Oasis design by artist Walter Hood

Media showcases OLCDC's Revival of Opa-locka and the "Mirage City” exhibit at HistoryMiami

A July 6 Miami Herald article reports on OLCDC's plans and progress towards creating an arts district in Opa-locka, in part by building on the legacy of the City's fanciful Moorish architecture. The article also discusses HistoryMiami's current "Opa-locka: Mirage City" exhibit, which features the City's architecture through images and 3D models.

Also see the Curbed Miami story on the exhibit.

HistoryMiami has invited the OLCDC to present part of the exhibit and provide an exclusive look into some of the artistic elements coming to Opa-locka through OLCDC's Revival. The exhibit runs through September 8 at HistoryMiami, 101 W. Flagler Street, Miami, (305) 375-1492.


WLRN feature highlights OLCDC's revitalization efforts in Opa-locka

Miami's WLRN TV recently produced the video below--"Reinventing Opa-locka"--about the OLCDC's new revitalization projects involving activists and artists working to bring Opa-locka back to its former glory.



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Architects Bonner-Stayner-Barnes present Made in Opa-locka in LA “On the Road”

On June 2, 2013, the OLCDC’s Made in Opa-locka architects Jennifer Bonner & Christian Stayner and OLCDC’s Community Housing & Public Space Organizer Germane Barnes presented Made in Opa-locka as part of the Los Angeles pop-up exhibition “On the Road,” which showcases contemporary architecture.



Bonner, Stayner and Barnes presented the upcoming Magnolia North public art project, Made in Opa-locka, where they will design additions to and conversions of single family homes to make them into workable spaces for small businesses and public amenities.

~ Read news coverage of the "On the Road" exhibit:

Architects + Artisans  •The Architect's Newspaper  •Curb LA  •DnA  •LA Times


OLCDC to receive $70,000 NEA Art Works grant to help design Opa-locka's Ali Baba corridor

In April 2013, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced its plans to award $26.3 million in grants under the Art Works category to support exemplary projects in 13 artistic disciplines and fields. Out of 1,547 eligible applications, the Opa-locka Community Development Corporation was one of the 817 recommended to receive an Art Works grant.

OLCDC will receive a $70,000 grant to support the design of the Ali Baba Corridor in Opa-locka. The organization is in the process of commissioning landscape architect and winner of the National Design Award, Walter Hood, to create a signature landscape and public space design for the two-mile corridor that transects the city.

OLCDC is one of two Art Works recipients in Opa-locka, one of twenty in Florida, and one of 50 in the Art Works - Design discipline/field. The $70,000 grant will be the largest amount awarded for the city, state, and discipline.

See the list of grant recipients and supported projects.

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OLCDC named a 2013 finalist for an ArtPlace Creative Placemaking Grant

(January 15, 2013) OLCDC has been named one of 104 finalists out of 1225 applicants for grants from ArtPlace, an initiative to accelerate creative placemaking across the U.S.

OLCDC and other finalists were chosen for their potential to transform communities through placing art and culture at the heart of portfolios of integrated strategies that drive vibrancy and diversity.

If funded, OLCDC's Magnolia North designers-in-residence Jennifer Bonner and Christian Stayner will work with members of the community to design, brand and realize eight micro-enterprises--small cafes, stores, and service businesses attached to existing single-family houses.

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