Oasis design by artist Walter Hood

ARTtuesdays/MIAMI spotlights exciting developments in Opa-locka

On Tuesday, May 13, 2014, ARTtuesdays/MIAMI's panel discussion--"Up-and-Coming Opa-Locka: Get the Inside Story"--spotlighted the exciting developments in urban design, art and architecture that are now revitalizing Opa-locka for both longtime residents and newcomers. OLCDC experts described using innovative projects to enrich Opa-locka by taking advantage of its distinctive Moorish Revival architecture and showcased creative initiatives to transform the City with a positive, visual and economic impact while involving and empowering the community at large.


OLCDC hosts Ali Baba "WALK-shop 2.0" with landscape designer Walter Hood

On February 22, the OLCDC hosted the second walk-shop with noted artist/landscape architect Walter Hood (Hood Design - www.wjhooddesign.com). Hood, residents and stakeholders walked, talked, sketched, and re-imagined Ali-Baba!


Noted artist Walter Hood gives public lecture on his recent work in Opa-locka

On February 20, the OLCDC, AIA Miami, Miami Center for Architecture & Design, University of Miami School of Architecture, and National Endowment of the Arts sponsored a public lecture, “Oasis/Oases + Recent Works,” by noted artist, designer, and educator Walter Hood. Hood described how he is re-imagining Opa-locka’s Ali Baba Avenue Corridor as a series of Oases and other projects, as he shared his unique approach to urban transformation.

See the Oasis/Oases Presentation.


OLCDC partners with UM to include arts in Opa-locka's afterschool program

For the Spring 2014 semester, OLCDC is partnering with the University of Miami's new Socially-Engaged Art class to help include the arts in the City of Opa-locka's afterschool program at Sherbondy Park. The final project will be to design and build bike racks for the new Magnolia North Playground & Park.

See photos from the first day of activities--making and flying kites!








Recent arts publications focus on Opa-locka's transformation

Two recent arts articles focus on the OLCDC’s planned transformation of Opa-locka.

~ Read the Miami Rail’s “To Be of Use.”
~ Read The Art Newspaper’s “Florida town turns from crime capital to cultural haven.”

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