Andrew Gibson

Executive Director

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.


Miles Dela Cruz

Arts Coordinator

Miles Dela Cruz is an artist, audio engineer, and mentor who has experience working in a variety of childcare, education, and technical jobs. He first started working with children at both KinderCare and MyGym before working for the Faust Park Foundation and accepting a position as the Event Coordinator for St. Louis Carousel. Miles learned audio engineering by working as the lead audio tech at various churches for several years and working for Strictly Audio STL providing audio for major music festivals throughout St. Louis. As Arts Coordinator for Freedom Arts, Miles facilitates many Art & Academic Workshops, trains his fellow teaching artists, and has served as the resident artist at Tower Grove Christian Academy and Kingdom House. He also manages our Create Days program by designing and organizing art projects, performances, and field trips. Miles serves as a mentor through our After Sessions program, coordinates transportation for the scholars, maintains technology at events and throughout facilities, and designs and manages the Freedom Arts website. He is an inaugural member of the Great Rivers Greenway Artists of Color Council, judge for the annual South Grand Chalk Walk, frequent volunteer with Faith For Justice, and a 2016 fellow of the Regional Arts Commission’s Community Arts Training Institute which trains artists in community development and social change. Miles has a gift in connecting with children from all backgrounds that is accentuated by his varied talents, outstanding work ethic, and desire to create a genuine sense of community. Miles is one of the original founders of the organization and is passionate about people of all ages discovering their identity and finding their place as contributing members of our world. He has been recognized for his creative and community efforts by Regional Arts Commission, Arts & Education Council, and Humans of St. Louis.

Beth Gibson

Academic Coordinator

Beth Gibson is an experienced and creative educator who is devoted to building meaningful relationships with children and families all across St. Louis. While earning her Bachelors in Elementary Education at University of Missouri, she worked as a day camp director and caregiver at an after school childcare facility. After graduating magna cum laude in 2009, Beth taught in the Parkway School District for 7 years before accepting a teaching position at South City Community School in 2016. She graduated summa cum laude from Lindenwood University in 2013 with a Masters in Elementary Mathematics and expanded her natural artistic skills through painting, drawing, and sewing. Beth has been involved with several local churches and serves with the advocacy group Faith For Justice. As Academic Coordinator, Beth manages the After Sessions and Freedom Readers programs by mobilizing volunteers, communicating with parents, developing curriculum and partnerships, and collecting data. She has designed and facilitates several Art & Academic Workshops, including Watercolor Doodling, Mouse Painting, Reader’s Theater, Lego Engineers, and 1, 2, 3, Do Math With Me! She mentors several of the youth in Freedom Arts and loves spending her time with them reading, learning, creating, exploring St. Louis, and building strong relationships. Beth is continuing to develop her visual art skills and has plans to write and illustrate a children’s book series. She is an inherently gifted educator who brings honest enthusiasm, practical knowledge, and an innate ability to genuinely connect to every child she teaches. She is one of the original founders of the organization and believes that all children deserve equal opportunities to devoted mentors and a high quality, well-rounded education that sets them up for success throughout their lives.