Pacia Anderson

Creative Writing/Visual Art

Pacia Anderson is a St. Louis-based poet, writer, visual, and teaching artist who uses the art of the narrative to make sense of the world around her, explore complex subject matter, and tell a good story. She received her Associate of Arts Degree in Journalism from Southwestern Illinois College, is a 2014 graduate of Regional Arts Commission’s Community Arts Training Institute, and an Urban Bushwomen SLI Fellow. Pacia is a founding member of the art-based youth initiative Cherokee Street Reach, Dean in the Zukata Madrasa, chair of the St. Louis Brick City Poetry Festival, an active member of the Cherokee Street Development League, and is the Missouri Regional Coordinator for the NEA-sponsored Poetry Out Loud youth recitation competition. In addition to Freedom Arts, she works as a teaching artist for Springboard to Learning, Bread & Roses, Colorbridge Arts, and Yeyo Arts Collective. She does all of this while raising her daughter and continuing to work and perform as a poet and visual artist. Pacia brings her vibrancy, grace, and wisdom to dozens of area arts institutions, community non-profit organizations, grassroots and civic engagement groups, city recreation centers, and neighborhood youth.

Pacia Elaine


Creative Writing/Music

Eric “Prospect” White is a DJ, rapper, and poet whose creative hustle and advocacy for youth is well above average. He is a 2014 graduate of Regional Arts Commission’s Community Arts Training Institute, co-founder of Cherokee Street Reach, co-founder of STL Reclamation Project, host and curator of Regional Arts Commission’s “With Not For” exhibit, musical and visual artist for Slumfest, and and the founder of “Out Hrr Entertainment.” As a performing and recording artist within the FarFetched Collective, Prospect blends poignant subject matter with an intelligent, calculated word play, creating a kinetic and visceral experience for all who listen. Prospect is as focused as he is creative, and children and fellow artists embrace his warmth and unflinching dedication to truly being “out hrr,” doing the good work and fighting the good fight.

Out Hrr Events

Shea Brown

Visual Art/Creative Writing

Shea Reynolds-White is a nationally renowned spoken word artist with a diverse skill set and array of knowledge in community arts. Under her brand Furious Styles, she serves as a crochet artist, jewelry designer, and natural hair stylist in St. Louis. As a teaching artist, Shea has shared her knowledge base with youth at numerous schools and programs in the city, including Most Holy Trinity, Roosevelt High, Blewett ICA, Freedom Arts, the Cochran Housing Development and Freedom Arts. Along with Pacia and Prospect, Shea is a founding member of Cherokee Street Reach and a graduate of Regional Arts Commission’s Community Arts Training Institute. Recognized for both her visual art and commitment to sustainable aid to unhoused populations, Shea has worked as Artist-In-Residence with Dutchtown South Community Corporation’s EPA Cooperative Initiative through which she transformed thousands of used plastic shopping bags into a live meditation garden and community gathering space. Shea’s fierce dedication to the youth of St. Louis combined with her artistic innovation and skill set make her a powerful teaching artist and teammate.

Furious Styles

Garrett Lacy


Garrett Lacy is a St. Louis native percussionist, composer, and educator. After graduating from Ritenour High School, Garrett went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Entrepreneurship from Webster University in 2013. He currently works as a tutor through the National Tutoring Association, music teaching at School of Rock, and plans to attend graduate school to study Film Scoring. Garrett joined Freedom Arts as a teaching artist in 2017 and facilitates several Art & Academic Workshops, including African Percussion, Street Drumming, Musicology, Black Music International, and Literary Movement. When Garrett isn’t creating his own works or teaching the next generation to do the same, he’s either reading, running, or drinking tea.

Nabil Ince

Music/Creative Writing

Nabil Ince - aka Seaux Chill - is an artist and educator fusing pillars of Black music for a familiar yet unique sound. Nabil began playing piano at 6 years old and uses the instrument as the foundation from which his creativity flows. Whether it’s creating, collaborating, learning, teaching, or performing, Nabil brings a one of a kind energy and presence to the work he’s involved in. He earned his BA in Music from Covenant College in 2018 while serving as the Artistic Director of East Lake Expression Engine in Chattanooga. He has shared his music on stages around the world, spanning over 7,500 miles. Through these experiences, Nabil has developed a love for helping others evolve and improve on their personal journey as he continues to learn how to do the same. From records like “PB&J” to “Truth’s Table,” his eclectic, innovative, genre-bending approach to performing and teaching welcomes people from all walks of life into his world.


Darian Wigfall

Music/Creative Writing/Academics

Darian Wigfall is a St. Louis native author, activist, mentor, entrepreneur, and DJ. He attended North Carolina A&T and University of Missouri, and after earning a BS in Biology, got a job running a research lab at Washington University. In, Darian accepted a position as Director of Artist Management and Development at FarFetched and published his first book, “A Dying Breed.” Darian has spent time working for KDHX and St. Louis Public Library, ran an after school tutoring program called Artists As Tutors, and operated an event venue called The Fellowship. Through all of this his skills in community building and strategic planning have grown as he has maintained his commitment to uplifting the marginalized and using art for positive social change.


Anitra Brown


Anitra Brown is a dancer and educator devoted to the wholistic health and wellbeing of children. A Kansas City native, Anitra relocated to Columbia, MO to study Communication, English, and Dance Therapy at Mizzou. She earned her BA in Interdisciplinary Studies in 2013 before coming to St. Louis to earn her Masters in Special Education Administration in 2019 at UMSL. She remained in St. Louis to work for Kids Across America, teach at KIPP, and start a family with her husband. She is currently the Director of Special Education at Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls and continues to teach dance to youth through Freedom Arts and other community organizations.


Alexis Rivierre

Visual Art

Rivierre is an experienced interdisciplinary artist with a demonstrated history teaching art through community workshops and at the university level. While Rivierre's background is in painting and drawing, her practice utilizes a range of media from photography to textiles, and performance all constructing visual narratives that investigate memory, identity, representation, and the social implications of race in the United States. After earning her BFA in Art and minor in Art History from Missouri State University in 2014, she picked up a Graduate Certificate in Marketing from Liberty University in 2015 and finally went on to earn her MFA in Studio Art from Wichita State University in 2019. Alexis has curated dozens of collaborative and solo exhibitions, earned multiple awards and fellowships, and was recently the Artist-In-Residence at Paul ArtSpace upon returning to St. Louis in 2018. She currently works as the Visual Experience Coordinator for Kranzberg Arts Foundation while continuing to create solo and collaborative visual art. Alexis brings a joyous enthusiasm for art and a diverse wealth of experience to the Freedom Arts team.

Alexis Rivierre

Muhammad Mvstermind Austin


Muhammad Austin has been working for years in St. Louis’ music scene as an independent musical artist and leader of the M.M.E. collective. Known on the music scene as “Mvstermind,” Muhammad is a gifted engineer, producer, and rapper who has performed in dozens of cities including St. Louis, New York, Atlanta, and Detroit, opened for several major artists such as Chance the Rapper, Ab-Soul, Travis Scott, and G-Eazy, and performed at festivals such as LouFest, A3C, SXSW, and Brooklyn’s MCA Day. He was awarded The Riverfront Times “Best Musical Act of 2014” title and has had music videos on BET and MTV. Muhammad’s extensive artistic experience mixes with his authenticity, humility, and versatility to make him an amazing teaching artist that all the kids connect with. He is excited to continue his teaching artist career with Freedom Arts within the music and creative writing fields and to shepherd young artists as they manifest their life visions.

Chelsea Ritter-Soronen

Visual Art

Chelsea is Director and Co-Founder of Chalk Riot, with an insatiable craving to color the world's surfaces. She is inspired by big blank spaces and the potential that they hold to become a canvas for significant art pieces, and travels the world searching for them. Her chalk art is influenced by traditional renaissance chalk art and modern anamorphic work. Chelsea graduated from the Conservatory of Fine Arts at Webster University in 2008, with a BFA in Theatrical Design, with majors in costume design and scene painting. While she has been painting murals since 2003, it was during her time at Webster that intensive study of theatrical scene painting provided a solid foundation of techniques and mediums. Her study of multi-faceted theatre offers a unique perspective of spatial design and art's role of interaction with the public and social consciousness. Chelsea has facilitated various visual art workshops through Freedom Arts’ Art & Academic Workshops program and at our summer Freedom Arts Camp. When she isn’t creating or teaching, you can find her at a wine tasting or exploring a new hiking trail.

Larry Morris

Creative Writing/Music/Academics

Larry Morris may be best known as the front-man for the award winning hip-hop fusion band iLLPHONiCS, but his skills far surpass his reputation as a highly proficient rapper and St. Louis music icon. A proud U-City native, Larry studied at Webster University, earning a BA in Audio Communications in 2008 and an MA in Media Communications. During his time at Webster, his landed himself on the Dean’s list multiple times, led the Multicultural Center and International Student Affairs program all while making a name for iLLPHONiCS throughout the Midwest. He has gained valuable experience in education and marketing by working at Glenride Children Center, Clayton School District, UrbanFuture, St. Louis World’s Fare, Deaconess Foundation, and STL Live. He is currently working as the Director of Webster University’s Multicultural Center and continues to perform and record on a regular basis with iLLPHONiCS. Larry is a knowledgeable and dedicated artist who loves St. Louis and believes in empowering young people to find their path and write their own success stories.


Damon Davis

Visual Art/Music/Creative Writing

Damon Davis is an award-winning interdisciplinary artist and activist that works and resides in St. Louis. Damon graduated from St. Louis University in 2007 with a B.A. in Communication Technology with an emphasis on Visual Communication. He is a member of the accomplished experimental hip hop outfit Scripts N Screwz in which he is both producer and a vocalist. In 2010, Damon co-founded Civil Ape, a collaborative art collective that works in various visual mediums. In 2012, he founded Far Fetched, a wildly unique, independent music and art imprint based out of St. Louis. Damon has earned several awards and accolades, the most notable of which include grants for a special project from the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, the Missouri History Museum, and the Anti-Defamation League, being a featured TED Talk speaker, and winning an Emmy for being the subject of a documentary entitled “Damon Davis: A Story to Tell.” He has also been a leader in organizing several creative efforts in the cause for justice in the St. Louis area, through his All Hands on Deck project and by producing an award winning documentary film called “Whose Streets?” He has been a driving force within St. Louis’ cultural and social domains. For the majority of the past decade, Damon has produced and curated significant multidisciplinary art projects that transgress cultural boundaries and lift up Black lives. He brings a passion for art and people, a natural excitement for education and equity, and wealth of knowledge and experiences to the Freedom Arts team.