About Us

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Christa Brown is the Founder and Executive Director of the Free Soil Arts Collective, an arts organization with a mission to amplify and strengthen the voices of POC artists in the Massachusetts Merrimack Valley. Often having to travel to Boston for consistent work as an actor, she saw a need to create and promote artistic endeavors that accurately reflected the richness of the community in which she lived. Independent research so far indicates that the Free Soil Arts Collective is the first theatre organization of its kind in the Merrimack Valley to be led by a Black woman. Directing credits include Free Soil’s 2019 production of Hair Tales: Stories of Black Hair-i-Tage at Merrimack Repertory Theatre. Christa also works as a consultant with nonprofits and companies looking for creative ways to tell stories of their impact. She is also a proud member of the Rho Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

You can reach her at christa@freesoilarts.org

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Evelyn Doby is the Artistic & Community Engagement Coordinator at the Free Soil Arts Collective, and is a recent graduate from the University of Massachusetts Lowell with a BA in English: Literature and a minor in Philosophy. She is passionate about gender and racial studies. Being a Lowell native, she is excited to highlight local artists and bring more diversity to the artistic landscape of the Merrimack Valley.

You can reach her at evelyn@freesoilarts.org

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Naychelle Gandia is a dedicated Project and Event Manager experienced in full service pre-event and on-site customer service-focused production management. Demonstrated expertise in planning, managing, and executing conferences, networking events, executive meetings, and internal and external seminars throughout North America and Europe.

The Free Soil Arts Collective’s mission is to create opportunities for BIPOC artists in the Merrimack Valley to invest in their craft, develop new work, and share with the public in the place they call home.

Our Sponsors Include

Tree House Cannabis

Leap Network

Choi Family Fund


Visitor's Bureau

Lowell Community Charter

Enterprise Bank

Mill City Environmental

UMass Lowell