Historical Hurt Building

WLRN's January 28 article highlights "Opa-Locka: A City Reenvisioned Through Art"

"...Much of [Opa-locka's] transformation involves collaborations with artists...and their ideas infused in affordable housing development, urban planning and landscaping..."

Read more of WLRN's "Opa-Locka: A City Reenvisioned Through Art."

Homebuyer Education Workshop
Saturday, January 31, 2015
8:45am - 5:30pm

For more information and to register, click here.

OLCDC and parters present a film screening and talk with celebrated artist Everton Wright, February 22, 1:00 pm

OLCDC to host 2nd Health Matters: Health & Resource Fair

Join OLCDC for an educational and interactive health and resource fair designed to provide activities and resources that benefit the whole family--seniors, parents, teens, and children--including free health screenings and examinations; health seminars and workshops; and food demonstrations.

Health Matters is free and open to the public. Residents of Opa-locka, Miami Gardens, and Hialeah are all encouraged to attend.

See video highlights of last year's successful inaugural event.

For more information, please contact Kareena Rozier at (305) 687-3545 ext. 242 or kareena@olcdc.org.

Potential Vendors and Sponsors: To register as a vendor and/or sponsor, download the form here, and complete and return it by the January 15, 2015, deadline. Please note that vendor registrations will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis, and there are limited slots available!

2nd Annual Health Matters: Health and Resource Fair


Sherbondy Village Community Center
215 President Barack Obama (Perviz) Avenue
Opa-locka, FL 33054

Date and Time:
March 7, 2015
1:00pm - 4:00pm

OLCDC's 2014 Art of Transformation celebrates potential of Opa-locka

The OLCDC's 2014 Art of Transformation, a celebration of the rebirth and potential of Opa-locka, featured a series of exciting multi-disciplinary artistic events around Miami-Dade County from November 12 through December 14. Curated by Tumelo Mosaka, the series highlighted how art is capable of encouraging urban and civic renewal and included a performance by Pamela Z; the In Plain Sight exhibition; an Art, Food, and Music Street Festival; a film by Michelange Quay; a dance performance by Nora Chipaumire; and an artist talk by Emmanuel Pratt.

~Read the Letters to the Editor of the Miami Herald from OLCDC President & CEO Dr. Willie Logan and Robbie Bell and the Op Ed by OLCDC Director of Public Art Mikhaile Solomon about Opa-locka's artistic transformation and this year's Art of Transformation events.

~Read The Root's preview of the 2014 Art of Transformation: "The Beauty of Change: How Art Is Transforming a Notorious South Fla. Community."

~Read The Miami Time's "Opa-locka's popular art event becomes a symbol of the city's revitalization efforts." and "Opa-locka is home to 'In Plain Sight.'

~Read EIRAM's "Opa-Locka: City of Transformation."

~Read The Miami Herald's "Art fuels Opa-locka's transformation."

~ See photos from the November 14th In Plain Sight Exhibition reception.

OLCDC hosts new NEA Chair Jane Chu

On December 2, OLCDC, City of Opa-locka officials and guests met with National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chair Jane Chu at OLCDC's new Arts & Recreation Center to discuss recent success in infusing the arts into area revitalization efforts. OLCDC staff then took the Chair on a tour of downtown Opa-locka and of the Magnolia North neighborhood, where the NEA helped support the design and planning of public spaces through a 2011 Our Town grant.

~Read the Miami Community Newspapers story on Chair Chu's Miami-Dade visit.

OLCDC wins 2nd Knight Arts Challenge Award!

On December 1, OLCDC won its second Knight Arts Challenge Award, to engage the community in co-creating a large-scale public artwork. OLCDC has commissioned noted artist and landscape architect Walter Hood to overhaul one of Opa-locka's main thoroughfares, Ali Baba Avenue, and the surrounding public realm as an artistic corridor. Hood, OLCDC, and a Leadership Miami team called Miami Rise will work with residents to transform the avenue--currently wide, barren and unappealing to pedestrians and drivers--with painted interventions.

~Read the Knight Foundation announcement.
~Read the WLRN story about the awards.

Refer at-risk elementary students to the OLCDC's Keeping Our Promise program

Recognizing the importance of providing a comprehensive system of care to improve outcomes for children and support their families, the OLCDC and partners have developed Keeping Our Promise (KOP). KOP provides behavioral health, physical health, and education services to elementary school students displaying at-risk behaviors and attending schools in the Opa-locka area to positively affect their educational performance. The program focuses on building more supportive communities, improving coordination of services, and strengthening cohesive engagement among schools, families, agencies, and service providers.

Student referrals to KOP can be submitted by schools, local churches, law enforcement agencies, local child and family service providers, etc. To make a referral, complete and fax the Referral Form to (305) 919-4053.

OLCDC hosts community meetings on Brownsfields Cleanup Grant

OLCDC is applying for a $200,000 Brownfields Cleanup Grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to address a petroleum discharge. The discharge was originally caused by a 1930's gas station that operated at the Historic Hurt Building location at 490 Opa-locka Boulevard.

Part of the Brownfields Cleanup Grant application process requires a community meeting to present details of the application and solicit input from the community.

On November 17 and 20, 2014, OLCDC hosted meetings for the community to learn more about the Brownfields Grant opportunity and the future renovation plans for the Historic Hurt Building, including space for a new Children's Wellness Center.

~ Read the Analysis of Brownfields Cleanup Alternatives.

~ Complete the Public Comment Form.

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