Story Stitchers erase real and perceived divisions through cultural exploration and arts practice — by stitching together our city. 
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Mission: To document Saint Louis through art and word to promote understanding, civic pride, intergenerational relationships and literacy.

Goal: To promote a better educated, more peaceful and caring region through storytelling.

ABOUT SAINT LOUIS STORY STITCHERS ARTISTS COLLECTIVE

Once upon a time there was a stitcher who liked to embroider stories from the newspaper. One day she was stitching about two sisters who were shot on their porch in University City. One sister died. Two brothers were arrested for the crime. The stitcher reflected on the power of stitching throughout history; of the Aids quilt and quilts on the Underground Railroad.  She determined to join with others to create change. In August 2013 eight artists gathered in Old North St. Louis and founded the Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective — to make change.

The Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective is artists and minority youth ages 16-24, working together to create social change with a focus on gun violence prevention. Stitchers collect stories, reframe and retell them through art, writing and performance to promote understanding, civic pride, intergenerational relationships and literacy. Projects create a platform for community engagement through an artistic lens and with it the Saint Louis Story Stitchers work to shift perceptions and realities and bring hope to the Saint Louis community.

Board of Directors

Susan Colangelo, President and Executive Director – susanc@storystitchers.org

Breona Butler, Vice President – Tausha Dirks, Secretary – Maggie Wu, CPA, Treasurer – Members At Large – Michelle Fleming – Chris Hansen – Keisa M. Johnson, Esq. – Ben Kessler – Hedy Lee, Ph.D. – Amanda Shields – Cassandria White – John A Wright, Jr.

Saint Louis Story Stitchers has Missouri State Tax Credits available!

 

 

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TICKETS:

Adults $15 through MetroTix. Early reservations are requested.

https://www.metrotix.com/events/detail/stitchcast-studio-live

YOUTH: FREE

Complimentary to youth under 25 years old with Photo ID.

Form to reserve a free seat: https://storystitchers.dm.networkforgood.com/forms/stitchcast-studio-live-youth-reservations

Story Stitchers Studios are open

COVID POLICIES:

Effective September 1st, 2021, all people who are 12 years or older who wish to enter Story Stitchers venues will need to bring a photo ID and either their physical vaccination card or a photo of their vaccination card. Unvaccinated people, including unvaccinated adults and unvaccinated children over the age of 12, must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test: either a PCR test taken within 72 hours of the activity start time or an antigen test taken within 24 hours of the activity start time. Story Stitchers policy also includes mandatory mask wearing indoors, social distancing, and frequent hand washing and use of hand sanitizer.

Free Covid Testing Next Door (16 year olds and up) at 3526 Washington Ave. Results in 15 mins.

Covid Policies Landing Page: https://storystitchers.org/covid-19-safety-policies-and-procedures/

16-24 years old livin in the St. Louis region? Wanna podcast with us?

Join Stitchers Youth Council! Earn $! Apply today! Learn more…

 

Stitchers Youth Council serves 16-24 year olds, with a focus on BIPOC youth living in the St. Louis region.

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Saint Louis Story Stitchers uses nonviolent collective action and creative youth development to create systemic social change.

Story Stitchers uses a collaborative model to create social justice art. Story Stitchers’ Studio is a living laboratory where youth lead and build the nonprofit organization alongside adult mentors.

Weekly Rehearsals

Youth bring raw experiences and are supported by regionally and nationally recognized black artists and scholars who work alongside the young activists through collaborative learning experiences inviting dialogue and generating raw, authentic works of art. Story Stitchers use music, spoken word, photography, videography, and dialogue to highlight stories related to trauma such as gun violence, life transitions, and mental health. The work promotes mutual respect for diverse backgrounds and lived experiences, and fosters understanding across the racial, socioeconomic, and age divisions of our region.

Saturday Studio

 

 

Story Stitchers is committed to placing youth at the center of the work both in identifying topics for exploration as well as the methods for engagement. This approach builds a community of youth and professional artists who respect one another. Gun violence continues to be a pressing public health crisis that consumes the attention of the engaged youth, and artistic expression helps youth work through the pain and loss they have experienced.

16-24 years old? Join Stitchers Youth Council! Learn more…

 

Peace in the Prairie

Saint Louis Story Stitchers is pleased to announce that we have received an 2021/22 award from Missouri Arts Council to support Peace in the Prairie.

Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective presents Peace in the Prairie, an original presentation exploring the concepts of peace and violence, juxtaposing urban life as experienced by African American people living in the city of St. Louis, Missouri and the state’s endangered prairie lands.

Is the path towards peace through Missouri’s native prairies? 

 

April 22, 2022

EARTH DAY!

World’s Fair Pavilion, Forest Park

10:00-6:00  All ages community activities, art, storytelling, and dance

Seeking Collaborators: If you are interested in sharing your work on prairies, victims of violence resources, trauma recovery, community gardening, plant-based foods, climate change, bird watching, nature photography, hiking, exploring Missouri’s parks, please fill out this vendor application form: Click HERE

8:15 PM Screening in the park under the stars…

(PG 13 for references to violence)

Peace in the Prairie was screened at Laumeier Sculpture Park June 15-29th, 2021 with three live podcast recordings created in the park and then moved on to the National Blues Museum July 3, 2021 for a screening with live performance elements.

Booking now for 2021/22. Bring Peace in the Prairie to your school, university classroom, club, or organization. Contact us at storystitchers@gmail.com to inquire.

All ages version is available.

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Story Stitchers works throughout St. Louis and practices placekeeping – recognizing the value of place for the people who live and work in that space and working with residents and community members to enhance and respect the inherent values of that place.

The Shelter Project created a new mural and bus shelter for the Wellston Loop Community Development Corporation. Drive by and check it out on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr.  at Hodiamont. Map it at 1514 Hodiamont.

Learn more…

 

Story Stitchers are grateful to our friends, families, collaborators, donors, and funders who have brought us to this point together. Since 2013, thousands of people have joined together to lift Story Stitchers up from nothing to a small, but powerful organization. Thank you! There is so much work to do. Please stay with us on this journey. Our youth are driving towards a large youth arts and technology center to serve greater numbers of their peers, to help lower youth crime, and to create a more healthy and peaceful region. Much more to come!
If you want to help, volunteer, register as a youth, or just say congratulations, please contact us! storystitchers@gmail.com
Saint Louis Story Stitchers
616 N Skinker.
St. Louis, MO 63130
storystitchers@gmail.com
314-899-9001

Saint Louis Story Stitchers is a 501(c)(3) public charity.

 

Saint Louis Story Stitchers has Missouri State Tax Credits available!

Through the Youth Opportunities Program (YOP), Missouri Department of Economic Development, Missouri state tax credits are available for monetary donations made to Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective.  All donors would be eligible for a 50% Missouri state tax credit claimable against their Missouri state tax liability, however, there is a $500 minimum donation.  For example, if you donate $1,000 you can claim a $500 credit off of your Missouri state income tax and control where your tax dollars go!

Donations must clear your bank by December 31st for tax credits.

Donations are greatly appreciated and support Story Stitchers youth programs. Please contact Susan Colangelo, Executive Director, at susanc@storystitchers.org to learn more.

Saint Louis Story Stitchers is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. On the web at arts dot gov.

Additional support for StitchCast Studio and Story Stitchers youth arts and humanities programs was provided by the Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund, The Lewis Prize for Music Accelerator Award, City of St. Louis Youth at Risk Crime Prevention grant of 2021, Lush Corporation’s The Charity Pot, St. Louis Violence Prevention Commission, ReCast, Kranzberg Arts Foundation, and March for Our Lives Aid & Alliance.

The Lewis Prize for Music announced Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective as a 2021 Awardee for the $500,000 Accelerator Award for youth music programs! We are proud to bring this home to #STL. Learn more…

Stitchers Youth Council with Katherine Bernhardt create the MLK Mural

Stitchers Storefront Studio is a recording-editing-publishing space. Visit us at 616 N Skinker in the Loop District. Open by appointment, for workshops and events.

Let the Saint Louis Story Stitchers Stitch YOUR STORY!

Thank you for your support!

 

Saint Louis Story Stitchers
616 N Skinker.
St. Louis, MO 63130
Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Your donation is tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

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Story Stitchers at Bruno David Gallery

The Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective is artists and urban youth ages 16-24, working together to create positive social change. Stitchers collect local stories and reframe and retell them through art, writing and performance to promote understanding, civic pride, intergenerational relationships and literacy. Story Stitchers are honored to be a Resident Organization at Kranzberg Arts Foundation in the vibrant Grand Center Arts District.

Projects create a platform for community engagement through an artistic lens and with it the Saint Louis Story Stitchers work to shift perceptions and realities and bring hope to the Saint Louis community.

A social enterprise based on publishing supports the mission. The content is the stories of St. Louis. Content collectors are youth and artists. Partners are cultural and educational institutions across the city. Products are indigenous stories retold through performances and publications. Customers are the public, youth, educators, and tourists. The Story Stitchers message is peaceful co-existence and mutual respect.

Board of Directors

Susan Colangelo, President  and Executive Director – Breona Butler, Vice President – Tausha Dirks, Secretary – Maggie Wu, CPA, Treasurer – Members At Large – Michelle Fleming – Chris Hansen – Keisa M. Johnson, Esq. – Ben Kessler – Hedy Lee, Ph.D. – Amanda Shields – Cassandria White – John A Wright, Jr.

Saint Louis Story Stitchers does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran or national guard status, or any other factor prohibited by law in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its programs and/or activities.

Saint Louis Story Stitchers is committed to ADA compliance. The Collective welcomes people with disabilities and subscribes to the goal of providing access to programs, services and facilities. The Collective’s goal is to integrate this philosophy into all activities: policies, guidelines, plans, budgets, funding proposals, meetings and outreach.

COVID POLICIES:

Effective September 1st, 2021, all people who are 12 years or older who wish to enter Story Stitchers venues will need to bring a photo ID and either their physical vaccination card or a photo of their vaccination card. Unvaccinated people, including unvaccinated adults and unvaccinated children over the age of 12, must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test: either a PCR test taken within 72 hours of the activity start time or an antigen test taken within 24 hours of the activity start time. Story Stitchers policy also includes mandatory mask wearing indoors, social distancing, and frequent hand washing and use of hand sanitizer.

Free Covid Testing Next Door (16 year olds and up) at 3526 Washington Ave. Results in 15 mins.

Covid Policies Landing Page: https://storystitchers.org/covid-19-safety-policies-and-procedures/

 

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