Andrew Gibson has been a performing and teaching artist since he was a teenager. His versatility, drive, and experience make him a valuable musician, educator, and organizer. Setting his sights on being musically diverse, he started his professional career in 2003 by performing and recording with a variety of musical artists, teaching private lessons, and learning the basics of music production. He served as the assistant percussion instructor for Parkway South High School from 2005-2010 and Pattonville High School from 2012-2017, and has taught hundreds of students out of his home studio, at City Music and Education Center, and Dayspring School of the Arts. He also worked as one of the first audio technicians for Strictly Audio STL, has led musical worship at several area churches, and currently serves with the advocacy group Faith For Justice through which he has co-organized national conferences and receives ongoing anti-racism and de-escalation training. In December 2013, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Music with a double minor in Philosophy and Audio Production from Webster University. Andrew keeps a steady schedule of performances and sessions with several musical artists, ranging in styles from hip hop to gospel to jazz. He has organized several unique shows and concerts, recorded on nationally acclaimed albums, shared stages with Grammy winning artists, and recently had the honor of opening LouFest in 2017. As co-founder and Executive Director of Freedom Arts, Andrew facilitates many Art & Academic Workshops, mentors and tutors several scholars, and devotes his time to building relationships with fellow artists and likeminded organizations. He oversees the planning, direct implementation, and evaluation of all programs, manages all finances and contracts, and provides leadership assure that the organization is financially secure and operating with integrity. He is tirelessly devoted to ensuring equity for systemically underserved youth, creating job opportunities for devoted artists and educators, and advocating for justice and equity in the St. Louis region. Andrew has been recognized for his artistic and social achievements by the Regional Arts Commission, Arts & Education Council, Riverfront Times, St. Louis Champions, Integrity in the Arts, and St. Louis Underground Music Festival.