A note form #SSF alumnae #NikiLopez

A few candids from yesterday’s walkthrough of the Sailboat Bend II senior affordable housing project. Scott Strawbridge giving us a tour as Niki Lopez scout outs and visualize some of the art placement. Filmmaker Cathleen Dean on the scene and gathering footage. Thanks, G for some of the photos. Want to know more about the Aya Arts Project? #STAYTUNED
Artists APPLY NOW to have your work considered to be a part of this permanent installation to beautify this affordable seniors housing building? #CALLFORARTISTS – Deadline: ‪July 13, 2020‬
We are looking for work centered around the concept of envisioning a more connected future. Artists from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Selected works will receive an honorarium, a certificate of acquisition, listed on a plaque commemorating contributing artists and a part of the culminating documentary.
Aya Arts Project is A Sailboat Bend II Community Arts Engagement & Acquisition Project. Brought to you by Artist, Curator and Social Practitioner Niki Lopez in partnership with HACFL – the Housing Authority of the City of Fort Lauderdale, What’s Your Elephant and Atlantic Pacific Communities.

Whether she's hosting a spoken word event, music festival, or playing the role of a santera or vixen, Deborah Magdalena makes every emotion super real. This performance artist has acquired impressive TV & Film credits for the past twenty years including Sesame Street (CTW), Apollo Comedy Hour (Tribune Entertainment), Safe Harbor (Warner Brothers), Striptease (Castle Rock), Holyman (Caravan), and For Love or Country (HBO). As a published spoken word artist Deborah has released three CDs, a chapbook, and the spoken word musical FUNKdalena. As an artist-activist she’s the founder of Spoken Soul Festival, a twelve year old, three-day festival that helps women artists go from novice to professionals. As an educator Deborah for the past eight years has led in-school presentations in numerous high schools for the National YoungArts Foundation, is the co-founder of Piano Slam, and led various workshops for local art organizations like Miami Light Project and Institute of Contemporary Art Miami. Most recently and for the seventh year in a row, she was invited by the Arsht Center and Ailey Arts & Education Foundation to serve as the Creative Communication instructor for Ailey Camp Miami.

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