Saint Louis Story Stitchers
Mission: To document Saint Louis through art and word to promote understanding, civic pride, intergenerational relationships and literacy.
Goal: Collective artists work alongside twenty 16-24 year old African American youth living in urban economically disadvantaged areas to collect stories, reframe and retell them using the arts and storytelling to promote a better educated, more peaceful and caring society.
Saint Louis Story Stitchers current focus is aimed at addressing pressing public health issues including gun violence through contemporary storytelling. 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.
We erase real and perceived divisions through cultural exploration and arts practice — by stitching together our city.
Saint Louis Story Stitchers run a Storefront Studio in the historic Loop District at 616 N Skinker Blvd. and are a Resident Organization at Kranzberg Arts Foundation in the Grand Center Arts District with an auxiliary space in Hanson House 3617 Grandel Sq. The Collective performs and presents to the public in parks, community centers, schools and cultural institutions throughout the region.
Sustainability: Story Stitchers will become self-sustaining through earned income from performances and revenue from a library of original publications. Story Stitchers was awarded a $500,000 Accelerator grant from The Lewis Prize For Music in 2021 to help strengthen the organization and move us towards developing a youth center for arts and technology that will serve larger numbers of youth as a systems change agent.
Impact: The work captures a very important piece of African American history and archives it through printed word, performances, art and recordings while training the next generation to become actively engaged citizens. Programs bring positive messages on education, conflict resolution, and public health issues faced by American teenage youth and have the potential to be a force multiplier, rippling into families, schools and neighborhoods offering solutions to common urban problems. Story Stitchers is nearing a tipping point towards systems change for teens and young adults to have a safe center to learn skills, meet, create, and move safely into productive adulthood.
Through its unique program focused on excellence in the arts, youth leadership, and outreach through community service, Story Stitchers is building a program that also effectively represents evidence-based practices in youth violence prevention.
Story Stitchers activities build and strengthen youth leadership, peer-to-peer education, adult-youth mentoring, youth resiliency and pro-social behaviors such as civic responsibility.
For more information please visit our IMPACT page.
“The Story Stitchers are a fantastically talented collective of artists and youth in St. Louis working to document the communities they live in.” — Lisa Overholser, Director, St. Louis Storytelling Festival
“Saint Louis Story Stitchers gather African American teenagers to talk about what’s really happening in their lives and turns that into art.” — Cynthia Prost, Executive Director, Arts and Education Council
“The Stitchers are sending a powerful and raw message to our city that needs our unconditional support.” — Poli Rijos-Saitta, MSW, LCSW, Institute for Public Health, Washington University in St. Louis
To learn more about planned activities please visit UPCOMING
Saint Louis Story Stitchers is a 501(c)(3) public charity.
Board of Directors
Susan Colangelo, President and Executive Director – firstname.lastname@example.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.
ST. LOUIS-BASED ORGANIZATION SAINT LOUIS STORY STITCHERS ARTISTS COLLECTIVE RECEIVES $500,000 ACCELERATOR AWARD FROM THE LEWIS PRIZE FOR MUSIC
New funding for Saint Louis Story Stitchers will support holistic music education programs
View the story at Minute 5:13
WADE in the Media Room
Bruno David Gallery
7513 Forsyth Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63105
January 30, 2:00-8:00 PM
Exhibition open through March 13, 2021
by Andie Murphy
The Lewis Prize for Music has announced Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective as a finalist for the $500,000 Accelerator Award for youth music programs. Awardees will be announced on January 12, 2021.
‘This is a show about gun violence’
Youth voices are often left out of important conversations about public safety and the public health crisis. But the Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective — a mix of professional artists and minority youth — having been busy creating podcasts this year to encourage social change with a focus on gun violence prevention.
LUSH Corporation’s The Charity Pot
will feature Saint Louis Story Stitchers on the Charity Pot lids for a second printing. The lids will show in in stores and online July – September, 2020. Check it out!
With every purchase of Charity Pot, they donate 100% of the price (minus the taxes) to small grassroots organizations, including Saint Louis Story Stitchers, working in the areas of human rights, animal protection and environmental justice, and more.
Saint Louis Story Stitchers is featured on the LUSH website. Thank you for helping us amplify Black voices!
Nora Ali sits down with Dalouge Smith, CEO of the Lewis Prize for Music to discuss the philanthropic move to help 32 music youth organizations from around the country amid the pandemic.
Students in Sarah Gaby's sociology class interview members of the Stitchers Youth Council and program director Emeara Burns about the social justice art of the Saint Louis Story Stitchers and gun violence in our communities. #WashU https://t.co/RIBSSMC4SW pic.twitter.com/VcfR8zHBoB— WUSTL Arts&Sciences (@WUSTLArtSci) June 13, 2020
From St. Louis Walk of Fame Inductees to business owners, artists and performers, there’s a lot to celebrate in the Delmar Loop during Black History Month.
St. Louis Story Stitchers Advance Civic Pride Through Performance Art
Saint Louis Story Stitchers is pleased to announce a chapter about the organization’s humble beginnings written by Susan Colangelo in the new book entitled Speak Peace: Words of Wisdom, Work, and Wonder by Ms. Lynette Ford and Sherry Norfolk.
The authors and contributors—educators, storytellers, and peacemakers—discuss what each of us can do to promote a more peaceful community, country, and world.
or directly from Story Stitchers at the Storefront Studio for $15.
Parkhurst Brothers Publishers, 2019
RAF-STL / Radio Arts Foundation ~ Saint Louis
107.3 FM / 96.3 – HD2
Tuesday, March 5th, 2019
Kathy Lawton Brown hears stories about Peace in the Prairie with Story Stitchers Artist in Residence Troy Anthony and Merlin Bell, Story Stitchers Director.
January 30, 2019
FIVE STORYTELLING OPEN MICS IN ST. LOUIS
Kranzberg Arts Foundation
SOUL of the CITY
RADIO 99.5 FM
Click on their pics to hear their voices. Emeara, AnnaLise, Anthony, Cali, Tylea, Chris are near the Black Lives Matter sign.
2019 Mid-America Emmy Award Winner by producer Julie Winkle!
March 31, 2018. North city youth aims to end gun violence through creative art
March 17, 2018 episode.
Young St. Louisans affected by gun violence present their art at The Sheldon
92.9FM Communities Forward Host: Terrell Carter interview in two 30 minutes podcasts:
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