arts & culture


Art and culture are key drivers for transformation of Opa-locka into a desirable place to live, work, create, and play. The arts have been infused throughout our revitalization efforts, from housing to infrastructure development to education and more. We are committed to providing unique arts-based social and economic opportunities for current and future residents as well as visitors and stakeholders. These initiatives are meant to make quality art of all forms easily accessible and engrained into everyday life in Opa-locka.


artist residency program

The Residency at The ARC is a three month program that provides local artists with access resources to help them be successful.


This exhibit presents an intergenerational dialogue between established African artists born on the continent and those living in the Diaspora who deal with post-colonial themes like cultural heritage, identity and religion.

Africa Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow presents an intergenerational dialogue between established African artists born on the continent and those living in the Diaspora including Ouattara Watts (b. 1957) Ivory Coast/USA, Viyé (Vita) Diba (b. 1954) Senegal, Tesfaye Tessema (b. 1952) Ethiopia/USA, Malangatana Valente Ngwenya (1936-2011) Mozambique/Portugal and others. Drawing on post-colonial themes, these artists deal with a range of issues such as cultural heritage, identity, migration and religion in various styles and mediums. While most works on view will draw from William Karg’s Collection of African art, the exhibition will expand to engage emerging artists from the African Diaspora. The encounter aims to address ideas evolving out of diverse colonial conditions where artists continually adapt, quote, and critique European strategies and representations of Africa.

OLCDC-73. Malangatana Valente Ngwenya


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casting shadows framing history video exhibit

Location: The ARC • 675 Ali Baba Ave | Opa-locka, FL 33056

Exhibition Hours: June 24 - October 31, 2021

Thursdays 1pm -5pm or by appointment

The exhibition Casting Shadows will present counter-narratives by young filmmakers exploring Black narratives that move beyond the common themes of police brutality, slavery, and Black death that dominate media attention. Instead, these artists appropriate, distort, and collage fragments of their personal histories together with fantasies to suggest a different account of Black struggle and culture. Their works move beyond the familiar and examine how joy, humanity, and community inform a social context, especially when inequality and social injustice are prevalent.

  • THRIVE Summer Camp
    Mon, Jun 21
    Arts Academy of Excellence
    Jun 21, 8:30 AM – Jul 30, 3:00 PM
    Arts Academy of Excellence, 780 Fisherman St, Opa-locka, FL 33054, USA
  • Juneteenth on Ali Baba Ave. Festival
    Sat, Jun 19
    Opa-locka ARC
    Jun 19, 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Opa-locka ARC, 675 Ali Baba Ave, Opa-locka, FL 33054, USA

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