Freedom Arts & Education Center is a youth empowerment organization. We provide relevant arts education all throughout the St. Louis area, but spend most of our time making art, doing homework, and learning life skills with a group of young people living in northwest St. Louis City. The mission of Freedom Arts & Education Center is to empower young people to become the highly creative, literate, passionate, independent thinkers they are capable of becoming. Since 2012, we have been providing arts education, academic tutoring, mentoring, and leadership training to the underserved youth of St. Louis to inspire them to realize and utilize their God-given talents and worth.


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Arts

We passionately create and consume art that is culturally relevant, challenging to the status quo, and uplifting to our community. The arts are a positive outlet for our emotions, a practical medium for skills development, and a powerful instrument for telling our stories. We leverage the arts to empower each other to build sustainable, creative lives, thus making St. Louis the vibrant and equitable region it can be.

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Academics

We know that the school to prison pipeline is a reality for our scholars and that succeeding in the classroom is crucial to succeeding in life. We are constantly refining our pedagogy in order to equip our scholars to be highly literate, independent thinkers who love learning and are academically strong. We work with our scholars to ensure they graduate at the top of their class and are leaders in their schools without succumbing to intellectual colonization.

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Advancement

We believe that progress means every human being understands their God-given image, realizes and utilizes the talents and abilities within, and obtains the resources to live truly free. Advancing and growing goes beyond arts and academics and requires us all to humble ourselves and put our hope in God. We faithfully do life with our scholars as they are the true agents of change our city needs. We believe that we are all united by one Creator and are therefore called to radical, compassionate service.

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Arts

Art & Academic Workshops

These interactive seminars provide students of all backgrounds with unique and meaningful learning opportunities combining arts and academics. Our workshops are contracted by over 40 schools, libraries, and youth centers all over the St. Louis region.

Create Days

From beautifying our streets and uplifting our community, to improving life skills and creative abilities, we shape our stories and determine our destiny. Create Days make space and gather resources for ongoing individual works, collaborative projects, and exposure trips.

Summer Arts

We are thankful to continue the work over the summer when the norm in education is to take a long break. During the summer months we provide multiple week-long camps and our annual Freedom Arts Expo.

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After Sessions

This program provides our scholars from the westside of St. Louis with a safe space to learn, create, and grow after they leave school for the day. The structured enrichment and tutoring equips and empowers our scholars to reach academic, artistic, and behavioral goals.

Freedom Readers

Freedom Readers strengthens the literacy skills of young people living in impoverished areas by developing a library of highly engaging, developmentally appropriate, and culturally relevant books.

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Advancement

Tembea Haki

Tembea Haki means “walk righteous” in Swahili and we believe that righteous living is key to healing and wholeness. By building a community of unity and faith, we learn together how to find our hope and purpose in our Creator.

Discipleship

We wake up to the realities of life and find ways to rise above. We learn discernment and the ability to make wise choices. We mature emotionally and spiritually.

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