Our Water, Our Florida

Join us for a conversation on water, Florida, and the future of the Sunshine State

Our Water, Our Florida is a conversation between two of Florida’s most important thinkers on Florida’s resources. Cynthia Barnett, a nominee for the National Book Award for Rain, and Dr. Jack Davis, who received a Pulitzer Prize for his book The Gulf, will read selections from their books, discuss how the humanities help us to better understand water, and engage with the audience.

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Program Details:


September 27, 2018


Doors open and book sales 5:30 pm

Program begins at 6:30 pm


USF St. Petersburg
Student Center Grand Ballroom
200 6th Avenue South
St. Petersburg



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For those who served . . .
Through FHC sponsorship, the Smithsonian’s 100 Faces of War exhibit in Daytona Beach features 100 oil portraits of Americans who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan. Exhibit runs: September 1 – November 25, 2018 at Museum of Arts & Science. Learn more.



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

Sept 14, 2018Community Project Grants
Oct 26, 2018Museum on Main Street
Nov 1, 2018Community Project Grants
Dec 14, 2018Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing
Jan 11, 2019Poetry Out Loud
Bring the Smithsonian to your town
We are looking for partner institutions that are interested in hosting the latest exhibit, “Hometown Teams” Apply now.
The Great American Read
Don’t forget to vote for your favorite book before PBS airs the results of “The Great American Read” this September. See the broadcast schedule and vote now!

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

Awarded Grants
FHC recently awarded over $70,000 in Community Project grants to organizations to develop public humanities programs. Click here to learn more.

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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.

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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.

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