Mississippi School of Folk Arts
Mississippi School of Folk Arts is a 501c3 non-profit organization run by a volunteer board. Our board members bring a wide variety of skills to provide a diverse and unique approach to arts education.
Learn about our board members here.
Founding Board member Sarah Freeman is an artist living and working in Natchez, Mississippi. Through her work with MSFA, she is active in promoting the school through various activities. She teaches several classes while taking care of the day to day operations of the school. Originally from New Orleans, Sarah chose Natchez as her home and is raising her daughter there. Having been involved in many arts organizations through the years, she brings an open-minded outlook to MSFA. Ms. Freeman believes the future of Mississippi is with the arts and hopes to bring her love of creating to Mississippi through MSFA. She is a painter, printmaker, and a textile artist.
Paul D. Sullivan
Board Secretary and Programming Director
Paul D. Sullivan is a lawyer licensed in Mississippi and Florida, living in Natchez, Mississippi. A Founding Board member, Mr. Sullivan promotes the arts through his support, giving his time and energy to MSFA events to make them a success. Mr. Sullivan is a Mississippi native, raised in Montgomery Alabama, recently moving to Natchez after living in Florida for several decades. He is a folk artist, creating outdoor art installments throughout Natchez for the community enjoyment, He is also a postcard artist, creating mail art out of recycled materials which is mailed all over the world.
Liz Blalock is a dedicated volunteer in the community. She is active in the public school system, with several historic organizations in Natchez, mother to six active children and wife to husband Tim. Trained as an educator, her insight is helping develop community outreach programs in Natchez. Her energy and enthusiasm are bringing fresh ideas to MSFA. She is currently Treasurer of the Board.
Neifa Hardy, native of New Orleans, LA, now living in Natchez with her family, earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Louisiana State University in 1999 and her Master’s degree in school/community counseling in counselor education from the University of New Orleans in 2002. She taught in the Orleans Parish school system until pursuing her degree in social work, specializing in children and adults who have experienced trauma.
Neifa serves and participates in numerous organizations including Adams County Children Coalition, Natchez Children Services; Child Advocacy Center, AJFC Health Advisory Board, Historic Natchez Foundation and Publicity Chair-Natchez Garden Club.
Chaz is a retired lawyer who lives in Princeton, NJ. He was born and raised in Montgomery, AL. He has received degrees from Rice University (B.A.), New York University (J.D.), and Widener University (Ph.D. and M.Ed.). He serves as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at York College of the City University of New York.