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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

Pam Coaxum - HEAL President

Executive Director of Greater East St. Louis Community Fund

Thomas Siler - HEAL Vice President

Physician, Midwest Chest Consultants

Rita Goliday- HEAL Treasurer

CEO, Lyrical Accounting, LLC

Don Cook - Member

President & CEO, Capital International Communications

Diana Haskell - Member

Associate Principal Clarinet, St. Louis Symphony

Bonita Jamison- Member (Finance Committee Chair)

Executive Director of Integrated Supports & Accelerated Learning, Ferguson Florissant School District

Kim Ausmer-Member (Marketing Committee Chair)

COO, Midwest Smiles Family Dental Practice

David Castro- Member

Account Executive, Spectrum


our instructors

Harvey Lockhart - Director of Point of View

HEAL Founder, Executive, and Artistic Director

Diana Haskell - Clarinet Instructor

Associate Principal Clarinet, St. Louis Symphony

Jan Shapiro

Voice Instructor

our 2019 summer camp instructors

Adam Larson

2019 Guest Teaching Artist 

Saxophone Instructor

Ben Wheeler

Bass Instructor

Ryan Marquez

Piano Instructor

Delano Redmond

Brass Instructor

Nick Savage

Percussion Instructor

Anita Jackson

Vocal Instructor


Alicia Taylor-Hendrix

Financial Literacy


Our 2020 Summer Virtual Jazz Camp Instructors

Adam Larson


Alexander Claffy


Brandon Brinkley


Camille Thurman

Jazz Voice and Saxophone 

Jan Shapiro

Jazz Voice 

Jamison Ross


Jermaine Mannor

Music Technology

Robert Steward

Business Acumen

Victor Goines

Clarinet and Saxophone

Vincent Gardner


Willerm Delisfort

Piano and Composition

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