OLCDC wins $450,000 multi-year grant for THRIVE Campus
OLCDC has received a $450,000 multi-year creative placemaking grant from ArtPlace America to support the urban farm, pop-up marketplace, and commercial kitchen components of THRIVE Campus.
~~See OLCDC's Grant Project Page and Art America's announcement for more details.
OLCDC named a 2016 Public Space Challenge finalist
OLCDC has been named a finalist in the Miami Foundation's 2016 Public Space
Challenge, which aims to empower Miamians to improve, activate and create new
public spaces in their neighborhoods.
OLCDC's idea, Competitions & Crescendos, is to host a series of friendly domino competitions with live musical performances to activate Opa-locka's underutilized parks and public spaces. OLCDC and other Challenge finalists will now work on developing full proposals for their ideas.
OLCDC & partners host Rhythm & Arts Poetry Production (RAPP) spring showcase
The Rhythm & Arts Poetry Production (RAPP) is
an OLCDC pilot poet-in-residency project with Shameka "Poetry" Thomas, North Dade Middle School "Expressive Art" students, and O,Miami.
This culminating showcase featured students' original poetry, spoken word, and literary works as exciting performance pieces for the general public during O,Miami's Annual Poetry Festival.
RAPP is part of O,Miami's Annual Poetry Festival, whose mission is for everyone in Miami-Dade County to encounter a poem during the month of April (also National Poetry Month).
RAPP is also a feature of the April edition of META, OLCDC's monthly series to engage Opa-locka and greater South Florida by showcasing unique artists and cultural endeavors to build and support our creative community.
~ See Miami Herald coverage of the event.
~ See Miami Times coverage.
OLCDC & partners present META Art Exhibit #3: "Mother Goddess"
On Sunday, March 20, the 2016 META Series continued with "Mother
Goddess," an exhibition created in honor of Women's History Month to celebrate the sacred feminine, as well as to stimulate a dialogue about intrinsic female spirituality regarding the ontology of being and the role women played in the development of human consciousness.
For more details, visit www.opalockaart.com.
Recent articles highlight Opa-locka's art of transformation
Read BuzzFeed's "How Art And Culture Transformed The Most Dangerous City In South Florida"
and The New Tropic's "What has art done to Miami?" featuring
a discussion with OLCDC President and CEO Dr. Willie Logan.