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Kimberly Jade Norwood participated in Perception Isn't Always Reality with a discussion with Teen Council members based on her book, Color Matters. Fen 7, 2015 at Kranzberg Arts Center
Kimberly Jade Norwood participated in Perception Isn’t Always Reality with a discussion with Teen Council members based on her book, Color Matters. Kranzberg Arts Center

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“The Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective are particularly interested in working with at risk teens. In St. Louis, at risk teens are primarily young poor black children. These children already live in one of the most segregated cities in America. That segregated reality also includes the following: they are more likely to live in poverty, be uneducated or inadequately educated, have shorter life expectancies, suffer from sexually transmitted diseases at much higher rates than white youth, least likely to be prepared for, to attend and to graduate from college. They are more likely, particularly the black males, to be unemployed and pipelined into the criminal justice system. The reasons for these social ills are manifold.

The Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective wants to help. They are offering to help by doing what they know best: sharing their passion for art, cultural exploration and knowledge with these youth. They wish to provide a safe space for these youth to come and gather. They want to share a craft with them. They want to help the youth tell their stories through their words and through art. They want to expose the youth to books, to opportunities, to friendships, to various technologies, to comfortable spaces to exhale. They want to help them stay safe, give them hope and help them find themselves. Of course, the work of the Saint Louis Story Stitchers will not solve all of the ills that these children face. But, as you surely know, there is no single magic bullet. Resolve comes by each of us chipping in by sharing our time and expertise with the people who need us the most. This is what the Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective is trying to do. I hope you will support their endeavor.”

Kimberly Norwood
Professor of Law
Professor of African & African American Studies
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Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective thank the following for their support:

The Founding Collective members –

Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Saint Louis Story Stitchers are honored to be Artists in Residence at Kranzberg Arts Foundation, where artists discuss, rehearse and perform in its state-of-the-art spaces at the Kranzberg Arts Center at 501 N Grand Blvd. and at the new .ZACK at 3224 Locust.

Story Stitchers programs are supported in part by the Regional Arts Commission

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Mario Miles-Turnage at The Weight of Words Concert, Perception Isn't Always Reality 02/28/15
Mario Miles-Turnage at The Weight of Words Concert

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“The St. Louis Story Stitchers organization does exactly what their name implies — mend, fix, make better! This is demonstrated in both their public performances and private gatherings. I am always amazed with their artistic approach in shedding light on, recommending a solution for and taking action steps to bring about a change for the betterment of St. Louis. I have observed firsthand how this unique technique transforms the program members into future leaders of tomorrow. They learn how to be their best persons who are challenged to make a difference by leaving a positive mark on society!”

Barbara A .Washington, CSEP

 

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And with generous support from
The Steward Family Foundation

John and Yvette Dubinsky Family Charitable Foundation

Freedman Family Fund 

Bruno David Gallery

The Law Clinic at Washington University

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Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

Mission L3C Center

Northside Workshop in Old North St. Louis

PXSTL — Pulitzer Arts Foundation and Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University

St. Louis Mental Health Board

Patrick Henry Downtown Academy, St. Louis Public School District

Ready Readers

Life Foundation

Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University

Des Lee Gallery

Stitchers Teens view the exhibition at Des Lee Gallery where the discussion will take place on Nov. 14th.
Stitchers Teens view the exhibition at Des Lee Gallery

Somewhere Studio

Jessica Colangelo and Charles Sharpless

Logo and Storefront Design

Nine Network’s NineLAB

Washington University in St. Louis

University of Missouri Extension Office’s St. Louis Storytelling Festival

University City Library

University of Missouri, St. Louis and KWMU

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“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, Saint Louis Storytelling Festival

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Saint Louis Art Museum

St. Louis Art Museum's Youth Arts Day
St. Louis Art Museum’s Youth Arts Day

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Third Baptist Church, Grand Center

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St. Lou Fringe Fest

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“Thank you so much for participating with your group as volunteers for the 2015 St Lou Fringe Festival. Your group proved to be invaluable to the success of the Festival! At our Fringe Family Days your group helped in the set up, production and strike of the event. They were instrumental in helping our team get the job done in a timely and professional manner. Your group also participated in the talent portion of the event with an AMAZING performance on our main stage! WOW! They were tremendous! Thank you again for your contribution and we look forward to seeing you again next year!”

Tracy Bono, Engagement Manager-Volunteer Services & Fringe Family, St. Lou Fringe

Washington University Police Department

Teens participate in a Bike Safety Workshop with Washington University Police at the Stitchers Storefront Studio, 616 N Skinker Blvd.

St. Louis County Park Rangers

University of Missouri Extension Office’s Youth Futures

Computer Village at the Prince Hall Family Support Center

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Institute for Public Health at Washington University

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“Through my work with the Gun Violence Initiative, I have had the pleasure of witnessing the Saint Louis. Story Stitchers plan, develop, and execute events. Susan and K.P. have done an amazing job mentoring the Stitchers. 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
11.15.2015--“Not another one!”, a videotaped conversation about gun violence with St. Louis teens and community leaders, was held at the Des Lee Gallery in St. Louis. The event was organized by the Institute for Public Health and St. Louis Story Stitchers. Photo by Whitney Curtis/WUSTL Photos
11.15.2015–“Not another one!”, a videotaped conversation about gun violence with St. Louis teens and community leaders, was held at the Des Lee Gallery in St. Louis. The event was organized by the Institute for Public Health and St. Louis Story Stitchers.
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“I have never seen the kind of interactions taking place in the Story Stitchers — where teens’ cultural exploration takes the form of art.
Story Stitchers is a one of a kind on the Delmar Loop, if not the entire city.
Where else could you find an arts center that addresses the kind of issues dealt with through the eyes of the youth in St. Louis?”
Jun Bae
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Student at Washington University

KUUMBATV at Washington University

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Brave New Voices

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Constant Contact Cares4Kids Program

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Regional Arts Commission

Additional Support from —

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Board of Directors

 

Susan Colangelo, MFA, President, Artist/Lecturer

Cassandria White, Vice President, Levy Catering

Maggie Wu, Staff Auditor, Stephen Lang and Associates, LLC

Dahlgren Baker, Secretary, Undergraduate at Washington University, Class of 2017

Members-At-Large

Ellen Boyne, Client Relationship Manager Technology and Leadership Center at Washington University

Donna Campbell, Ph.D, Professor, Psychology and Special Education Program Coordinator, MA Special Education Webster University

Ebony Boyce Carter, MD, MPH (from 2014) Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellow, Washington University in St. Louis, School of Medicine

Chris Hansen, Director of Operations, Kranzberg Arts Center I The Marcelle

Keisa M. Johnson, Esq. Director, Provider Network Management, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, MO

Eric F. Kayira, Esq., Managing Member/Kayira Law, LLC

Mary McGinley, Washington University Campus Store

Tim Portlock, Associate rofessor of Art, Washington University

Gail Rock, M.A., M.Div., Special Education Teacher, retired

Devora Tulcensky, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist

Past Board Members

Bradford N. Turner, Purchasing Manager, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department

Charlie E. Bean, Dropout Recruiter/Athletic Director, Carnahan High School, St. Louis Public School

Waheed Abdul Muhaimin, BA, Vice President, Artist, Entrepreneur

Aaries Wadsworth, BHS, BJC Medical Group, Patient Account Representative

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Stitchers Teen Council members at the final public presentation of BIG HUG in a Bag, a St. Louis Mental Health Board $1,000 Youth Mini-Grant, July 25, 2015.
Stitchers Teen Council members at the final public presentation of BIG HUG in a Bag, a St. Louis Mental Health Board $1,000 Youth Mini-Grant, July 25, 2015.

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Updating your electronics? We are collecting content with writing, photography and video. Electronic equipment that can capture this content is useful to us. Less than three years old and HD capable is best. IPads, iPhone 4 or newer, and digital cameras are perfect !

 

Volunteer Opportunities

At this time volunteers are most needed for:

Grant writing, grant research, business plan, marketing, publishing including writing and music, social media expert.

All volunteers are required to fill out forms #1, #2, #3 and #4 and will be interviewed prior to any interaction with youth. Volunteer positions are filled at the sole discretion of the board.

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.

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GETTING STARTED WITH THE COLLECTIVE

For Artists, independent contractors, adult volunteers and teens, we have an intake process which includes the submission of required forms, releases and waivers and may also include an interview, reference checks and/or an artistic portfolio review or performance audition with artistic directors.

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 admits youth of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school administered programs.

Requirements must be completed prior to your involvement with youth in the Collective.

REQUIRED FORM #1: Emergency Contact and Liability Release and Waiver – for ALL

REQUIRED FORM #2: Artist Participation Agreement – for ALL artists, adult volunteers, and Teen Council members

REQUIRED FORM #3: Subject Agreement – for ALL artists, adult volunteers, and Teen Council members

REQUIRED FORM #4: Youth Safety – for ALL individuals working with youth

REQUIRED FORM #5: W-9 – for independent contractors including contracted teaching artists

REQUIRED FORM #6: Teen Council Application – for youth grades 5-12 who are applying to Teen Council