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
Peggy Robles-Alvarado is a 2021 Jerome Hill Foundation Fellow in Literature, a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, and a 2020 Atticus Review Poetry Contest winner.
She is also a BRIO award winner with fellowships from CantoMundo, Desert Nights Rising Stars, The Frost Place, VONA, Academy For Teachers, and The Home School. She is a three-time International Latino Book Award winner who authored Conversations With My Skin (2011), and Homage To The Warrior Women (2012).
Peggy has been published online in Tribes.org, The Quarry by Split This Rock, The Common, 92Y.org, #worldswelivein, Centro Voices Letras Literary Journal, and NACLA.org. To learn more, visit Robleswrites.com.
FACILITATOR & BOARD MEMBER
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.