Seeking Nominations for the Board of Directors

Susan Colangelo, Founding President and Executive Director and Cassandria White, Past Vice President and current Member at Large represent Story Stitchers at a community event

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!

2021 Board of Directors:

Susan Colangelo, President  and Executive Director

Breona Butler, Vice President

Tausha Dirks, Ph.D. Secretary

Maggie Wu, CPA, Treasurer

Members At Large:

Chris Hansen – Keisa Johnson, Esq. – Ben Kessler –  Amanda Shields – Hedy Lee, Ph.D. – Michelle Fleming – Cassandria White – John A Wright, Jr

The Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective, a 501(c)(3) organization, is professional artists and inner-city youth grades ages 16-24, 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: The Lewis Prize for Music, National Endowment for the Arts, Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund, Washington University in St. Louis, Kranzberg Arts Foundation, March For Our Lives, Missouri Foundation for Health, Regional Arts Commission, Missouri Arts Council, Mid-America Arts Alliance, Missouri Humanities Council, National Endowment for the Humanities, Youthbridge Community Foundation, 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 $250,000

·       studio spaces in Grand Center and Delmar Loop

·       growing service to at-risk youth to 112 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, for more information.