3rd Annual Art of Transformation: A series of artistic events celebrating the revitalization of Opa-locka

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Presented by the Opa Locka Community Development Corporation and powered by The Miami Times, the 3rd annual The Art of Transformation presents an artistic series of events to celebrate the revitalization of Opa-Locka. This year’s series of events highlights how art is capable of encouraging urban and chic renewal. For a detailed schedule of events, visit opalockaart.com.

Performance by Pamela Z
Wednesday, November 12, 7PM – 9PM – Florida Memorial University, Lou Rawls Center for the Performing Arts

Pamela Z is a 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.

The Art of Transformation: Art, Food and Music Festival
Saturday, November 15, 2PM – 10PM – Downtown Opa-locka, Ali Baba Ave between Aladdin Street & Opa-locka Blvd

This lively, all-day community street festival will celebrate Opa-locka and greater South Florida artists and tells the story of Opa-locka’s cultural evolution through art, music, and cuisine. Free and open to the public, it will feature the public opening of the exhibition, 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! During the day, walk the fest on Opa-locka’s famous Ali Baba Ave., and in the evening visit center stage to see who will be crowned Art of Transformation’s Master DJ for 2014! For info: www.opalockaart.com/events/the-art-of-transformation-art-food-street-festival/

Exhibition: In Plain Sight
Saturday, November 15 – Sunday, December 14 – The Arts & Recreation Center, 675 Ali Baba Avenue, Opa-locka

Mondays – Fridays 10am – 6pm; Friday Nov 21 and Dec 12 until 9pm with pop-up wine bar and entertainment. Weekends 12pm – 5pm. VIP opening reception by invitation only.
The exhibition presents internationally recognized artists that draw on the symbolism of the location and Opa-locka’s history to reflect both utopian and realistic visions of place-making as both physical and mental space.

Film by Michaelange Quay: Mange, ceci est mon corps
Sunday, November 16, 2PM – 4PM – Perez Art Museum Miami, 1100 Biscayne Blvd

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Miami Film Festival, Quay, an American-Haitian director/screenwriter, debut his feature film Eat, for This is My Body tells of the evolution of power in Haiti by exploring themes of poverty, sex, race and colonialism.

Dance performance by Nora Chipaumire
Friday, December 5, 7PM – 8:30PM – Little Haiti Cultural Center, 260 NE 59th Terr, Miami

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 image. 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.

Artist talk and reception by Emmanuel Pratt
Saturday, December 13, 2PM – 3PM – The Arts & Recreation Center, 675 Ali Baba Avenue, Opa-locka

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 will be OLCDC’s next artist-in-residence.