Sometimes my role as designer-in-residence for the OLCDC allows me to meet interesting people who are contributing to the effort of revitalizing Opa-locka for the better. Dr. Willie Logan, CEO of the Opa-locka Community Development Corporation (OLCDC), is talking to several artists from the South Florida arts community about Opa-locka. This week I was introduced to Carlos Betancourt and Alberto Latorre, two local artists from Puerto Rico who call Miami home. Carlos has been a part of Miami’s art scene for years, migrating first from Miami Beach to Wynwood and now possibly to Opa-locka. Alberto, an architect in his own right, is Carlos’ manager. They were both interesting people and we hope to have them involved in the Opa-locka transformation. Check out their work here. It’s exciting to think about how the arts can add aesthetic and economic cohesion to a community that deserves both those things.
-- Germane Barnes