Board of Directors
Jennifer Heastings – President
Allyson Neal – Vice President
Arts Out Loud helps LGBT young adults with artistic and creative aspirations, whether through scholarships, mentoring, or career networking. Our programs reach the under-served, artistically passionate 18-24-year-old students.
100% of donations to Arts Out Loud fund our programs. No overhead expenses are ever paid with your donations. These programs directly impact our LGBT young people and with your donations we are able to provide scholarships for aspiring artists, mentoring with top industry professionals, and career networking with leading practitioners of film, music, theatre, and dance.
Arts Out Loud’s programs help our young artists achieve positive outcomes in life. Our programs focus on things like education, guidance, and empowerment to engage young people in creating bright futures thus bettering their lives.
We are completely dedicated to assisting LGBT young adults to achieve their creative dreams. We are one of few arts focused organization in the U.S. to offer programs for LGBT young adults 18 – 24 years of age.
+ Our scholarships are for LGBT young people that show exemplary talent and commitment to their art and need a little help.
+ Our mentors are working professional industry leaders in film, theatre, music, and dance.
+ Our career networking events expose students to real world education and techniques with actively working industry pros in their respective fields.
Arts Out Loud was founded after a life-altering health crisis I experienced in 2014. The day after surgery I felt like I had been given a second chance at living out my dreams. That day, I made a choice to make my life mean something more. I didn’t want to leave this planet not having made it better in some way. I didn’t want to focus on me, but on the young people in the world in need of love and support. So from my hospital bed, I researched how to form a nonprofit organization. Arts Out Loud received 501(c)3 status in 2014. Arts Out Loud is by far the largest goal I’ve ever set for myself, and I’m so proud of what the board, volunteers, and I have been able to achieve!
I’m passionate about education, the arts, and the LGBTQ community. Finding a way to combine these three passions, Arts Out Loud became an organization that supports and empowers young LGBTQ artists to achieve their artistic goals, as well as their educational aspirations. By providing scholarships and professional mentoring we enable them to become productive members of society, further pursue their education, and perfect their skills to better the world through their art.
There are many reasons why you find me working with young LGBTQ people. My own struggle with self-acceptance is at the top of the list. The most important element of my choice is seeing a lack of resources for young artists, as well as a vast need for a safe, supportive environment.
I’m definitely introverted, so while you may not see me front and center that often, know that I’m constantly fighting behind the scenes for our young LGBTQ artists…ALWAYS.