Story Stitchers Artists Collective use podcast to find solutions

‘This is a show about gun violence’

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Youth voices are often left out of important conversations about public safety and the public health crisis. But the Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective — a mix of professional artists and minority youth — having been busy creating podcasts this year to encourage social change with a focus on gun violence prevention.

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LUSH Corporation’s The Charity Pot

will feature Saint Louis Story Stitchers on the Charity Pot lids for a second printing. The lids will show in in stores and online July – September, 2020. Check it out!

With every purchase of Charity Pot, they donate 100% of the price (minus the taxes) to small grassroots organizations, including Saint Louis Story Stitchers, working in the areas of human rights, animal protection and environmental justice, and more.


Saint Louis Story Stitchers is featured on the LUSH website. Thank you for helping us amplify Black voices!


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60 children have been shot in the City of St. Louis since the start of 2020


Screen Shot 2020-06-26 at 7.57.48 AMHow The Lewis Prize for Music Is Helping Give Youths Access To Music Education

Nora Ali sits down with Dalouge Smith, CEO of the Lewis Prize for Music to discuss the philanthropic move to help 32 music youth organizations from around the country amid the pandemic.

Saint Louis Story Stitchers Press Release_The Lewis Prize COVID Response Fund Announcement

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SOS Awards 2020 Grants Press Release.5.20.20

St. Louis Magazine

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Artist Collective Stitching Stories, Empowering Youth

Screen Shot 2020-02-19 at 6.22.11 PMHow the St. Louis Story Stitchers are bringing peace with words

St. Louis Story Stitchers uplifts St. Louis with spoken word, music and art
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From St. Louis Walk of Fame Inductees to business owners, artists and performers, there’s a lot to celebrate in the Delmar Loop during Black History Month.

Saint Louis On The Air

St. Louis Story Stitchers Advance Civic Pride Through Performance Art

  AUG 2, 2019


Saint Louis Story Stitchers is pleased to announce a chapter about the organization’s humble beginnings written by Susan Colangelo in the new book entitled Speak Peace: Words of Wisdom, Work, and Wonder by Ms. Lynette Ford and Sherry Norfolk.

The authors and contributors—educators, storytellers, and peacemakers—discuss what each of us can do to promote a more peaceful community, country, and world.

The book is available on Amazon

or directly from Story Stitchers at the Storefront Studio for $15.

Parkhurst Brothers Publishers, 2019

Read the Stitchers blog announcement

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St. Louis Post Dispatch

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STL TV live interview for Juneteenth Celebration on the Delmar Loop East
Saturday, June 15, 2019

STL Nonprofit News: Six of One with Story Stichers’ Merlin Bell and Susan Colangelo

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RAF-STL / Radio Arts Foundation ~ Saint Louis

107.3 FM / 96.3 – HD2

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019

Kathy Lawton Brown hears stories about Peace in the Prairie with Story Stitchers Artist in Residence Troy Anthony and Merlin Bell, Story Stitchers Director.


January 30, 2019

Lauren Smith

Five Storytelling Open Mics in St. Louis


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Kranzberg Arts Foundation

SOUL of the CITY


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Stitchers at 99.5 FM
Storyteller Issue #1
Pages 22-29
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Click on their pics to hear their voices. Emeara, AnnaLise, Anthony, Cali, Tylea, Chris are near the Black Lives Matter sign.


Saint Louis Story Stitchers Press Release 6.1.2018

HEC Story Stitchers – Stitching Together a More Cohesive Community

2019 Mid-America Emmy Award Winner by producer Julie Winkle!

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KSDK’s 5 On Your Side by Brittney Verner  March 31, 2018.  North city youth aims to end gun violence through creative art
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Tim Ezell and Virginia Kerr’s The Thread! Fox 2, March 17, 2018 episode.

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St. Louis Public Radio by Nancy Fowler Young St. Louisans affected by gun violence present their art at The Sheldon

92.9FM Communities Forward Host: Terrell Carter interview in two 30 minutes podcasts:


and TWO


Transforming the Trauma of Poverty

Marketing Gun Violence Prevention

Not Another One! A Discussion on Gun Violence

Not Another One! An Urgent Call to Action on Gun Violence

Art, Guns, & Rebooting the Conversation

Sample 30 second radio PSA’s: 

Sample #1:

Don’t miss the Pick the City UP Tour this summer! Saint Louis Story Stitchers presents urban storytelling through live hip hop and spoken word. Raise your hands high if you’re tired of hearing gun shots!  Pay tribute, join the fun, and make a difference! The Tour will stop in neighborhoods and cultural venues across St. Louis. Check it! Treat yourself, don’t cheat yourself! Shows are family-friendly and most are free! Visit or call 314-899-9001. That’s!

Sample #2:

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 will stop at community centers, neighborhoods and cultural venues across St. Louis. For the latest details visit or call 314-899-9001.

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