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Sankofa Arts Project

whatsyourelephant.org / Sankofa Arts Project

LA Lee YMCA/Mizell Community Center’s Arts & Community Engagement Project

The #SankofaArtsProject is a LA Lee Mizell YMCA Community Center Community Arts & Engagement Project curated and programmed by Niki Lopez of Niki Lopez Creative & What’s Your Elephant. This project seeks to engage the community and use the arts incorporated into the new building to preserve and celebrate the rich history of this land on Sistrunk which also includes an installation by principal artist George Gadson.

Main hashtags to be used: #nikilopezpresents #sankofaartsproject #laleeymca #sistrunk

What’s Your Elephant, Niki Lopez Creative,
LA Lee YMCA/Mizell Community Center


Our mission is to preserve and celebrate the rich history and culture of this land in the Sistrunk community and the history of Provident Hospital, LA Lee YMCA, Mizell Community Center, and people while amplifying community voices through innovative cultural programming that honors the past, present and future with artistic excellence.

Highlighting local, known and unknown heroes of Sistrunk – each wall will be dedicated and used to tell the story of the community and the Y.  References for the art will be created based on historical research and engaging the LA Lee YMCA’s Art & History Ambassador group along with research contributions by The Trailblazers of Broward, African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, Fort Lauderdale Historical Society and C.R.E.A.T.E./ Black Broward. Niki Lopez has been commissioned to design, produce and curate the art in selected spaces of the new  LA Lee YMCA/Mizell Community Center along with selecting local artists to participate in creating works of art and engaging the community in several virtual workshops and talks.  

Virtual Community Engagement Program (Zoom/Facebook Live broadcasts):

Thursday, Feb 11th; 6:30 PM – Sankofa Art Project – Intro to the Sankofa Arts Project. Niki Lopez to share about the project and some of the process involved, George Gadson to discuss his project & process on the Provident hospital.  Panelists include historian Mary Russ-Milligan and Dr. Kymrae Mizell Hill. Word Art wall with community task: see if there are more words to consider. Click here to register

LA Lee / Mizell YMCA Community Center’s Sankofa Arts Project’s Virtual Chat (1 of 3). Recorded LIVE Feb 11, 2021

Thursday, Feb 25th; 6:30 PM – Community Oral History of Sistrunk – The community will be invited to be a part of the chat, bring a photo and/ or share a story connected to Sistrunk. Click here to register

if YOU grew up in the Sistrunk area, PLEASE join the Zoom and share YOUR story/legacy/memory: http://bit.ly/sankofa-oralhistoryofsistrunk Passcode: 928089

More details: https://oralhistoryofsistrunk.eventbrite.com   

This will also stream LIVE on https://www.facebook.com/nikilopezcreative

Thursday, March 25th; 6:30 PM – Artists Chat – Inviting all of the participating artists to share what they are creating for the space, their process and a little about themselves. Click here to register

** Check back for time, Zoom registration links and more details. **