Story Stitchers erase real and perceived divisions through cultural exploration and arts practice — by stitching together our city. 
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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.

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.

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Saint Louis Story Stitchers
616 N Skinker.
St. Louis, MO 63130
storystitchers@gmail.com
314-899-9001

Saint Louis Story Stitchers is a 501(c)(3) public charity.

Board of Directors

Susan Colangelo, President and Executive Director – susanc@storystitchers.org

Breona Butler, Vice President – Tausha Dirks, Secretary – Maggie Wu, CPA, Treasurer – Members At Large – Michelle Fleming – Chris Hansen – Keisa M. Johnson, Esq. – Nichole Dawsey – Ben Kessler – Hedy Lee, Ph.D. – Amanda Shields – Cassandria White – John A Wright, Jr.

The Lewis Prize for Music has announced Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective as a 2021 Awardee for the $500,000 Accelerator Award for youth music programs! We are proud to bring this home to #STL. Learn more…

Story Stitchers are grateful to our friends, families, collaborators, donors, and funders who have brought us to this point together. Since 2013, thousands of people have joined together to lift Story Stitchers up from nothing to a small, but powerful organization. Thank you! There is so much work to do. Please stay with us on this journey. Our youth are driving towards a large youth arts and technology center to serve greater numbers of their peers, to help lower youth crime, and to create a more healthy and peaceful region. Much more to come!
If you want to help, volunteer, register as a youth, or just say congratulations, please contact us!
Stand together! Stand Strong!

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Follow StitchCast Studio, an amazing trip into the world of podcasts for 16-24 year olds living in St. Louis city neighborhoods! Learn more…

16-24 years old? Living in the St. Louis region?  Become a StitchCast Studio podcaster!

Apply today! Learn more…StitchCast Studio Season II is sponsored by Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund’s three year grant 2020-22, Arts and Education Council PNC grant, and Lush Corporation’s The Charity Pot.

Stitchers Youth Council meeting led by Emeara Burns, 2020

Stitchers Youth Council serves 16-24 year old African American and BIPOC urban youth.

Saint Louis Story Stitchers uses nonviolent collective action and creative youth development to create systemic social change.

Story Stitchers uses a collaborative model to create social justice art. Story Stitchers’ Studio is a living laboratory where youth lead and build the nonprofit organization alongside adult mentors.

Youth bring raw experiences and are supported by regionally and nationally recognized black artists and scholars who work alongside the young activists through collaborative learning experiences inviting dialogue and generating raw, authentic works of art. Story Stitchers use music, spoken word, photography, videography, and dialogue to highlight stories related to trauma such as gun violence, life transitions, and mental health. The work promotes mutual respect for diverse backgrounds and lived experiences, and fosters understanding across the racial, socioeconomic, and age divisions of our region.

Story Stitchers is committed to placing youth at the center of the work both in identifying topics for exploration as well as the methods for engagement. This approach builds a community of youth and professional artists who respect one another. Gun violence continues to be a pressing public health crisis that consumes the attention of the engaged youth, and artistic expression helps youth work through the pain and loss they have experienced.

16-24 years old? Join Stitchers Youth Council! Learn more…

The four unique conversations will bring historical context around recurring topics chosen by youth in the StitchCast Studio published podcasts, including: the culture of trauma caused by poverty and repeated exposure to violence amongst families of color in St. Louis, stories of disorientation and dislocation of black families, and the power of story as healer in black cultures through time. The series will be published through storystitchers.org on major podcast platforms.

This project is funded by The Divided City initiative. The Divided City is a joint project of the Center for the Humanities and the Sam Fox School, College of Architecture and Urban Design at Washington University in St. Louis. The Divided City is funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Learn more…

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 completed in 2018 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. Learn more…

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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. Learn more…

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!

Thank you for your support!

Saint Louis Story Stitchers
616 N Skinker.
St. Louis, MO 63130
Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Your donation is tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

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Story Stitchers at Bruno David Gallery

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 a Resident Organization 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

Current: KP Dennis, Bobby Norfolk, Ntegrity, Troy Anthony, Roland Johnson, Quinsonta Boyd, Chris Pendleton, Adrian Gonzalez, C-Sharp, Julian Keaton

Past: Jun Bae, Theresa Bergman, Mariana Parisca, Jarmel Reece, Ron Robinson, Lauron Thompson, Anna Maria Tucker, Howard Cox, Sankofa B. Soleil, Demil Johnson aka Superhood

Board of Directors

Susan Colangelo, President  and Executive Director – Breona Butler, Vice President – Tausha Dirks, Secretary – Maggie Wu, CPA, Treasurer – Members At Large – Michelle Fleming – Chris Hansen – Keisa M. Johnson, Esq. – Nichole Dawsey – Ben Kessler – Hedy Lee, Ph.D. – Amanda Shields – Cassandria White – John A Wright, Jr.

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.

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