Multiple free art, tech summer camps offered in Opa-locka

OPA-LOCKA, FLA. (WSVN) - As summer break approaches for students, multiple free summer camps focusing in the arts and technology will be offered in Opa-locka.

Hosted by the Opa-locka Community Development Corporation (OLCDC), the camps vary from music to web design and will run for about six weeks. The camps will have free breakfast and lunch and will take students between the fourth and 12th grades.

All kids are welcome; registration is not limited to Opa-locka residents.

The city, however, is thriving. Over 20 months, four blocks in the area will turn into a state of the art campus.

“Part of this concept is community space, which is the ARC building, which we call our Grand Central Station,” said OLCDC President and CEO, Dr. Willie Logan. “We have had many activities from poetry jams to pop-up dinners. We’re bringing adults, business people and children into one space where they can also work together and share activities and also build and improve their community.”

The first initiative in the Thrive Innovation District begins this summer.

“Summer camps are opportunities for kids to participate in art, music, video, place making, [information technology], coding, gaming and all types of activities that will help them to develop a career in creative arts as well as technology, but also, help them with their school work and prepare them for the year to come,” said Logan.

“Most importantly, that their families know they’re in a safe environment, day in and day out, throughout the summer, for six weeks. Some of our programs go six to eight weeks,” said Sandra Camacho, a community outreach specialist for the Children’s Trust. “It just, it speaks a lot. We’re very proud to support this program.”

This is only the beginning for Opa-locka. Officials want to transform a portion of the area into the Thrive Innovation District, a place to be enjoyed by the youth of the city.

The camps will begin on June 19 and will run until July 28.

For more information and to enroll, go to http://www.olcdc.org/news.php#2017030264237.

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