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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.

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All events are free and family-friendly. 

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Pick the City UP 2019 Tour
2019 Tour Activity (1)
2019 Tour Stops
Saturday, July 6
Pick the City UP
1:00-2:00 PM
Fair St. Louis!
Gateway Arch National Park

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 merlinbell@storystitchers.org or call 314-899-9001 for more information.

Sponsored by LUSH Corporation’s The Charity Pot.

Saturday, July 13
Pick the City UP
1:00 -3:00 PM
Tillie’s Corner
1345-1355 N Garrison, St. Louis, MO 63106
Tuesday, July 16
6:00-8:00 PM
Pick the City UP with Youth Open Mic’s

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!

Thomas Dunn Learning Center
3113 Gasconade, St. Louis, MO 63118
Thursday, July 25
Youth Open Mic’s
Thursday, July 25, 2019
5:00-8:00 PM
Dutchtown Neighborhood
Saint Louis Story Stitchers Youth Council and South Side Youth Council, based at Thomas Dunn Learning Center, are co-hosting a Youth Open Mic in conjunction with Story Stitchers Pick the City UP Tour and Youth at the Center programs.
Fun! Friends! Snacks provided!
All Open Mic participants may register to win by audience popular vote!
1st Place: $50 Gift Card and a Pick the City UP 2019 Tour shirt
2nd Place: Pick the City UP 2019 Tour shirt
This program is created by and for 16-24 year old youth.
Unsupervised children ages 15 or younger will not be admitted.
Proof of age may be required at the door.
Saturday, August 3
Pick the City UP West Side Street Feast

West Side Street Feast is in its 2nd year and will be bigger and better with more vendors, food, performances, and give aways!

Wellston Loop Community Development Corporation
1514 Hodiamont Ave, St. Louis, MO 63112
West End
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Saturday, August 10
Pick the City UP 
Event 11:00-3:00
Performance 1:00-2:00
Gregory J Carter Park
5800 Lillian Ave., St. Louis, MO 63120
Walnut Park
Presented in collaboration with the 20th Annual Community Day hosted by the Greater Pentecostal Church of God.
Vendors, food, performances, and give aways!
Saturday, October 26
BOO hoooo!!! Canceled due to rain 🙁
Pick the City UP Super Heroes of the West Side
Wellston Loop Community Development Corporation
1514 Hodiamont Ave, St. Louis, MO 63112
Halloween Party for the neighborhood kids!
West End
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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Creep Crawly Courthouse

Event: 4:00-7:00 PM

Pick the City UP Story Stitchers Show: 5:30 PM


Carnahan Courthouse

1114 Market Street, Room 401

St. Louis, MO 63031

Free fo all! Games, prizes, kids come in costume!!



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.


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Chris (18)

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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