about us

our story

The inspiration for HEAL comes from the founder's experience growing up in Miami, FL, where he discovered the power of the arts to nurture his aspirations for the future. The African Heritage Cultural Arts Center was where Harvey Lockhart first discovered his love for the arts through the instruction and mentoring he received in music, art, theater, dance, and photography. As band director at Riverview Gardens High School and Performing Arts Coordinator of Secondary Education for the district, Harvey realized the lack of professional arts training and opportunities for his students and many other young people living in low-income areas of St.Louis, MO. Recognizing the opportunity to reach more students by tapping into the fertile arts community in St. Louis, and by creating an arts center that is open to children of all ages, HEAL was created.

HEAL Center for the Arts was awarded 501(c)(3) status in December of 2016. Located in Grand Center with incubator support from the Kranzberg Arts Foundation, HEAL will operate in partnership with local school districts to provide a safe and supportive space where students of urban communities have access to high quality mentoring, tutoring, and arts education.

our board

Nina Needleman - HEAL President

Contributing Writer and Researcher, STL Nonprofit News

Tia Fuller - Program/Artistic Advisor

Saxophonist, Composer, and Educator

Rick Sharp - HEAL Finance Chair

Retired Senior Banking Manager

Peter Martin - Program/Artistic Advisor

Concert Pianist and Teacher

Thomas Siler - HEAL Treasurer

Physician, Midwest Chest Consultants

Pam Coaxum - HEAL Secretary

Executive Director of Greater East St. Louis Community Fund

Don Cook - Member

President & CEO, Capital International Communications

Patricia Jackson-Johnson - Member

School Improvement Consultant, Community Volunteer

McFarlane Duncan - Member

Development Director, DeSales Middle School


Dorothy Powell - Member

Retired Member of A&E Council, Community Volunteer

Laura Dwyer - Member

Flutist, Associate Director of Volunteer

Programs, St. Louis Symphony

Seqwana Pryor - Member

CEO, Prycor Technologies


Diana Haskell - Member

Associate Principal Clarinet, St. Louis Symphony


Andrea Woods - Member

Social Worker, Riverview Gardens High School

our instructors

Harvey Lockhart - Director of Point of View

HEAL Founder, Executive, and Artistic Director

Laura Dwyer - Flute Instructor

Flutist, Associate Director of Volunteer

Programs, St. Louis Symphony

Diana Haskell - Clarinet Instructor

Associate Principal Clarinet, St. Louis Symphony

our summer camp instructors

Jeffrey Anderson

Bass Instructor

Michael Carosello

Piano Instructor

Delano Redmond

Brass/Woodwind Instructor

Stan Hale

Percussion Instructor

Anita Jackson

Vocal Instructor


3224 Locust Street 2F

St.Louis, MO 63103


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