Pick the City UP

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.

All events are free and family-friendly.

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16-24 years old? Living in St. Louis region? Join Stitchers Youth Council to get involved!    Reach out to Emeara@storystitchers.org to learn more!

 

DANCE BATTLES AND StitchCast Studio LIVE! 

Check Story Stitchers BIG Summer Line UP!!

Plenty of Give Aways, Cash prizes, Vaccines, and Fun Times!

#STOPTHESPREAD

#KEEPTHEPEACE

SUMMER LINE UP!

Apply to Compete!

 

Saturday, June 19

Dance Battle Judges Richie, Slim and Lucas!

Tuesday, July 13

1:00p – Dance Battle – – Strauss Park – $300 1st Place, $150 2nd Place Prizes! Vaccine Q&A with Dr. Punch from The T!

Friday, July 16

6:00p – StitchCast Studio LIVE! – Youth-leaders discuss Covid Vaccine Fears – Strauss Park

Tuesday, July 20 Dance Battle – Thomas Dunn Learning Center

 

Friday, July 30 StitchCast Studio LIVE! – Youth-leaders discuss Covid Vaccine Facts with Dr. Echols, Director of the City Department of Health & the City UP Talent Showcase – Strauss Park – $200 1st Place! 

Saturday, August 7

10:00a – 2:00p – Bicentennial Art Fest and Ice Cream Social – 11:00 Pick the City UP Talent Showcase – Strauss Park – $200 1st Place!

Tuesday, August 10

7:00p – BIG, BIGGER, BIGGEST Dance Battle – Strauss Park – $1,000  1st Place, $300 2nd Place, $150 3rd Place Prizes!

Get Officially VAXXED!! with Pfizer Vaccines from 5:00-9:00!

Friday, August 13

6:00p – StitchCast Studio LIVE! – Youth-leaders discuss current topics &  7:30p – Pick the City UP Talent Showcase – Strauss Park – $200 1st Place!

Friday, August 27

6:00p – StitchCast Studio LIVE! – Youth-leaders discuss current topics & 7:30p – Pick the City UP Talent Showcase  – Strauss Park – $200 1st Place!

Friday, September 10

6:00p – StitchCast Studio LIVE! – Youth-leaders discuss current topics &  7:30p – Pick the City UP Talent Showcase – Strauss Park – $200 1st Place!

Saturday, September 11

5:00p – Dance Battle – Strauss Park – $300 1st Place, $150 2nd Place Prizes!

Friday, September 24

5:00p – StitchCast Studio LIVE! – Youth-leaders discuss current topics – Strauss Park

  • Wanna compete?
  • Apply to Compete!
  • You must be 16-24 years old
  • Living in the St. Louis region
  • Join Stitchers Youth Council to get involved!  Members earn stipends to enable and support community service efforts and receive T-shirts and Story Stitchers hoodies! Earn $100 for your 1st podcast! Reach out to Emeara@storystitchers.org to learn more!
  • Have a photo ID with birthdate
  • Bring a parent and a photo ID with birthdate if you are under 18 years old
  • Show up 1 hour prior to start time to register
  • All acts must be family-friendly, dance or single mic acts such as spoken word, storytelling, solo song, or instrument. If guitar, please BYO amp.
  • Pick the City UP Talent Showcase are Audience Favorite so bring your friends and family to vote for you!
  • Dance Battles have 3 top STL Dance Judges! Judges decisions are Final.
  • One 1st Place win in each category maximum per person for summer season
  • Canceled or postponed if raining. Watch this page or sign up for E-news for the latest!
  • Apply to Compete!

Saturday August 7

Bicentennial Art Fest and Ice Cream Social

Story Stitchers Pick the City UP

Strauss Park

10:00, 11:00, 1:00

11:00- Pick the City UP Talent Showcase!

$200 1st place audience favorite!

FREE!

1:00-1:00 Play The Wish Box Game for FREE ice cream!

Get Officially VAXXED!! nearby at the Lane Tabernacle CME Church  (910 N. Newstead Ave.) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Look up where to get vaccinated HERE

Tuesday, August 10 

Dance Battle!

BIG Story Stitchers Dance Battle coming Up!!!

Friday, August 10th in Strauss Park!!!

$1,000 1st Place, $300 2nd Place, $150 3rd Place!!!

Meet VandaL of ArchMvddness! 

Top STL Dance Dance Judges — Richie, Llord & Slim!

#STOPTHE SPEAD

Get Officially VAXXED!!

with Pfizer from the City Department of Health

+ Get Free Cardinals Tickets!

+ Register to WIN $10,000 with MO VIP!!

Got questions about the vaccine?

Ask Dr. Echols, Acting Director for the City of St. Louis Department of Health at the event!

Strauss Park

3534 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103

 6:00 Battle Registration

7:00-9:00 pm Dance Battle!!

16-24 year olds living in St. Louis may compete.

Must show a photo ID with age and address at on site registration.

Under 18 bring a parent and show a photo ID with age and address at on site registration.

Play The Wish Box Game for FREE ice cream!

#KEEPTHEPEACE

Saint Louis Story Stitchers is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. On the web at arts dot gov.

Additional support for StitchCast Studio and Story Stitchers youth programs was provided by the Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund, The Lewis Prize for Music Accelerator Award, City of St. Louis Youth at Risk Crime Prevention grant of 2021, Lush Corporation’s The Charity Pot, St. Louis Violence Prevention Commission, ReCast and the City of St. Louis Department of Health.

Look up where to get vaccinated HERE

 

 

Saint Louis Story Stitchers is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. On the web at arts dot gov.

Additional support for StitchCast Studio and Story Stitchers youth programs was provided by the Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund, The Lewis Prize for Music Accelerator Award, City of St. Louis Youth at Risk Crime Prevention grant of 2021, Lush Corporation’s The Charity Pot, St. Louis Violence Prevention Commission and ReCast.

Very special thanks to Grand Center, Inc, and to Kranzberg Arts Foundation, where Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective is proud to be a resident organization.

 

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Cali, Stitchers Youth Council 

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.

Pick the City UP 2019 Tour was 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.

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.

In 2020, St. Louis had the worst homicide rate in 50 years.

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