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Saint Louis Story Stitchers

Artists Collective

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
616 N Skinker.
St. Louis, MO 63130
storystitchers@gmail.com
314-899-9001

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

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.



PRESS RELEASE – 2021 AWARDEES

Saint Lous Story Stitchers 1:12:2021 Lewis Prize For Music Accelerator Award Press Release

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

Read the article by Andrea Smith HERE…

Susan Colangelo, President and Executive Director of Saint Louis Story Stitchers, stopped by to speak with Nancy about the work they do.

Founded in 2013, Saint Louis Story Stitchers, is an artist collective where professional artists work alongside disadvantaged youth (ages 16 to 24) to make art about St. Louis.

Go to KDHX…

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FRIDAY, APRIL 2

▪ The Divided City Podcast: Disorientation and Dislocation of Black Families — 10 a.m. Stream online. StitchCast Studio is a youth-led podcast series launched by Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective in 2019. Episodes are recorded and published on topics determined by youth of color from St. Louis: gun violence, racial divisions in St. Louis, public health and safety issues, compounding issues, and more. StitchCast Studio Special Edition: The Divided City will produce and publish four 1-hour unique podcast episodes featuring African American youth, ages 16 to 24 years old, that live in neighborhoods with high crime and poverty rates in St. Louis. storystitchers.org/stitchcast-studio-special-edition-the-divided-city

Go to The Belleville News-Democrat…

Read West NewsAnnouncement…

Listen to Jeremy Goodwin’s story HERE


View the story at Minute 5:13

Link to share the HEC video by Kerry Marks

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

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Bruno David Gallery Press Release

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Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective at Bruno David Now Open

Read the announcement in the St. Louis Post Dispatch

 

Read the article by Kathy Deters in St. Louis Sprout & About

Read the article in the St. Louis Post Dispatch 

Read the story in Broadway World St. Louis here

 

Read the article on RiverBender.com here

RiverBend.com 1 27 2021

 

Read The Community Word article by Paul Krainak here

by Andie Murphy

https://keeparthappening.org/blog/region/saint-louis-story-stitchers-receives-lewis-prize-music-award-500000-funding


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.

PRESS RELEASE – SAINT LOUIS STORY STITCHERS THE LEWIS PRIZE FINALIST

 

Story Stitchers Artists Collective use podcast to find solutions

‘This is a show about gun violence’

  •  Updated 

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.

Read more by Rebecca Rivas…

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.

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Saint Louis Story Stitchers is featured on the LUSH website. Thank you for helping us amplify Black voices!

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60 children have been shot in the City of St. Louis since the start of 2020

Stitchers Youth Council leader Michaela talks with reporter via facetime about gun violence,Still from KSDK Story

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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.

Saint Louis Story Stitchers Press Release_The Lewis Prize COVID Response Fund Announcement

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SOS Awards 2020 Grants Press Release.5.20.20

St. Louis Magazine

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Artist Collective Stitching Stories, Empowering Youth

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St. Louis Story Stitchers uplifts St. Louis with spoken word, music and art
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CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH IN THE DELMAR LOOP

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.

Saint Louis On The Air

St. Louis Story Stitchers Advance Civic Pride Through Performance Art

  AUG 2, 2019

 

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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.

The book is available on Amazon

or directly from Story Stitchers at the Storefront Studio for $15.

Parkhurst Brothers Publishers, 2019

Read the Stitchers blog announcement

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St. Louis Post Dispatch

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STL TV live interview for Juneteenth Celebration on the Delmar Loop East
Saturday, June 15, 2019

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=af0G7Ay1lxA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYaMEmZouxQ

STL Nonprofit News: Six of One with Story Stichers’ Merlin Bell and Susan Colangelo

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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.

 

ALIVE

January 30, 2019

Lauren Smith

Five Storytelling Open Mics in St. Louis

FIVE STORYTELLING OPEN MICS IN ST. LOUIS

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Kranzberg Arts Foundation

SOUL of the CITY

ISSUE #1

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RADIO 99.5 FM

Stitchers at 99.5 FM

ANGAD ARTS HOTEL

Storyteller Issue #1
Pages 22-29
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Click on their pics to hear their voices. Emeara, AnnaLise, Anthony, Cali, Tylea, Chris are near the Black Lives Matter sign.

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Saint Louis Story Stitchers Press Release 6.1.2018

HEC Story Stitchers – Stitching Together a More Cohesive Community

2019 Mid-America Emmy Award Winner by producer Julie Winkle!

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KSDK’s 5 On Your Side by Brittney Verner 

March 31, 2018.  North city youth aims to end gun violence through creative art

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Tim Ezell and Virginia Kerr’s The Thread! Fox 2

March 17, 2018 episode.

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St. Louis Public Radio by Nancy Fowler 

Young St. Louisans affected by gun violence present their art at The Sheldon

6640f7_f2dc144f0c614807b25ea2cbbcf01562_mv292.9FM Communities Forward Host: Terrell Carter interview in two 30 minutes podcasts:

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Transforming the Trauma of Poverty

Marketing Gun Violence Prevention

Not Another One! A Discussion on Gun Violence

Not Another One! An Urgent Call to Action on Gun Violence

Art, Guns, & Rebooting the Conversation

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