Historical Hurt Building

OLCDC & Artist Hank Willis Thomas unveil iconic sculpture in downtown Opa-locka

Read the Q&A with artist Hank Willis Thomas and view photos of the historic event @ worldredeye.

See event news coverage:

~ Huffington Post
Curbed Miami
Miami Herald, Tuesday, 10/24
~ NBC-6, Thursday, 10/19 (on air)
~ NBC-6, Wednesday, 10/18 (on line)
~ Miami Herald, Wednesday, 10/18
~ Miami Times
~ Palm Beach Post
~ Caribbean National Weekly
~ Miami Metropolis

Sign Up Now for THRiVE and CodeMasters After School Programs!

Visit http://www.opalockaart.com/TAS to apply.

OLCDC seeks to hire a farmer for the THRiVE Urban Farm

OLCDC seeks a farmer to operate the THRiVE Urban Farm. See the job description.

To apply send cover letter and resume to grizelubarry@gmail.com

Don't miss the "ATMAN: The Caribbean Lion" exhibition @ The ARC!

Now through December 30, 2017, the "ATMAN: The Caribbean Lion" exhibition features art, fashion, and live music, with works by Caribbean artist Derrick Grant.

Reserve your canvas for Paint Night @ The ARC!

No painting experience is necessary. Canvases will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. Space is limited so reserve your canvas today!

For more information, sponsorship, or media opportunities, please contact Ashley Cover: ashley@olcdc.org or by calling 305-687-3545 or 305-527-1227.

Friday, November 17, 2017
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Homebuyer Education Workshop - English
Saturday, November 18, 2017
9:00am - 5:00pm

For more information and to register, click here.

OLCDC named 2017 Knight Arts Challenge finalist

OLCDC has been named a finalist in the national Knight Arts Challenge, which seeks ideas in Miami, Detroit, Akron, and St. Paul from entrants that seek to bring their communities together through the arts. OLCDC's entry aims to inspire the next generation of creatives through an artist residency where local poets of color work with middle school poetry & music students to write, perform and record new works.

The project was submitted with support from Shameka “Poetry” Thomas, The ADMIT Program, the Arts Academy of Excellence and Dr. Steve Gallon III (MDCPS District 1 School Board Member) and was one of 2,500+ ideas submitted overall, one of 276 finalists selected nationally and 107 finalists selected from Miami. Winners, who will share $2.5 million, will be announced in December.


OLCDC introduces the THRiVE Innovation District!

OLCDC's arts team provides advice on creative placemaking webinar

On August 11, 2017, OLCDC's arts team, Aileen Alon (Director of Arts & creative industry) and Germane Barnes (architect) participated as panelists on the Creative Placemaking Technical Assistance Program Webinar #7: Artists as Community Organizers. The webinar focused on the work of artist organizers in non-arts organizations, and panelists discussed how the arts became embedded in their work, the difference between artist organizers/non-organizer artists/non-artist organizers, the skills artist organizers bring to the table, how artist organizers working within an organization can help change the culture of the organization, examples of successful projects that include artist organizers, and resources for working with artist organizers.

Hosted by:
Metris Arts Consulting & Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
Other Panelists: Peter Haakon Thompson (Springboard for the Arts) and  Mary Rothlisberger (citizen artist)
Audience Participants: Grantees of LISC's pilot technical assistance program in which participants work to increase their organization's abilities to lead successful creative placemaking projects that result in positive short and long term outcomes for their communities. These might include representatives from city governments, arts commissions, arts organizations, community economic development agencies, higher education institutions, etc.

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