Oasis design by artist Walter Hood

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!

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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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