Careers & Opportunities

The WHY of MY City

$300 Internships!

Applications Open until January 14, 2023.

Saint Louis Story Stitchers seeks youth and young adults to collaborate with Story Stitchers artists for The Divided City project.

Artists are producing a series of podcasts for StitchCast Studio on The WHY of MY City. The focus is on Black history and local historic sites important to Black history.

In June 2023, during the week of Juneteenth celebrations, Story Stitchers will present a public performance entitled The WHY of MY City.

The WHY of MY City is words and revelations from the past and from elders; it is dialect; it is rhythm and music; it celebrates contemporary underrepresented youth and supports them in becoming the storytellers of tomorrow; It supports diversity, equity and inclusion; it is St. Louis; it is Missouri, past and present; it is recording, thinking, sharing, discussing, learning, digesting and then, finally, creating something new to preserve the past and protect our shared future.

Black Historic Sites Research and Podcasting Internship:

Project Leaders: Emeara Burns, Rachel Jackson, Branden Lewis

Saint Louis Story Stitchers seeks youth 18-24 years olds and living in St. Louis for an internship to collaborate with Story Stitchers artists and storytellers to conduct research and produce recorded podcast interviews for The WHY of MY City.

Young adults who are 18-24 Years old living in St. Louis’ under-invested neighborhoods.

$300 each

3 podcasts

No experience needed.

Portions of this internship takes part during school hours. You must have a GED or high school diploma to apply.

Apply HERE

Acknowledgements:

The Divided City is an urban humanities initiative, a joint project of the Center for the Humanities and the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, College of Architecture and Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design at Washington University in St. Louis. The Divided City is funded by the Mellon Foundation.

Saint Louis Story Stitchers is a resident organization of Kranzberg Arts Foundation. The WHY of MY City will be presented at the .ZACK in June 2023.

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.

Story Stitchers will contract with youth to perform and to help out at events.

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 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.

 

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

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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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