State of Inspiration:
Living the Writer’s Life in Florida

In this issue we feature this year’s winning Florida Book Awards authors – and as the heart of hurricane season continues, we look at how these huge storms have shaped our state. Learn more or Sign up.

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Position Announcement (Nov 2018)
The Florida Humanities Council is currently looking for an experienced Grants Coordinator. This is a full-time, salaried position. Resumes and cover letters will be accepted until the position is filled. For a complete position description, click here.


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

Dec 14, 2018Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing
Jan 11, 2019Poetry Out Loud
Jan 15, 2019Community Project Grants


Look for new 2019 Community Project Grant application guidelines in mid-December. Details here.

For those who served . . .
The100 Faces of War exhibit features 100 oil portraits of Americans who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan. Exhibit Dates: Daytona Beach, 09/01 – 11/25. Details.

Recently Awarded Grants
We awarded $35,000 in October for a variety of community projects statewide. Our next deadline to apply is Jan 15, 2019. Click here for more information.
Cynthia Barnett and Jack Davis
Join Our List of Speakers
Do you have special background or knowledge you would like to share? Maybe you can become one of our exciting presenters. Apply now.

Poetry Out Loud
Educators: Bring the national poetry recitation contest to your classroom. Get a free lesson plan kit and register your school.

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

Sun 18

Upstairs/Downstairs at the Tampa Bay Hotel- Arthur Schleman

Henry Plant Museum
401 W. Kennedy Blvd, Tampa
Mon 19

Short Takes: A Grab Bag of Old Florida Stories

Fort Myers Beach Public Library
2755 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach
Sun 25

Upstairs/Downstairs at the Tampa Bay Hotel- Maggie Stroud

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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