- Date Awarded
- Grant Period
- 10/01/12 to 09/30/14
- Focus Area
- Knight Arts Challenge
- Opa Locka, FL
To celebrate the art of the African diaspora by producing a multidisciplinary juried arts festival to coincide with a major public art installation in Opa-locka.
To celebrate the art of the African diaspora, the Opa‐locka Community Development Corporation will produce a multidisciplinary juried arts festival and exhibit to coincide with major public art installations in Opa‐locka. The event will bring noted national and regional artists from throughout the African diaspora to Opa‐locka. Highly participatory community programming will engage youth, residents and attendees in the art‐making process. Lectures and workshops will increase exposure for artists and community access to the arts. The event is part of a larger plan to make quality art of all forms accessible in Opa‐locka.
The nonprofit Opa‐locka Community Development Corporation (OLCDC) serves as a catalyst in rebuilding North Miami‐Dade’s most challenging low‐income neighborhoods into healthy and sustainable communities. Its mission is to create and stimulate economic development and affordable housing, improving the quality of life for residents in Opa‐locka and neighboring communities. OLCDC is leveraging a $22 million HUD housing rehab grant to catalyze the sustainable revitalization of Opa‐locka. Art is a strategic component of this approach. A major grant from the National Endowment for the Arts supports integration of the arts and culture into its holistic community development approach.