Oasis design by artist Walter Hood

OLCDC named Philanthropy Miami Sharktank semi-finalist!

OLCDC has been selected as a semi-finalist for Philanthropy Miami's Sharktank competition for our pilot poet-in-residence program, Rhythm + Arts Poetry Production (RAPP), which will connect local poets with Opa-locka youth!
OLCDC's arts team talks about revitalizing Opa-locka through the arts on WLRN

Listen to the February 4th "Topical Currents" interview with Arts & Creative Industry Manager Aileen Anon and Designer-in-Residence Germane Barnes: "Revitalizing Miami-Dade's City of Opa-locka".


OLCDC resumes monthly META Art Series

The 2016 META Series kicked off on January 24th with "Collecting Black," an exhibition featuring works from the collections of prominent South Florida collectors of contemporary African Diaspora art.

For more details, visit www.opalockaart.com.


OLCDC selected as one of 12 Miami finalists in Knight Cities Challenge

On January 12, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced OLCDC as one of 158 national finalists from over 4500 entries in its Knight Cities Challenge, a call for ideas to make the 26 communities where Knight invests more vibrant places to live and work.

~~See the Knight announcement and Miami Herald coverage.

OLCDC's idea: to create Thrive Kitchen, a shared commercial kitchen and business incubator to stimulate Miami's food entrepreneurs in South Florida's underserved communities.

OLCDC and other finalists will submit full applications for their projects by the end of January, and winners, who will share $5 million, will be announced in the spring.


OLCDC organizes field trip to YoungArts Foundation for Opa-locka youth

On January 8th, 29 students from North Dade Middle School visited the Young Arts Foundation (YAF) campus during National YoungArts Week, an annual nationwide arts competition where winners between the ages of 15 and 18 take part in a week-long intensive training program and work with masters in their fields.


The North Dade students, members of the School's Art Club, viewed artwork by winners in the visual and design arts categories. The field trip is part of an ongoing partnership between YAF and OLCDC to help engage Opa-locka youth with new artistic and creative opportunities.
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