Youth Art and Writing Contest Awardees Announced!


Congratulations to the First Place awardees!!!

Division I: Grades 5, 6

“Touch the Sky” by Saivion Spellman, Grade 6, Northwest Middle School, Hazelwood School District

Division II: Grades 7, 8, 9

“Home” by Sophia Beiermann, Grade 9, Grand Center Arts Academy

Division III: Grades 10, 11, 12

“Ambulatory Mess” and “The Girl in Black Lipstick: Collaborations of Multiple Poems that Define Me” by  Abby Cohen, Grade 10, Lindberg High School, Lindberg Schools

PUBLIC RECOGNITION EVENT: Saturday, May 16, 11:00am-12:00pm 

Culminating in a public event at the Kranzberg Arts Center, 501 N Grand, in the Grand Center Arts District: Recognition and Awards Ceremony; Curated Video projection exhibition of artists; Public readings by select young authors

For the full list of awardees CLICK HERE

Thank you for participating! We think you are all winners!!!

Teens on the Loop


Teen Council members exhibit portrait photography on the Loop this month at Commerce Bank in University City.

Stitchers Teen Council portrait photography exhibit. Commerce Bank, May 11 to June 11, 2015
Stitchers Teen Council portrait photography exhibit. Commerce Bank, May 11 to June 11, 2015

Teen Council LIVE at SLAM today!


Saturday, May 9, 2:00-4:00

St. Louis Art Museum

Performance at 3:00 in the Auditorium (20 minutes, free and open to the public)

Saint Louis Art Museum
Saint Louis Art Museum

The Stitchers Teen Council has been invited to present and perform at the Teen Council Third Annual Young Artists Exhibition (YAE). The Teens have accepted the invitation! One Youth Art and Writing Contest submission will be previewed as part of our presentation. Teens will present a short video and perform spoken word, dance, and hip hop. Come hear their voices.

Give to Change Lives Today


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Help us build out the new Stitchers Storefront Studio. We want you to become an important part of a great St. Louis story!

Give on May 5th to help us open the Stitchers Storefront Studio at 616 N Skinker, just off the Delmar Loop.

We are opening a creative space for community engagement, documentation, recording and editing.

Let the Saint Louis Story Stitchers Stitch YOUR STORY!

CLICK HERE: https://givestlday.org//#npo/saint-louis-story-stitchers-artists-collective

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Critical Conversations: Socially Engaged Art


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Critical Mass for the Visual Arts is presenting the inaugural event in a new series entitled Critical Conversations.

When: Wednesday May 6, 2015- 7:30-9:30 pm

Where: The Stage at KDHX, 3524 Washington Ave., St. Louis, MO 63103

Critical Conversations seeks to spark revolution in the St. Louis Artworld. We aim to strengthen vital connections between individuals, institutions, spaces and creative communities, and to set the stage for profound criticism and discussion on a wide range of topics. We inspire action through increased understanding, agency and accountability among creatives, administrators, academics and critics.

Story Stitchers’ president Susan Colangelo will serve as panel moderator for the first conversation which will center on socially engaged art.

Panelists include:

Stefani Wheeden Smith, Project Director for the NCCJ, Faculty Member for RAC’s Community Arts Training Institute

Freida L. Wheaton, owner of Salon 53, Founder of the Alliance of Black Art Galleries, Curator, and Arts Advocate

Christine Illewski, Creative Stimulus Award-winning artist, Founder of the Faces Project

Marcus Curtis, one half of Citizen Carpentry and co-founder of Human Current

Storytelling Stitchers-Style tonight!


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Storytelling Stitchers-Style!

Thursday, April 30, 7:30-9:30 p

UMSL at Grand Center, 3651 Olive St.

Register: 314-516-5968, Free

Join us as we participate in the University of Missouri Extension Office Saint Louis Storytelling Festival’s “Storytelling Lives Here” event. KWMU Public Radio is the host for the evening as we tape a segment of their post-Ferguson series “We Live Here” which explores the issues of race, class, and history that led to the emotional eruption in the wake of Michael Brown’s death. We will participate along with storytellers Gladys Coggswell, Bobby Norfolk, Beverly Brennan, and Loretta Washington.

We Live Here


Join your favorite Story Stitchers for a live performance at the St. Louis Storytelling Festival!

Thursday, April 30, 7:30-9:30 p

UMSL at Grand Center, 3651 Olive St.

Part of KWMU’s ongoing series entitled We Live Here.

Join us as we participate in the University of Missouri Extension Office Saint Louis Storytelling Festival’s “Storytelling Lives Here” event. KWMU Public Radio is the host for the evening as we tape a segment of their post-Ferguson series “We Live Here” which explores the issues of race, class, and history that led to the emotional eruption in the wake of Michael Brown’s death. We will participate along with storytellers Gladys Coggswell, Bobby Norfolk, Beverly Brennan, and Loretta Washington.

Jarmel Reece at The Weight of Words Concert, Perception Isn't Always Reality 02/28/15
Jarmel Reece at The Weight of Words Concert, Perception Isn’t Always Reality 02/28/15

http://news.stlpublicradio.org/programs/we-live-here

Register: 314-516-5968

Storytelling Stitchers-Style!

Contest Deadline Extended


Youth Art and Writing Contest

We have been asked to extend the Youth Art and Writing Contest deadline until Wednesday, April 22nd by a team of two teachers who are experiencing an unusual extenuating circumstance beyond their control.

In order to be fair to all involved, including the youth who are effected by this situation, we are extending the contest deadline to Wednesday, April 22 at 11:00 pm. We appreciate your understanding.

St. Louis youth are outstanding and truly amazing!!! We are looking forward to sharing all of the submissions with the contest judges on Thursday, April 23rd. The deadline will not be extended again for any reason.

All other dates, including contest notification May 9th and the Recognition and Awards Ceremony May 16th at 11:00 am at Kranzberg Arts Center remain unchanged. We hope everyone will come and join the celebration!

We think all of you are winners!!! Thank you for participating!

The City + The City


Saint Louis Story Stitchers are honored to take part in Mariam Ghani’s new work entitled The City & The City.

Stitchers artists and Teen Council participated in an audio recording session with the artist that will be included in her exhibition, opening April 7th after a lecture by the artist at 6:30, Saint Louis Art Museum. See you there!

Stitchers after audio recording session with artist Mariam Ghani for The City & The City, Lewis Center, Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, Washington University in St. Louis, March 22, 2015. Photo by Susan Colangelo
Stitchers after audio recording session with artist Mariam Ghani for The City & The City, Lewis Center, Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, Washington University in St. Louis, March 22, 2015. Photo by Susan Colangelo

Civic Engagement – Community Service – Activism


Saint Louis Story Stitchers artists will be participating in the Symposium for Civic Engagement at Washington University’s Gephardt Institute for Public Service beginning 3:30, Monday, March 30th. All participants prepared a 3 slide powerpoint or video short. Our video features one of the Stitchers Teen Council members singing a song that she wrote and performed in The Weight of Words Benefit Concert. At 4:30 participants will be engaging the public near laptops that feature each organization’s video or images. We are interested to see what else is presented. Drop in and see us!

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