Saint Louis Story Stitchers Seeks Nominations to the Board of Directors    


Philanthropy  literally means  “love of mankind”. So to be a philanthropist, you only need show a bit of love and concern for the well-being of your fellow humans.”  — Youthbridge Community Foundation

Saint Louis Story Stitchers is seeking nominations to the board of directors. The board is a diverse group of parents, professionals, and caring adults who give of themselves in various ways including time, skills, knowledge, and funds.

We are all very grateful for the giving of board members, past and present. You are the foundation that our artists and youth build upon. Thank you to our past and to our current board members!

2020 Board of Directors:

Susan Colangelo, President  and Executive Director

Cassandria White, Vice President

Sarah Gaby, Ph.D. Secretary

Maggie Wu, CPA, Treasurer

Members At Large:

Breona Butler – Chris Hansen – Keisa Johnson, Esq. – Eric Kayira, Esq. – Ebony Boyce Carter, MD, MPH –Wanda Wang – Hedy Lee, Ph.D. – Michelle Fleming

The Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective, a 501(c)(3) organization, is professional artists and inner-city youth grades ages 15-24, working together to create social change with a focus on gun violence prevention. Stitchers collect local stories, reframe and retell them through art, writing and performance to promote understanding, civic pride, intergenerational relationships and literacy. Story Stitchers are a Resident Organization at Kranzberg Arts Foundation in the vibrant Grand Center Arts District and run a Storefront Studio for recording and publishing at 616 N Skinker Blvd. in the historic Loop District.

Since 2013 Saint Louis Story Stitchers have gained support from or collaborated with: Washington University in St. Louis, Kranzberg Arts Foundation, Missouri Foundation for Health, Regional Arts Commission, Missouri Arts Council, Mid-America Arts Alliance, National Endowment for the Arts, Missouri Humanities Council, National Endowment for the Humanities, Youthbridge Community Foundation, Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund, Saigh Foundation, Cardinals Care, University of Missouri’s Extension Service’s St. Louis Storytelling Festival, KWMU’s We Live Here, Saint Louis Art Museum, Fringe Fest, St. Louis Mental Health Board, and more. The Collective meets with youth year-round and has presented publicly over 200 times, engaging a diverse audiences of over 18,000. Read more about IMPACT.

Story Stitchers has great momentum:

·       largest income in our history at $214,000

·       moving into a 2nd auxiliary space, pre-paid for 2021 in Kranzberg Arts Foundation

·       growing service to at-risk youth from 25 in 2019 to 75 in 2020

·       highly respected as a fine arts organization with growing national recognition

·       highly respected as a creative youth development organization with an impact on  youth crime prevention, racial justice, and community healing

Please contact Susan Colangelo, susanc@storystitchers.org for more information.

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