Welcome Our New Program Director!

We are very pleased to announce that the search for the Steward Family Foundation Program Director at Saint Louis Story Stitchers has concluded in spectacular fashion! Please welcome Ms. Emeara Burns!

Hello, my name is Emeara Burns. I’m a young performing artist from St. Louis City. I graduated from Central Visual and Performing Arts High School in 2016. After high school I spent two years serving full time at the St. Louis Dream Center. I served as the worship and media intern for the full duration. Then I was fortunate to get a spot at Npower St. Louis as a full-time student. That then helped me land a position at World Wide Technology. I worked there for a short while as a Lab Tech before becoming the Steward Family Foundation Program Director at Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective. I am very grateful to the board at Story Stitchers, to the Steward Family Foundation and Ken and Nancy Kranzberg, and to everyone who is supporting this position, for this incredible opportunity.

Story Stitchers couldn’t have come into my life at a better time. It was 2014 and I was a young high school student. I had started getting into trouble but some of my friends told me about Story Stitchers because they knew I was a decent writer. Being with this organization taught me the importance of being a role model, what that meant and how that looked. I’ve been with Story Stitchers for about 6 years serving as one of the leading youth on the Stitchers Youth Council.  I’ve had the honor to perform at over a hundred shows with the organization. I served as a summer intern through STL Youth Jobs in 2018. I have also helped build the diverse portfolio Story Stitchers is so proud of as a collaborating artist in poetry, theater arts and music.

Being in this new position is very exciting. My goal is to help Story Stitchers youth program grow in any way I can—whether that’s bringing new innovative ideas, recruiting youth, developing new youth programs, making new partnerships, or strengthening the ones we’ve accumulated up to this point. I want to continue to be a valuable asset to this organization but now in a broader spectrum. I believe the years to come will be some of the best for Story Stitchers, not just because of me, but because of the chemistry our team has developed. The drive, the passion and the dedication of this organization is unlike any other and I know we’ll reach new heights together.

Be sure to stay connected with us through our website and email. This will help you to stay up to date on any upcoming events. I hope you will stop by and lend support at our next event, a Halloween Block Party for children that we put on with our partners at the Wellston Loop Community Development Corporation!


October 26th, 2019

1:00-3:00 PM

1514 Hodiamont