The Public Space Challenge is coming to your neighborhood!

The Public Space Challenge is coming to your neighborhood!

Bill Baggs State Park; Peter W. Cross for Visit Florida

The 2014 Our Miami Public Space Challenge launches on March 3, and we’d love to see ideas from all of Greater Miami’s neighborhoods – from Homestead and Kendall to Opa-locka and Hialeah, we need everyone in Miami-Dade County to submit ideas.

Throughout the month of March, The Miami Foundation will host community sessions across the county to help answer questions and spread the word about the Challenge.

At each gathering, you can learn all the important Challenge details, including insider tips on creating a winning idea and the awards timeline. Then, you will have a chance to workshop ideas with other attendees. Session facilitator and 2013 Public Space Challenge winner Marta Viciedo (Urban Impact Lab) will help participants take a broader concept, and break it down into actionable steps.

We want everyone to leave with a clear sense of what they can do to improve the public spaces around us.

The Challenge will award $130,000 to top ideas that improve, create or activate Greater Miami’s public spaces – The Miami Foundation will contribute $100,000 and the Health Foundation of South Florida will provide an additional $30,000 for projects that promote healthy lifestyles.

Anyone can post an idea: individuals, groups, for-profit companies or nonprofit organizations. All ideas must be submitted by April 8.

Here’s the list of community workshops – all of which are 6 – 8 p.m.; refreshments will be provided. To RSVP for a workshop, email

In addition, The Miami Foundation will host a Challenge meet and greet at Perez Art Museum Miami, 6 p.m. on March 20.

If you can’t make it to any of the in-person gatherings , we’ll host a webinar at noon on Wednesday, March 19. You may register at

Thanks to our great partner organizations:

Neighbors and Neighbors Association, Opa-locka Community Development Corporation, Miami Children’s Initiative, Miami Dade College Earth Ethics Institute, Miami Center for Architecture & Design, Townhouse Center, South Florida Community Development Coalition, Trinity Empowerment, Little Havana Merchant Alliance, Tools for Change, Consortium for a Healthier Miami Dade and Tropical Audubon Society.

Hope to see you there!

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