Careers & Opportunities

Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective received $25,000 in grant funding from the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, a program of the Obama Foundation. The funding is part of the MBK Alliance’s Freedom Summer 2022 Fund. The Center Cabinet, formed by Story Stitchers to bring youth voices into planning for The Center, will engage a group of 12 young men ages 16-24 to hold planning meetings with meals, plan, select, and purchase furnishings for interior spaces in The Center and related youth programs around media arts, healing, and music.

“We are excited to announce that Saint Louis Story Stitchers is the recipient of an @MBKAlliance Freedom Summer 2022 Fund grant! Saint Louis Story Stitchers’ programs currently engage youth and adults who are 50% male and 99% people of color, 98% Black,” said Susan Colangelo, founding president and executive director of Saint Louis Story Stitchers. “Through our unique program and the opening of The Center focused on excellence in music and 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 while nourishing the leaders of tomorrow. Through our work towards The Center, we accepted @MBKAlliance’s charge for community organizations to reinforce and support youth leadership in The Center Cabinet, to create safe spaces for boys and young men of color this fall. We will use our grant to continue our work by supporting boys and young men to engage in planning interior spaces and purchasing furnishings and technology to support planned activities.”

Link to The Center Cabinet Youth Application: https://storystitchers.dm.networkforgood.com/forms/the-center-cabinet

“The efforts of community organizations are often stifled due to limited financial resources. In line with its mission, the MBK Alliance is committed to ensuring community-based organizations have tools and resources to create safe spaces for boys and young men of color to play, convene, and learn. “I am so proud to support organizations committed to the safety and protection of our boys and young men of color,” said Dr. Adren Wilson, MBK Alliance Executive Director. “The Freedom Summer 2022 Fund will empower grant recipients to pour resources, opportunity, hope, and love into our young boys during a time when they need it most. The MBK Alliance will continue its longstanding commitment to working with community-based organizations to create a brighter, more promising future–not just for our boys and young men of color–but for our country.”

My Brother’s Keeper

Freedom Summer

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN

Deadline Sept 15

Story Stitchers will select a group of 12 young men of color ages 16-24 for this internship.

Interns will meet Friday nights to continue the work of The Center Cabinet and to discuss and plan The Center including activities, design, furnishings and technology. Interns will also take a 2-night trip to Shaw Nature Reserve.

Each youth may earn up to $600.

Fridays

6:00-9:00

Stitchers Storefront Studio

616 N Skinker Blvd, 63130

Sept 16, 23, 30

October 14, 21

November 4, 11

Peace in the Prairie Camping Trip to Shaw Nature Reserve’s Dana Brown Education Center

Friday, October 7th at 5:00 PM to

Sunday, October 9th at 10:00 AM

Link to The Center Cabinet Youth Application: https://storystitchers.dm.networkforgood.com/forms/the-center-cabinet

 

Pick the City UP Tour presents Saint Louis Story Stitchers unique brand of urban storytelling, featuring live original STL hip hop, spoken word and story magic on public health issues St. Louis cares about including gun violence. Pay tribute, join the fun, and make a difference. Bringing positive change to the Lou.

The program broadens and deepens participation in and access to the arts by targeting teens and young adults living in St. Louis City neighborhoods that are 70% or more black, underserved, and underrepresented.
Pick the City UP brings the arts to the forefront through a unique form of “urban storytelling,” collecting and reframing stories through the arts. A series of public performances and open air events held in summer and fall, 2022, will engage diverse groups of young residents within St. Louis City.
Lively public performances are family-friendly and promote understanding and civic pride. Local Black artists including top krump style dancers will create and perform alongside black youth, ages 16-24 years old, in a series of high quality musical performances and dance battles, in the Pick the City UP Tour, now in its 6th year. This year, Story Stitchers will incorporate guest artists into a “Spotlight Series,” curated on merit by Story Stitchers artists, to broaden awareness of the excellence of the Black and BIPOC arts movement in our region.

All events are free and family-friendly.

Story Stitchers will contract with youth to perform and to help out at events.

Pick the City UP is sponsored in part with funds from the Regional Arts Commission, St. Louis Violence Prevention Commission, City of St. Louis Youth at Risk Crime Prevention grant of 2022, The Lewis Prize for Music, Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund, Lush Corporation’s The Charity Pot,  and the Equity Impact Award from Creative Reaction Lab and the Bezos Foundation.

Additional support is provided by Kranzberg Arts Foundation and Grand Center Inc.

Saint Louis Story Stitchers does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, religion, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran or national guard status, handicap status, or any other factor prohibited by law in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its programs and/or activities.

 

Contracted Work: Artists 

Story Stitchers will contract with skilled videographers, urban dancers, musicians, spoken work, and rap artists on at least three projects in 2022. 

Selections made based on 1) levels of interest in the project; 2) histories of successful project completion; 3) availability 4) creative/technical skills, and 5) clean social media platform with no guns, drugs, gangs, hate or discriminatory language.

Work for Hire contracts are provided. Fees vary.

Artists must have reliable transportation and be able to communicate and respond in a timely way via email. Projects must be completed professionally and on time. Videographers and photographers must have own equipment.

Vaccination is not required for this project but Covid policies, including showing a vaccination card or a negative test within 72 hours and masks are required for indoor spaces.

To Apply: Reach out to Susan Colangelo, Executive Director at susanc@storystitchers.org

 

Contracted Work: In-Schools

Audio/Video Tech or DJ (1)

Urban Dancers (2)

Pick the City UP

Story Stitchers seeks an audio/video technician and urban dancers to work with a team of performers inside spaces where Covid 19 vaccination is required such as local high schools. Run a simple portable PA for short sets. Possible DJ work for larger programs.

Must have reliable transportation and be able to communicate and respond in a timely way via email. Work must be completed professionally and on time. Tardiness will be considered end of opportunity.

Work Schedule:

One Wednesday evening rehearsal in December required.

Mostly weekdays during school hours. Schedule is pending. 

$100 per gig.

Requirements: Must be 18 years old or older. Must have a high school diploma or GED. 

Selections made based on 1) histories of successful project completion; 2) availability 3) creative/technical skills, and 4) clean social media platform with no guns, drugs, gangs, hate or discriminatory language.

Story Stitchers shirts, hoodies required and provided.

Covid vaccination is required for this project

To Apply: Reach out to Susan Colangelo, Executive Director at susanc@storystitchers.org

StitchCast Studio

Learn to be a podcaster! Youth 16-24 years old living in the St. Louis region can earn $100!! 

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SUMMER EMPLOYMENT

Saint Louis Story Stitchers is a proud partner organization of STL Youth Jobs.

http://stlyouthjobs.org/apply/

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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 is committed to ADA compliance. The Collective welcomes people with disabilities and subscribes to the goal of providing access to programs, services and facilities. The Collective’s goal is to integrate this philosophy into all activities: policies, guidelines, plans, budgets, funding proposals, meetings and outreach.

 

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