Vivé Griffith, Project Director
Vivé Griffith has directed Free Minds since 2007, when the program had just completed its first year. She is a graduate of the Michener Center for Writers at UT, where she held a fellowship in poetry and fiction and began her work bringing arts and education to the community. She’s taught poetry to everyone from kindergarteners to veterans to retirees, and currently teaches poetry and creative nonfiction at ACC. Her essays and poems have appeared in publications including The Sun, Oxford American, and Gettysburg Review, as well as at the Blanton Museum. In 2000 her poetry chapbook, Weeks in This Country, was published. When not working, teaching, or writing, she loves long walks, practicing yoga, and culinary adventures in her kitchen and beyond.
Amelia Pace-Borah, Program Coordinator
Amelia Pace-Borah is native to the Austin area and comes to Free Minds after a two-and-a-half year stint in Chicago, during which she earned her MA in Humanities from the University of Chicago, taught writing to college freshmen, marveled at the size of Lake Michigan, and tried to stay warm. Amelia was first struck by the idea of a free humanities course for low-income adults when she was assigned to read Riches for the Poor, Earl Shorris’s account of starting the Clemente Course in the Humanities, for a class on teaching in the community college. She is thrilled to work on behalf of Free Minds, where she gets to experience the transformative power of the humanities every day. Her other obsessions include her black lab Sally, reading outdoors, and all varieties of cheese.