Dear Stranger...

Letter Exchange Program Connects Floridians

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Florida Humanities is pleased to introduce Dear Stranger, a letter-writing project that invites Floridians to gain a deeper understanding of themselves and their state by sharing experiences, beliefs, and ideas with random strangers.

We invite you to reflect on a humanities-related theme and then we’ll swap your letter with a letter from another writer. They will get your letter; you will get theirs. The exchange is anonymous, and you can share as little or as much information about yourself as you like.

Anyone is welcome to participate in the program by providing a letter they’d like to pass along to a stranger and a signed release form authorizing us to do so.

For our next Dear Stranger exchange, we offer this prompt:
How has music affected your life?

Questions? Contact:

Mara Utterback
Membership & Events Coordinator
[email protected]

Interested in participating in the program? Here’s how:

  1. Simply address a letter to “Dear Stranger.” Write a little or a lot. Include a photo or drawing or recipe or anything else that might fill out your story.
  2. By July 31, 2024 email your letter to [email protected] or mail it to:

Dear Stranger c/o Florida Humanities
599 Second St. St.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

  1. Complete the Dear Stranger release form. We cannot exchange letters without a release.
  2. Be sure to write your name and return address on your envelope or include it in your email so we can match your letter with your release form and exchange your letter.
  3. Expect a return letter sometime in mid-August, 2024.
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