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A transformation in Opa-locka through art

(Miami Herald)

Standing outside what was once Opa-locka’s Thompson Milton E & Sons Roofing building, curator Tumelo Mosaka said it’s time the community –– and similar communities receiving national attention –– re-explore the social ills that affect residents everyday.

For years now, city leaders have worked to shake the city’s history of crime and violence, and replace it with an image of the Opa-locka of tomorrow –– a place with a thriving middle-class community and a vibrant art scene.

Mosaka said last year the Opa-locka Community Development Corporation’s Art of Transformation exhibit focused on the origins of the neighborhood and the endeavor to redefine the the city’s notorious past. This year, the exhibit, called Through the Eyes of Others opening Nov. 6, will focus on the how artists choose to document these occurrences.

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