Pick the City UP 2019 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.
Pick the City UP 2019 Tour is presented with support from Missouri Foundation for Health, LUSH Corporation’s The Charity Pot, Regional Arts Commission, Kranzberg Arts Foundation, Steward Family Foundation, Cardinals Care, and Incarnate Word Foundation.
All events are free and family-friendly.
11 N 4th St., St. Louis, MO 63102
Tuesday, July 9
Pick the City UP Art Activists Training
Youth @ The Center
9:00 AM -3:00 PM
Kranzberg Arts Center
501 N Grand, St. Louis, MO 63103
As part of the Pick the City UP 2019 Tour, Saint Louis Story Stitchers presents an arts activists and organizers training session for young artists 16-24 years old. The sessions will be presented with two parts by social justice artist Joel King, CEO/Owner at JPEK CREATIVE WORKS.
Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 314-899-9001 for more information.
This program includes one of the two-part Pick the City UP Youth Open Mic Series presented by Story Stitchers Youth Council and South Side Youth Council. Space is limited.
This program provides an open mic opportunity for 13-24 year olds. Rules will apply. All ages material only.
Fun! Friends! Snacks provided!
West Side Street Feast is in its 2nd year and will be bigger and better with more vendors, food, performances, and give aways!
Stitchers Youth Council members comment on Community benefit of the 2018 Tour…
Branden (Age 19)
The Pick the City UP Tour benefits each community the tour visits in two ways. The first is that is reminds the older generation that there are still (young) people making a difference; it also shows the younger community that they there are alternatives to destructive lifestyles.
Emeara (Age 20)
The community gets to have a positive outlet of entertainment. They also get to see the young adults and teens represent the community in a positive way.
The community benefits from the tour by us really just being a face for stopping gun violence. Giving our message in a positive way in the areas that need it is a major benefit to us and the community.
Cali (Age 18)
To me I think it is because for 3 or 4 hours in a day, people get a break from what’s going around in their neighborhoods. They get to hear what we have to say and just a break from the mainstream music that’s all talking ‘bout just selling drugs, guns, girls then they come hear our stuff to hear about how to help and how to better our community, how to provide more stuff, not even physical just lyrical and I think that’s a good benefit.
WHY do Story Stitcher focus on gun violence?
Because it affects our youth, our artists and our communities. Stitchers youth identify this as the #1 issue that needs to be addressed.
The project addresses the public health crisis of gun violence. In St. Louis in the past 5 years, 15,000 victims were murdered, shot or robbed at gunpoint. The St. Louis Circuit Attorney reports there were 2,092 shootings in St. Louis in 2015 and half involved youth age 25 or under.
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