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2016 Wertheim Conference returns to Opa-locka

On September 20, 2016, FIU presented the Wertheim Conference, "How to Become a Healthcare Professional" at Sherbondy Village, 215 N. Perviz Avenue, Opa-locka 33054. OLCDC partnered with FIU and hosted the Conference's THRIVE interactive session on community health at the ARC.



OLCDC & partners install exercise machines at Magnolia North Park

On September 1, 2016, OLCDC funders and partners participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony for 5 new outdoor exercise machines installed at Magnolia North Park. Funders include the Miami Foundation, the Health Foundation, Greenfields Outdoor Exercise Equipment, and Baptist Health.



OLCDC and partners' CodeMasters showcase summer robotics and game design projects

On July 27, students attending summer CodeMasters camps in Robotics at Carrie Meek/Westview K-8 Center and Game Design at Central High School presented robots they built and programmed and video games they designed during their six-week programs.

In addition to exploring STEM in action though robotics and game design, students spent the summer working daily with certified math teachers, preparing to transition to middle and high school, planning for higher education and touring college campuses, receiving career planning advice from STEM professionals, and visiting cultural and science venues on weekly field trips.

~~See the July 2016 Miami Herald article about CodeMasters.

OLCDC and partners celebrate 2016 Keeping Our Promise graduates

On June 2, OLCDC and partners hosted a graduation ceremony for students attending Dr. Robert B. Ingram Elementary, Nathan B. Young Elementary, and Golden Glades Elementary who participated during the 2015-2016 school year in the Children's Trust-funded Keeping Our Promise Program, which provides behavioral health, physical health, and education services through care coordination to students displaying at-risk behaviors.

Read more about OLCDC's Keeping Our Promise Program.

OLCDC named a 2016 Public Space Challenge finalist

OLCDC has been named a finalist in the Miami Foundation's 2016 Public Space Challenge, which aims to empower Miamians to improve, activate and create new public spaces in their neighborhoods.

OLCDC's idea, Competitions & Crescendos, is to host a series of friendly domino competitions with live musical performances to activate Opa-locka's underutilized parks and public spaces. OLCDC and other Challenge finalists will now work on developing full proposals for their ideas.



OLCDC & partners host Rhythm & Arts Poetry Production (RAPP) spring showcase

The Rhythm & Arts Poetry Production (RAPP) is an OLCDC pilot poet-in-residency project with Shameka "Poetry" Thomas, North Dade Middle School "Expressive Art" students, and O,Miami.

This culminating showcase featured students' original poetry, spoken word, and literary works as exciting performance pieces for the general public during O,Miami's Annual Poetry Festival.

RAPP is part of O,Miami's Annual Poetry Festival, whose mission is for everyone in Miami-Dade County to encounter a poem during the month of April (also National Poetry Month).

RAPP is also a feature of the April edition of META, OLCDC's monthly series to engage Opa-locka and greater South Florida by showcasing unique artists and cultural endeavors to build and support our creative community.

~ See Miami Herald coverage of the event.
~ See Miami Times coverage.



OLCDC & partners present META Art Exhibit #3: "Mother Goddess"

On Sunday, March 20, the 2016 META Series continued with "Mother Goddess," an exhibition created in honor of Women's History Month to celebrate the sacred feminine, as well as to stimulate a dialogue about intrinsic female spirituality regarding the ontology of being and the role women played in the development of human consciousness.

For more details, visit www.opalockaart.com.



Recent articles highlight Opa-locka's art of transformation

Read BuzzFeed's "How Art And Culture Transformed The Most Dangerous City In South Florida" and The New Tropic's "What has art done to Miami?" featuring a discussion with OLCDC President and CEO Dr. Willie Logan.



OLCDC hosts 3rd Annual Health Matters: Health and Resource Fair


On Saturday, March 12, OLCDC presented the third annual Health Matters: Health and Resource Fair, which featured vendors offering health services and community resources; cooking demonstrations; food giveaways; fitness activities; and OLCDC's first 1-mile Walk for a Purpose to raise awareness about cancer.

Read more.

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