NOT ANOTHER ONE!

“If you’re searching for a way to ignite productive and meaningful discussion and dialogue about gun violence, race, and social justice among teens, this is a treasure trove!”

— Sherry Norfolk, Kennedy Center National Teaching Artist, Author

Not Another One! A Play For Peace

NOT ANOTHER ONE! is a multi-year signature project addressing gun violence through music, documentary videos, books, and scripts collected and edited from 2015 to 2021 by over 100 artists. Music, curriculum, and coordinating items are available at http://www.storystitchers.org. 

Purchase the book, album, and curriculum packet for everything you need to stage the play or school assembly, hold meaningful youth-led discussions, training sessions, and more.

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NOT ANOTHER ONE! A Play For Peace Album!!

Every track you need to put the play on at your school, college, or community center!

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Not Another One! A Play for Peace

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NOT ANOTHER ONE! A Play For Peace

Author Event and Performance

Not Another One! A Play For Peace Author Event and Performance is scheduled to take place on Saturday, August 13, 2022 from 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM at Central Library, St. Louis Public Library in downtown St. Louis. The event is free and open to the public.
After a 30 minute performance by Saint Louis Story Stitchers of work relevant to the book, youth leaders will engage in a podcast discussion about the impact of gun violence and gun violence prevention. Members of the audience will be invited to submit questions.
Youth leaders will welcome guest discussant Wilford Pinkney Jr., the Director of the Office of Violence Prevention for City of St. Louis. The Office of Violence Prevention (OVP), a division of the Department of Public Safety, provides strategic direction and oversight for the City of St. Louis’ efforts to create safe and healthy neighborhoods free of violence. The office works in partnership with government, non-profit, neighborhood, and faith organizations to take a Public Health approach to addressing violence.  The OVP will use a data driven approach to identify the factors that place people at a greater risk for experiencing or perpetrating violence in order to support and provide programming that reduces violence and strengthens the community.

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Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective is a nationally recognized artists collective known for high quality art and innovative youth violence prevention programs.

Saint Louis Story Stitchers’ current focus is aimed at addressing pressing public health and safety issues including gun violence through art, music, and storytelling.

“Far too often we ignore the voices of the young people and families who are most directly affected by gun violence every day. Even when our efforts to improve the health, safety, and well-being of communities are well-intentioned, our conversations about solutions often take place in spaces that are too removed from the lived experiences of neighborhood residents. This conversation with the teens involved in Story Stitchers was a refreshing departure from that norm.”

                  — Jason Q. Purnell, PhD, MPH, Foreword to Not Another One! A Discussion

NOT ANOTHER ONE! A PLAY FOR PEACE is a collection of stories generated to address gun violence and negative police-youth interactions by BIPOC artists and 16-24 year old youth in Saint Louis, Missouri.

Saint Louis Story Stitchers artists hope that schools, community centers, juvenile detention centers, police training centers, the fields of social work and African American studies, social studies high school and university faculty and students, and change-makers will utilize the body of work in Not Another One! to generate thought and discussion in your own communities. This leads to better understanding of the themes in the project including violence, racial bias, police-youth interaction, and how youth can use the arts and nonviolent collective action to organize and work towards change.

The book contains the full transcript of the youth-led discussion that took place during protests that erupted after the August 9, 2014, killing by police officer Darren Wilson of unarmed Black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. Youth leading the discussion created an honest and frank conversation with the police, emergency room physicians, social workers and government officials about their concerns, rights, and police – youth interaction. A guide for youth who want to create their own youth-led discussion is included in the book.

The book also contains both the full-length script and the school assembly script, both of which are based on the Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective’s 2015 youth-led discussion with civic leaders and police on gun violence and police/teen interaction entitled, NOT ANOTHER ONE! A Discussion. The book provides content for educators or arts organizations who wish to stage the play at their own facility.

NOT ANOTHER ONE! is a multi-year signature project addressing gun violence through original music, youth-led discussions with adult leaders and police, related documentary videos, music, a book, and two scripts. Content has been collected and edited from 2015 to 2021 by over 100 artists and youth. Music, curriculum, and coordinating items needed to stage the play are also available at storystitchers.org.

Not Another One! is a multifaceted program on gun violence prevention.

Not Another One! A Play for Peace is a paperback book that includes a youth-led discussion with police and teens, and both full length and school assembly length scripts, an album with studio and show tracks, and curriculum, available July 4, 2022 on amazon and major music platforms that provides all the resources needed for a school to stage the play.

Youth perform work that is part of the play.

Not Another One! A Discussion on Gun Violence – Transcribed youth-led discussion about gun violence and police brutality recorded during the Ferguson protests. Book with Foreword by Jason Q. Purnell, Ph.D., MPH, $39.95 on Amazon

Not Another One! A Play for Peace – Original script produced and staged for high schools by Saint Louis Story Stitchers. Digital copies of the script and curriculum packet available ($100 first copy, script may be reproduced for your classroom.) Performance Video (52:09 minutes) Based on this discussion video.  School Assembly Teaser.  Student Teaser.

Not Another One! Saint Louis Story Stitchers 2017 Curriculum Packet