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 storystitchers@gmail.com to learn more!


Check Story Stitchers BIG Summer Line UP!!

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




Apply to Compete!

Dance Battle Judges Richie, Slim and Lucas!

Story Stitchers are having an active and productive summer creating podcasts in Zoom and live events in Strauss Park! Take a listen to our recent StitchCast Studio episodes below or visit us at a live event!

Coming UP Live:

StitchCast Studio LIVE, Strauss Park, 6:00 PM

  • Friday, September 24

6:00p – StitchCast Studio LIVE! Podcast on Mental Health +

Pick the City UP Talent Showcase  – Strauss Park – $200 1st Place!

Audience Favorite!

All talents, family-friendly content only.

Must be 16-24 year old to enter.

Bring a photo ID with date of birth.

If you are under 18, bring ID with date of birth and a parent to register.

StitchCast Studio LIVE! is moving inside 3524 Washington starting October 15th! Stay tuned!

Dance Battle!, Strauss Park, 6:00 PM

  • September 11

with Your favorite Top #STL Judges Richie, Lucas and Slim back for another round!

Strauss Park – $400 1st Place, $150 2nd Place, $50 3rd Place


Opening Studios and Stage with NEW Covid Policies!

Saint Louis Story Stitchers, citing rising Covid-19 cases in the region, announced September 1, 2021, that it plans to require proof of vaccination or proof of a negative Covid-19 test within the past 72 hours for access to its indoor studio and stage spaces for people over age 12 who wish to enter.

Podcasting continue in Zoom and on Stage! Plus more workshops and events coming your way!


Saturday, September 11

Strauss Park

3534 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103

$400 1st Place, $150 2nd Place, $50 3rd Place!

Meet VandaL of ArchMvddness! 

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

 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.



Look up where to get vaccinated HERE

Need more Facts? Take a listen to StitchCast Studio as Story Stitchers youth leaders do some digging to uncover the truth about the Covid vaccine…

Covid Vaccine Fears and Facts II

Part I: Story Stitchers friend Dr. LJ Punch, a certified trauma surgeon and founder of The T and Prepare STL, does a live Q&A on the Covid Vaccine with youth leaders on stage at a Story Stitchers Dance Battle. Recorded live at Story Stitchers Dance Battle in Strauss Park on July 13, 2021.

Part II: As the Delta Variant stand of Covid 19 sweeps across Missouri, youth leaders meet to discuss their fears of the vaccine. Recorded live July 16, 2021 in Strauss Park. 

Covid Vaccine Fears and Facts III

As the Delta Variant strand of Covid 19 sweeps into the St. Louis region and the City puts a new mask order in place, youth leaders meet to discuss fears of the vaccine and the facts with Dr. Frederick Echols, Acting Director of the Department of Health for the City of St. Louis. Recorded live July 30, 2021 in 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
  • All past winners CAN compete in Aug 10 $1,000 1st Place Battle
  • Canceled or postponed if raining. Watch this page or sign up for E-news for the latest!
  • Apply to Compete!






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.



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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