OLCDC named Philanthropy Miami Sharktank semi-finalist!
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 receives $11,000 grant from Health Foundation of South Florida
Funds will pay for exercise equipment and fitness classes in Magnolia North KaBOOM! Park.
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.
Thank you to all who donated to OLCDC on Give Miami Day!
Check out the extensive feature of OLCDC and our Historical Hurt Building in this year's Give Miami Day video.