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In the News: OLCDC and partners sponsored robotics camp at North Dade Middle, July 5-August 1!

North Dade Middle School students participated in a FREE Summer Camp from July 5th through August 1st that combined exciting robotics with a fun focus on preparation for the math sections of the FCAT!

Each day, students studied math and built and programmed their robots. The rest of the time, they visited the Miami Science Museum and had daily speakers come by to encourage them to continue their education and consider careers in science, tech, engineering or math.

Visitors included representatives from Florida International and Florida Memorial Universities, Miami-Dade College and the University of Miami; the City of Miami Gardens City Attorney, City Accountant, and City Building and Code Compliance Department Director; a physician; an IT manager, an aerospace technology engineer from NASA; and an air traffic controller with the Federal Aviation Administration.

The program culminated on August 1st, with students showcasing their robotic creations through a team competition.  Click here to read the Miami Herald article on the Camp and competition.

Camp Photos! - Click thumbnails to view larger images.

In the News: OLCDC hosted Opa-locka Arts Master Planning Charrette, July 6

On Friday, July 6, 2012, OLCDC hosted the Opa-locka Arts Master Planning Charrette to develop the conceptual framework for incorporating art into revitalization projects throughout the city, starting in Magnolia North (formerly the "Triangle"), where art and public realm designs will replace metal barricades that have surrounded the neighborhood for over 20 years.
Five artists or artist teams --Walter Hood; Gale Fulton Ross; Rick Lowe; Roberto Behar + Rosario Marquardt (R & R Studios); and Jennifer Bonner + Christian Stayner-- were recently chosen by OLCDC in collaboration with Miami-Dade County Art in Public Places for these projects and participated in the Charrette along with OLCDC staff, community stakeholders and consultants (Loeb Fellows, urban planners, architects).

Following the Charrette, the group will publish a summary prospectus outlining the initial arts master plan for the city. OLCDC intends to use the plan to gain support for implementing public art and arts-driven community engagement, which is one component of OLCDC's goal to turn around neighborhoods, increase economic opportunity, offer better housing options, and beautify the environment overall.

~Click here to read Miami Art Guide coverage of the Charrette.
~Click here to read the Miami New Times' 7/12/12 blog posting on the Charrette.
~Click here to read the Miami New Times' 7/19/12 blog posting on the public art project.

OLCDC held 32nd annual Board of Directors’ meeting, June 26

The OLCDC held its 2012 Annual Meeting of the Board on June 26, 2012, in North Miami Dade.

OLCDC chosen as finalist for the 2012 Knight Arts Challenge Miami!

From over 1,150 art ideas submitted by members of the South Florida community, OLCDC's idea to celebrate the art of the African diaspora by producing a multidisciplinary juried arts festival to coincide with the OLCDC's major public art installation in Magnolia North was chosen as 1 of 57 finalists for the 2012 Knight Arts Challenge Miami!


Congratulations to OLCDC CEO Willie Logan on earning his PhD!

The OLCDC Board and staff congratulate OLCDC founder, President & CEO Willie Logan for earning his Ph.D. from the School of Business at Southern New Hampshire University on May 12, 2012. Dr. Logan continues to inspire us all to reach new heights.

OLCDC hosts Community Gateways Artist Presentations for Magnolia North, May 10

On Thursday, May 10, 2012, artists-finalists presented their proposals for OLCDC's transformative public art project to enhance the Magnolia North neighborhood (formerly the Triangle)! Stay tuned for the announcement of the winning proposal(s) in the coming weeks.

OLCDC co-hosts “Color Me Healthy” Health & Resources Fair, April 21

On Saturday, April 21, 2012, OLCDC and partners Weed & Seed, FIU College of Medicine, City of Opa-locka, and War on Poverty hosted the "Color Me Healthy" Health & Resources Fair at Sherbondy Park, a community wide collaboration to make a difference in the quality of life for Opa-locka residents and visitors.

Read more.

OLCDC hosts Nile Gardens Fourth Task Force and Sixth Residents' Meetings, March 29

On Thursday, March 29th, 2012, the OLCDC hosted the 4th meeting of the Task Force established under OLCDC's recently awarded Choice Neighborhood Initiative Challenge Grant to help develop the Transformation Plan for Nile Gardens followed by the 6th Residents' Meeting, where participants  learned more about the Choice Neighborhood Program and discussed the Transformation Plan.

Click here to read more about the Choice Neighborhood grant and program, view the event calendar, and see minutes and pictures from meetings.

OLCDC guides low income residents on supermarket tours, March 2012

To help families learn how to make healthy food choices on a limited budget, the OLCDC recently partnered with the UFIFAS/ Miami-Dade County Extension Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program to facilitate three Shopping Matters™ grocery store tours during the month of March 2012. To learn more about the program, contact the OLCDC's Food Equity Coordinator Naomi L. Ross at 305-687-3545 Ext. 221.

Photos from the Three Tours! - Click thumbnails to view larger images.

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