MEET THE CURATORS
Nia Campinha-Bacote is passionate about connecting public health and spiritual wellbeing to drive racial and social equity. She previously interned as a hospital chaplain at the Yale New Haven Hospital, leading a spirituality group for patients in the psychiatric units and providing spiritual care for the Emergency Department and Intensive Care Units patients. Nia believes deeply in the transformative power and healing presence of music and is classically trained on the piano. From singing over patients in their final moments, to playing the piano as a form of prayer as she preaches, Nia seeks to integrate music into all aspects of her ministry. Nia received her Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School and Yale’s Institute of Sacred Music and also holds a bachelor's in Health and Human Biology with a focus on Race and Ethnic Disparities in Health and Disease from Brown University.
JaQuan Beachem is a graduate of Yale Divinity School, receiving his Master of Divinity in May of 2021. JaQuan holds a B.A. in Theater & Performance from Bard College and is an interdisciplinary artist, chaplain and theologian. It is through these avenues that JaQuan practices storytelling — the act of sharing, receiving and holding one’s own narrative with the intention of engaging another’s — with care and compassion. JaQuan believes that the arts have the agency to reclaim time and space to cultivate atmospheres of healing, reconciling, and community building.
Nedelka F. Prescod
Nedelka F. Prescod
NEDELKA F. PRESCOD is a singer-songwriter, educator and organizational consultant focused on Black culture, spirituality and social justice. A daughter of proud Panamanians, Nedelka was inspired from an early age by her family’s commitment to the practice of social activism and community building through music in the U.S., Caribbean and Central America. In 2019, she created the Unsilenced Voice Project to shed light on the trauma experienced by women and create pathways for healing through music and community dialogue. With over 25 years of experience teaching in a range of educational settings, while simultaneously evolving as a performing and recording artist, Nedelka finds herself now in seminary at Yale Divinity School.