Oasis design by artist Walter Hood

In the News: OLCDC hosted Opa-locka Arts Master Planning Charrette, July 6

On Friday, July 6, 2012, OLCDC hosted the Opa-locka Arts Master Planning Charrette to develop the conceptual framework for incorporating art into revitalization projects throughout the city, starting in Magnolia North (formerly the "Triangle"), where art and public realm designs will replace metal barricades that have surrounded the neighborhood for over 20 years.
Five artists or artist teams --Walter Hood; Gale Fulton Ross; Rick Lowe; Roberto Behar + Rosario Marquardt (R & R Studios); and Jennifer Bonner + Christian Stayner-- were recently chosen by OLCDC in collaboration with Miami-Dade County Art in Public Places for these projects and participated in the Charrette along with OLCDC staff, community stakeholders and consultants (Loeb Fellows, urban planners, architects).

Following the Charrette, the group will publish a summary prospectus outlining the initial arts master plan for the city. OLCDC intends to use the plan to gain support for implementing public art and arts-driven community engagement, which is one component of OLCDC's goal to turn around neighborhoods, increase economic opportunity, offer better housing options, and beautify the environment overall.

~Click here to read Miami Art Guide coverage of the Charrette.
~Click here to read the Miami New Times' 7/12/12 blog posting on the Charrette.
~Click here to read the Miami New Times' 7/19/12 blog posting on the public art project.

OLCDC chosen as finalist for the 2012 Knight Arts Challenge Miami!

From over 1,150 art ideas submitted by members of the South Florida community, OLCDC's idea to celebrate the art of the African diaspora by producing a multidisciplinary juried arts festival to coincide with the OLCDC's major public art installation in Magnolia North was chosen as 1 of 57 finalists for the 2012 Knight Arts Challenge Miami!


OLCDC hosts Community Gateways Artist Presentations for Magnolia North, May 10

On Thursday, May 10, 2012, artists-finalists presented their proposals for OLCDC's transformative public art project to enhance the Magnolia North neighborhood (formerly the Triangle)! Stay tuned for the announcement of the winning proposal(s) in the coming weeks.

In the News: OLCDC Hosts Magnolia North Artist Orientation, March 2

On March 2, 2012, OLCDC and Miami-Dade County Art in Public Places* hosted an artist orientation meeting to offer invited artists a comprehensive overview of the future vision of the Magnolia North neighborhood.  The orientation included a guided site tour; lunch with residents, community leaders and students; and a question and answer session on the vision for public art, proposal requirements, project schedules, etc.

~Click here to read CBS Miami's coverage of the orientation.

As part of the orientation, the OLCDC hosted a reception in honor of the artists, which provided an excellent opportunity for artists, OLCDC staff, and community leaders to speak one-on-one!

Orientation, Luncheon and Reception Photos! - Click thumbnails to view larger images.

*About Miami-Dade County Art in Public Places:
Miami-Dade County Art in Public Places is a program of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and is responsible for the commission and purchase of artworks by contemporary artists in all media. For more information about the Art in Public Places Program and the Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs, please visit www.miamidade.gov/publicart and www.miamidadearts.org.

In the News: OLCDC receives $250,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

The OLCDC will receive a $250,000 Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, one of only 51 grants awarded nationwide, to implement its "Community Gateways" project, the public art component of the Magnolia North redevelopment.

The "Community Gateways" project will remove the remaining metal barricades that have divided Opa-locka for thirty years, redesign the community's intersections to serve as inviting entryways to a newly-reborn Magnolia North residential and mixed-use neighborhood, and provide public open space with environmentally functional landscape design.

~Click here to read about the grant in the South Florida Times.


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