ADW Call for Speakers

Be a Featured Speaker at Miami's longest-running free community cultural festival

The 47th Annual Art Deco Weekend® will take place Jan 12-14, 2024 in Miami Beach. With a working title of “Celebrating Florida’s History,” the festival will focus on drawing attention to the rich, diverse history of the state.


Topics of interest include [list in formation]:

      • Florida’s Coastal Heritage: Past, Present, and Future

      • The Spanish Influence on Florida: From Ponce de León to the Present

      • Florida’s Architectural Styles Through the Centuries

      • Florida’s Art Deco Legacy

      • Historic Preservation in Coastal Communities of Florida

      • Florida’s Agricultural History: From Citrus to Sugarcane

      • Florida in Fiction: Storytelling and the Sunshine State

      • Preserving our Shores: Environmental Challenges and Opportunities

      • other relevant topics


    Lectures will take place at the Wolfsonian-FIU (1001 Washington Ave) or nearby. The suggested format is an approximately 45-minute lecture, followed by 15 minutes reserved for audience Q&A. Speakers must prepare and present using a digital visual aid. We suggest using PowerPoint or Keynote slides. Lectures will be recorded and available to the public via our Youtube Channel.

    To view video recordings from the 2023 Art Deco Weekend lectures, click here.

    Application Process

    Interested individuals can apply to be a speaker using the submission form below. Preference will be given to local applicants in Miami-Dade County as well as Florida-based scholars.

    Deadline to Apply is August 15th 2023!


    Miami Design Preservation League offers a $500 speaker’s honorarium. All speakers will be invited to the VIP gala and receive free admission to our walking tours. Speakers who require travel assistance (air/transport/hotel) may note this on their application. Funds will be made available for travel for exceptional speakers, subject to the festival budget.

    Apply Today!

    Title Sponsors

    Barbara Baer Capitman Legacy Sponsor

    Leonard Horowitz Premier Sponsor​

    Jan 11-15, 2024
    Miami Beach Convention Center

    Food & Beverage

    Music Production