About Arts Out Loud
Arts Out Loud was founded after a life-altering health crisis founder, Jennifer Heastings, experienced in 2014. The day after surgery, feeling like she had been given a second chance at living out her dreams, she wanted to take her new found appreciation for her identity and focus on helping the young people of the LGBTQ community in need of love, support, and guidance.
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 active members of society, further pursue their education, and better the world through their craft.
There are many reasons you find us working with young LGBTQ people. Our board, staff, and volunteers’ own struggles with self-acceptance is at the top of the list. The most important element of the creation of Arts Out Loud is seeing a lack of resources for young artists, as well as the need for a safe, supportive environment.
Board of Directors
Jennifer Heastings – President
Allyson Neal- Vice President
Lauren Stash Sisco
Jennifer Heastings – Chief Executive Officer
Kaylyn Shearer – Chief Administrative Officer
Jordan Mroziak – Director of Outreach