Oasis design by artist Walter Hood

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.
OLCDC presents acclaimed "Through the Eyes of Others" exhibit for 2015 Art of Transformation

See the Miami Herald's "A transformation in Opa-locka through art," which describes the "Through the Eyes of Others" exhibit, quoting curator Tumelo Mosaka: "How does one shift the perceptions of history? Politically, it's important to intervene and try to change the structural problems, but it's also important to change perception," Mosaka said. "One way of doing that is through art."

The exhibit, which ran from November 6 through December 11, featured works by artists Ebony G. Patterson, Dread Scott, Hank Willis Thomas, and Bernard Williams.

~~Read more about the exhibit and OLCDC's Art of Transformation in The New Tropic's "What has art done to Miami?."

~~Also read "#OpaLockaArt has mastered the #ArtOfTransformation."

For more information about the Art of Transformation, visit opalockaart.com.

OLCDC designer in residence Germane Barnes named a 2015 Curbed Young Gun

Young Guns are up-and-coming design professionals who are challenging the status quo in the design industry across America. Out of over 200 nominees, Germane was one of 9 Young Guns selected.

Read How Urban Planner Germane Barnes is Reviving a Forgotten Miami Suburb.

Read the Miami New Times' Germane Barnes Aims to Revive Opa-locka Without Gentrifying It.

Read Curbed's Meet Opa-Locka, Florida: An Unlikely Moorish Revival Wonderland.


OLCDC screens award-winning film The Interrupters as part of the Art of Transformation 2015

For more information about the Art of Transformation, visit http://www.opalockaart.com/
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