The mission of Liberated Muse Arts is to engage inter-generational audiences through music performances and multi-disciplinary productions in ways that entertain and promote, encourage, and facilitate a forum for art exploration, education and community activism. Liberated Muse Arts Group creates a variety of productions produced each year.
Below is a timeline of highlights in our history.
2008-2012 Our online community LiberatedMuse.com was created by Khadijah Ali-Coleman . This community existed from 2008-2012 and allowed members to share videos, artwork and collaborate virtually.
2008-2010 Khadijah partnered with another entrepreneur to create the Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest through a business partnership called Liberated Muse Productions. The festival took place in Marvin Gaye Park in the northeast part of Washington DC. The festival ran for three summers and was free and open to the public. It was covered by local and national media, including MTV, National Geographic, FOX News, NBC, Washington City Paper and more.
2009 Khadijah put a call out to the Liberated Muse digital community for literary and visual artists and edited the first book anthology Liberated Muse Volume I: How I Freed My Soul, paying for the publishing costs out of pocket. More than a dozen writers and visual artists were featured in the anthology and during performances promoting the book.
2009-2012 Liberated Muse produced more than four benefit concerts at the Potter's House in Washington DC to support area charities and nonprofits including Southeast Ministry, and DC College Success Foundation.
2010 Liberated Muse produced the play "Running: AMOK" written by Khadijah Ali-Coleman, music composed by Gary Young. It debuted in the 5th Annual Capital Fringe Festival in Washington DC. The play was covered by local media, including the Prince George's County Gazette. A soundtrack to the play was released later that year.
2010 Liberated Muse organized a benefit concert for the survivors of the earthquake in Haiti. The benefit, "To Haiti, with Love" raised over $400 for relief in Haiti.
2011 A second season of Running: AMOK runs for five days, with stops at Germano's, the Bonifant Theater, The Corner Store, Oxon Hill Library and Annie's Art Gallery.
2012 The second anthology, Liberated Muse Volume II: Betrayal Wears a Pretty Face was released.
2013 Liberated Muse Arts Group was the first La-Ti-Do artists-in-residence at Black Fox Lounge in Washington, DC for the month of August. La-Ti-Do is an award-winning weekly performance series highlighting musical theater and spoken word.
2012-2014 The Liberated Muse musical stage production In Her Words debuted at Martin Luther King, Jr. Public Library in Washington DC. The show toured the Washington DC area, commissioned by the United States Peace Corps and other branches of the DC Public Library system in 2012. In following years, the production was commissioned by the Smithsonian, Alexandria Library System, and festivals in the area.
2014-present Liberated Muse has provided arts educational programming , including workshops on topics such as Music Licensing, the Business of Art, etc. while also performing in events catering to audiences of all ages. Liberated Muse performance stops have included the DC Poetry Festival, Artscape Festival, the Artomatic, AllNightDC Festival, the Taste of Black DC, the Adams Morgan Day Festival, and more.
2015 Debuted the sold-out improv musical theater show "Madame Breezy's Speakeasy" at Viccino's in Silver Spring, MD.
2015 Began the open mic and performance series #theSPILL which ran for almost a year. It began in Washington DC and ended in Baltimore, hosted by Liberated Muse troupe member Anonamas Grooves. The platform featured artists such as CynDiva Harcum, Brian Christopher, Nia Simmons, Kenny Sway, Dior Ashley Brown, and more!
2016 Participated in #BeyondtheHashtag and other rallies and events bringing awareness and building advocacy around issues impacting African-American communities
2017 The third anthology, Liberated Muse Volume III: Creases Expelled from the Fold was released online as a free digital anthology with music, poetry and visual art.
Our core troupe includes the following artists:
Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman (Khadijah Moon)
FOUNDING DIRECTOR | COMPANY MEMBER
Khadijah “Moon” Ali-Coleman is founding Director of Liberated Muse Arts Group, a multi-disciplinary arts company specializing in entertainment and educational products and services. read more here
Colie "Aziza" Williams
Colette (Colie) Williams is a singer/songwriter, actor, teacher and writer born and raised in the Bronx, NY. read more here.
Lyn Artope is a long-time member of Liberated Muse Arts Group originally from Brooklyn, New York, but currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland where she works creatively as a writer and an actor. read more here
Singer/Songwriter Angela Ballard, known onstage as the artist Anonamas, tours with Liberated Muse Arts Group for musical performances and tribute performances, including the recent Maya Angelou and Ruby Dee tribute tour. read more here