— Historian Raymond Arsenault

I just shudder to think what the cultural life of Florida would be like without the Florida Humanities Council.

— FORUM Reader

Forum content almost always stretches my knowledge about topics I might otherwise not even think about.

—Project Director

Florida Humanities Council is one of my favorite organizations. I like what you've done for Florida and the ways you've done it.

— Program attendee

We need to continue to have programs like this to remind us
of our history and bring light to overlooked individuals who have contributed positively to our society.

Witness the pride, sacrifice, and humanity
of those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Through FHC sponsorship, the Smithsonian’s 100 Faces of War exhibit is coming to the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach, FL from September 1 – November 25, 2018.  The exhibit features 100 oil portraits of Americans who went to war in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

For more information on this poignant exhibit, and/or the riveting public programming that will accompany it, click here



We are currently seeking applicants and community partners for upcoming opportunities.

Sept 3, 2018Florida Stories
Sept 14, 2018Community Project Grants
Sept 28, 2018Museum on Main Street
Nov 1, 2018Community Project Grants
Dec 14, 2018Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing
Jan 11, 2019Poetry Out Loud
The Great American Read
Don’t forget to vote for your favorite book before PBS’s airs the results of “The Great American Read” this September. See the broadcast schedule and vote now!
FORUM Magazine
In this issue we look at the sports, players, and the places that entertain, offer respite, and at their best, inspire us toward high accomplishment. Get FORUM here.

Call for Nominations
We are looking for Floridians who share our commitment to our state’s history and culture to serve on FHC’s Board of Directors. Interested apply online.

Awarded Grants
FHC recently awarded $34,880 in Community Project grants to organizations to develop public humanities programs. Click here to learn more.

Ready to explore the history and culture of Florida?
Download Florida Stories.

Learn more about this app in a video from Visit Florida, watch below.

FHC Upcoming Events

Sep 01

Exhibition Reception: 100 Faces of War

Museum of Arts & Sciences
352 S. Nova Rd, Daytona
Sep 02

Upstairs/Downstairs at the Tampa Bay Hotel

Henry Plant Museum
401 W. Kennedy Blvd, Tampa
Sep 09

Upstairs/Downstairs at the Tampa Bay Hotel- Otis Freedman

Henry Plant Museum
401 W. Kennedy Blvd, Tampa

Humanities Make A Difference

The programs of the Florida Humanities Council annually touch Floridians in every region of the state. We bring Floridians together through powerful humanities themed programs that matter.

Our work is dynamic and seeks to engage Floridians in honest and authentic dialogue. By facilitating interpersonal communication through our programs and media, a shared sense of understanding and community develops.

Impact in Florida communities

Our work 2016-2017:

$344,000 awarded in grant funding for local humanities projects
188,456 people attended public programs statewide

135,382 visitors to Smithsonian Institution "Museum on Main Street" exhibits in 15 small towns

60,000 FORUM magazines reached more than 150,000 readers

23,471 students participated in Poetry Out Loud competition statewide

6,637 people attended reading and discussion programs in public libraries

615 teachers and students attended seminars on topics ranging from Florida Agriculture
   to St. Augustine's rich history.

Since 1971, the Florida Humanities Council has awarded more than $8 million statewide in support of the development and presentation of humanities-rich cultural grants and public programs. These programs and grants promote civic engagement and enhance the public profile of the recipient communities.

Download our 2016 Annual Report

For 45 years, the programs of the Florida Humanities Council have touched Floridians in every region of the state. From our family reading programs and popular Speakers Series, to our museum partnership with the Smithsonian Institution and summer seminars for teachers and high school students, we are dedicated to convening Floridians in community conversations that deepen our understanding of the people, places and ideas that shape this magnificent state.

Bringing Floridians Together

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