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04 Mar PUBLISHED BY THE MIAMI FOUNDATION 3.4.15 TAGGED UNDER ISSUE AREAS THIS POST IS RELATED TO: ENVIRONMENT & PUBLIC SPACE THE 2015 PUBLIC SPACE CHALLENGE: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

If you’re thinking of applying to this year’s Public Space Challenge, or want to refine your idea before submission, we have a host of events to help you get the information you need.

Here’s a rundown of the 2015 Challenge, which is open March 4th through April 5th for ideas that create, improve and activate Miami-Dade’s parks, plazas, libraries, community gardens and public gathering places. Together with Health Foundation of South Floridaand Baptist Health South Florida, The Miami Foundation will invest $305,000 to make the top ideas a reality.

Kickoff event
: On March 4th, come celebrate what past winners have accomplished, hear about what’s new for 2015 and have some fun with like-minded Miami changemakers.

  • 6 to 8 p.m., March 4 at Ball & Chain, 1513 SW 8th, Little Havana.

Idea Workshops: All successful public spaces put people first. Urban Impact Lab will take you through a people-centered design process that will help you learn how to best approach public space projects. You don’t have to come with an idea for the Challenge; the goal of the workshops is to provide attendees with tools and insights for how to best arrive at a project for their neighborhood. Come get engaged and inspired.  Food and drinks will be served.

  • Miami Gardens Workshop: 6 to 8 p.m., March 12 at Betty T. Ferguson Community Center, NW 199 Street and 27 Avenue, Miami Gardens.
  • South Dade Workshop: 6 to 8 p.m., March 18 at Palmetto Bay Library, 17641 Old Cutler Road, Palmetto Bay.
  • Downtown Miami Workshop: 6 to 8 p.m., March 19 at Miami Center for Art and Design (MCAD), 100 NE 1st Street, Miami.

NEW: Design Workshop from Design Thinking Miami: This half day workshop is for new and experienced users of the human centered design process. Facilitators will walk through the full design thinking cycle, to help you uncover great ideas for public spaces. The event is free, 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 21. Register here.

Webinar: If you’re looking for nuts-and-bolts tips on how to create a great submission, this webinar is for you.  The Miami Foundation staff will cover everything from how to craft the best submission to the Challenge timeline. We’ll also field your questions.

  • Noon, March 12.

Don’t forget to submit your idea at ourmiami.org/challenge and comment, like and share other good ideas throughout the Challenge.

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