OLA's mission is to train aspiring artists to use artistry as a means of creating social change in their community and world at large. Over the last year and half, we have faced unique challenges due to the pandemic that have pushed us deeper into our work and caused us to think more intentionally about a way forward. Our heartbeat of community was severely challenged but in October 2020, we were fortunate to be able to gather with a corp of eager creatives. From that, we begin to reimagine the future and really focus on building a better forever together. The result was a series of carefully crafted community classes, performances, and camps centered around the theme of ubuntu and ujima. Students were given space to utilize their artistry to address issues such as racism, identity, empathy, equality & equity, social justice and pandemic life.
The work included on this page are just a few pieces created during our time TOGETHER.
This short concept video was birthed in May 2021 when the state of the nation appeared to be regaining a sense of normalcy. But many in our community were fatigued and still divided and hurting. Now here we sit today in a collection of CHAOS and all the more the desires is simpler times- to GO OUTSIDE and BREATHE, LAUGH, PLAY. And then REIMAGINE the world more equitable and free.
Family Matters is a commissioned work in celebration of Black History Month 2021. The short film showcases the uniqueness and beauty of Black life and continues the conversation about representation, identity, and diversity. Family Matters features Kimbv Svuce, Lamont, OLA, and the Sanders Family.