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The Art of Justice

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L.A. Lee YMCA Mizell Community Center What’s Your Elephant and Niki Lopez Presents :

The Art of Justice: Art-Making as Catalyst for Social Justice and Collective Action

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.

Workshop/community dialogue & showcase

Thursday, July 22; 6:30 – 8 PMAOJ: Art-Making workshop w/ Niki Lopez and Alana DaCosta + community dialogue: Access + EquityWATCH
Saturday, July 31; 1- 3 PMAOJ: Virtual Showcase + Community Dialogue featuring QUICKThePoetWATCH
Thursday, August 12; 6:30 – 8:30 PMAOJ: Art-Making workshop + community dialogue: Agency + EquityRSVP
Saturday, August 28; 1- 3 PMAOJ: Virtual Showcase + Community Dialogue featuring singer Alana DaCostaRSVP
Thursday, September 16; 6:30 – 8:30 PMAOJ: Art-Making workshop with Poet: Adejare + community dialogue: Advocacy + EquityRSVP
Saturday, September 25; 1- 3 PMAOJ: Virtual Showcase + Community Dialogue featuring AdejareRSVP
Thursday, October 14; 6:30 – 8:30 PMAOJ: : Art-Making workshop + community dialogue: Solidarity + EquityRSVP
Saturday, October 23; 1- 3 PMAOJ: Virtual Showcase + Community DialogueRSVP
Saturday, January 8; 1-3 PMCulminating exhibition & showcaseRSVP
All programs will be VIRTUAL unless otherwise mentioned

Dates are subject to change without notice, please check back on this web page to confirm.

Artists are inherent risk-takers and creative problem-solvers, and the bold leadership of socially responsible artists have much to contribute to the struggle for justice and equity in our communities. With “The Art of Justice: Art-Making as Catalyst for Social Justice and Collective Action,” What’s Your Elephant and the L.A. Lee YMCA Mizell Community Center invite the community to engage with local artists whose passion for activism and outreach informs their creative work. Lead by artist, advocate and social practitioner, Niki Lopez, this art-making series centers local artist-led workshops across literary, visual, and performing arts while encouraging critical conversations about access, advocacy, agency, and collective action.

“The Art of Justice: Art-Making as Catalyst for Social Justice and Collective Action” provides an opportunity for members of the community to create art in response to social justice themes that affect their livelihood and reflect their experiences. No formal art background is required to participate, and all are welcome. The workshops, which include a social justice presentation, responsive art-making, and community dialogue, take place on Thursdays from 6:30 – 8 PM EST. On Saturdays, from 1- 3 PM EST, the community is invited to view the workshop-created art, watch special performances from local artists, and participate in an open mic.

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

Lead Artist:

Niki Lopez

Feature contributors:

Khaulah Naima Nuruddin

Alana DaCosta

Ciatta Thompson

Press:

August 2021 – Niki Lopez challenges social injustice with new workshop – The Westside Gazette (click to read)