Black History Month

Throughout the month of February, the Florida Humanities Council is supporting a number of programs to celebrate Black History Month. These programs explore the richness of Florida’s African American history, culture, and art. 

Take a walk through history with Florida Stories, our walking tour app featuring African American communities throughout Florida. We also sponsored two heritage trails in Fort Pierce.

Don’t forget to browse our FORUM magazine archive, which holds many more stories of the African American experience in Florida.

FORUM Readers, we want to hear from you!

If you haven’t already completed our online survey about FORUM magazine, we’d really appreciate it if you would do so now. It will help us as we plan future issues.

After taking the survey, you’ll have the option to enter our drawing for The Forgotten Coast book featuring photographs by Carlton Ward.

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

Mar 20, 2019Community Project Grants
May 15, 2019Community Project Grants
Jul 15, 2019Community Project Grants
Sept 16, 2019Community Project Grants
Nov 15, 2019Community Project Grants

Recently Awarded Grants
FHC is proud to announce over $70,000 in grant funding for a variety of community projects statewide. Click here for full list and information on how to apply.

Summer Seminars
Opportunities are available for educators and high school students to join the FHC and our partners for fascinating summer seminars. Learn more & apply.

Crossroads: Change in Rural America
Crossroads: Change in Rural America
The Smithsonian Crossroads: Change in Rural America exhibit is touring Florida. Is the future bright for rural Florida? Read more

Community Project Grants, Apply Now
Awards of up to $5,000 are available for public humanities projects around the state. Upcoming Deadline, March 20, 2019. Details here.

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

Upstairs/Downstairs at the Tampa Bay Hotel- Theodore Roosevelt

February 17 @ 2:00 pm, Tampa

Step back in time and enjoy the stories of Theodore Roosevelt, former Lieutenant Colonel of the Rough Riders. This single character performance brings a turn-of-the-century Tampa Bay Hotel guest to life. Colonel Theodore Roosevelt (ret.)

Oh Florida!

February 18 @ 6:00 pm, New Port Richey

To outsiders, Florida seems baffling. It’s a state where the voters went for Barack Obama twice, yet elected a Tea Party candidate as governor. Florida is touted as a carefree paradise, yet it’s also known

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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