Historical Hurt Building

OLCDC & Artist Hank Willis Thomas unveil iconic sculpture in downtown Opa-locka

Read the Q&A with artist Hank Willis Thomas and view photos of the historic event @ worldredeye.

See event coverage:

~ Huffington Post
Curbed Miami
Miami Herald, Tuesday, 10/24
~ NBC-6, Thursday, 10/19 (on air)
~ NBC-6, Wednesday, 10/18 (on line)
~ Miami Herald, Wednesday, 10/18
~ Miami Times
~ Palm Beach Post
~ Caribbean National Weekly
~ Miami Metropolis
~ Sheen Magazine
~ South Florida Times

~ Ben Brown Fine Arts
~ Sugarcane Magazine
~ Daily News Miami

~ Hyperallergic
~ 1 Fort Lauderdale

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OLCDC named 2017 Knight Arts Challenge finalist

OLCDC has been named a finalist in the national Knight Arts Challenge, which seeks ideas in Miami, Detroit, Akron, and St. Paul from entrants that seek to bring their communities together through the arts. OLCDC's entry aims to inspire the next generation of creatives through an artist residency where local poets of color work with middle school poetry & music students to write, perform and record new works.

The project was submitted with support from Shameka “Poetry” Thomas, The ADMIT Program, the Arts Academy of Excellence and Dr. Steve Gallon III (MDCPS District 1 School Board Member) and was one of 2,500+ ideas submitted overall, one of 276 finalists selected nationally and 107 finalists selected from Miami. Winners, who will share $2.5 million, will be announced in December.


OLCDC introduces the THRiVE Innovation District!

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.

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