“Beautiful Decay” Exhibition in Opa-locka 9/18/15

“Beautiful Decay” Exhibition in Opa-locka
Friday, 09/18/2015 – 06:00 pm – 09:00 pm
BeautifulDecayThe ARC (Arts & Recreation Center)
675 Ali Baba Avenue,
Opa-locka, Florida 33054
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Cost: Free

“Beautiful Decay” is an architectural exploration into the viability of current methods of habitation. Both real and speculative, the selected projects explore sceneries and scenarios that tackle the issues facing our ever-changing landscape. Featuring local and national architects and designers, the exhibition is curated by Germane Barnes, OLCDC Designer-in-Residence and Lecturer at the University of Miami School of Architecture.

The exhibition will run from September 18 to October 18, 2015.

“Beautiful Decay was inspired by the disillusionment one often experiences with ‪‎architecture‬. Whether professionally or in ‪‎academia‬, one often reaches a critical juncture when they attempt to find their place in the field. Architecture is routinely thought of as limitless and impactful and iconic and autonomous. A lucky few are able to realize those thoughts, the vast majority are not. Miami, a relatively young city, is currently facing that moment. While contemporary projects are beginning to appear across the city, Miami’s rich history is collateral damage.

The goal of this exhibition is to bring attention to issues surrounding but not limited to South Florida. Sea level rise and flooding are no longer speculative topics, but real phenomenon that one physically and visually experiences during the summer months. Architecture in the tropical world is filled with endless, speculative possibilities that need to be explored.

While Beautiful Decay is an attempt to give a ‪Voice to the voiceless, to express the work of locations that are often forgotten or ignored, it is not limited to Miami. ‪Proposals will display instances of global decadence and work that provoke insightful discussion on the world that we inhabit, both positively and negatively.”
➖ Germane Barnes

Beautiful Decay Art Exhibition 9/18/15

Beautiful Decay Art Exhibition
Friday, 09/18/2015 – 06:00 pm – 09:00 pm
Beautiful-Decay-Flyer2-SmallThe ARC
675 Ali Baba Ave,
Miami, Florida 33054
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Cost: Free

Spend the evening at the Arts and Recreation Center in Opa-locka. The Beautiful Decay art exhibition will take you on an architectural exploration into the viability of current methods of habitation. Both real and speculative, the selected projects explore sceneries and scenarios that tackle the issues facing our ever-changing landscapes.

Photographs of River Of Art and Taste of Opa-locka on 6/23/15

Life Is Art, Soul Of Miami, Buskerfest and the Opa-locka CDC present a very special River Of Art and Taste of Opa-locka on Tuesday, June 23, 2105.  Hosted at the brand new Opa-locka Art & Recreation Center, we have teamed up with the Opa-locka CDC and Buskerfest to produce our biggest River Of Art, yet! Featuring ten amazing local artists, a showcase of hot local bands and performers, and tastings by several Opa-locka restaurants, we guarantee this will be worth the drive. Entry includes complimentary tastings from Opa-locka restaurants and wine tasting sponsored by Papi Demi Sec.

* Visual Artists: Ivan Roque, Franklin A. Cedeno, Alfrena Moosa, Gary L. Moore, James Brutus, Paschal, Edwive Seme, Daniel Ferrer, Glenda Ramos, David Bulit

* Live Music and Performance Showcase: Gypsy Cat Band, Dangerfun, The Tribe, Najee Lee

* Restaurant Tastings: Jackson Soul Food, Country Meat Market, Crabman 305 and Leroys BBQ

* Drink Tastings: Papi Demi Sec

Bringing People and Art Together
The River Of Art is an exciting evening of business networking featuring an interesting show, excellent music, delicious cuisine tastings and refreshing beverages. The River Of Art is a monthly gathering place of Miami’s good people, executives, industrialists, innovators, creators, entrepreneurs, changemakers, activists, and artists. Attendees may enjoy a complimentary welcome beer and tastings of the menu included with your entry. Hashtag: #RiverOfArt.

About Opa-locka CDC: The Opa-locka Community Development Corporation (OLCDC) was established in November 1980 as a non-profit community development corporation to address the distressed unemployment conditions, particularly in the Opa-locka and North Dade County, Florida, communities. It began addressing conditions through community organizing and soon expanded to provide community services and develop housing. Over time, tackling the area’s lack of affordable housing became OLCDC’s major focus. Since 1980, OLCDC has developed and sold 145 single-family homes to low-to-moderate-income first-time homebuyers and, through partnerships with private developers, has built over 2500 units of rental housing.

About Buskerfest: Buskerfest Miami is a collaborative organization dedicated to improving civic life through public street performance. We strive for a connected, thriving urban core where the streets of Miami are active and enlivened with local performers, enjoyed by people of all ages and walks of life. We envision a joyous place that is reflective of the tropical urban landscape and attractive to locals and visitors alike.

About the River Of Art Program: The River Of Art is a monthly business networker and art showcase combined. We provide more than just a platform for professionals to get together, discuss business strategies and make connections, we create synergies to help promote business by including an amazing art show of local talent!

About Life Is Art: Life Is Art is a Florida-based 501(c)3 non-profit corporation dedicated to creating positive change in the community with the arts and culture through events and education. We give South Florida artists and civic leaders the tools to thrive and grow, while enhancing the lives of those living in our area.

About Soul Of Miami: The Soul Of Miami has become one of the most popular local community sites in south Florida. It includes an extensive calendar, listing all sorts of happenings from all over the area: charity, arts, happy hours, concerts, networkers, nightlife, fairs, festivals and so much more. Tens of thousands of active south Floridians visiting the site every month.

Premiere Sponsor: Spectrum Miami
Partners: Fabulous MiamiYOMiamiSocialMedia305Catalyst MiamiInTheLoop305
With support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

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A Very Special River Of Art and Taste of Opa-locka 6/23/15

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Life Is Art, Soul Of Miami, Buskerfest and the Opa-locka CDC present a very special River Of Art and Taste of Opa-locka
Tuesday, June 23, 6:00pm-10:00pm
The ARC – Arts & Recreation Center
RiverOfArtWeb-23SOUL675 Ali Baba Avenue
Opa-locka, FL 33054

$10 with Advance Purchase, Promo Code: SOUL
Register Here
$20 at the Door
Proceeds go to support the local arts.
Free Parking

Hosted at the brand new Opa-locka Arts and Recreation Center, this is our biggest River Of Art, yet! Featuring ten amazing local artists, a showcase of hot local bands, and tastings by several Opa-locka restaurants, we guarantee this will be worth the drive! Includes complimentary tastings from Opa-locka restaurants and wine sponsored by Papi Demi Sec. Free parking.

Featuring
Visual Artists: Ivan Roque, Franklin A. Cedeno, Alfrena Moosa, Gary L. Moore, James Brutus, Paschal, Edwive Seme, Daniel Ferrer, Glenda Ramos, David Bulit
Live Music and Performance Showcase: Gypsy Cat Band, Dangerfun, The Tribe, Najee Lee
Restaurant Tastings: Jackson Soul Food, Country Meat Market, Hammond’s Bakery, Crabman 305, Leroys BBQ, Miami Finga Licking, The Sweet Boutique and More
Drink Tastings: Papi Demi Sec

Bringing People and Art Together
The River Of Art is an exciting evening of business networking featuring an interesting show, excellent music, delicious cuisine tastings and refreshing beverages. The River Of Art is a monthly gathering place of Miami’s good people, executives, industrialists, innovators, creators, entrepreneurs, changemakers, activists, and artists. Attendees may enjoy a complimentary welcome beer and tastings of the menu included with your entry.
Hashtag: #RiverOfArt

Premiere Sponsor: Spectrum Miami
Partners: Fabulous Miami – YOMiami – SocialMedia305 – Catalyst Miami – InTheLoop305 – Arts & Business Council – Bakehouse Art Complex – Association of Fundraising Professionals – Social Media Club South Florida – The New Tropic
With support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

META 4: Endurance 5/31/15

META 4: Endurance
Sunday, 05/31/2015 – 01:00 pm – 04:00 pm
META-MAY-flyer-updated-SMLThe ARC
675 Ali Baba Ave.,
Opa-locka, Florida 33054
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

In honor of Haitian Heritage Month, the Opa-locka Community Development Corporation (OLCDC), is hosting META 4: Endurance, a film and visual arts exhibition at the Arts and Recreation Center (ARC) in Opa-locka. The Endurance exhibition celebrates Haiti’s remarkable contribution to humanity and features artists Asser Saint-Val, Guy Syllien, James Brutus and Nzingah Oniwosan in addition to filmmakers Dudley Alexis and Jason Fitzroy Jeffers. Those interested in attending should RSVP by: May 29, 2015.

META 3 The Third Eye Art Exhibition and Panel Discussion 4/26/15

META 3 The Third Eye Art Exhibition and Panel Discussion
Sunday, 04/26/2015 – 01:00 pm – 04:00 pm
Digital CameraThe ARC
675 Ali Baba Ave.,
Opa-locka, Florida 33054
More Info Link
Cost: Free

The 3rd edition of the META art exhibition series features artists Asser Saint-Val, Loni Johnson, Juana Valdes, T. Eliott Mansa, and Robert McKnight. In addition to the artwork, there will be a panel discussion featuring Derek Davis, Robert McKnight, Nzingha Oniwosan and Denise Credle. META is a monthly art series meant to engage the Opa-locka and greater South Florida communities with unique and transformative art, leading up to OLCDC’s annual Art of Transformation in November and December. The Third Eye is open to the public and free to attend. People interested in attending must RSVP by April 24, at http://www.meta3.eventbrite.com/. More information can be found at www.opalockaart.com.

OLCDC Community Paint Day 4/18/14

OLCDC Community Paint Day
Saturday, 04/18/2015 – 07:00 am – 05:00 pm
Ali-Baba-Avenue-designThe ARC
675 Ali Baba Ave.,
Opa-locka, Florida 33054
Eventbrite Link
Cost: Free

With the help of more than 200 volunteers organized by Miami Rise, the Opa-locka Community Development Corporation (OLCDC) under the guidance of renowned artist and landscape architect Walter Hood, will transform a main corridor from a barren, uninviting stretch of asphalt into a vibrant corridor featuring colorful geometric patterns. The project, Site/Cite, is the first phase of Hood’s vision for Opa-locka, and is a major part of the dramatic changes in one of Miami’s most iconic and storied neighborhoods.
Art enthusiasts, volunteers, and those with an interest in sustainable development are invited to participate in the reimagining of Ali Baba Avenue during the Community Paint Day. Materials including paint, brushes, a T-shirt and meals will be provided to hundreds of people participating in painting the avenue, surrounding sidewalks and street furniture, during one of the largest and most iconic participatory public art displays in South Florida.

META Art Series Event 2 3/29/15

META Art Series Event 2
Sunday, 03/29/2015 – 01:00 pm – 04:00 pm
META-march-flyer-Judy-Sayfie_smallThe ARC
675 Ali Baba Avenue,
Opa-locka, Florida 33054
Eventbrite Link
Cost: Free

The March edition of OLCDC’s new art series META is in honor of Women’s History Month and doubles as the opening of “Forces of Nature: Bounce and Flow” featuring artists Elaine Defibaugh, Sheila Elias, Judy Sayfie, and Hattie Mae Williams. The multimedia art exhibition will be a visual feast full of color, fantasy, creative power and energy. The March 29 opening will also include a panel discussion on the transformational value of art, co-moderated by META curator Ludlow Bailey of CADA Conversations and Mikhaile Solomon, Director of Public Art for OLCDC and Founder/Director of PRIZM Art Fair.

Panelists include:
Dr. Carol Damian, Professor of Art History at FIU
Evelyn Pierre, Director of the Haitian Cultural Museum
Marie Vickles, Education Manager for Outreach Programs at the Perez Art Museum Miami / Curator-in-Residence at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex

FREE and open to the public!

“Forces of Nature: Bounce and Flow” will be on display at The ARC from March 29 – April 15, 2015. Exhibition hours: Monday – Friday 10 AM – 5:30 PM. Weekends by appointment only.

META is a monthly art series is meant to engage the Opa-locka and greater South Florida communities with unique and transformative art, leading up to OLCDC’s annual Art of Transformation in November and December.

Third World Film Festival Film Noir vs Neo Noir 3/28/15

Third World Film Festival Film Noir vs Neo Noir
Saturday, 03/28/2015 – 12:00 pm – 08:00 pm
Third-World-Cinema-Project-Film-Festival-UpdatedThe ARC
675 Ali Baba Avenue,
Opa-locka, Florida 33054
Eventbrite Link
Cost: Free

ABOUT THE FILM FESTIVAL

This one-day film festival will explore cinema’s stylish film noir and neo-noir genres in the developing world. Film noir from the 1930s-1950s is characterized by stark, angular shadows; conflicted anti-heroes; chiaroscuro lighting; determined, beautiful, scheming women; obscured scenes; and isolation in modern cities. Neo-noir addresses philosophical questions about the essence of human nature, guilt, redemption, and problems of knowledge, memory and identity, while blurring the lines between right and wrong, good and evil. Two films per genre will be screened to introduce and expose the art of stylized filmmaking and foreign films in Opa-locka.

FREE public event. Viewer discretion is advised as some films may not be suitable for children.

ABOUT THE FILMS & SCREENING TIMES

12:00 PM – The Goddess (“Shennü” – 1934, China) – 85 minutes, drama, PG
Street walker by night, devoted mother by day, a woman fights to get her son an education amid criminal and social injustice in China. Dismissed as immoral by scholars during the Cultural Revolution, it is now one of the best known films of China’s cinematic golden age. Directed by Wu Yonggang.

2:00 PM – Three Monkeys (“Üç maymun” – 2008, Turkey) – 109 minutes, drama, unrated
This strange detective story set in Istanbul traces the journey of a family struggling to stay together and ignore responsibilities by not seeing, hearing, or talking about the truth. Won Best Special Effects at the Golden Orange Film Festival, Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival, and the Golden Anchor Competition Award at the Haifa International Film Festival. Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan.

4:00 PM – Bob the Gambler (“Bob Le Flambeur” – 1956, France) – 98 minutes, drama/thriller, PG
A tribute to classic American gangster films and inspiration for French New Wave filmmakers, Bob Le Flambeur is about an aging gangster and gambler in Paris who navigates the treacherous world of pimps, moneymen and naïve associates while plotting one last score: the heist of the Deauville casino. Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville.

6:00 PM – How to Steal 2 Million (2011, South Africa) – 84 minutes, drama/action, ages 16+
A dark crime drama set in gritty, unforgiving city streets, the film follows a robber who gets out of jail and finds that his partner, who never got caught, has married his former fiancée. Desperate for cash, he agrees to help his partner out with a deviant plan in this South African homage to film noir. Won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, and Best Achievement in Editing at the 2012 African Movie Academy Awards. Directed by Charlie Vundla.

Light refreshments and snacks will be served.

Presented by:
-Florida International University Honors College Third World Cinema class (https://honors.fiu.edu/)
-Opa-locka Community Development Corporation (www.olcdc.org | www.opalockaart.com)

For more info, contact: Nina @ [email protected] | 954.830.4949 or Aileen @ [email protected] | 305.687.3545

Books and BBQ 3/28/15

Books and BBQ
Saturday, 03/28/2015 – 01:00 pm – 04:00 pm
BOOKS-BBQ-v2Magnolia North Community Park
2123 Ali Baba Avenue,
Opa-locka, Florida 33054
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Cost: Free

OLCDC & Bookleggers Library are hosting a fun-filled, family-friendly afternoon at the park, complete with FREE books and $5 BBQ plates! Everyone’s invited!

Bookleggers is a community mobile library based out of South Florida, setting up at rotating venues once a month and giving away free books to the public. As of 2015, Bookleggers Library operates with the generous funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
For those who are new to Bookleggers, the rules are simple:
1) Everyone gets one book for free;
2) We accept trades, a book for a book;
3) Each additional book is $2.

META Forces of Nature Bounce and Flow 3/29/15

META Forces of Nature Bounce and Flow
Sunday, 03/29/2015 – 01:00 pm – 04:00 pm
META-march-flyer-Sheila-EliasThe ARC
675 Ali Baba Ave.,
Opa-locka, Florida 33054
RSVP Link
Cost: Free

The event features a multi-media art exhibition that highlights the visual and performance artistry of Judy Sayfie, Elaine Defibaugh, Sheila Elias and Hattie Mae Williams. The event will also include a panel discussion on the transformational value of art. This event is the second of a four-part META series— a free monthly cultural event designed to engage the South Florida community with unique and transformative art experiences. The exhibition begins on March 29, 2015 from 1-4 PM and runs until April 15, 2015. Curator, Ludlow Bailey, says, “Forces of Nature: Bounce and Flow is a visual feast, full of color, fantasy, creative power and transformational energy.

3rd Annual Art of Transformation: Grand Finale 12/12/14

3rd Annual Art of Transformation: Grand Finale
Friday, 12/12/2014 – 12/12/2014 07:00 pm – 07:00 pm
ClosingARC (Arts & Recreation Center)
675 Ali Baba Ave,
Opa-locka, Florida 33054
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

The 3rd Annual Art of Celebration is a celebration of the revitalization plan of Opa-locka presented by, the non-profit, the Opa-locka Community Development Corporation. Now in its third year, the Art of Transformation has grown into a county-wide series of arts events further celebrating Opa-locka’s historic past, promoting the present, and envisioning its future. The series of events will take place from Wednesday, Nov. 12 through Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, and feature a performance by sound and performance artist Pamela Z, the In Plain Sight Art Exhibition (including sculpture artists Nari Ward and Karyn Olivier, photographer Renee Cox, and installation artist Yashua Klos), an Art, Food & Music Street Festival, a showing of Michelange Quay’s film Eat, for This is My Body, a performance by dancer and choreographer Nora Chipaumire, and workshop by visual artist Emmanuel Pratt.

The Grand Finale of the 3rd Annual Art of Transformation will feature a screening of Renee Cox’s new short film “Sacred Geometry,” which premiered at Art Basel/Miami Art Week, and local talent as closing festivities for the In Plain Sight exhibition (featuring Cox, Yashua Klos, Karyn Olivier, and Nari Ward) and the entire Art of Transformation series of artistic events celebrating the revitalization of Opa-locka, Fla.

Photographs of Art of Transformation VIP Reception at Opa-Locka Art and Recreation Center on 11/14/14

Art of Transformation VIP Reception at Opa-Locka Art and Recreation Center on Friday, November 14, 2014.
THE ART OF TRANSFORMATION SERIES: ” Powered by the Opa-locka Community Development Corporation (OLCDC), The Art of Transformation is an annual celebration of the rebirth of Opa-locka, Fla., Originally an inaugural, single evening in 2011 and the 2nd Annual in 2012 to honor Opa-locka’s historic past, celebrate its present, and envision its bright future, the Art of Transformation has “transformed” itself and evolved into one month of exciting multi-disciplinary artistic events around Miami-Dade County. Curated by Tumelo Mosaka, the 2014 series highlights how art is capable of encouraging urban and civic renewal.”

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3rd Annual Art of Transformation Series 11/12/14 – 12/14/14

3rd Annual Art of Transformation Series
Wednesday, 11/12/2014 – 12/14/2014 07:00 am – 07:00 pm
Art and Recreation Center
675 Ali Baba Avenue,
Miami, Florida 33054
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

THE ART OF TRANSFORMATION SERIES
CELEBRATING THE REVITALIZATION OF OPA-LOCKA
2014 event series highlights how art is capable of encouraging urban and civic renewal

WHAT: The 3rd Annual Art of Transformation, a series of artistic events celebrating the revitalization of Opa-locka
WHO: Curated by
WHEN: November 12th to December 14th, 2014

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014, 7 – 9 PM
Performance by Pamela Z
Lou Rawls Center for the Performing Arts at Florida Memorial University
15800 NW 42nd Avenue, Miami Gardens, FL 33054

Saturday, November 15th to Sunday, December 14th, 2014
Art Exhibition: In Plain Sight
Mondays – Fridays: 10 AM – 6 PM (Fridays till 9 PM with pop-up wine bar & entertainment)
Weekends: 12 – 5 PM
The ARC (Arts & Recreation Center)
675 Ali Baba Avenue, Opa-locka, FL 33054
Nari Ward (Sculpture/Installation)
Karyn Olivier (Sculpture/Installation)
Renee Cox (Photography)
Yashua Klos (Installation)

Saturday, November 15th, 2014, 2 – 10 PM
The Art of Transformation: Art, Food & Music Street Festival
Ali Baba Avenue between Aladdin Street and Opa-locka Boulevard Opa-locka, FL 33054

Sunday, November 16th, 2014, 2 – 4 PM
Film by Michelange Quay
Title: Mange, ceci est mon corps (Eat, for This Is My Body), 2007 Perez Art Museum Miami
1103 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33132
Tumelo Mosaka from South Africa and former Contemporary Curator
of Contemporary Art at the Krannert Art Museum, IL.

Friday, December 5th, 2014, 7 – 8:30 PM
Dance Performance by Nora Chipaumire
Little Haiti Cultural Center
212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, FL 33137

Saturday, December 13th, 2014, 2 – 5 PM
Artist Talk by Emmanuel Pratt & Exhibition Closing
The ARC (Arts & Recreation Center)
675 Ali Baba Avenue, Opa-locka, FL 33054

COST: All events are FREE and open to the public

SPONSORS: The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation National Endowment of the Arts
Surdna Foundation

MEDIA: Nelson Adams IV
Circle of One Marketing
[email protected] (305) 576-3790

INFO: Aileen Alon, P: 305-687-3545 x224
[email protected]

ADDITIONAL: More information on all events and participating artists are available upon request. Interviews are also available based on artist’s schedules.

WEBSITE: www.opalockaart.com

THE TRANSFORMATION:
It began in 2011 when OLCDC was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) “Our Town” Grant to create dynamic public art and engaging spaces to replace street barricades in the city’s most notorious neighborhood. OLCDC partnered with Miami-Dade County Art in Public Places to administer a call to artists, soliciting more than 200 responses from around the world. In Summer 2012, four artists/teams—Gale Fulton Ross, R & R Studios, Jennifer Bonner & Christian Stayner, and Walter Hood—were selected to begin work throughout the City of Opa-locka. They joined forces with renowned urban planners, landscape architects and project developers to implement the public art component of the redevelopment of Opa-locka, particularly in the Magnolia North neighborhood. Since then, the arts have been infused throughout the OLCDC’s revitalization efforts, from housing to infrastructure development to education and more.

ABOUT OPA-LOCKA COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (OLCDC):
The Opa-locka Community Development Corporation (OLCDC) was established in November 1980 as a non-profit community development corporation in order to address the distressed unemployment conditions, particularly in the Opa-locka and North Dade County, Florida, communities. Its primary mission is to transform neighborhoods by capitalizing on community assets, empowering residents and creating community and economic initiatives that serve as a catalyst in promoting sustainable development. For more information about OLCDC, please visit www.olcdc.org.

The 3rd Annual Art of Transformation 11/12/14

The 3rd Annual Art of Transformation
Wednesday, 11/12/2014 – 12/14/2014 07:00 pm –
AOT_logoOpa-locka Community Development Corporation
490 Opa-locka Blvd,
Opa-locka, Florida 33054
Webpage Link
Cost: Varies by event

Art of Transformation Series: November 12th to December 14th, 2014
The Art of Transformation is a celebration of the revitalization plan of Opa-locka presented by the non-profit Opa-locka Community Development Corporation. Now in its third year, the Art of Transformation has grown into a county-wide series of events further celebrating Opa-locka’’s historic past, promoting the present, and envisioning its future. This series highlights how art is capable of encouraging urban and civic renewal.

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014, 7 – 9 PM
Performance by Pamela Z
Lou Rawls Center for the Performing Arts at Florida Memorial University
15800 NW 42nd Avenue, Miami Gardens, FL 33054
Pamela Z is an African-American sound and performance artist who uses technology to create visual and aural narratives with gestural movements, pushing her performance to the edge of dance and evoking the extensive experience of human emotions. She has extensively exhibited and presented her works internationally; is a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship and ASCAP Music Award; and has composed scores for dance, film, and new music chamber ensembles.

Saturday, November 15th to Sunday, December 14th, 2014
Art Exhibition: In Plain Sight
Mondays – Fridays: 10 AM – 6 PM (Fridays till 9 PM with pop-up wine bar & entertainment)
Weekends: 12 – 5 PM; 2 PM – 5 PM on Nov. 15 – Day of the Art, Food & Music Street Festival
The ARC (Arts & Recreation Center) 675 Ali Baba Avenue, Opa-locka, FL 33054
Nari Ward (Sculpture/Installation)
Karyn Olivier (Sculpture/Installation)
Renee Cox (Photography)
Yashua Klos (Installation)

Event Description (Nari Ward, Karyn Oliver, Renee Cox, Yashua Klos):
– NARI WARD (Sculpture/Installation)
Ward creates dramatic sculptural installations composed of found everyday objects from the urban environment to examine race, poverty and consumer culture. Jamaican born and based in New York, Ward has exhibited in the Whitney Biennial and several museums, been commissioned by the United Nations, and received numerous awards.

– KARYN OLIVIER (Sculpture/Installation)
A conceptual artist exploring social interactions and reinterpreting familiar objects and spaces, Olivier will address relationship tensions from Opa-locka’s landscape intersecting between industrial and residential. A Trinidad and Tobago native, Olivier has exhibited in the World Festival of Black Arts and Culture in Senegal, Busan Biennial in Korea, The Studio Museum in Harlem, MoMA P.S. 1 and others.

– RENEE COX (Photography)
Cox questions our views on race, politics, religion and gender using the female body to challenge these pre-existing ideas. She will display a new body of work challenging representation of the black figure. A Jamaican-American artist whose work has been widely exhibited, Cox was awarded the Chrysalis Award by the Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Arts.

– YASHUA KLOS (Installation)
Klos creates large, fragile collages of fragmented portraits that mirror the constant fracturing and reconfiguration of identity. His works explores issues of identity, memory and history through the lens of mythologizing blackness. Klos’ work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. and France, been published in Daniel Parker’s African Art: the Diaspora and Beyond, and reviewed in the New York Times.

Saturday, November 15th, 2014, 2 – 10 PM
The Art of Transformation: Art, Food & Music Street Festival
Ali Baba Avenue between Aladdin Street and Opa-locka Boulevard
Opa-locka, FL 33054
Event Description: This lively, all-day community street festival will celebrate Opa-locka and greater South Florida artists, performers, cuisines and more. Free and open to the public, it will feature the public opening of In Plain Sight, live entertainment and performances, local artists and craft vendors, a variety of prepared foods and food trucks, a fresh market, a Battle of the DJs, a Kids’ Art Zone and much more!

Sunday, November 16th, 2014, 2 – 4 PM
Film by Michelange Quay
Title: Mange, ceci est mon corps (Eat, for This Is My Body), 2007
Perez Art Museum Miami
1103 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33132
Event Description: Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Miami Film Festival, Quay’s evocative debut feature Eat, for This is My Body tells of the evolution of power in Haiti by exploring themes of poverty, sex, race and colonialism. Quay, an American-Haitian director/screenwriter, studied at the University of Miami and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and won the Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival.

Friday, December 5th, 2014, 7 – 8:30 PM
Dance Performance by Nora Chipaumire
Little Haiti Cultural Center
212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, FL 33137
Event Description: Born in Zimbabwe, Chipaumire is an award-winning dancer and choreographer who uses her body to challenge stereotypes of Africa by confronting history and ideologies about the black performing body and its representation. She is an Alpert Award in the Arts recipient and U.S. Artist Ford Fellow who has studied dance throughout Africa, Cuba, Jamaica, and the United States.

Saturday, December 13th, 2014, 2 – 5 PM
Artist Talk by Emmanuel Pratt & Exhibition Closing
The ARC (Arts & Recreation Center)
675 Ali Baba Avenue, Opa-locka, FL 33054
Event Description: Pratt, an artist and founding Executive Director of the Sweet Water Foundation, focuses on community development through the intersection of urban agriculture, interdisciplinary and intergenerational educational programming, food security and sustainable design. He is also the director of the newly formed Aquaponics Center and a Professor of Urban Planning at Chicago State University.

Photographs from the 2nd Annual Art of Transformation in Opa Locka on 11/15/13

2nd Annual Art of Transformation: Celebrating The New Opa-Locka at Opa-locka Executive Airport Private Hangar 51 on Friday, November 15, 2013.  The Opa-locka Community Development Corporation (OLCDC) hosted a wonderful evening dedicated to the historic past, present and bright future of the Opa-locka community. The 2nd annual fundraising event celebrated the revitalization plan to create visual, physical, and economically-sustainable design that involves and empowers residents, while converting the city into a true “Community of Choice.”

We got to see a special preview exhibit by renowned New York-based photographer Hunter Barnes (presenting portraits from his recent residency in Opa-locka), and an architectural installation by Germane Barnes. American hip-hop duo Black Violin performed an eclectic mix of Jazz, hip-hop, funk, and blue grass with Kev Marcus on his violin and Wil B on his viola, they were absolutely amazing.

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The Art Of Transformation: Celebrating The New Opa-Locka 11/15/13

The Art Of Transformation: Celebrating The New Opa-Locka
Art of TransformationFriday, November 15, 2013, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Opa-locka Executive Airport
Private Hangar 51
14933 NW 41st Ave
Opa-Locka, FL 33054

Tickets: $75 per person.
Available Online
Attire: Cocktail chic

The Opa-locka Community Development Corporation (OLCDC) will host an evening dedicated to the historic past, present and bright future of the Opa-locka community.

The second annual fundraising event celebrates the ambitious revitalization plan sponsored by the non-profit organization to create visual, physical, and economically-sustainable design that involves and empowers residents, while converting the city into a true “Community of Choice.”

Surrounded by private jets in the newest private hangar of the Opa-locka Executive Airport, guests will indulge in savory, delectable hors d’oeuvres, enjoy an open bar sponsored by Bacardi, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly and dance to music by DJ Plan Beats. Philanthropist Tracey Wilson-Mourning will be hosting this festive evening celebrating Opa-locka.

Guests will be treated to live painting, pop-up performances by multidisciplinary artists, a special preview exhibit by renowned New York-based photographer Hunter Barnes (presenting portraits from his recent residency in Opa-locka), and an architectural installation by Germane Barnes. American hip-hop duo Black Violin will perform an eclectic mix of Jazz, hip-hop, funk, and blue grass with Kev Marcus on his violin and Wil B on his viola.

Sponsors: AT&T
Related Urban
Cornerstone Group
City of Opa-locka
Sharpton & Brunson
Room2Bloom
M & M Title
HalKeen Management Inc.
Bacardi
Barefoot Wine & Bubbly
Golin Harris
Stull & Lee
One United Bank
Opa-locka Flea Market
WLRN
Jessie Trice Community Health Center

Arthritis Foundation Held Annual Walk At Amelia Earhart Park

(Miami, Florida) – The Arthritis Foundation held their annual Miami-Dade Arthritis Walk at the Amelia Earhart Park in early November.  Hundreds gathered onsite to begin the customary walk that helps raise awareness to improve the lives of those suffering from arthritis or related diseases.  Monies raised at the event are placed in programs that facilitate information and preventive care to those individuals prone to develop the disease, and to other care programs that are developed to provide assistance to those who have already been diagnosed. 

Among the honorees was Henry “Turlte” Thomas, Community Honorary Chair.  Thomas is the head coach of the FIU baseball team which was able to reach the NCAA Regionals two years in a row.  Coach Thomas very proudly accepted his title to increase community involvement at the Arthritis Walk. 

Medical Honorary Chair, Jorge L.Orbay, M.D. is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in hands and upper extremities.  Dr. Orbay has developed implant systems that have significantly improved the lives of his patients, and continues to make a remarkable difference through his Miami Hand and Upper Extremity Institute which provides specialized care, treatment, surgery and rehabilitation to arthritis patients. 

Kiyah Hall was the Child Honoree.  Hall was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis at the age of six.  Through the Arthritis Foundation, her family is optimistic that she will be able to lead a perfectly normal life.

Arthritis is the nation’s most common cause of disability with over 50 million men, women and children diagnosed.  The Arthritis Foundation organizes the nationwide Arthritis walk every year in an effort to continue raising awareness and be able to fund its fight against arthritis.

The walk featured live entertainment, refreshments, food stations, healthy activities, educational opportunities and a kid’s area for face painting, a petting zoo and pony rides. 

Members of the Coral Gables Woman’s Club (CGWC) showed their support alongside President, Mireya Kilmon, who for many years has been battling arthritis.  CGWC was a bronze sponsor along with Dunkin Donuts, Interval International, Miami Party Entertainment, SeaFreight and Preferred Care Partners.

Saul & Theresa Esman Foundation was the Platinum sponsor, followed by Silver sponsors Goya, The Hand Institute, Kendall Pain Relief Center and Leon Medical Centers.

FIU also made an appearance with its students, alumni, sports teams and, one we could not have done without, Roary. 

For more information about the Arthritis Foundation Walk, please visit http://www.miamiwalk.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1022462  ■

OLCDC Art of Transformation 10/19/12

OLCDC "Art of Transformation"
238Friday, October 19, 2012, 7:00PM – 11:00PM
Opa-locka Executive Airport
15001 Northwest 42nd Avenue
Opa-Locka, FL 33054
Buy Tickets Online

Stand Up! You’re being Transformed!

Be a part of the revitalization of one of South Florida’s most beloved neighborhoods Opa-locka. The Art of Transformation will be a fun event and party that will launch Opa-locka’s "Community Gateways" project- a public arts project financed by the National Endowment of the Arts that will revitalize Opa-Locka with an award-winning team of national artists. The festivities will take place at the Opa-locka Executive Airport on the tarmac, under the breezeway, surrounded by private jets.

National recording artists En Vogue will perform.

Full open bar sponsored by Bacardi and featuring delectable passed hors d’oeuvres and staffed gourmet buffet.

The Art of Transformation with En Vogue 10/19/12

The Art of Transformation with En Vogue
231Friday 10.19.12, 7:00pm-11:00pm
Opa Locka Exeutive Airport
14201 NW 42nd Ave
Opa-Locka, FL 33054
Tickets $100, Buy Tickets Online or call 305-576-3790
www.olcdc.org

Hosted by the Opa Locka Community Development Corporation: Celebrating the Revitalization of Historic Opa-locka!

The Opa-locka Development Corporation hosts an evening dedicated to "The Art of Transformation," a celebration of the historic past, present and bright future of the Opa-locka community. The event marks the kick off of the Opa-locka "Community Gateways" program, a revitalization in collaboration with Miami- Dade County Art in Public Places, to remove the barricades formerly known as the "Triangle"and to create visual, physical and economically-sustainable design that involves and empowers the community, while converting the city into a true "Community of Choice."

Surrounded by private jets on the runway of the Opa-locka Executive Airport, guests will indulge in savory, delectable hors d’oeuvres, enjoy a full bar sponsored by Bacardi and dance to the music of soulful, pop and R&B group, En Vogue. For more information and tickets call 305-576-3790

Mothers March on Starvation 5/12/12

Mothers March on Starvation
Saturday May 12, 2012., 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
The march will circle around the Historical City Hall and Sherbondy Park blocks
777 Sharazad Boulevard
Opa Locka, Florida. 33054
[email protected]

The event will run from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm with entertainment to provide ample time for people to come and go at will. The actual march will commence at 10:00 pm,

The Coalition of African Queen Mothers in America will present the Mothers March on Starvation and we are inviting your organization to participate with banners or flags and most importantly donations. This is a much needed alert and the Coalition has partnered with other groups to bring the awareness of children and families suffering the pains of hunger.

Hunger should not be a problem in our rich country. To bring this issue to our community we will March on Starvation, Saturday May 12, 2012. The event will run from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm with entertainment to provide ample time for people to come and go at will. The actual march will commence at 10:00 pm, we ask that everyone wear all white to show solidarity. The march will circle around the Historical City Hall and Sherbondy Park blocks address 777 Sharazad Boulevard, Opa Locka Florida. 33054

Don’t miss this event it will be a big day and we want you to help make a difference in the lives of many indigent people that need assistance in our communities. Most importantly this is a march to give until it helps, donations of checks, money orders must be made out to the charitable organization participating in the march a list is enclosed with this letter. Also, dry goods are accepted. NO CASH. We would greatly appreciate you and others joining us with your donations.

Please send your tax deductible donation to Rising Son & Star Sisters HG&D, addressed to Chase Bank 5800 NW 7th Ave, Miami, FL 33127 memo corner: Mothers March on Starvation it will help us serve our community. Yes, your donations are tax deductible.

For more infor: call Q.M. Nana Boatenmaa @ tele: 786-553-5126 or Mr. Lorenzo Laidler Jr. @ tele: 786-348-4489. Thank you for your consideration; if you are interested in being a group leader please register at email: [email protected]

Universoul Circus coming to Sun Life Stadium 3/23-28/10


Let some fun shine in at Universoul Circus, with high-flying performances by acrobatic aerialists, dancing in the aisles to a love concert of songs spanning from Motown hits to today¹s chart-toppers, acrodunk stunt b-ballers, contortionists, a daring tiger act and more. The talented performers come from all corners of the globe, making this circus one of the most entertaining, eclectic and colorful events in live entertainment. The UniverSoul Circus is the most interactive circus in the world!

Visit http://www.universoulcircus.com, find us on Facebook (facebook.com/universoulcircus) or follow us on Twitter (@usoulcircus) for info and full schedule. March 23-28, Sun Life Stadium.