Oasis design by artist Walter Hood

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.


OLCDC wins 2012 Knight Arts Challenge Miami to celebrate African Diaspora artists

On December 3, 2012, the OLCDC won a $60,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as part of its Knight Arts Challenge. OLCDC will produce a multidisciplinary arts festival and exhibit to celebrate the art of the African diaspora and to capitalize upon major public art installations in Opa-locka. The event will bring noted regional and national African diaspora artists to Opa-locka for lectures and workshops that will increase exposure for artists and community access to the arts. In addition, highly participatory community programming will engage youth, residents and attendees in the art-making process. The event is part of a larger plan to make quality art of all forms accessible in Opa-locka.

OLCDC was selected from over 1100 entries as one of 34 winners for the 2012 Knight Arts Challenge Miami, which aims to bring South Florida together through the arts. The announcement was made by the Knight Foundation at a reception held at the New World Center in Miami Beach. Thank you to our special guests who attended the event.

Visit OLCDC's grantee page, and read news coverage about the award:

~Miami Herald: • December 3, 2012 December 12, 2012
~Huffington Post Miami
~NBC Miami

Miami Herald showcases OLCDC's Community Gateways - Public Art Plan

In its November 16, 2012, article "Art goes out and about," the Miami Herald showcased public art projects around Miami, including the OLCDC's "Community Gateways" revitalization plan, which, with help from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Miami-Dade County's Art in Public Places program and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, promises to transform Magnolia North.  Read the article here.

In the News: Meet the artistic visionaries behind Opa-locka's future

Meet the artists who will implement OLCDC's "Community Gateways" program, which will redesign the Magnolia North community's intersections to serve as inviting entryways to a newly-reborn residential and mixed-use neighborhood, while providing public space with environmentally-friendly and functional landscape design. They also will seek to find and train talent (welders, painters, landscapers, etc.) from the Opa-locka area to build, contribute, and participate in creating many of the proposed pieces of art.

~Click here to read the El Especial story.
~Click here to read Blogging Black Miami coverage.

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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.

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