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The Art Of Transformation: Celebrating

The New Opa-locka*

Presented by the Opa-locka Development Corporation 

OPA-LOCKA, Fla., Nov. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

WHAT:             

On Friday, November 15th, the Opa-locka Community Development Corporation (OLCDC) will host an evening dedicated to the historic past, present and bright future of the Opa-locka community.

 

 

 

The second annual fundraising event celebrates the ambitious revitalization plan sponsored by the non-profit organization to create visual, physical, and economically-sustainable design that involves and empowers residents, while converting the city into a true "Community of Choice."

 

 

 

Surrounded by private jets in the newest private hangar of the Opa-locka Executive Airport, guests will indulge in savory, delectable hors d'oeuvres, enjoy an open bar sponsored by Bacardi, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly and dance to music by DJ Plan Beats. Philanthropist Tracey Wilson-Mourning will be hosting this festive evening celebrating Opa-locka.

 

 

 

Guests will be treated to live painting, pop-up performances by multidisciplinary artists, a special preview exhibit by renowned New York-based photographer Hunter Barnes (presenting portraits from his recent residency in Opa-locka), and an architectural installation by Germane Barnes. American hip-hop duo Black Violin will perform an eclectic mix of Jazz, hip-hop, funk, and blue grass with Kev Marcus on his violin and Wil B on his viola.

 

 

 

 

WHO:           

Musical guest and national recording artists, Black Violin

 

Willie Logan, Ph.D., President/CEO of OLCDC

 

Tracey Wilson-Mourning      

 

Hon. Myra Taylor, City of Opa-locka Mayor

 

Hon. Cynthia Stafford, Florida State Representative District 109

 

 

WHEN:    

Friday, November 15, 2013

 

7 p.m. - 11 p.m.

 

 

WHERE:     

Opa-locka Executive Airport

 

Private Hangar 51

 

14933 NW 41st Ave, Opa-Locka, FL 33054 

 

 

TICKETS:      

$75 per person.  Available at www.olcdc.org/purchase.php

 

 

ATTIRE:          

Cocktail chic

 

 

SPONSORS:    

AT&T

 

Related Urban

 

Cornerstone Group

 

City of Opa-locka

 

Sharpton & Brunson

 

Room2Bloom

 

M & M Title

 

HalKeen Management Inc.

 

Bacardi

 

Barefoot Wine & Bubbly

 

Golin Harris

 

Stull & Lee

 

One United Bank

 

Opa-locka Flea Market

 

WLRN

 

Jessie Trice Community Health Center

 

The Miami Herald

 

FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

THE TRANSFORMATION:   
It began in 2011 when OLCDC was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) "Our Town" Grant to create dynamic public art and engaging spaces to replace street barricades in the city's most notorious neighborhood.  OLCDC partnered with Miami-Dade County Art in Public Places to administer a call to artists, soliciting more than 200 responses from around the world.   In Summer 2012, four artists/teamsóGale Fulton Ross, R & R Studios, Jennifer Bonner & Christian Stayner, and Walter Hoodówere selected to begin work throughout the City of Opa-locka.   They joined forces with renowned urban planners, landscape architects and project developers to implement the public art component of the redevelopment of Opa-locka, particularly in the Magnolia North neighborhood.  Since then, the arts have been infused throughout the OLCDC's revitalization efforts, from housing to infrastructure development to education and more.

ABOUT OPA-LOCKA COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (OLCDC): 
The Opa-locka Community Development Corporation (OLCDC) was established in November 1980 as a non-profit community development corporation in order to address the distressed unemployment conditions, particularly in the Opa-locka and North Dade County, Florida, communities. Its primary mission is to transform neighborhoods by capitalizing on community assets, empowering residents and creating community and economic initiatives that serve as a catalyst in promoting sustainable development. For more information about OLCDC, please visit www.olcdc.org.

 

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