Florida Humanities awards over $35,000 in Grants for Cultural Programming

The Florida Humanities Council is pleased to award $35,110 in Community Project Grants to eight Florida organizations in support of vital humanities programming.

Community Project Grants provide up to $5,000 in funding to nonprofits and public institutions across Florida to develop and implement humanities-rich public programs that meet the needs of local communities. At their core, these competitive grants seek to preserve Florida’s diverse history and heritage, promote civic engagement and community dialogue, and provide communities the opportunity to reflect on the future of the Sunshine State.

The newly awarded grants are listed below, alphabetically by sponsoring organization. For a complete list of grants funded this year, click here.

Blue Planet International Explorers Bazaar & Writers’ Room (Palm Beach)
Florida: Where I’m From – $5,000
The Blue Planet Writer’s Room will engage South Florida teens – many of whom live with challenging circumstances – through film, art exhibition and panel discussions to spotlight Florida life through their eyes.

Crealde School of Art (Orange)
The Sage Project II: Hannibal Square Elders Tell Their Stories – $5,000
The Crealde School of Art will preserve and promote Winter Park’s historic African American community through a documentary featuring photographs and oral histories from the perspective of lifelong residents, aged 80-102.

i3-Jax, Inc. dba Friends of Hemming Park (Duval)
Jax Poetry Fest Community Celebration with Al Letson – $1,500
The Friends of Hemming Park will bring Emmy & Peabody award winning poet Al Letson to Jacksonville’s oldest public park to facilitate a community event designed to engage the public in ideas and solutions to social issues of diversity, inclusion & gun violence.

Jacksonville Public Library Foundation (Duval)
On the Fringe: Blurred Lines of Florida 2019 Folk Music Festival and Workshops – $3,610
The Jacksonville Public Library will host a folk art exhibition in Jacksonville’s Main Library Makerspace Gallery in coordination with the 2019 Florida Folk Music Festival.

Polk Museum of Art (Polk)
Art & Social Justice: The Legacy of the Freedom Riders – $5,000
The Polk Museum of Art will host a two-part program series designed for the general public and students to learn about the work of artist Charles Williams and the history of the Freedom Riders.

Silver River Museum (Marion)
2019 Ocali Country Days – $5,000
The Silver River Museum, in partnership with Florida Park Service and Marion County Public Schools, will host its annual five-day Ocali Country Days, which will include reenactments, musical performances, art demonstration, oral histories and more.

Stonewall National Museum & Archives (Broward)
Stonewall: 50 Years in the Fight for Equality – $5,000
The Stonewall National Museum & Archives will examine the events around the country that led up to the events in June 1969 at the Stonewall Inn to understand why the Stonewall riots became the catalytic movement to secure equal rights for LGBT Americans.

Ten, Global (Broward)
Demystifying Haitian Vodou to Improve Educational and Health Outcomes of Haitian Americans – $5,000
TEN, Global will host three conversations/presentations with national and international Haitian-American scholars and Vodou Priestesses (Manbos) for conversations on what Vodou is and how it operates culturally in lives of Haitian-Americans.

Got Humanities? Support your local history
and culture with a Community Project Grant!

Please contact Lindsey Morrison, Grants Coordinator, at [email protected] for more information.