Historical Hurt Building

Homebuyer Education Workshop
Saturday, April 25, 2015
8:45am - 5:30pm

For more information and to register, click here.

OLCDC and partners to present third META Art Series event

The April edition of OLCDC's new art series META will feature the work of artists Loni Johnson, Robert McKnight, T. Eliott Mansa, Asser Saint-Val, and Juana Valdes.

For more information, visit www.opalockaart.com.
Sunday, April 26, 2015
1:00pm - 4:00pm

OLCDC, Miami Rise & partners transform Ali Baba Avenue on Community Paint Day

To re-envision Opa-locka as a destination for art, OLCDC has engaged the community in co-creating a large-scale temporary public artwork designed by noted artist and landscape architect Walter Hood to overhaul one of the city's main thoroughfares, Ali Baba Avenue, and the surrounding public realm as an artistic corridor.

On Saturday, April 18, Hood, OLCDC, and Miami Rise (a Leadership Miami team from the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce) worked with residents and volunteers to transform the Avenue--formerly wide, barren and unappealing to pedestrians and drivers--with painted interventions. Ali Baba has become a visual marker to signal that change is happening in Opa-locka.

See OLCDC's press release and the Knight Arts blog about this project.

This project was sponsored in part by OLCDC, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Surdna Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Sherwin Williams, and Miami Rise.

OLCDC commemorates Women's History Month with multimedia art exhibit @ the ARC

In honor of Women's History Month, OLCDC & partners presented "Forces of Nature: Bounce and Flow," featuring artists Elaine Defibaugh, Sheila Elias, Judy Sayfie, and Hattie Mae Williams. The multimedia art exhibition, on display from March 29 through April 15, was a visual feast full of color, fantasy, creative power and energy and culminated with a Networking Event & Closing Party on Saturday, April 18, 2015. For more information, visit www.opalockaart.com.

Miami Rise hosts "Arabian Tales from Opa-locka" to raise funds for OLCDC

On Friday, April 3rd, Miami Rise hosted "Arabian Tales from Opa-locka," a fundraising event with live music and a belly dancing performance to celebrate Opa-locka's forthcoming transformative change. See photos.

Miami Rise is a group of 20 young professionals selected by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce to participate in the 2014-2015 cohort of Leadership Miami. The team is collaborating with OLCDC on its large-scale community art and transformation project, Vision 20/20, by increasing overall awareness of revitalization projects in Opa-locka; raising funds; and enlisting volunteers to help paint the street in front of Opa-locka City Hall.

OLCDC & partners win National APA Planning Achievement Award for Pop-Up Park Initiative

On March 31st, OLCDC's Pop-Up Park Initiative, From Pop-Up to Permanent, was selected as the recipient of the American Planning Association (APA) National Planning Achievement Award for a Grassroots Initiative.

For the Pop-Up Park Initiative, OLCDC worked in concert with the Gold Coast Section of the APA Florida Chapter and other partners to create a safe, public space for Opa-locka residents, developing a permanent community park and KaBOOM! playground.

The Initiative won an APA Florida Award of Excellence in September 2014.


OLCDC and partners present second META Art Series event

On March 29th, OLCDC and partners presented the second META Art Series event in honor of Women's History Month and opened the "Forces of Nature: Bounce and Flow" exhibit featuring artists Elaine Defibaugh, Sheila Elias, Judy Sayfie, and Hattie Mae Williams. The event also included a panel discussion on the transformational value of art, co-moderated by META curator Ludlow Bailey of CADA Conversations and Mikhaile Solomon, Director of Public Art for OLCDC and Founder/Director of PRIZM Art Fair.

~Read Miami Herald event coverage.

For more information, visit www.opalockaart.com.

OLCDC and FIU Honors College host 3rd World Film Festival

On March 28th, OLCDC and the FIU Honors College hosted the 3rd World Film Festival at the ARC. The one-day festival explored cinema's stylish film noir and neo-noir genres in the developing world.

For more information, visit www.opalockaart.com.

OLCDC and partners present free books and BBQ

On Saturday, March 28th, OLCDC and Bookleggers Library hosted a fun-filled, family-friendly afternoon at the park, complete with FREE books and BBQ!

~See photos from the event.

Bookleggers is a community mobile library based out of South Florida, setting up at rotating venues once a month and giving away free books to the public. As of 2015, Bookleggers Library operates with the generous funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Bookleggers' rules are simple:

1) Everyone gets one book for free;
2) Bookleggers accept trades, a book for a book;
3) Each additional book costs $2.

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