Careers & Opportunities

Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective gathers youth ages 16-24 years old to talk about current issues and turn that into art aimed at creating social change. The Artists Collective’s current focus is bullying, bias, and gun violence. Story Stitchers promote peace and understanding through a unique brand of urban storytelling, art, and hip-hop.

Story Stitchers work on the root causes of youth gun violence including the trauma of poverty and the lack of adult guidance and mentorship by providing ongoing vocational training, safe spaces to gather, relevant cultural experiences, meaningful methods of self-expression, and character education through weekly meetings, in-school assembly programs, community building, and performances.

The work of the Collective is authentic and powerful. It documents black history through written word and art including poetry, photography and video recordings while training the next generation to become active, engaged citizens. Programs become a force multiplier, rippling into families, schools and neighborhoods and offering solutions to pervasive urban problems.

Dance Battles are coming!

#1 Sat, July 16! Strauss Park
#2 Sat, Aug 20 Strauss park
#3 Sat, Sept 17 Old North STL

We are contracting with artists for roles for organizing and staffing the July 16 battle.

Interested? Attend rehearsal Tuesday, June 21, 6:00 at 3524 Washington Ave. 63103

OR apply to susanc@storystitchers.org with the role you are interested in and your qualifications and experience.

Roles include:

  • social media influencer: $750
  • event manager: $500
  • 3 dance battle judge: $200 each
  • DJ (well known): $250
  • spotlight artist: $250
  • Youth Council photographer: $100
  • 2 social media: $100 each
  • event planning: $100

Saint Louis Story Stitchers does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, religion, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran or national guard status, handicap status, or any other factor prohibited by law in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its programs and/or activities.

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.

The program broadens and deepens participation in and access to the arts by targeting
teens and young adults living in St. Louis City neighborhoods that are 70% or more black,
underserved, and underrepresented.
Pick the City UP brings the arts to the forefront through a unique form of “urban storytelling,”
collecting and reframing stories through the arts. A series of public performances and open air
events held in summer and fall, 2022, will engage diverse groups of young residents within St. Louis City.
Lively public performances are family-friendly and promote understanding and civic pride. Local Black artists including top krump style dancers will create and perform alongside black youth, ages 16-24 years old, in a series of high quality musical performances and dance battles, in the Pick the City UP Tour, now in its 6th year. This year, Story Stitchers will incorporate guest artists into a “Spotlight Series,” curated on merit by Story Stitchers artists, to broaden awareness of the excellence of the Black and BIPOC arts movement in our region.

All events are free and family-friendly.

Pick the City UP is sponsored in part with funds from the Regional Arts Commission, St. Louis Violence Prevention Commission, City of St. Louis Youth at Risk Crime Prevention grant of 2022, The Lewis Prize for Music, Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund, Lush Corporation’s The Charity Pot,  and the Equity Impact Award from Creative Reaction Lab and the Bezos Foundation.

Additional support is provided by Kranzberg Arts Foundation and Grand Center Inc.

Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective is a nationally recognized, award winning artists’ collective, known for high quality social justice art and innovative programming in creative youth development and gun violence prevention.

Through a grant from Lush Corporation’s The Charity Pot, Saint Louis Story Stitchers is offering two social media and marketing youth internships to help grow the brand. Compensation is $50 per week or up to $200 per month for June through August 2022. Additional work may follow for outstanding interns. Engagement in St. Louis with the artists and events is expected.

Internships: Social Media Marketing

Track 1: photos and written content

Track 2: videos and captions

Start date: Jun 1, 2022

Youth Program Coordinator: Branden Lewis

Teaching Artist: Avery Rogers

Teaching Artist: Britny Cordera

Internship descriptions:

  • Attend one meeting with supervisor(s) per week:
  • Review and edit posts for the upcoming week as a team
  • Interns will participate in the review by offering constructive feedback and ideas for each other’s work
  • Schedule upcoming posts
  • Answer any questions
  • Do research together based on Interns’ interests
  • Mentorship on certain subjects such as:
  • Content creation, writers voice
  • Choosing photos
  • Taking photos
  • Hashtags and keywords
  • Assign posts for next week
  • (Track 1 only) Choose & edit photos, write content for Instagram, Twitter, Facebook
  • (Track 2 only) Create & edit videos, write captions for Instagram Reels and TikTok
  • Ensure content for upcoming events is created and posted in a timely manner
  • Ensure balance between events related content and general engagement related content
  • Interns will submit all post and content creation to the supervisors through Google drive according to a provided template. Interns understand that the supervisors will post on social media on the interns’ behalf
  • Interns agree to only communicate with supervisors over Story Stitchers email accounts and at Story Stitchers related meetings or events
  • As such, interns are expected to check their email on a regular basis

Additional information:

  • Interns are encouraged, but not required, to attend events to capture their own original photos and videos to use for posts. Teaching Artists will guide and mentor interns on this as well
  • Interns are encouraged, but not required, to keep a portfolio of all their work. Supervisors will assist and support interns in the creation and upkeep of such a portfolio.
  • Teaching Artists will be available as a reference, either over the phone or through a written reference letter,  for future job or school applications.

To apply, fill out this form: https://forms.gle/1TBXDACUjzvEMBuB9

Internship: Outreach and Recruitment

Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective is a nationally recognized, award winning artists’ collective, known for high quality social justice art and innovative programming in creative youth development and gun violence prevention.

Story Stitchers is building and growing! The organization seeks a summer intern with experience in outreach who is outgoing, organized, and loves to meet and talk with people to help us spread the word about our programs and our board!

Intern will work with artists and administrative staff to conduct research related to outreach, building the nonprofits profile, and growth as well as participate in site visits, attend public events and collaborate with other interns, staff and participants about what is needed and generate concrete plans to help create sustainability.

This position reports to the executive director and works alongside Story Stitchers staff.

Start date: June 1, 2022

End date: July 31, 2022

$500 per month

Preference:

Junior, senior, masters level college student, 3.0 or higher GPA, studying business, non profit management, or marketing.

Outgoing and organized.

Apply with resume to:

susanc@storystitchers.org

Contracted Work: Artists 

Story Stitchers will contract with skilled videographers, urban dancers, musicians, spoken work, and rap artists on at least three projects in 2022. 

Selections made based on 1) levels of interest in the project; 2) histories of successful project completion; 3) availability 4) creative/technical skills, and 5) clean social media platform with no guns, drugs, gangs, hate or discriminatory language.

Work for Hire contracts are provided. Fees vary.

Artists must have reliable transportation and be able to communicate and respond in a timely way via email. Projects must be completed professionally and on time. Videographers and photographers must have own equipment.

Vaccination is not required for this project but Covid policies, including showing a vaccination card or a negative test within 72 hours and masks are required for indoor spaces.

To Apply: Reach out to Susan Colangelo, Executive Director at susanc@storystitchers.org

 

Contracted Work: In-Schools

Audio/Video Tech or DJ (1)

Urban Dancers (2)

Pick the City UP

Story Stitchers seeks an audio/video technician and urban dancers to work with a team of performers inside spaces where Covid 19 vaccination is required such as local high schools. Run a simple portable PA for short sets. Possible DJ work for larger programs.

Must have reliable transportation and be able to communicate and respond in a timely way via email. Work must be completed professionally and on time. Tardiness will be considered end of opportunity.

Work Schedule:

One Wednesday evening rehearsal in December required.

Mostly weekdays during school hours. Schedule is pending. 

$100 per gig.

Requirements: Must be 18 years old or older. Must have a high school diploma or GED. 

Selections made based on 1) histories of successful project completion; 2) availability 3) creative/technical skills, and 4) clean social media platform with no guns, drugs, gangs, hate or discriminatory language.

Story Stitchers shirts, hoodies required and provided.

Covid vaccination is required for this project

To Apply: Reach out to Susan Colangelo, Executive Director at susanc@storystitchers.org

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SUMMER EMPLOYMENT

Saint Louis Story Stitchers is a proud partner organization of STL Youth Jobs.

http://stlyouthjobs.org/apply/

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Saint Louis Story Stitchers does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran or national guard status, or any other factor prohibited by law in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its programs and/or activities.

Saint Louis Story Stitchers is committed to ADA compliance. The Collective welcomes people with disabilities and subscribes to the goal of providing access to programs, services and facilities. The Collective’s goal is to integrate this philosophy into all activities: policies, guidelines, plans, budgets, funding proposals, meetings and outreach.

 

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