The WHY of MY City is an artistic commission designed to raise awareness on gun violence prevention and rebuild civic pride for St. Louis, MO, which has neighborhoods that are reeling from gun violence. A new work by African American artists will explore why citizens do and should care about their neighborhoods, even as outsiders might see the same city blocks as uninhabitable. Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artist Collective is working collaboratively to create an approach to public health issues affecting Missouri’s African American urban youth. The Collective brings the arts to the forefront through a unique form of “urban storytelling” that includes rhythm, rap and word to attract attention, build excitement, and communicate key concepts from public safety and health professionals to the public.

Story Stitchers will be collecting stories from residents and encouraging them to share what their community means to them as part of The WHY of MY City. Please visit the Storefront Studio and share your story.


We’d like to hear from you.

Drop in to the Stitchers Storefront Studio at 616 N Skinker Blvd in the Delmar Loop.

Public Audio Recording Sessions (or by appointment):

Wed., October 2, 2018, 4:00-7:00

Sat., November 9, 2018, 10:00-2:00

The WHY of MY City is created and will premiere at the 2020 St. Louis Storytelling Festival with support from Mid-America Arts Alliance and the National Endowment for the Arts, Missouri Humanities Council, a state agency, Missouri Foundation for Health, and Kranzberg Arts Foundation.