A Catalyst for Change

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Saint Louis Story Stitchers is very proud to announce the start of a three year grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health.

The Foundation is a resource for the region, working with communities and nonprofits to generate and accelerate positive changes in health. As a catalyst for change, the Foundation improves the health of Missourians through a combination of partnership, experience, knowledge, and funding.


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KSDK News – “There have been at least 197 homicides in St. Louis so far this year. The mayor says that’s the worst we’ve seen since 1995.”

The City of St. Louis has announced a gun buy back program to help reduce the number of guns on the region’s streets.

Story Stitchers like the unity we are seeing in our community.

#dropthegun  #keepthepeace  @storystitchers  #knowledgeispower

Mayor Lyda Krewson and Public Safety Director Jimmie Edwards discuss public safety in St. Louis.

KSDK News – St. Louis launching gun buyback program

On the edge of magic

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Congratulations to Bobby Norfolk, winner of a 2017 Book Excellence Award @bookexcellence for his book, Eye to the Sky Storytelling on the Edge of Magic.

Saint Louis Story Stitchers is honored to work with Mr. Norfolk in an ongoing artistic collaboration.

In the 2017/18 grant year, Stitchers received funding to take the play, Not Another One! into high schools from the Saigh Foundation, the Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund and Wells Fargo Advisors.
Bobby Norfolk is leading that effort as director. Open auditions have been held, the cast has been selected and are now in rehearsals. Sarah Hobson, Ph.D., founder and President of Community Allies, LLC is serving as consultant and developing program evaluation. The program will be premiered to students from 4 high schools in St. Louis Public School District in 2018.


Teachers of English

Story Stitchers Youth Council with Professor David Kirkland, New York University at the National Convention for Teachers of English

Story Stitchers received an invitation to perform for the Black and Latino Caucuses at the National Convention for Teachers of English at the America’s Convention Center in downtown St. Louis on November 17, 2017. Stitchers Youth Council took the invitation seriously and created a set list and budget for the gig and off we went!

Tables were turned upside down as Stitchers Youth gave the teachers of English life lessons from their own perspectives through original, St. Louis generated spoken word poetry, hip hop music and B-Boy dance.

The teachers swarmed the youth with accolades after the show and all had a wonderful evening.

Mrs. Rodney tweeted, “ just schooled us on what it means to spit lyrics.”

NNPA ESSA tweeted, “We had a great time at the Cultural Celebration hosted by the Black and Latino Caucuses last night. Shout out to for an inspiring performance”  

And Story Stitchers send a shout out to Professor Kirkland and to the leaders of the Black and Latino Caucuses! Thank you for the experience and for helping us to spread the word!




Sixteen year old Story Stitchers Youth Council 2017/18 Co-Chairs Antonio and Mariyon performed at Central Visual and Performing Arts High School with fellow Youth Council members Antonio A., Branden and Emeara Friday as part of National Bullying Awareness Week.

They organized and presented a teaser for the upcoming Story Stitchers play, Not Another One! A Play 4 Peace and treated the excited audience of high school students to their new song, ANTI ANTI, created by the youth in the Stitchers Storefront Studio with audio engineer Howard Cox. The song fights bullying with peer to peer mentoring.

Not Another One! A Play 4 Peace is created by Story Stitchers with support from the Saigh Foundation, Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund, Wells Fargo Advisors, and the Kranzberg Arts Foundation. The school assembly version, directed by Bobby Norfolk, will premiere in St. Louis Public School District this spring. The play brings important themes about police/youth rights and responsibilities, character education, tolerance, and gun violence prevention to life through Story Stitchers unique brand of “urban storytelling.” For more information or to bring the play to your high school, visit storystitchers.org.

Happy Halloween from the Story Stitchers! Y’all HAVE FUN & STAY SAFE 2nite!




I Ain’t Bother You, Where Did I Go Wrong?


I Ain’t On That, Please Leave Me Alone.


Bully Me, Then Regret It When Im Gone.




These bully’s wanna take my chain, get in my lane, bash my name,

I ain’t even do nothin.

I just tryin’ go to school and get my A’s, get my A’s,

They wanna see me fail cause the ain’t livin’ well,

So they pickin’ on me, feelin’ like a cell,

I don’t even wanna tell cause it probably get worse,

And I really get hurt. Shabba I put em in the dirt,

Don’t lose your crown, use your smile,

Don’t lose your style just to prove somethin’

But do nothin’ you need to stay somethin’

While your veins pumpin’ and your J’z thumpin’ like

Bully stay in your lane, bully stay in your lane,

Excuse me teacher, can you handle my light weight?








Never Been a Time

SLIFF_NBaT screening info

Join Story Stitchers with founding Collective member Denise Ward Brown at the screening of her new film, Never Been a Time, November 5th at 7:30 PM at Washington University’s Brown Hall.

Denise collaborated with Story Stitchers for the open auditions for this film and many of the Stitchers appear on screen. Congratulations Denise!! We are excited to see the finished product!


Pick the City UP Tour Finale ONLine!

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Pick the City UP! Tour Finale & Glo Sho

Pick the City UP Tour presents Saint Louis Story Stitchers unique brand of urban storytelling, featuring live 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. The Tour has stopped at community centers, neighborhoods and cultural venues across St. Louis, encouraging interaction with health care resources and using the arts as a catalyst for neighborhood community building.

Story Stitchers have performed throughout the Lou this summer starting with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America on June 3rd in Tower Grove Park, on to Make Music St. Louis in the Loop District June 21st, to the City of St. Louis Juvenile Detention Center, Mathews Dickey Boys’ and Girls’ Club, to Tillie’s Corner Historical Project in JeffervanderLou, Thomas Dunn Learning Center in 63118, the beautiful Contemporary Art Museum, in August 3 hot nights of Glo Sho’s at Fringe Fest, in collaboration with the City of St. Louis Department of Health at Marquette Park and in the Walnut Park neighborhood, and tonight on to the Finale at the .ZACK in the Grand Center Arts District!

The tour has been sponsored by the Arts and Education Council Monsanto Creative Impact Fund, Kranzberg Arts Foundation, .ZACK, the Steward Family Foundation, Yvette and John Dubinsky Family Foundation, the Institute for Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis, Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement at Washington University in St. Louis, Rome West Realty LLC, STL Youth Jobs, and many more individuals like YOU! Thank you for your support!

Pick the City UP is dedicated to St. Louis’s urban youth and gun violence prevention.

Guest Producer Joel P. E. King of JPEK CreativeWorks Theatre

C u in 2018!