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Conversations at MOCA - City Girls: Black Armor and Aesthetics

March 13, 2024
6:00 pm
Conversations at MOCA - City Girls: Black Armor and Aesthetics


Creatives Chire Regans (VantaBlack), Jade Lilly, and Reyna Noriega join Ashley Michelle Miller to discuss adornment across America's cultural meccas. Join us as we consider the significance of fashion as a form of storytelling, self-expression, and self-preservation in cities from Detroit, to the Lou and through Miami.


$10 Adults, $5 for youth 12-17, students and seniors. Free for MOCA Members, City of North Miami Residents, and VIP passholders from partner art fairs. Please present your MOCA membership card or North Miami ID at the door the day of the event.

About our panelists

Chire Regans (VantaBlack)'s art practice exists at the intersection of social justice and storytelling, responding to urgent societal concerns and functioning as a critical platform to amplify the voices of the communities she engages with. In 2020, she received The Ellies Social Justice Award from Oolite Arts and was recognized as the Best Visual Artist by the Miami New Times. Recently, in 2021, VantaBlack was awarded a prize for her leadership and activism from The Miami Foundation’s Racial Equity Fund.

Jade Lilly is a visual artist and storyteller. Their work has been featured in publications like Vogue Magazine, photo activations with Afropunk, and a Times Square billboard with Nasdaq. Jade has also shared insights with major brands such as Apple and Leica through public lectures, delving into the intersection of art and technology.

Reyna Noriega is a Visual Artist, Designer and Author. Her work centers women of color, and provides joyful and vibrant representations to instill a sense of hope and pride. Her work has graced covers such as Science Magazine and The New Yorker, has been reimagined into artful swimwear and hair accessories

Ashley Michelle Miller is an Emmy-nominated wardrobe stylist, motivational speaker, and self-loveadvocate. She has worked with a diverse range of inspiring individuals, including pop icon Madonna,celebrity chef Carla Hall, and fashion legend Andre LeonTalley.

In addition to her work with prominent figures, Ashley has lent her styling expertise to renowned TV networks and brands such as ABC, BET, Food Network, Macy's, Pepsi, and Amazon, among others.

Beyond her achievements in wardrobe styling, Ashley is passionately dedicated to raising awareness about mental health and empowering others to wholeheartedly discover, love, and express their "IAMM" to the fullest.

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