All cities have their problems. Miami also has solutions.
When the Solve This Miami! grant competition team put out a call for proposals for how $25,000 could help improve life in Miami, more than 106 concrete ideas poured in from local not-for-profits. Our judges have narrowed the field to five finalists. Now its your turn to determine the winner!
And the finalists are (drumroll, please)...
- Borscht Corporation proposes expanding the impact of the locally made films shown at its Borscht Film Festival to underserved communities in Hialeah, Overtown, Liberty City and Homestead.
- Breakthrough Miami plans to expand its free multi-year academic enrichment and college prep program for low-income students to an additional 25 students.
- Coalition of Florida Farmworker Organizations wants to establish a resource center for the children of farmworkers to coach them on how to apply for scholarships and grants.
- Urban Paradise Guild wants to hire a Master Gardener who can help create two garden centers in low-income areas that will grow health vegetables and fruit trees.
- Women of Tomorrow Mentorship & Scholarship Program wants to add 50 at-risk girls to its mentorship program.
Watch a short video about each proposal and vote for the proposal that, in your mind, makes the most significant impact in helping to "solve'' at local problem. The winner will be determined by popular vote via the online voting feature posted at MiamiHerald.com. Voting will be open at 12:01 a.m. March 12 and will close at midnight, March 20. Voting is limited to one vote per email address per day.
The grant winner will be announced March 22 at the Power of Design 2014 festivals Prophets of the Digital Age: Jaron Lanier, Clive Thompson, and Michael Chabon in Conversation with Kurt Andersen presentation, 7-8:30 p.m. at the Perez Art Museum Miami. Tickets are free but require advance registration at pod-prophets.eventbrite.com.
The Power of Design 2014: Complaints is the brainchild of the Wolfsonian-FIU Museum, which is putting on the festival in partnership with the Miami Herald (grant process administrators) and WLRN Public Radio. Other public events include a complaints choir on March 20 and a March 23 panel, Barking at the Bad Guys, featuring local investigative journalists. Details are available at http://powerofdesign.wolfsonian.org.