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LA Lee Mizell YMCA Community Center, What’s Your Elephant and Niki Lopez Presents :

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

Series from July 2021 - January 2022


The LA Lee Mizell YMCA 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.


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.

** Since the new LA Lee Mizell YMCA Community Center is under construction, the first several events will be virtual.


To be considered, artwork MUST align with 1 or more of the lenses of focus:


Dates: Workshop/community dialogue & showcase


1. Access: Access (+ Equity) Open and Available to All

DEADLINE: July 26


Thursday, July 22; 6:30 - 8 PM - Workshop + Community Dialogue

Saturday, July 31; 1- 3 PM - Showcase


2. Agency: Capacity to affect change

DEADLINE: August 21

Thursday, August 12; 6:30 - 8PM - Workshop + Community Dialogue

Saturday, August 28; 1- 3 PM - Showcase


3. Advocacy: Skills to effect change

DEADLINE: September 18

Thursday, September 16; 6:30 - 8PM - Workshop + Community Dialogue

Saturday, September 25; 1- 3 PM - Showcase

 

4. Solidarity: Collectively working for change

DEADLINE: October 9

Thursday, October 14; 6:30 - 8PM - Workshop + Community Dialogue

Saturday, October 23; 1- 3 PM - Showcase

 

CULMINATING: Access, Agency, Advocacy, Solidarity & Equity

DEADLINE: December 24

Culminating exhibition & showcase

Saturday, January 8; 1- 3 PM


For more information, visit: whatsyourelephant.org/theartofjustice 

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Featured community partners:

What's Your Elephant

Niki Lopez Creative, LLC

Kr8tive Uprising

Let's Get Social:

https://www.instagram.com/whatsyourelephant

https://www.facebook.com/whatsyourelephant

https://www.instagram.com/laleeymca

https://www.facebook.com/laleeymcaftlauderdale

https://www.instagram.com/nikilopez19

https://www.instagram.com/kr8tiveuprisinginc

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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.



What's Your Elephant LGBTQ Series

#nikilopezpresents #whatsyourelephant

What's Your Elephant™ is a movement that uses the arts to create safe spaces to address the unspoken.

What's Your Elephant™ (WYE) is a combination of art exhibits, interactive installations, discussions, and workshops that are designed to provoke awareness by unveiling unaddressed topics. Themes often include, but are not limited to: gender, sexuality, discrimination, and abuse. WYE shows us how art can heal and be a tool to process complex conversations, helping us to unpack the things that we, and the world around us, are challenged by. WYE also intentionally aims to destigmatize mental health topics and counseling.

WYE collaborates with artists of all types, at-risk groups, non-profits, corporate organizations, grassroots entities, and the general public to uplift the value of the creative arts in assisting us with self­-healing, which only strengthens our interpersonal and community ties.

The What's Your Elephant™ series has typically explored many 'elephants,’ though sometimes there is an annual focus. This year, our series will highlight LGBTQ+ communities. We will be collaborating with grassroots community partners such as NAMI Broward County, World AIDS Museum and Educational Center, Ujima Men's Collective, Black Lesbian Archives, and Transpire Trainings & Consulting, and inviting our communities to make art, get vulnerable, and connect.

WYE 2021/2022 will offer a hybrid of both in-person and virtual events.


Opening night: Friday, August 20, 2021; 

1310 Gallery 6:30-8 PM  at the 1310 Gallery, Sailboat Bend Artist Lofts.


Theme:

There are many ‘elephants’ that LGBTQ+ and non-LGBTQ people share. However, there are also ‘elephants’ that specifically and disproportionately impact LGBTQ+ communities. This year, our goal is to address topics and challenges related to experiencing life as an LGBTQ+ person.

Call for Art:

Open to all mediums, including paintings, sculpture, installation art, video art, mixed media, 2D and 3D works. Preference is given to interactive and/or installation pieces. Submitted artwork should fit or complement the theme “Elephant in the Room,” and should address 'elephants' within LGBTQ+ communities and spaces. Works can be conceptual or literal in context.

All works must be original, and hang-ready or virtual display ready. Artists are responsible for getting their work to any applicable drop-off locations.

This call is open to South Florida artists for the in-person exhibition, and this year’s virtual show exhibit is open to displaying digital works from anywhere in the country.

Adjusting to COVID-19:

Due to the current state of the pandemic, and varying levels of comfort and safety, there will be a mix of in-person events (adhering to the most updated COVID safety protocols), as well as entirely virtual art-making workshops, showcases and events.

Series Kickoff:

Note: CALL FOR ARTISTS is for local art only, with in-person exhibition to take place at the 1310 Gallery in Fort Lauderdale, FL

What’s Your Elephant: Taste the Rainbow

CALL FOR ART DEADLINE: Friday, August 13, 2021

Addressing elephants within LGBTQ+ communities


WYE Workshop + Presenter - Saturday, August 7 (in-person) 1-3 PM

WYE Workshop + Presenter - Thursday,  August 19 (Virtual) 6:30-8 PM

Showcase/exhibition (in person) - Friday, August 20th, 2021: 1310 Gallery, 6:30-8:00 PM

Virtual Showcase/exhibition - Saturday, September 4th, 2021, 1-3 PM


For more information, visit: whatsyourelephant.org

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Featured community partners:

NAMI Broward County

Ujima Men's Collective

Black Lesbian Archives

Transpire Trainings & Consulting

World AIDS MUSEUM and Educational Center

Center for Sustainable Healthy Equitable Communities

Funding for this project is provided, in part, by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners, as recommended by  the Broward Cultural Council

Let's Get Social:

https://www.instagram.com/whatsyourelephant

https://www.instagram.com/nikilopez19

https://www.facebook.com/whatsyourelephant

https://www.facebook.com/nikilopezart

https://twitter.com/nikiartstudio

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WYE: LGBTQ+ Series, June 2021 - March 2022


What’s Your Elephant: “Taste the Rainbow”

Addressing elephants within LGBTQ+ communities

WYE Workshop + Presenter - Saturday, August 7 (virtual) 1-3 PM

WYE Workshop + Presenter - Thursday, August 19 (1310 Gallery) 6:30-8 PM

In-Person Showcase/Exhibition - Friday, August 20 (1310 Gallery) 6:30-8 PM

Virtual Showcase/exhibition - Saturday, September 4 (virtual) 1-3 PM

CALL FOR ART DEADLINE: Friday, August 6, 2021


What’s Your Elephant: “Girl, GIRL, boi!”

Addressing elephants within lesbian, butch, masculine of center, trans and non-binary communities

WYE Workshop + Presenter - Thursday, September 9 (virtual) 6:30-8 PM

2 WYE Workshop + Presenter - Saturday, September 18 (virtual) 1-3 PM

Virtual Showcase/exhibition Thursday, September 30 6:30-8 PM

CALL FOR ART DEADLINE: September 16, 2021


What’s Your Elephant: “For Coloreds Only”

Addressing LGBTQ+ elephants within BIPOC communities

WYE Workshop + Presenter - Thursday, November 11 (virtual) 6:30-8 PM

WYE Workshop + Presenter - Saturday, November 20 (virtual) 1-3 PM

Virtual Showcase/exhibition Thursday, December 2 (virtual) 6:30-8 PM

CALL FOR ART DEADLINE: November 18, 2021


What’s Your Elephant: “Hey, Black Man!”

Addressing elephants within Black gay, queer, MSM, and same gender loving (SGL) communities

WYE Workshop + Presenter - Thursday, February 3 (virtual) 6:30-8 PM

WYE Workshop + Presenter - Saturday, February 19 (virtual) 1-3 PM

Virtual Showcase/exhibition Thursday, March 3 (virtual) 6:30-8 PM

CALL FOR ART DEADLINE: February 17, 2022


Culminates March 2022 (in-person) - TBA

Saturday, March 12, 1-3 PM: Virtual showcase of art work, live workshop art, and four panelists

Friday, March 25, 6-8 PM: Culminating exhibition, performance art, and open mic

CALL FOR ART DEADLINE: March 4, 2022


This program was made possible by a generous grant from Our Fund Foundation, a South Florida LGBTQ Community Foundation.


Funding for this project is provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council



Let's Get Social:

https://www.instagram.com/whatsyourelephant

https://www.instagram.com/nikilopez19

https://www.facebook.com/whatsyourelephant

https://www.facebook.com/nikilopezart

https://twitter.com/nikiartstudio

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WYE: LGBTQ Series June 2021 - March 2022 (dates subject to change)


What’s Your Elephant: Taste the Rainbow

Addressing elephants within the LGBTQ community

1 WYE Workshop + Presenter - July 10 (virtual) 1-3PM

2 WYE Workshop + Presenter - July 24 (1310 Gallery)  1-3 PM

Showcase/exhibition (in person) - August 6 1310 Gallery 6:30-8 PM

Virtual Showcase/exhibition August 19; 6:30 - 8 PM

CALL FOR ART DEADLINE: July 26, 2021


What’s Your Elephant: Girl, GIRL, boi!

Addressing elephants within the lesbians, lesbians presenting, masculine of center, trans women and non-binary community

1 WYE Workshop + Presenter - Thursday, September 9 (virtual) 6:30 - 8 PM

2 WYE Workshop + Presenter - Saturday, September 18;  1-3PM

Virtual Showcase/exhibition Thursday, September 30; 6:30 - 8 PM

CALL FOR ART DEADLINE: September 16 , 2021


What’s Your Elephant: For coloreds only

LGBTQ elephants with BIPOC lens

1 WYE Workshop + Presenter - Thursday, November 11; 6:30 - 8 PM

2 WYE Workshop + Presenter - Saturday, November 20;  1-3PM

Virtual Showcase/exhibition Thursday, December 2; 6:30 - 8 PM

CALL FOR ART DEADLINE: November 18, 2021


What’s Your Elephant: Hey, Black man!

Addressing elephants within Black Same GenderedGender Loving men.

1 WYE Workshop + Presenter - Thursday, February 3; 6:30 - 8 PM

2 WYE Workshop + Presenter - Saturday, February 19;  1-3PM

Virtual Showcase/exhibition Thursday, March 3; 6:30 - 8 PM

CALL FOR ART DEADLINE: February 17, 2022


Culminates March 2022 - in-person - TBA

Saturday, March 12; 1-3 PM Virtual showcase of art work, workshop art, and 4 panelists

Friday, March 25; 6-8 PM Culminating exhibition, performance art, open mic

CALL FOR ART DEADLINE: March 4, 2022


This program was made possible by a grant from Our Fund  Foundation, an LGBTQ Community Foundation.


Niki Lopez Presents