WHO IS MIAMI
Storytelling For Change
November 24, 2023 - December 14, 2023
BRIGHTLINE & BUS SHELTERS
Impact.Edition and Good Miami Project debut at the Brightline Miami Station and Dade County bus stops with a new storytelling exhibition featuring ordinary people doing extraordinary things
Miami, FL, November 22, 2023 – Impact.Edition, a Miami-based nonprofit media organization devoted to sustainable development and collective impact, invites locals and tourists in Miami to explore the stories of community changemakers in public spaces. On November 20, 2023, the transit exhibition, Who Is Miami: Storytelling for Change, debuted at the Brightline Miami Station, and it also covered over 80 digital rotating bus stop panels located in Brickell, Downtown, Edgewater, Eastside, Midtown, Coral Gables, The Roads and Riverside.
“Who Is Miami is our passionately curated experience that showcases Miami through the visual and written stories of people who – whether by nature or by choice – are outside of our daily agendas and mainstream news. They all tirelessly, and often invisibly, work to make this city more sustainable, resilient, inclusive, and just. They need to be recognized,” says Yulia Strokova, Founder and Publisher of Impact.Edition.
The community-wide program is made in collaboration with Good Miami Project, an organization that provides pro bono photoshoots for Miami-based nonprofits. This year, its founder Greg Clark, a social and environmental photographer, has been selected as a winner of the prestigious Ellies Awards celebrating visual artists and their community impact.
"I am thrilled and grateful to collaborate with Impact.Edition on major outdoor storytelling campaigns, specifically during Art Basel season," says Greg. "Through displaying photographs in public spaces featuring our fellow community members who give back, I hope we can absorb the diverse voices of these local champions and use their stories to help bridge divisions and recognize our shared humanity."
In 2022, in collaboration with Greg Clark and Good Miami Project, Impact.Edition launched the first iteration of Who Is Miami: Storytelling for Change at the Main Library in Downtown Miami. They also expanded the experience into a pilot transit exhibition framed in bus stop shelters across different Miami neighborhoods to show how all individuals who live here or come enjoy the beauty of Miami can contribute to preserving natural resources and achieving social and environmental justice.
This year, Good Miami Project and Impact.Edition presented a reprise of the storytelling exhibition, Who Is Miami, at the Green Library, Florida International University; the Social Impact Lab at Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL; and the independent bookstore Books & Books in Coral Gables, FL.
These storytelling programs are largely supported by the Green Family Foundation and the Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs Department.
Greg’s photos are also prominently featured in the latest issues of Impact.Edition magazine, fueled by readers' subscription donations and institutional bulk orders. The third issue is set to be released in January 2024, featuring the newest collection of human-centric stories to enrich our souls and fuel our minds.
“We love Miami. We dare to change the narratives holding us all back, and we refuse to let changemakers go unheard,” adds Samantha Schalit, Impact.Edition’s Editor-in-Chief. “We hope to see more locals and organizations among our subscribers to empower our storytelling mission and collective voice.”
WHO IS MIAMI: STORYTELLING FOR CHANGE
On view through December 17, 2023
Brightline Miami Station & 80 bus stops across Miami-Dade
Featured leaders and organizations:
Betty Osceola, Miccosukee Tribal Elder & Everglades Educator
Mitchell Kaplan, Books & Books
Francisco Torres, Compost for Life
Virginia A. Jacko, Miami Lighthouse
Gabriela Rojas, Miami Diaper Bank
Mahlia Lindquist, LEAP For Ladies
Michele Salas, Lady Green Recycling
Chad Bernstein, Guitars Over Guns
Rosemary Carrera, 305 Pink Pack