L.A. Lee YMCA Mizell Community Center and Niki Lopez of What’s Your Elephant present “The Art of Justice: Art-Making as Catalyst for Social Justice and Collective Action” an art-making series that features social justice-themed presentations, artist-led workshops across literary, visual, and performing arts, and culminating showcases that highlight the work created in the workshops while encouraging critical conversations about access, advocacy, agency, and collective action. This series will run from July 2021 – January 2022.
Workshop: Thursday, October 14; 6:30 – 8:30 PM EST
Artist leading art-making workshop & discussion: Khaulah Naima Nuruddin, visual artist & curator
Special guest: Sheree Greer, text-based artist and founder of Kitchen Table Literary Arts
Solidarity action refers to working with others to perform for the collective betterment. It requires the recognition of injustice and knowledge of society to navigate the social landscape within power, privilege and oppression to work across differences to find a common ground to achieve equity within humanity. This lens inspires solidarity action through the arts. It requires coalition-building within a group and networking with other groups through empathy, cooperation and effective conflict resolution.
About Khaulah Naima Nuruddin (Artist + Curator)
Khaulah Naima Nuruddin is a multimedia artist from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, who lives and works in South Florida. Nuruddin’s work explores the intersections of personal expression and social commentary by initiating public discussion of race, sexuality and the social transfer inherent to her work as a Black visual artist. Nuruddin earned her BFA from The University of South Florida and her MFA from Florida Atlantic University. She is an adjunct studio-art instructor and serves as Curator and Exhibitions Manager for the Spady Cultural Heritage Museum.
Special guest Sheree Greer
(Text-based artist and founder of Kitchen Table Literary Arts)
Sheree L. Greer is a text-based artist living in Tampa, Florida. In 2014, she founded The Kitchen Table Literary Arts Center to showcase and support the work of Black women and women of color writers and is the author of two novels, Let the Lover Be and A Return to Arms, and a short story collection, Once and Future Lovers.
Moderator Niki Lopez
Niki Lopez Afro-Latina, Queer, award-winning interdisciplinary Visual Artist, Activist, Social Practioner, Placemaker and Cultural Programer. Lopez is best known for her vibrant color palette, masks and a collection of works dealing with some of her trauma and healing through the arts which inspired her to create What’s Your Elephant ®. Lopez produces “The Circle”, a weekly Facebook/Youtube live – video podcast sharing stories of our creative community, activists & social entrepreneurs. Niki’s advocacy includes mental health, self-care, and learning to swim.
There will be a virtual showcase Saturday, October 23; 1- 3 PM. We will showcase completed work, have a featured performing artist and other art. To be included:
Did you miss the art-making workshop? Click the Youtube link to watch it now.
You can still submit a digital image of your work to be a part of the virtual showcase IF it’s received by Friday, 10/22 5 PM EST.
Each lens will have:
1 Day: art-making workshop day & community conversation centered on that lens.
1 Day: a showcase of work from the workshop, art from artists, open mic, community dialogue, featured performance artist
This series will culminate in January 2022 with some of the works from each lens, performances.
Support for this project has been provided by the following Funds at the Community Foundation of Broward: Oakland Park Woman’s Club, David and Francie Horvitz Family Fund, Ann Adams Fund and the Mary and Alex Mackenzie Impact Fund.
About the Community Foundation of Broward:
Founded in 1984, the Community Foundation of Broward helps families, individuals and organizations create personalized charitable Funds that deliver game-changing philanthropic impact. 479 charitable Funds represent more than $200 million in assets, distributing $131 million in grants over the past 36 years. The Community Foundation provides bold leadership on community solutions and fosters philanthropy that connects people who care with causes that matter. The Foundation empowers visionaries, innovators and doers to create the change they want to see in the community – and to BE BOLD. www.cfbroward.org