Join Saint Louis Story Stitchers in supporting real change. Let’s support good in the world and make a difference. Youth gun violence is a terrible problem that takes innocent lives. Youth who are living in economically challenged neighborhoods are at the highest risk to be effected by gun violence. But this CAN change!

Story Stitchers work shows African American youth in positive roles as active, leading members of their generation and of the community at large. Youth engaged in the program experience social and emotional support and personal growth, become active and engaged citizens, learn to cooperate and collaborate, have strong mentors and build lasting friendships, and are less likely to become involved in criminal activity and youth violence.

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2018 Bowl A Thon at Tropicana Bowl

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Donate an item for programs:

Guitars, guitar stands, hand drums, gently used laptop computers


Stitchers Youth Council with Katherine Bernhardt create the MLK Mural

Here’s what your gift can accomplish:

$15 Roundtrip bus passes to Story Stitchers

$25 Sponsor the cost of start-up for 1 participant in Stitchers Youth Council Program

$50 Sponsor a youth in one performance or cultural outing

$100 Sponsor a creative workshop

$250 Provide logo T-shirts for 25 youth

$2,000 Sponsor a school or community performance

Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective

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!

2021 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. – Nichole Dawsey – Ben Kessler – Hedy Lee, Ph.D. – Amanda Shields – 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 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 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.