Andrew Gibson has been a performing and teaching artist since he was a teenager. He started his professional career in 2003 by performing and recording with a wide variety of musical artists, teaching private lessons, and learning the basics of music production. He served as 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 and music studios and centers across the St. Louis region. He is one of the first audio technicians for Strictly Audio STL, has worked as a musician and audio tech at several area churches, and consulted on multiple youth and community arts initiatives. He currently serves as the Director of Partnerships with the advocacy group Faith For Justice through which he has co-organized national conferences and co-leads ongoing anti-racism and de-escalation training from a faith perspective. He also keeps a steady schedule as a performing and recording musician working with several hip-hop, soul, jazz, and gospel artists and bands, recording on nationally acclaimed albums, and sharing stages with Grammy winning artists. As co-founder and Executive Director of Freedom Arts, Andrew directs all fundraising and marketing campaigns, participates in all programs, supports staff in day-to-day operational and programmatic tasks, facilitates many Art & Academic Workshops, and closely mentors and teaches several youth. He has designed and implemented dozens of successful programs and events, secured strong partnerships with likeminded organizations and funders, cared for numerous youth and their families, and created jobs for many artists and educators. Andrew holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music with a double minor in Philosophy and Audio Production from Webster University. He has been recognized for his artistic and social achievements by the Regional Arts Commission, Arts & Education Council, Riverfront Times, St. Louis Champions, Webster University, Integrity in the Arts, and St. Louis Underground Music Festival. He remains tirelessly devoted to ensuring equity for youth, creating jobs for artists and educators, and advocating for justice in St. Louis.