Historical Hurt Building

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.



Don't miss PAMM Inside|Out Opa-locka installations throughout downtown

This Spring, Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) kicks off its second year of Inside|Out, which brings high-quality reproductions of art from the Museum's permanent collection to the community. OLCDC hosts Inside|Out in Opa-locka.

See the location of each of the 19 works located in Opa-locka here.

Read more.

OLCDC hosts successful 4th Annual Health and Resource Fair

On Saturday, March 25, 2017, OLCDC held its very successful 4th Annual Health Matters: Health and Resource Fair, welcoming about 300 participants. The day's highlights included a cooking demonstration by Short Chef, who made a salad in a swimming pool; a DJ and bounce house; free healthy snacks by Dipsa and FIU Neighborhood HELP Program; free CPR training; health screenings; an exercise class; a 2,000 pound produce giveaway; and an inspiring performance from the Soul Steppers over 50 dance troupe.

Plans are in the works for 2018's health fair. Join us!

OLCDC distributes free school supplies and shares info about free Internet service

On Monday, January 23rd, OLCDC gave away 7 pallets of schools supplies and provided information from AT&T about low-cost Internet options for people on SNAP.



OLCDC's 5th Annual Art of Transformation ends with screening of "The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution"


Read more at opalockaart.com.

OLCDC wins $450,000 multi-year grant for THRIVE Campus

OLCDC has received a $450,000 multi-year creative placemaking grant from ArtPlace America to support the urban farm, pop-up marketplace, and commercial kitchen components of THRIVE Campus.

~~See OLCDC's Grant Project Page and Art America's announcement for more details.



OLCDC & partner present the Opa-locka Citizens Academy

On Saturday, November 18, 2016, OLCDC and the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics & Public Trust presented a free one-day workshop in downtown Opa-locka to help citizens learn the roles of government officials and strategies for advocating for issues or a campaign.



OLCDC & partner receive $3.65 million to create economic opportunities in North Miami-Dade

OLCDC and partner Tools for Change have received a $3.65 million grant from JPMorgan Chase & Co. for their innovative proposal to create economic opportunity in Opa-locka and Liberty City through the North Miami-Dade CDFI. The CDFI is one of five awardees nationwide sharing in a $20 million investment from the bank's PRO Neighborhoods initiative that seeks local solutions to support distressed communities and accelerate economic recovery.

~~Read the Miami Herald article about the grant.
~~Read the Miami Times article.
~~Read the JPMorgan Chase Miami press release.
~~Read the JPMorgan Chase national press release.



OLCDC unveils new, expressive video: "Invest in the people. Invest in Opa-locka"

Video Production Team: Two Parrot Productions, Eyes on Your Mission, Bristol Stategy Group, Florida International University School of Journalism and Mass Communications, and Miami Northwestern Senior High School

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