Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective Collaborates to Shelter the Wellston Loop

By: Saint Louis Story Stitchers
ST. LOUIS - June 14, 2021 - PRLog -- JUNETEENTH EVENT:

12:00-3:00 Covid Vaccines
  • St. Louis County Health Department Free Covid-19 Vaccines
  • Walk up or pre-register here:
12:30 Story Stitchers Dance Battle Registration begins
  • Open to 16-24 year olds
  • Photo ID required
  • Under 18 must have a parent or guardian present
  • Registration required
1:00 Bus Shelter Dedication
  • MC's Stitchers Youth Council Co-Chairs Emeara Buns and Branden Lewis
  • Don Devivo, Wellston Loop Community Development Corporation
  • Susan Colangelo, Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective
  • Heather Navarro, Alderwoman
  • And more
1:30-3:00 Story Stitchers Dance Battle
  • Three Top St. Louis Dance Judges
  • Awards:
  • $300 Gift Card
  • $150 Gift Card
LOCATION: Wellston Loop Community Development Corporation. 1414 Hodiamont

DATE: Saturday, June 19th Rain Date: June 26th


Saint Louis Story Stitchers is partnering with the Wellston Loop Community Development Corporation on a youth-driven collaborative project that uses the creation of a bus stop shelter and fence mural to drive public engagement and honest discourse on issues including gun violence, race, trauma, gangs, food insecurity, addiction, etc. Stitchers Youth leaders create programming for one of St. Louis's challenged African American districts to foster a safe and supportive neighborhood.

In 2020, Story Stitchers and Stitchers Youth Council accepted the invitation to aid the Wellston Loop neighborhood in working with residents to create an ADA compliant bus shelter with a bench for residents, which also incorporates a rainwater collection system for nearby vegetable gardens and a hygiene cupboard for sharing free soap and cleaning products and a community bulletin board.

The Shelter Project is a community-driven project sponsored in part by Wellston Loop Community Development Corporation, Somewhere Studio, LLC, Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective, St. Louis-based artist Katherine Bernhardt, Wells Goodfellow Neighborhood Improvement Association, Metro St. Louis, Alberici Constructors, Inc., Metro St. Louis, the City of St. Louis, Ryan Goser of Goser Structural Engineering, LLC, and Cure Violence.

Somewhere Studio, LLC, whose principals Jessica Colangelo and Charles Sharpless, have supported Story Stitchers through design work in the past, came onboard to do a design for this project. Somewhere Studio, LLC has created winning related projects such as Salvage Swings which won the City of Dreams Pavilion competition, and was built in 2019 on Roosevelt Island, New York and  Shelter Shift, a series of three colorful bus shelters commissioned by the Athens Cultural Affairs and built in 2019 for the City of Athens Georgia, and Little Pantry, a project for Fayetteville, Arkansas, where the designers currently live.

Artist Katherine Bernhardt worked with Story Stitchers youth artists to create the lively and colorful 90'x8' fence mural that sits behind the new bus shelter.

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