AARP Awards 2021 Community Challenge Grant to Miami Beach Pride

AARP Awards 2021 Community Challenge Grant to Miami Beach Pride

The Legacy Couples Exhibit will bring to life 400+ years of love through 30 stories told by 15 same-sex couples



Cheryl Lockwood and Cindy Bender \ 39 years

Miami, Fla. – Miami Beach Pride has been named a recipient of a 2021 AARP Community Challenge Grant, one of eight grantees selected in Florida. The grant will support a museum exhibition featuring large-scale portraits and audio-stories that will bring to life 400+ years of love through stories told by same-sex couples to positively enforce that love always wins.

AARP Florida State Director Jeff Johnson said, “We are excited to support Miami Beach Pride as they share this meaningful exhibit with their community. Supporting The Legacy Couples Project as a large-scale portrait and audio exhibition will encourage promising ideas and inspire storytelling in the Miami Beach community. Our goal at AARP Florida is to support local efforts to build great places for people of all backgrounds, ages and abilities.”



Dennis Edwards & Mark Steinberg \ 36 years

Director of Grants & Cultural Affairs for Miami Beach Pride Carol Coombes said, “AARP’s mission is to empower people to choose how they live as they age and it's a beautiful and natural fit that we are a recipient of an AARP Challenge Grant Award for The Legacy Couples Project: 400+ Years of LGBTQ Love. This exhibit featuring commissioned large-scale portraits and audio stories told to queer youth in collaboration with HistoryMiami Museum and the YES Institute will be accessible to the public for free. The audio stories will be permanently archived and accessible online at HMM Miami Stories/SoundCloud Site https://soundcloud.com/miamistories.