Vizcaya Gathers the Community to Share Stories of Climate Impact

A group of diverse people sharing stories with each other in a lush setting

 

MIAMI – Climate change is impacting us all, in ways we expected, and in surprising ways too. This coming August, people from all walks of life will gather at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens to share personal stories about the impact of climate change during the “Climate Against Humanity” program.

The museum is looking for real people to submit their stories and the deadline is quickly approaching on July 17, 2022.

“We’re not talking about projections for the far or near future, but things are happening today – as we speak,” shared Rebecca Peterson, Vizcaya’s Programs Manager. “If climate change has affected your mental health, your wallet, your neighborhood … then Climate Against Humanity is the perfect opportunity to share your story.”

It’s important to note that you don’t need any professional storytelling or public speaking experience to participate. What’s more, Vizcaya is partnering with RAW Storytelling’s Enid Casablanca to provide participating speakers free coaching leading up to the date of the program. Individual coaching sessions take place virtually and share tips and tricks to tell a great story in public.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

Stories can be submitted online. All you need to provide is your contact information and a brief summary of the story you’d like to share. Although only a summary is required to apply, potential storytellers should be prepared to fill 10-15 minutes of time during the program at the end of summer.

The deadline is July 17, 2022. For questions regarding this program or technical support to submit your story, please email Rebecca.peterson@vizcaya.org

To promote inclusion for all, Vizcaya ensures that all community programs, after-hour and weekend events for locals, feature activities that are physically accessible to all visitors. While not all areas of the estate are wheelchair accessible, community programs are purposefully located in areas without stairs or that can be accessed via a ramp.

 

ABOUT VIZCAYA MUSEUM AND GARDENS

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is a National Historic Landmark that preserves its cultural and environmental resources to engage people in connecting with the past, understanding the present and shaping the future. Built between 1914 and 1922 as the winter home of farming manufacturer James Deering, Vizcaya is one of the most intact remaining examples from this era in the United States, when the nation’s most successful entrepreneur-built estates were inspired by the stately homes of Europe. Vizcaya features a Main House filled with a decorative art collection, 10 acres of formal gardens, a rockland hammock (native forest), mangrove shore, and a historic village that is being restored to tell Vizcaya’s full story and provide additional spaces for programs and community outreach, including those on agriculture. Vizcaya has been a community hub since it opened to the public in 1953; it welcomes 300,000 visitors annually.

Located on Biscayne Bay at 3251 South Miami Avenue, Vizcaya is open Wednesday through Monday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed Tuesdays, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. For more information, visit www.vizcaya.org, connect via social media, or call 305-250-9133.

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