A. Nia Austin-Edwards (ANAE) is the Founder of PURPOSE Productions – a company that supports artists and organizers in the manifestation of PURPOSE-full work that seeks to unify and develop our world community. That idea of support is what she has built her life around through writing, performing, creating, marketing, listening, caring, and more. As THE KwanzaaKid – a child named after, born during, and annually celebrating Kwanzaa – the principles of unity (Umoja), self-determination (Kujichagulia), working collectively with a responsibility to her greater community (Ujima), cooperative economics amongst that community (Ujamaa), and creating purposefully and faithfully (Kuumba, Nia, Imani) are the foundation of all that she does.
Her performing career began in her mother’s womb, developed in Atlanta, GA, at Total Dance / Dancical Productions, Inc., and was further formalized through Tri-Cities Visual and Performing Arts Magnet High School and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She has worked with a variety of phenomenal dance artists such as Gus Solomons, Jr., Deborah Jowitt, Ronald K. Brown, Sean Curran, Adia Tamar Whitaker, Camille A. Brown, Stefanie Batten Bland, Jesse Phillips-Fein, Paloma McGregor, and Marjani Forte. She has also presented choreography through Movement Research at South Oxford Space, at Triskelion Arts, and in her own self-produced evening at BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange.
Since her transition from Marketing & Communications Director at BAX in 2013, PURPOSE Productions has had the pleasure of supporting dance artists such as Adia Tamar Whitaker and Marjani Forte, theater artists such as Melanie Jones and Latonia Phipps, organizations such as 651 ARTS and STooPS, initiatives such as Dancing While Black and Camille A. Brown’s The Gathering, among others. She also hosts #5DollaFriday workshops in a variety of subjects, and was recently named a Dance/USA John R. Munger Research Fellow. She is also a contributor to The Dance Enthusiast.
Timothy Prolific Jones (ProJones) is a poet, writer, publisher, activist, and champion of independent artists. Over the past 15 years, he has performed poetry at a diverse variety of venues, ranging from The Nuyorican Poets Cafe and New York University to Riverside Church and Rikers Island. His writing has appeared in African Voices, 12th Street, YRB Magazine, and the graphic novel Gunplay. Through his publishing company, Andre Maurice Press/Indelible Books, he edited and released Blackout Arts Collective’s One Mic: A Lyrics on Lockdown Anthology and Peuo Tuy’s Khmer Girl. He is the former co-host of Sweet Success Sundaes, a show about entrepreneurship on Bondfire Radio, and manages the Queens-bred emcee SoSoon.
Being a creative allowed him to understand that artists are fortunate vessels for stories, concepts, and ideas. Tim’s goal is to honor purpose and vision by supporting independent artists through intelligent, honest, and effective marketing strategies. Working at WiT Media for two years allowed him to learn the ins and outs of arts/cultural/lifestyle marketing, advertising sales, and project management. He joined the team at PURPOSE Productions in the fall of 2013, where he applies his agency experience to the community of artists and organizations that he has loved for his entire career.
Tim is currently working on a several book projects, and possesses an uncanny ability to incorporate hip-hop into any discussion.
Sydnie L. Mosley is an artist-activist and educator who produces experiential dance works with her all-women, New York City-based company SLMDances. Through her dance work, the company works in communities to organize for gender and racial justice.
In 2016, Sydnie was awarded participation by BAM and DanceMotion USA in their professional development programming with Creative Capital. She is also a recipient of the CUNY Dance Initiative (AIR 2016), Dancing While Black Artist Fellowship (2015-2016), and The Field Leadership Fund (2015-2017). She produced her most recent evening length work with The Performance Project @ University Settlement (AIR 2015-2016). She is a 2013 alumna of the Create Change Fellowship with The Laundromat Project, and the Gibney Dance Institute for Community Action Training. In 2011, she became the inaugural Barnard Center for Research on Women Alumnae Fellow. She earned her MFA in Dance Choreography from the University of Iowa, and earned her BA in Dance and Africana Studies from Barnard College at Columbia University.
As a performer, Sydnie danced with Christal Brown’s INSPIRIT: a dance company and continues to be a guest artist for Brooklyn Ballet. She is an Adjunct Lecturer with the Barnard College Dance Department, and designed the College’s Dance in the City Pre-College Program.
An advocate for the field, Sydnie served on the Dance/NYC Junior Committee and in 2016 sits on the Advisory Committee to Dance/NYC. She has also contributed writing to Dance Magazine and The Dance Enthusiast.