Oasis design by artist Walter Hood

NEA features OLCDC's culture-based place making

Nov. 25, 2013 – The OLCDC is featured as one of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)’s Our Town grantees for culture-based placemaking efforts in an article from the Urban Land Institute.

View OLCDC's "Art of Transformation" video

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

Saturday, November 9th -- Over 40 community members gathered Saturday morning at the VFW Post in Magnolia North to re-imagine the Ali Baba Avenue Corridor with noted artist/landscape architect Walter Hood (Hood Design-www.wjhooddesign.com) and the OLCDC. Hood's idea is to select certain key spots along the 2.1 mile corridor and transform them into "oases" for the community. The Saturday walk-shop was a strolling workshop where residents and stakeholders of all ages walked, talked, and re-imagined Ali Baba Avenue. Hood will be coming back in early 2014 to present refined concept and design ideas to the community.

~~Read Miami Herald coverage of the "WALK-shop."
~~See photos from the "WALK-shop."


OLCDC wins Miami Foundation's Our Miami “Public Space Challenge”

On October 16, 2013, the Miami Foundation announced the OLCDC as one of 15 winners for its Our Miami "Public Space Challenge." Over 250 ideas were submitted and reviewed by a panel of community experts and professional placemakers, with 11 ideas chosen to receive funding from the Miami Foundation and 4 ideas for funding from the Health Foundation of South Florida to improve, create, and activate local public spaces around Miami-Dade County.

OLCDC's winning idea is to enhance the Opa-locka Tri-Rail Station's expansion by creating a pleasant shaded sitting area that incorporates artists and community collaborative efforts, the city's historic Moorish Revival architecture, and plans for downtown revitalization. See the OLCDC's full idea.
WLRN showcases OLCDC's developing arts district in Magnolia North

WLRN recently interviewed OLCDC artist and architect Germane Barnes about plans to develop an arts district in Opa-locka's Magnolia North neighborhood.

~~ Read the August 15 article and listen to the interview.

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