Miami as Text Format

Danielle Ruiz and Alejandro Lugo at PAMM in Miami.

Each student will create an image and text reflection specific to the visited location. All reflections will be posted on a public platform.

Generally, students will be given a tour of the venue. Following the tour, students will revisit the location individually. Each student will select one aspect of the location to reflect upon. The subject selected can be an artwork, an architectural space, flora, fauna, a person (employee or visitor), or any other relevant aspect.

200 words! Each project must consist of original writing and original image(s). The writing must be approximately 200 words. The writing can be either fiction or non-fiction and either prose or poetry. The images can be a single photo or a collage of photos. ONLY USE ORIGINAL PHOTOS. NEVER USE SOMEONE ELSE’S PHOTO WITHOUT GIVING THEM PHOTO CREDIT.

Projects must be submitted with text and image together. Email your writing as the body of the email and the photo to Also, a document with text and image must be submitted to Projects submitted to a different email will not be graded and deleted. Failure to submit projects in the proper manner will result in a failing grade.

All posts must start as the following example:

“Title of Your Reflection” by First Name Last Name of FIU at official name of location

“Art is Art” by German Etcheverry of FIU at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Download Sofia Guerra’s Vizcaya as Text as an example of a proper turnitin submission.

Successful projects are original, engage a “big idea” and are specific to place. For example, Vizcaya as Text should be specifically about your perspective on an important aspect of Vizcaya: culture, history, identity, gender, race, class. Historical facts and relevant ideas are important in forming your perspective. Your photos should be creative. Think about composition, lighting, and color. Find an original angle. Provide a context to an object.

Poor projects are often general in nature and superficial in reflection. Errors in facts and typos reveal a lackadaisical effort. These characteristics result in a poor grade.

Your text should always name the place the as text is about or an artwork (artist name) that you are discussing.

Lastly, be honest. If you love something, love it. And if you hate something, write it. Your professor and every institution are interested in honest assessments.

Have fun. Be you. You are now part of a partnership between FIU and the broader Miami community. Your reflection is part of an ambitious mapping through reflection of Miami.

Stephanie Sepúlveda  &  John William Bailly 01 February 2019

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