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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.

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OLCDC seeks an Education and Social Initiatives Coordinator

OLCDC seeks an Education and Social Initiatives Coordinator. Interested applicants should forward resumes to Karla Gottlieb, Director of Community Initiatives and Compliance, at karla@olcdc.org.

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Don't miss "Forces of Nature: Bounce and Flow" multimedia art exhibit, March 29 through April 15

In honor of Women's History Month, OLCDC & partners present "Forces of Nature: Bounce and Flow," featuring artists Elaine Defibaugh, Sheila Elias, Judy Sayfie, and Hattie Mae Williams. The multimedia art exhibition is a visual feast full of color, fantasy, creative power and energy.

"Forces of Nature: Bounce and Flow" will be on display at The ARC from March 29 through April 15, 2015. Exhibition hours: Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and weekends by appointment.

For more information, visit www.opalockaart.com.



Help OLCDC in the Public Space Challenge. Vote by April 3rd!

Help OLCDC in the Public Space Challenge by clicking on the OLCDC ARCoponics link http://ideas.ourmiami.org/place/311981 and "LIKING" and "COMMENTING" on the project page!



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

On Friday, April 3rd, Miami Rise will host "Arabian Tales of Opa-locka," a fundraising event with live music, a belly dancing performance, food, and a guaranteed good time with friends. Guests will hear from OLCDC President & CEO Dr. Willie Logan, a strong supporter of Miami Rise.

Join Miami Rise and OLCDC by supporting this event in celebration of Opa-locka's forthcoming transformative change. Please click here to purchase tickets.
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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.

Friday, April 3, 2015
7:00pm



Join OLCDC, Miami Rise & partners for Opa-locka Community Paint Day

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

Hood, OLCDC, and Miami Rise (a Leadership Miami team from the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce) will work with residents and volunteers to transform the avenue - currently wide, barren and unappealing to pedestrians and drivers--with painted interventions. Ali Baba will become a visual marker to signal that change is happening in Opa-locka, inspiring local residents and businesses and attracting visitors.

This project is 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.

For more information call (305) 687-3545.

Register as a volunteer for Paint Day.

Location:
675 Ali Baba Avenue
Opa-locka, FL 33054

Date & Time:
Saturday, April 18, 2015
7:00am - 1:00pm



Homebuyer Education Workshop - Spanish
Saturday, April 18, 2015
8:45am - 5:30pm

For more information and to register, click here.

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

For more information and to register, click here.

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.

For more information, visit www.opalockaart.com.



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