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Saint Louis Story Stitchers Publishes "Not Another One! A Play for Peace" to address gun violence

Not Another One!



Saint Louis Story Stitchers artists publishes book and album as a tool to reduce gun violence.


“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





Author Event: Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective



Saturday, August 13, 2022




Central Library

1301 Olive St, St. Louis, MO 63103

St. Louis Public Libraries




Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective is a nationally recognized artists collective known for high

quality art and innovative youth violence prevention programs.


Free and open to the public

Recommended for ages 10 and up



Artists will present a 1 hour performance of work related to the book NOT ANOTHER ONE! A Play For Peace that includes music, a reading, and community conversation recorded and published for StitchCast Studio.


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 local artists and youth.


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

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 community or arts organizations who wish to stage the play at their own facility.

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.

Local youth may join Stitchers Youth Council to get more involved! Members earn stipends to enable and support community service efforts and receive T-shirts and Story Stitchers hoodies! Learn to podcast and earn $100 for your 1st podcast!

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Support for Story Stitchers youth arts and humanities programs was provided by The Lewis Prize for Music Accelerator Award, City of St. Louis Youth at Risk Crime Prevention grant of 2022, the Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund, Lush Corporation’s The Charity Pot, St. Louis Violence Prevention Commission, Kranzberg Arts Foundation, Regional Arts Commission, Missouri Arts Council, March for Our Lives Aid & Alliance, and The Equity Impact Award from the Bezos Family Foundation and Creative Reaction Lab, and generous individuals.




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About Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective


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 is a non-profit organization engaged in urban storytelling. The mission of Saint Louis Story Stitchers is to document St. Louis through art and word to promote understanding, civic pride, intergenerational relationships and literacy.


Collective artists work alongside 16-24-year-old urban youth to collect stories, reframe and retell them using the arts to promote a better educated, more peaceful and caring society. Saint Louis Story Stitchers are a resident organization at Kranzberg Arts Foundation where members rehearse, present and perform in the Foundation's first-class spaces. The Collective also maintains the Stitchers Storefront Studio in the historic Loop District for recording, editing and publishing. Current projects focus on public health issues including gun violence. Publications include books, music, and StitchCast Studio, a youth-led podcast, all available on major national platforms. Learn more at          

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