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OLCDC & partners host first South Florida Comic Book and Sci-Fi Expo

On Friday, December 29, OLCDC and the Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival presented the First Annual South Florida Comic Book and Sci-Fi Expo! The full day of activity featured cosplay contests, panels and workshops with some of the industry's leading experts and enthusiasts, raffles and much more!

See press coverage in Miami Herald, The Miami Times and South Florida Times.

OLCDC & Artist Hank Willis Thomas unveil iconic sculpture in downtown Opa-locka

Read the Q&A with artist Hank Willis Thomas and view photos of the historic event @ worldredeye.

See event coverage:

~ Huffington Post
Curbed Miami
Miami Herald, Tuesday, 10/24
~ NBC-6, Thursday, 10/19 (on air)
~ NBC-6, Wednesday, 10/18 (on line)
~ Miami Herald, Wednesday, 10/18
~ Miami Times
~ Palm Beach Post
~ Caribbean National Weekly
~ Miami Metropolis
~ Sheen Magazine
~ South Florida Times

~ Ben Brown Fine Arts
~ Sugarcane Magazine
~ Daily News Miami

~ Hyperallergic
~ 1 Fort Lauderdale

OLCDC named 2017 Knight Arts Challenge finalist

OLCDC has been named a finalist in the national Knight Arts Challenge, which seeks ideas in Miami, Detroit, Akron, and St. Paul from entrants that seek to bring their communities together through the arts. OLCDC's entry aims to inspire the next generation of creatives through an artist residency where local poets of color work with middle school poetry & music students to write, perform and record new works.

The project was submitted with support from Shameka “Poetry” Thomas, The ADMIT Program, the Arts Academy of Excellence and Dr. Steve Gallon III (MDCPS District 1 School Board Member) and was one of 2,500+ ideas submitted overall, one of 276 finalists selected nationally and 107 finalists selected from Miami. Winners, who will share $2.5 million, will be announced in December.


OLCDC's arts team provides advice on creative placemaking webinar

On August 11, 2017, OLCDC's arts team, Aileen Alon (Director of Arts & creative industry) and Germane Barnes (architect) participated as panelists on the Creative Placemaking Technical Assistance Program Webinar #7: Artists as Community Organizers. The webinar focused on the work of artist organizers in non-arts organizations, and panelists discussed how the arts became embedded in their work, the difference between artist organizers/non-organizer artists/non-artist organizers, the skills artist organizers bring to the table, how artist organizers working within an organization can help change the culture of the organization, examples of successful projects that include artist organizers, and resources for working with artist organizers.

Hosted by:
Metris Arts Consulting & Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
Other Panelists: Peter Haakon Thompson (Springboard for the Arts) and  Mary Rothlisberger (citizen artist)
Audience Participants: Grantees of LISC's pilot technical assistance program in which participants work to increase their organization's abilities to lead successful creative placemaking projects that result in positive short and long term outcomes for their communities. These might include representatives from city governments, arts commissions, arts organizations, community economic development agencies, higher education institutions, etc.

Don't miss PAMM Inside|Out Opa-locka installations throughout downtown

This Spring, Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) kicks off its second year of Inside|Out, which brings high-quality reproductions of art from the Museum's permanent collection to the community. OLCDC hosts Inside|Out in Opa-locka.

See the location of each of the 19 works located in Opa-locka here.

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