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Opa-locka prepares for Art of Transformation fundraiser

Miami Times staff report | 11/14/2013, 9 a.m.
Black Violin

On Friday, Nov. 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 (51) of the Opa-locka Executive Airport, 14933 NW 41st Ave., guests will indulge in delectable hors d’oeuvres, enjoy an open bar sponsored by Bacardi, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly and dance to music by Soul Proof. Local philanthropist Tracey Wilson-Mourning will serve as the host. 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 violin and Wil B on viola.

Wilson-Mourning will be joined by Dr. Willie Logan, president/CEO of OLCDC, City of Opa-locka Mayor Myra Taylor and State Representative Cynthia Stafford, District 109. The event runs from 7 to 11 p.m. Tickets are available at www.olcdc.org.

The 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.