Journey to Healing: Creativity in the Time of COVID-19
September 30, 2023
Saint Louis Story Stitchers Performance
6:00 – 7:00 PM
Farrell Teaching and Learning Center
Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
Free and open to the public with Registration below
Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective
Saint Louis Story Stitchers is a nationally recognized Artists Collective known for high quality art and innovative youth violence prevention programs.
The mission of Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective is to document Saint Louis through art and word to promote understanding, civic pride, intergenerational relationships and literacy.
Story Stitchers was founded by eight artists in Old North St. Louis to combat gun violence. Incorporated as a public charity in 2014, Story Stitchers creates a platform for community engagement through an artistic lens to shift perceptions and bring hope to the St. Louis community. The organization brings together professional artists and underserved youth ages 16-25, to create social change, with a focus on gun violence prevention.
Over the last ten years Story Stitchers has performed for the public 600 times with audiences totaling 35,000; increased its online presence to 9,000 followers and 161,000 views of its creative work; strengthened partnerships with many neighborhoods; and more than tripled the organization’s operating budget.
Story Stitchers engage an average of 130 youth in programs each year and approximately thirty remain engaged weekly over one year or more. During the pandemic youth met in zoom or outdoors creating an award winning podcast, lively, fun and safe outdoor dance battles, produced a full production, published an album, partnered with the city of St. Louis public safety and public health departments and were a national leader in boosting vaccine confidence through work for the CDC Foundation, reaching 70 million people through a PSA campaign.