Pick the City UP Tour OPEN Auditions!



10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Stitchers Storefront Studio
616 N Skinker Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63130


Open Auditions for the Saint Louis Story Stitchers 2019 Pick the City UP Tour.

Seeking professional adult artists and youth ages 16-24 years old performing original, family-friendly spoken word or hip hop music on public health topics including gun violence, bullying, nutrition, implicit bias and the African American experience in line with the Story Stitchers goal to promote a better educated, more peaceful and caring region through storytelling.

Present a 2-4-minute original piece without notes.

Keyboard, guitar, or a speaker to connect to your phone available on site.

Appointments preferred.  Pre-register at storystitchers@gmail.com or call 314-899-9001.

Youth 16-17 years old must have a parent present to register.
Youth 16-24 years old will apply to Stitchers Youth Council prior to auditioning.

Youth Council is open to all youth who are interested in this work and in community service.

Performance opportunities are highly competitive.


Once upon a time there was a stitcher who liked to embroider stories from the newspaper. One day she was stitching about two sisters who were shot on their porch in University City. One sister died. Two brothers were arrested for the crime. The stitcher reflected on the power of stitching throughout history; of the Aids quilt and quilts on the Underground Railroad.  She determined to join with others to create change. In August 2013 eight artists gathered in Old North St. Louis and founded the Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective — to make change.

The Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective is professional artists and minority youth ages 16-24, working together to create social change with a focus on gun violence prevention. Stitchers collect stories, reframe and retell them through art, writing and performance to promote understanding, civic pride, intergenerational relationships and literacy. Projects create a platform for community engagement through an artistic lens and with it the Saint Louis Story Stitchers work to shift perceptions and realities and bring hope to the Saint Louis community.


Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective

616 N Skinker Blvd., Saint Louis, MO 63130

storystitchers@gmail.com – 314-899-9001