SWAN Spoken Soul Showcase Vol. 10 - SWAN Day Miami at Adrienne Arsht Center

Niki Lopez with mixed media sculpture "Home Grown" at 'Home Grown' shown in the exhibit Girl's School: a Political Disregard of a Gender at ActivistArtistA Gallery, FL

HONORED to be one of the 2017 featured artists of #SWANDAYMIAMI - Spoken Soul Festival.  A weekend of the arts, community outreach and sisterhood! Spoken Soul Festival is one of the top five SWAN DAY celebrations in the world.  I'm a Spoken Soul Festival Alumni from 2011.  Read more here. 

SWAN Day/Support Women Artists Now Day is an international holiday designed to showcase the power and diversity of women’s creativity. Be a part of SWAN Day by creating or participating in a local event or online activity that celebrates women artists!  Read more here.

This year the three day festival will take place at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida.  I'll have a few pieces of my work as a part of the showcase. 

Join me THIS Saturday in Miami at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts (Peacock Foundation Studio).

Spoken Soul Festivals: A three day festival nurturing and fostering women artists to inspire and educate our community of the importance of the arts in our daily lives.

Meet 2017 Featured Artist Niki Lopez Niki Lopez Fine Art Niki Lopez #SWANDayMiami #Celebrating10yrs #SSF http://ow.ly/FzIp309yZeG

SWAN Day Miami Schedule of Events

FRIDAY March 24 | 3 PM – 8 PM

This open to the public event will feature a spoken word open mic, interactive visual arts activities, DJs, and more. Engage with various local youth, arts and women’s organizations; and enjoy arts and women-based panel discussions and Q&As with local vendors. 

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
1300 Biscayne Blvd. - Peacock Foundation Studio 
Admission FREE 

An Evening Celebrating Women Artists 
SATURDAY March 25 | 6 PM – 10 PM

Take in performances by vocalists and spoken word artists, and explore the work of photographers and visual artists—15 featured women artists in total. Hosted By Chanel Gonzalez

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
1300 Biscayne Blvd. - Peacock Foundation Studio 
Admission FREE  

SUNDAY March 30 | 11 AM – 2 PM

The official closing event of SSF, the Women's Brunch celebrates everyday women with extraordinary courage, in memory of Vanessa Baez.  Guest Speaker: Felecia Hatcher LIVE auction, raffle prizes, and complimentary 
swag bags for attendees.  Visit spokensoulfestival.com for more info & to buy tickets (click here) 

Soyka Restaurant
5556 NE 4th Court 
Admission $45 to $60 per person 
RSVP required

1310 Bandits Filmmakers representing Miami at 2017 Filmapalooza!

1310 Bandits WINNERS of the 2016 Miami 48 Hour Film Project - Filmapalooza 2017
Onward & upward! 1310 Bandits female-led film crew will be representing Miami/Fort Lauderdale at 2017 Filmapalooza in Seattle, Washington as WINNERS of the Miami 48 Hour Film Project. SECOND YEAR IN A ROW!!! Now we compete internationally, everyone will view our winning short film Deep Within, as well as our first feature film 'Kali Mah Tina' will premiere!
I am SUPER proud to be a part of this team. As a producer, Pre-viz Artist, core team member & SMM (I even have a couple of acting cameos).

1310 Bandits mission is creating stories that advocate consciousness and social responsibility.
Right up my alley.
If you would like to see our first feature film and support a 'Made in Broward' film 'Kali Mah Tina' I hope you will join us when we get back March 18th at Artserve. For tickets click below:
Niki Lopez 1310 Bandits feature film Kali Mah Tina
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Please support us, prayer warriors - I need those positive vibes & keep your fingers crossed as we compete INTERNATIONALLY against all other 48 Hour Film Project winners! Looking forward to the experience, not looking forward to the Seattle weather (heat warriors - send in the sun!) Either way, we come home with an award, an experience and amazement that we made it this far, again!

#darkcomedy #filmchallenge #48dayfilm #reelrepsect #womeninfilm #nikilopez #nikilopezcreative #filmcrew #browardarts #qpoc #filmedinbroward #kalimahtina #artactivists #artwithapurpose #creativeplay #tabathamudra #filmproducer #previz #graphicdesign #48hfp #1310gallery #artistsof1310gallery #artcommunity #indiefilm #tribe #movieswithmessages #filmawards #madeinmiami #howmanyhashtags #proud #48hfp #madeinbroward #filmapalooza2017 #seattle #ohnoitscoldoutthere
Trailer to our winning short film: Deep Within:

Artists for Black Lives Matter art exhibit at The Projects Window Gallery in FAT Village during #artwalk

Artists for Black Lives Matter art exhibit at The Projects Window Gallery in FAT Village during #artwalk

Artists for Black Lives Matter will show our Community Sourced Panel Wall Installation as well as the art of Chire Regans and John English. We are also planning a workshop and panel discussion (TBA). This exhibit is a part of the FAT Village Artwalk. Special performance by Sonia Baez-Hernandez.

The Projects Window Gallery in FAT Village
519 NW 1st Ave
Ft. lauderdale Fl

Mission: Artists for Black Lives Matter #a4blm is a space to express yourself creatively around issues pertaining to Black Lives Matter. A4BLM combines exhibits, workshops, social engagement & peaceful awareness campaigns surrounding Black Lives Matter issues including police brutality and the loss of life due to racial injustice.
Connect with us!

Close up of panels within Artists For Black Lives Matter community sourced art exhibit.

Contributing artists include:
  • Alana DaCosta
  • Alecia Deon
  • Allison Kotzig
  • Andrew Martineau
  • Anita Wexler
  • Anthony Bacchus
  • Benedicte Blanc- Fontenille
  • Blanche Williams
  • Bryan Cunnningham
  • Carol-Anne McFarlane
  • Chire Regans
  • Christopher Christoboulou
  • Dana E. Fitchett
  • Danielle Calibird Fernandez
  • Deborah Phillips
  • Emperes Holley
  • Evan Snow
  • Gilbert Chevry Chrispin
  • Jan Husar
  • Janelle Fulford
  • JaQuale Boss Bostick
  • John English
  • John McElhatton
  • K S Pratt
  • Kelvin Bernard
  • Kendra Williams
  • Kianga Jinaki
  • KS Pratt
  • Laura Sue Wilansky
  • Laurel Oh Car Angel
  • Leonor Anthony
  • Leslie Mah
  • Markeven Williams
  • Marlet Lopez
  • Mary Buhler
  • Maya Amina Harrison
  • Micheal Anthony Clark
  • Micheal Kupillas
  • Nafis White
  • Nancy Caramello
  • Nazbah Tom
  • Niki Lopez
  • Renda Writer
  • Rich Wright
  • Robert Liu-Trujillo
  • Rolando Chang Barrero
  • SafetyFirst & Deadeyes
  • SeBiArt i•ma•gine | e•volve
  • Sonia Baez-Hernandez
  • Tara Chadwick
  • Teepop
  • The Milagro Center of Delray Beach
  • Thomas McAvoy
  • Zenon Duda

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From the opening night of #artistsforblacklivesmatter in Wynwood, Miami, March 2016.  Gallery owner Jumaane N'Namdi on the left with the#a4blm collective: Allison Kotzig, Niki Lopez, Alana DaCosta & Richard Wright and some of the contributing artists!! Over 116 panels & 43 local & national contributing Artists for Black Lives Matter photo by David iPhoto

Resurrecting Venus: The Cycle Continues art exhibit at The Amadlozi Gallery

Happy New Year!  For those still patient enough & still reading my blog, THANK YOU!!! I have a lot in store to share with you for 2017 along with many highlights of things I didn't get to post as yet from 2016.  For now, my latest is as follows:

Honored to share that I've been invited to curate an art exhibit for The Amadlozi Gallery - located at African Heritage Cultural Center.  

Resurrecting Venus: The Cycle Continues 

Curated by Niki Lopez

Eventbrite - Resurrecting Venus art exhibit curated by Niki Lopez

The Amadlozi Gallery
6161 NW 22nd Ave, Miami, Florida 33142
Wednesday, January 11th – 6pm - 7:15pm
Admission - Free & Open to the Public

The Amadlozi Gallery at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center and The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs proudly presents Resurrecting Venus: The Cycle Continues curated by Niki Lopez.

The group art exhibition 'Resurrecting Venus: The Cycle Continues' addresses the oppression and exploitation of women throughout history & in modern times. This exhibition is being produced in collaboration with the play "Venus" by Suzan-Lori Parks, an avant garde telling of the story of Saartjie Baartman, which opens at 7:30 the same night in the Wendell A. Narcisse Performing Arts Theatre adjacent to the gallery.

Visual artists: Sonia Baez-Hernandez, Niki Lopez, Allison Kotzig, Cat Del Buono, Morel Doucet, Carol-Anne McFarlane, Chire Oliver, Shiobann Amisial, Richard Wright and Nadine Anderson Cheng.

Performance: Alana DaCosta and (members of) Venus Rising: Women's Drum & Dance Ensemble.

About the Curator: Niki Lopez is an interdisciplinary artist, curator & activist. She is also the Founder of What’s Your Elephant  a movement using the arts to create provocative conversations around the unspoken.

The Amadlozi Gallery is in The African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, the nucleus of arts learning, training and access for Miami-Dade County’s African-American community.  The gallery is open by appointment in addition to the Opening & Closing receptions.

Meditation for Creatives

Something I've been working towards: incorporating meditation when ever possible. My goals is to make it a daily ritual for myself and my son.  This morning,  I need to take 10... Came across this really wonderful #Youtube "10 Minute Guided Meditation On Unblocking and Expanding Creativity | Epic - Uplifting - Healing". It was exactly what I was looking for! It was a guided mediation and a journey into the desert to play in this magical box.   Got so inspired, I had to take 10 more minutes for some creative play with a line I got from the meditation: "This is our box to decorate as if we never grew up."

 Digital art doodle by Niki Lopez - Original desert image appropriated from messynessychic.com
I wanted to find a desert image on the web to mediate to and came across this one.  I enjoyed taking a few moments for some creative play of my own to set the tone for the day.  Feel free to use, share & re-post.  Whether you are looking for a general 10 minute meditation, having a creative block, or having a moment where creative play would be a great impact to your day, I highly recommend checking out this video and adding it to your mediation play list.  (I have).

It just keeps getting better. Logging on to my Facebook today, an Artist & DJ - dj ffloodi posted a 'Happy Birthday Grace Jones - Love You to Life' redub tribute he made in honor of Grace Jones turning 67. Jones also shares her born day with Malcolm & Yuri Kochiyama.

Some updates with me & this personal art blog: I've been experiencing a wonderful metamorphosis of sorts over the past year.  It's great to feel that so many around me are also on this path of awakening, realizations, creative growth & progress in what ever journeys they are up to in life.

As a Mom, Creative & Social Media manager - I'm juggling may things, but love it.  I'm prepping for my annual month long exhibit, and assisting in a few passion project including poetry, art, design & social media.  Co-working with creative co-conspirator & artist Alana DaCosta on a couple of community engagement & public art project that I will be sharing later on in the year.  We are still in incubation mode with "What's Your Elephant", so much in store, I can't wait to share!  As for this blog, check back next week as I have a few new "Creative Circle Tuesday's" scheduled to post.

So stay tuned family!

- Niki Lopez
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Art Exhibit: Unspoken: Demystifying Africa and the African Diaspora

Presented by artists Alana DaCosta, Niki Lopez & Nzingah Oniwosan.
It's an honor and a pleasure to announce my next event at the City of Sunrise.  I will be one of 3 artist featured in a month long exhibit in honor of Black History month.  If you are local, I'd love for you to join us.  I have a couple of new pieces created specifically for this exhibit.  Opening night will have performances by Alana DaCosta, & Nzingah Oniwosan.
Unspoken: Demystifying Africa and the African Diaspora
The "Unspoken" exhibit uses visual and performance art to explore the African Diasporic experience. It seeks to address stereotypes and present unknown facts associated with Africa and the diaspora; in order to shift and engage its audiences in a new dialogue about this diverse global community.

Presented by artists Alana DaCosta, Niki Lopez & Nzingah Oniwosan.

Exhibition Dates: February 5 through March 14, 2015
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 5; 6:30pm
Sunrise Civic Center Art Gallery

Meet artists Alana DaCosta, Niki Lopez and Nzingah Oniwosan at the Opening Reception and enjoy light refreshments. "Unspoken" will be on display from February 5 through March 14.

The Sunrise Civic Center Art Gallery is open Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Wednesday and Thursday from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Admission is free. Call (954) 747-4641 for more information.
City of Sunrise Art Gallery
10610 West Oakland Park Boulevard,
Sunrise, FL 33351
(for directions, click here)
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CUATRO: A Latina Women Artist Collective benifit for World Out Miami

CUATRO: A Latina Women Artist Collective by Omilani Music
It's both an honor and a pleasure to be one of the 4 Latin artist (well in my case #latinegra artist) being featured at tonight's World OutGames Miami Cocktail Reception. "CUATRO" is presented by Omilani Music in conjunction with ALAS Consulting. This cocktail reception is a fundraiser and the proceeds benefit the 2017 World OutGames Miami.
This is a benefit, however there is no cover to attend. 
There will be a silent auction featuring art from various South Florida artists along with libations & light bites. The evening will include Emcee Vinna Rouge, live performances by Nina Kasper, Alexandre Rodriguez & the Erótic Strong Trio and music provided by DJ Maximus 3000.
Join Us:
 January 29, 2015
The Platinum,
480 NE 30th Street, Miami, FL 33137
For directions, click here
World OutGames Miami is welcoming 15,000 athletes and participants to Miami to celebrate Sport, Culture & Human Rights.  In 2017, thousands of participants, spectators and thought leaders from around the globe will converge on Miami for World OutGames IV. This 10-day event will bring to life more than 450 events across three areas: Sport, Culture and Human Rights. World OutGames Miami will challenge you physically, stimulate you intellectually and enliven you emotionally. Be part of it all, and leave transformed for the better – in your mind, your body and your heart. World OutGames Miami is licensed by GLISA – the Gay and Lesbian International Sport Association
preparation for #WorldOutGamesMiami2017