Allow me to Reintroduce Myself

Urban + Aesthetics = Urbstetiks


Dope Since 2001

After 20 years of working in the community as Urban Artist Alliance for Child Development and various nicknames — UrbPoetry & UrbArts — we reemerged from the pandemic in a new form that evolved from who we were. As Urbstetiks, we are hip hop. We are the answer to the call made by the Black Arts Movement for a Black aesthetic. We are still multi-hyphenate: youth-centered, arts-based and Black-led. Yet, we are the beginnings of something more.

We run programs such as the Break Beat Scholars, St. Louis Youth Poet Laureate, VerbQuake Youth Poetry Slam, UrbArts Gallery in Old North with more programs in the works.

Our Recent Projects

Our projects revolve around themes of community, youth, movement, and more.

The Community

The Youth

The Art




Youth Served



North STL