
11 North 4th St., St. Louis, MO 63102

Free and open to the public. All ages!

11 am – 12 pm: Park Rangers share stories, emceed by Bobby Norfolk!
12 pm – 1 pm: Community arts projects created by Grand Center Arts Academy Students, Adams Park Boys and Girls Club youth and Saint Louis Story Stitchers Urban Storytelling Troupe

1 pm – 2 pm: Meet the Arch Builders, informal story-sharing and panel discussion. Reception follows at 2 pm.

As part of the NEA-funded “Parks Come Alive” project, a collaboration between Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and St. Louis Storytelling Festival, a variety of storytellers will showcase community reflections of what this iconic national park in the heart of St. Louis means to them. Featured will be the Arch Builders, Bobby Norfolk and other park rangers, Story Stitchers (an urban storytelling troupe), and school and community groups presenting community art projects. Reception follows. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To learn more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.

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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 Gallery7513 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 

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

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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.

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