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.