Art Deco Weekend Program Guide - 2016 - Page 62

VISUAL MEMOIRS PROJECT UPDATE MIAMI BEACH VISUAL MEMOIRS: YEAR 5 COLLECTING MORE MIAMI BEACH STORIES “I t was paradise and we didn’t even know it.” The Miami Beach Visual Memoirs Project is the story of Miami Beach as told by those who lived it. Miami Beach has changed dramatically over the past generation. Once viewed as a small town paradise by the people who grew up here, it is now a vibrant, international destination. For five years the Visual Memoirs Project has been recording the history of the City of Miami Beach through the memories and stories of the people who grew up here and have been a part of its development. These recollections are available for online research, and have been combined and edited to create a museum installation for the Art Deco Museum, and educational films. Sharing the legacy of the City’s past expands the appreciation for our unique beach community. The Miami Design Preservation League and Close-up Productions have partnered to produce the Miami Beach Visual Memoirs Project under a grant from the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority. This year, there was an exciting new element added to the project. A new website was launched that integrates all of the resources into one easy to access site including 75 video interviews, promotional and educational videos, and supplemental downloadable educational materials freely available for classroom use. 60 ART DECO WEEKEND Please check out the new Visual Memoirs website to discover some fascinating Miami Beach history recounted by eyewitnesses: