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Miami Black Arts Workshop

Painting by Roland Woods jr

Saturday, March 23    12–4pm

Free and open to the public, space is limited.

Celebrate the conclusion of the historic exhibition AFRICOBRA: Messages to the People with a re-introduction to Miami’s own historic artist collective, the Miami Black Arts Workshop. Created by the Miami Black Arts Council, Inc. in 1971, the Miami Black Arts Workshop provided cultural and educational programs including mural workshops, after-school tutoring, free breakfast programs, children and adult art classes, and community art exhibitions. These activities focused on fostering creativity through economic development and mutual assistance by tapping the abundance of talent in Black communities and by mentoring young artists.

Join us for a preview screening of the Miami Black Arts Workshop documentary by william cordova and Marie Vickles, followed by a panel discussion with the artists Robert McKnight, Dinizulu Gene Tinnie, Roland Woods Jr., Walter Dennis, and Ranis Ford.

Following the panel, the artists will hold a reactivation of their classic mural workshop which the public is welcome to participate.




Screening of Trailer for the Miami Black Arts Workshop Documentary
The trailer for the Miami Black Arts Workshop Documentary will be screened following
the presentation of the AFRICOBRA documentary. Introduced by william cordova and
Marie Vickles.
15 minutes total. Includes brief introduction of project and screening of trailer.

Moderated Miami Black Arts Workshop Panel Discussion
Panelists: Robert McKnight, Dinizulu Gene Tinnie, Roland Woods, Jr. and Walter
Dennis. Moderated by: Marie Vickles
Format: Discussion with accompanying images selected from PowerPoint to illustrate
the conversation. Discussion to be followed by a Q&A from the audience.
1 hour total. 45 minutes of panel discussion followed by 15 minutes of Q&A.

Artist-led Workshop
Facilitating Artists: Robert McKnight, Dinizulu Gene Tinnie and Roland Woods, Jr.
Format: Intergenerational art-making experiences that replicate the programming that
the MBAW provided during their community initiatives of “Taking Art to the People. Artmaking
will consist of a multi-media experience that may combine the painting of murals
as well as three-dimensional collage. Workshop design is still in progress.
2 hours total. Open to all-ages / Intergenerational Art-making