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#METAseries: Afro-Luminosity - Exhibit
Now through Sunday, May 14, 2017

STEP UP MIAMI - Opa-locka
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
5:30-8 pm

STEP UP MIAMI - Opa-locka
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
5:30-8 pm

Friday, March 31, 2017
7-9 pm

Saturday, April 15, 2017
9 am -5 pm

Saturday, April 22, 2017
9 am -5 pm

2017 #METAseries: Afro-Luminosity

Don't miss our first 2017 #METAseries exhibition, Afro-Luminosity, featuring artists
Bayunga Kialeuka | Doba Afolabi | Gary Logan | Kandy Lopez | Indrias Kassave | Saddi Khali | Michael Hudson

Presented by OLCDC in conjunction with curator Ludlow Bailey and CADA Conversations

Exhibition open through May 14

Toast to Art: Paint Nights

RSVP for March 31

Inside|Out in Opa-locka

This February, Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) kicks off its second year of Inside|Out, which brings high-quality reproductions of art from the Museum's permanent collection to the community. OLCDC will host Inside|Out in Opa-locka.

2016 Art of Transformation Events


"SAY IT LOUD" and its related programming, curated by Tumelo Mosaka, features work by prominent contemporary artists who explore a range of experiences that not only address the re-imagination and representation of blackness, but also examine the fear, trauma, and grief transpiring in black communities.


The Throwaways
(2014 | 62 minutes)
Directed by Bhawin Suchak & Ira McKinley

The Throwaways is a personal exploration of the devastating impact of police brutality and mass incarceration on the black community told through the eyes of formerly incarcerated activist filmmaker Ira McKinley. With rawness, urgency and power, this award-winning documentary film speaks directly to the national movement rising up to fight back against a wave of police killings of black people in America.

Presented in partnership with Freedom Flicks


The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
(2015 | 1 hour, 55 minutes)
Directed by Stanley Nelson

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution is the first feature length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture, its cultural and political awakening for black people, and the painful lessons wrought when a movement derails. Master documentarian Stanley Nelson goes straight to the source, weaving a treasure trove of rare archival footage with the voices of the people who were there: police, FBI informants, journalists, white supporters and detractors, and Black Panthers who remained loyal to the party and those who left it.


Curated by Tumelo Mosaka, the 5th Annual Art of Transformation Series is themed "SAY IT LOUD!" and will feature an exhibition of work by prominent contemporary artists Michael Paul Britto, Myra Greene, Joshua R. McFadden, Mario Pfeifer and Roberto Visani and films by Bhawin Suchak & Ira McKinley and Stanley Nelson. "SAY IT LOUD!" is inspired by the James Brown song of the same name that addresses racial discrimination and calls for black empowerment. The call in this context is a rallying cry for all to mobilize against injustice and discrimination, as well as embrace black culture pride in the United States and African Diaspora. The artists explore a range of experiences that not only address the re-imagination and representation of blackness, but also examine the fear, trauma, and grief transpiring in black communities.


Visual artist and DJ Michael Paul Britto creates works that respond to everyday realities. Growing up in New York, Britto was influenced by urban culture and life of the city. He received his BA from City College of New York, and later worked in advertising and television, which has influenced his use of pop culture references in his work, which includes videos, digital photography, sculpture, collage and performance. He has had residencies at the New Museum in New York, Smack Mellon, The Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation and LMCC. His work has been included in exhibitions at The Studio Museum of Harlem, the Zacheta National Gallery in Warsaw, the Victoria & Albert Museum in England, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, Brooklyn (2015), Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, New Jersey (2015) and El Museo Del Barrio, New York (2015). Britto has been written about in The New York Times, Art in America, and the Brooklyn Rail.


Myra Greene was born in New York and received her BFA from Washington University in St. Louis and MFA in photography from the University of New Mexico. She has received several fellowships from Illinois Arts Council and completed residencies at Light Work in Syracuse, New York, and the Center for Photography at Woodstock. Her work has been featured in several museums and galleries including Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City (2013), Art Museum of the Americas in Washington, D.C. (2012), FotoFest in Houston (2010), Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco (2008) and Wadsworth Museum in Hartford, Connecticut (2006). She resides in Chicago, Illinois, where she is an Associate Professor of Photography at Columbia College, Chicago.


Joshua Rashaad McFadden, originally from Rochester, New York, received his BFA from Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina and MFA in Photography from Savannah College Art and Design. McFadden was inspired to combine his passion for civil and human rights with his passion for the arts. Projects such as Colorism, After Selma, and Come to Selfhood, address various issues that affect aspects of African-American culture and have made a global impact. McFadden was named one of the top emerging talents in the world by LensCulture and received the first place International Photography Award (IPA) for After Selma (2015). McFadden authored his first book of photographs and text from his series Come to Selfhood (ceiba Editions, 2016) and was recently awarded the first place IPA for the same series.


Mario Pfeifer from Germany studied art at the HGB Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig (2003-2006), the University of Arts Berlin (2005-2007), the Städelschule Frankfurt (2007-2008) and later the California Institute of the Arts (2008-2009). His work includes film, video installations, photography and text-based installations exploring cultural and political conditions defining our contemporary times. He has exhibited at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Santiago de Chile, Fotomuseum Winterthur, the Goethe-Institut New York and KOW Galerie, Berlin, among many places. He lives between Berlin and New York.


Roberto Visani is a multi-media artist residing in Brooklyn, New York. He received an MFA from the University of Michigan and a BFA from Minnesota State University, Mankato. He has exhibited internationally at venues such as the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; The Studio Musuem in Harlem, New York; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, California; The Contemporary Arts Center, Cleveland, Ohio; Barbican Galleries, London, UK; and the Ghana National Museum in Accra. He began creating his iconic gun sculptures while on Fulbright in Ghana. Since then, he has focused on the gun symbol as the subject for his sculptures. Visani teaches at John Jay College, CUNY, New York, where he is an Associate Professor of Art.


Tumelo Mosaka is an independent curator from Johannesburg, South Africa. Mosaka has curated several national and international exhibitions including Andrew Lyght: Full Circle, Dorsky Art Museum, New York (2016), Poetic Relations, Perez Art Museum, Miami (2015), the 1st edition International Biennale of Contemporary Art in Martinique (BIAC) (2014), and Through the Eyes of Others, Opa-locka, Florida (2015). Prior to New York, he was the former Contemporary Art Curator at the Krannert Art Museum (KAM) in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, where he curated several exhibitions including: Blind Field (2013), OPENSTUDIO (2011), MAKEBA! (2011) among others. Previous to joining KAM, Mosaka was also the Associate Curator of Exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum where he curated Infinite Islands: Contemporary Caribbean Art (2007), and Passing/Posing: Kehinde Wiley (2004). Mosaka lives and works in New York City.

The Art of Transformation

OLCDC's 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.

As a 501(c)(3) established in 1980, OLCDC has successfully provided critical services to low-income families and communities, particularly in Opa-locka and north Miami-Dade, including but not limited to quality affordable housing and real estate development; financial and housing counseling services; job, career, and economic development; education, family, and health initiatives; civic engagement and planning; and arts, culture, and creative industry.

In 2011, the OLCDC received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)'s Our Town program for creative placemaking to begin to strategically shape the social, physical, and economic character of Opa-locka around arts and cultural activities. OLCDC in partnership with Miami-Dade County's Art in Public Places launched a national call to artists for public art and public space designs, including proposals to replace metal barricades installed in 1987 around the Magnolia North neighborhood (formerly "The Triangle") to curb drug trafficking and crime.

A collaborative selection process led to four artist teams being chosen out of over 200 responses to work with existing architects, project developers, urban designers, community members and partners to implement this public art component of the neighborhood's redevelopment. In July 2012, OLCDC hosted the Opa-locka Arts Master Planning Charrette with the artists to develop the conceptual framework for incorporating art into revitalization projects throughout the city, with Magnolia North as the pilot neighborhood.

The artists are currently in various stages of implementing their individual projects in the neighborhood and throughout the city. The projects will serve as emblems of the goal that public art works do not serve as standalone fixtures in space but as integral elements of the public realm.

In a few years, this community will be very different from today. We believe these physical changes will create a new spirit and energy. The transformation will come from beautifully rehabbed or new housing, safer streets and lush landscaping, parks and playgrounds for kids, public art that celebrates our history, new programs to improve the health and wellness of our neighbors, education programs for our youth, and more.

Our overarching goal: by 2026, its centennial year, Opa-locka will become one of the region's better known centers of the arts, culture and living. Its population will have risen as its reputation as a 'community of choice' grows, one where people want to live, work, play and create. This is not going to happen because we are displacing residents to build million dollar condos or a fancy shopping mall. This is going to happen because we are investing in the community.




Contact Aileen Alon, OLCDC Director of Arts & Creative Industry - aileen@olcdc.org or 305-687-3545 x224.