LEARN OUR PURPOSE
1. Provide a platform for literary and performance artists to explore, create, develop and see their work come to life.
2. Produce necessary work established in meaningful art that emphasizes the current state of our world and our future.
3. Create a community for artists to grow and prosper through our mentorship program.
1. We seek to establish a collective of artists that will present works to the underserved communities throughout New York City, especially within The Bronx.
2. Art education is vital to the development of the community, applying increased benefits such as literacy, speech, critical thinking and creativity.
3. While bringing artists together, our artistic movement will create new experiences to inspire a defining perspective of art.
1. Art Defined Productions is a movement to address the hardships of artists searching for safe spaces to express, share and call home.
2. We offer insights into the professional world by creating opportunities in a nurturing environment.
3. Throughout our cultivating environments, we encourage your unique artistic voice to be heard. By taking full ownership of your craft, you will approach your career understanding your intrinsic value.
4. Ready to have your art to be seen, heard and honoured?
THE STORY THUS FAR
MEET THE TEAM
Amira Mustapha is a Ghanaian-American Bronx-based artist, having founded Art Defined, because she wanted to create a platform for artists to explore, create, develop, and see their work come to life.
She has developed successful programs within her organization, like Poetic Affair, an open mic. In addition, Amira is looking to create a mentorship program where artists will be able to grow and prosper.
Since 2013, Amira has receieved multiple Community Arts Fund Grants from the Bronx Council on the Art, and since 2014, she has garnered annual support from the "nation's largest nonprofit organization serving creative writers," Poets and Writers, Inc. In 2019, Amira was presented with the Bharati Foundation Leadsership Award for her service, dedication, and commitment to the art community.
FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Juan Ramirez, Jr. is a Borinquén-Chapín-Bronx playwright, monologist, director, screenwriter, filmmaker, poet, and producer. His play, Calling Puerto, made Second Round for the Austin Film Festival, is a Miranda Family Voices Latinx Finalist with Repertorio Espańol, is a 2020 BAPF Finalist, and is a recipient of the 2019 BRIO Award.
His notable productions include Ridin' Shotgun (Best Play Downtown Urban Arts Festival), The American Dream (NAV Playwrights Festival, BBTF), Wall (LaTea, Cimientos), Stroke of Madness (Ingenio Milagro, Cimientos) and Don Juan (Dixon Place).
Juan is also a film assessor, script reader, dramaturg, and teaching artist. He received his B.A. from Lehman College and his MFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. To learn more, visit JuanRamirezJr.com.
Angela is a Dominican-American actor, director, filmmaker, writer, and photographer based in NYC. She is a recent graduate from Lehman College with BFA in Multimedia Performing Arts, Theatre track. She is a recipient for the City Artist Corps Grant where she produced and starred in Broadway Bound Theatre Festival’s, The Love Hate Club, written by Juan Ramirez, Jr..
She completed the Labyrinth Theatre Company intensive workshops directing a devised piece called Over the Wall. Recent credits include: ECHOES (various) with Primary Stages at 59E59, The Love Hate Club (Mia) part of the Broadway Bound Theatre Festival and Future Classics Festival, Chain Theatre’s One Act of Kindness (Amila), Love Stings (Director) with Conchshell International Film Festival, Radial Gradient with 20by20 Fringe Lime Arts Productions, Calling Puerto Rico (Debra) with 24 Hour Plays. She starred as Jada in the award-winning Best Bronx Film Alone With My Demons, part of the 2020 NYC Quarantine Film Festival. Recently, she finished filming a recurring role in the upcoming web-series #30s. To learn more, visit TheAngelaReynoso.com.
Social Media Marketer
Okiemute is a Nigerian coder, researcher, and social media marketer who plans on attending Emory University this fall, majoring in biology in the Pre-Med track. She is a recent graduate from Manhattan Center from Science and Mathematics. Here, she participated in sports like Track and Field and Softball; she was also involved in school activities like African Student Association, Math club, and Photography club.
In Art Defined Productions, Okiemute hopes to build her skills as a social media marketer intern by promoting events and interacting with viewers. Furthermore, she hopes to create connections and gain skills which would improve her presence on social media and in real life.
Kadiatou is a Guinean coder, designer, and website developer. She’s a senior at Central Park East High School and hopes to study computer science in college. At school she participates in volleyball, and is also involved in clubs like the Muslim Student Association, Model UN, Coding club, Film club, and girls who code.
In Art Defined Productions, Kadiatou wants to be a part of the creative process where she could discuss her innovative ideas to improve the organization. Overall, she hopes to gain a better understanding of web design and showcase her creativity.