Mother + Creator.Emancipator.Oracle. (CEO)

A. Nia Austin-Edwards

A. Nia Austin-Edwards (ANAE) has built a life around the praxis of collective care through writing, performing, creating, marketing, listening, mothering, 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 greater community (Ujima), cooperative economics amongst that community (Ujamaa), and creating purposefully and faithfully (Kuumba, Nia, Imani) are the foundation of all that Nia does.

ANAE’s performing career began in a 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. Nia has gone on to work 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-Saunders. ANAE has also presented choreography through Movement Research at South Oxford Space, at Triskelion Arts, and in a self-produced evening at BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange. Nia was a Dance/USA John R. Munger Research Fellow from 2014-2015 and an Editor & Contributor for The Dance Enthusiast from 2013-2016.

Since Kwanzaa of 2012, 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. PURPOSE Productions has also hosted workshops in a variety of subjects from marketing to their signature #LiberatedLifedstyle practice.

Visioning Partner (VP) for Institutional Culture

Timothy Prolific Edwaujonte

Timothy Prolific Edwaujonte (formerly Veit Jones) is a poet, educator, genealogist, and organizer whose creative work operates in the continuum of the Black Arts Movement, using a multi-disciplinary approach rooted in Hip-Hop culture as an Afro-Indigenous folkloric praxis. Prolific has performed poetry and facilitated workshops at venues including Cornell University, Columbia University, Rikers Island, STooPS, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, SOB’s, and the Weeksville Heritage Center. Timothy has been published in African Voices, The Inquisitive Eater, Voicemail Poems, the Dancing While Black 2012-2018 Community Syllabus, 12th Street, the graphic novel Gunplay, the Penmanship Book anthology 30/30 Vol. 2, The Ferguson Moment, and YRB Magazine. He appeared as a cultural critic on the MNet show “Headliners,” is the former co-host of Sweet Success Sundaes – a show about entrepreneurship on Bondfire Radio, and managed the Queens-bred emcee SoSoon (and co-executive produced his debut album The Bandwagon). Through his former 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. Tim was a Riggio Writing and Democracy Fellow at The New School, and is a graduate fellow at The Watering Hole. He is the author of Prolific, Musaic: 40 Days, 40 Nights, Ofrenda para las ancestras, and the forthcoming ethnographic book of poetry titled Water + Blood.

One of the driving forces in Edwaujonte’s life is a dedication to supporting individuals and communities through visionary partnerships. As part of the Blackout Arts Collective, Prolific learned how to use art to pursue social justice, which often entailed organizing showcases, teaching classes and workshops in schools, community centers, and prisons. Working at WiT Media for two years allowed him to learn the ins and outs of arts/cultural/lifestyle marketing, web design, advertising sales, and project management. He joined the team at PURPOSE Productions in the fall of 2013, where he applies the sum of his collective experiences to its sojourners as its Visioning Partner for Institutional Culture.

As an educator, Timothy has worked at a teaching artist at Harlem Village Academies, Unity Preparatory Charter School (through EM Movement Techniques), TRUCE Media and Arts at the Harlem Children’s Zone (where he served as Managing Editor of Harlem Overheard, a magazine of student work). Prolific is currently teaching Kuumba/Integrated Arts at the Ember Charter School for Mindful Education, and is the co-founder of the Owo Foro Adobe publishing and performance collaborative.

He is from Uniondale (Long Island), and lives in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, New York.

Visioning Partner (VP) for Institutional Clarity

Regina Dowdell

Regina Dowdell is a digital-minded, marketing and PR creative with an entrepreneurial spirit focused on helping individuals and emerging companies change the world. Through effective communication, media engagement and a strong digital presence, Regina supports forward-thinking organizations, across all industries from non-profit to technology, spread their messages and scale.

An avid traveler and self-proclaimed Super Mom, Regina is based in New York City.

Visioning Partner (VP) for Institutional Thriving

Tara L. Daniels

Born and raised in St. Louis and currently residing in Brooklyn, Tara Daniels is an educator and a multidisciplinary artist. Blessed by the Creator, she supports the experiences and stories of historically marginalized people and uses her ability to empathize with others within her work. Along with her work at PURPOSE Productions, Tara guides Black and brown young people with restorative justice, mediations, and community building skills. She is also studying to receive her MA in Youth Studies. Yes, she’s aware she’s doing a lot.