Darryl Durham, is a principal founder and Director of Arts and Community Engagement for Anna’s Place NOLA. Mr. Durham is a musician and educator with many accomplishments. Among these are degrees from North Carolina School of the Arts, a High School Diploma in Music Performance, a Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, a Bachelor of Music Degree, and a Master of Music Degree from Boston University. Mr. Durham served as Program Director of “Project SEARCH” at The Boston Conservatory for 3 years. After the conservatory, he moved on to become Executive Director of the Harlem School of the Arts for 7 years. Following this, he served as Program Director for the Booker T. Sparks School for the Performing Arts. Mr. Durham then returned to his roots as a performer and community activists. It was in this capacity that he founded Anna's Arts for Kids, later to be rebranded as Anna's Place NOLA, an after-school arts-based program in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Mr. Durham has traveled the world as a professional clarinetist performing with the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, ALEA III Contemporary Music Ensemble of Boston University and the Boston College Chamber Music Ensemble. Mr. Durham founded Anna’s Arts for Kids in 2010, renamed Anna’s Place NOLA in 2016, as a means of breaking the cycle of poverty which affects many of the youth he serves. He also founded the Treme Artists Collective in 2016 to support the traditional music of New Orleans and the street musicians who perform this unique style of American music.
As an Arts Administrator, Mr. Durham has been responsible for fundraising, program implementation, special events and donor cultivation in the range of $500,000 to $3.5 million annually. He is currently working with St. Anna's Episcopal Church, New Orleans, on the transition of an 1846 Creole Mansion into a state-of-the-arts community center for arts and culture in the Treme.
Mr. Durham’s numerous awards and honors include; the Miles M. Young Award, the Music Assistance Scholarship of the New York Philharmonic, a two-time recipient of the Director’s Award from Boston University and a recipient of Boston University's Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship. Additionally, Mr. Durham was the recipient of the 2012 Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Louisiana Angel Award.
Fran Jeffery Anderson is a performing and visual arts enthusiast. She is the founding artistic Director for Arts Vision Performing and Visual Arts (a program for school aged youth). She holds an Associate Degree from Navarro College and a bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Arlington, in Interdisciplinary Studies, with a focus on Theater Arts and Non-profit Management. Being well connected in the arts community in Dallas, Fran has connected youth to programs such as Project Discovery (Dallas Theater Center), DaVerse Lounge (Big Thought), the Dance Residency Program (Dallas Black Dance Theater), and Community Partners (AT&T Perming arts Center) more. Productions at Williams have included, The Wiz, Into the Woods, Jr., Grinchmas, The Lion King, Jr., Hairspray, and this past summer The Wiz, Jr. Fran is an actor, director, has stage managed various community performance and events, and has a growing love for technical theater. Recently Fran completed her professional directorial role for a production of 3 Faces of Eve that premiered in June of 2019 at the Uptown Theater in Grand Prairie and has appeared in two independent films. She is currently revamping the Theater Program at Uplift Peak Prep High School, bringing theater arts, dance, and vocal music to campus.
Since the sixth grade, Sheryl Williams found herself listening to others and keeping their secrets. It was through her willingness to help and serve others that she truly began to understand her calling. Gifted by God’s grace to persevere, Ms. Williams understood the disappointments in life would collide with the gift of servanthood and empathy. It is this gift from God that allowed her to become an effective facilitator.
Born to a teenage mother in the Stop Six community, located in the heart of Fort Worth, TX, Ms. Williams faced challenges and triumphs that built her into the woman she is today. It is her strength and tenacity that makes her life story a remarkable one. Using her gifts, she received her Christian Counseling Certification from Light University in 2009. This certification sparked her educational efforts to complete her Biblical studies with TPH School of Ministries. In 2011, she earned her ministerial license from Higher Ground Always Abounding Assemblies. She served as a volunteer facilitator for the Texas Offender Re-Entry Initiative (TORI) for 12 consecutive years – the longest standing volunteer to date. There she facilitated the Woman-to-Woman class to ex-offenders transitioning back into society. In 2013, she was recognized for her efforts and was awarded Volunteer of the Year with TORI.
Ms. Williams is the proud mother of two daughters Erin and Tempest. She’s also the proud god-mother to Meandria and Mondra.