Freedom Arts & Education Center creates artistic, academic, and advancement opportunities to feed, heal, and teach the youth of St. Louis. By removing systemic barriers and building resourced spaces, Black and Brown youth realize their own power to become highly creative, literate, passionate, independent thinkers. Since 2012, we have supported youth through accessible community arts programs, decolonized educational resources, enriching multidiscipline summer programs, in-school advocacy, and job opportunities.
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.
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.
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.
Our youth and staff artists have provided drumline, poetry, dance, circus arts, and full band performances across the country for a variety of events.
We offer over 50 interactive seminars that provide students of all ages and backgrounds with unique and meaningful learning opportunities that combine arts and academics.
We provide audio/visual services, book corners, art activities, vending and games to elevate your next youth or community event.
Commission our youth and staff artists to come to your space and paint an interior or exterior mural, install sensory experiences, and design or setup your classroom.
Our staff is highly experienced and degreed in multiple academic and artistic subjects. We provide tutoring and teaching services for students of all ages and backgrounds.
Reach out to us for virtual and in-person consultation in the arts, education, youth empowerment, nonprofit business, antiracism, and more.
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