Florida Humanities is pleased to announce $45,000 in Community Project Grants to nine cultural organizations in support of public humanities programming.

This round of Community Project Grants provided up to $5,000 in funding to nonprofits and public institutions across Florida to develop humanities-rich public programs that 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:

African American Cultural Society, Inc. (Flagler)
“2022 Leadoff Exhibition: A Place for All People” – $5,000
The African American Cultural Society will host the Smithsonian Poster Exhibition, “National Museum of African American History and Culture: A Place for All People,” and develop related programming, including a presentation from Keynote speaker Dr. Kitty Oliver.

Escuela de Bomba y Plena Tata Cepeda (Osceola)
“African Influences in the Caribbean” – $5,000
The Escuela de Bomba y Plena Tata Cepeda will host discussions about African history, its impact on the Caribbean, and explore traditional practices from different ethnicities that arrived on the islands of the Caribbean.

Flagler College (Saint Johns)
“Magic, Mirth and Mortality: Musings on Black Motherhood” – $5,000
The Crisp-Ellert Art Museum and Flagler College, in collaboration with Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center and St. Augustine Historical Society, will install and create programming for the exhibition “Magic, Mirth, and Mortality: Musings on Black Motherhood.”

Florida Historic Capitol Foundation (Leon)
“’Rendezvous with Destiny: Florida and World War II’” Exhibit Programming – $5,000
The Florida Historic Capitol Foundation will host three supplementary humanities-based lectures for the temporary exhibit “Rendezvous with Destiny: Florida and WWII” to explore the diverse lived experiences during WWII.

I3-Jax, Inc. d/b/a Friends of James Weldon Johnson Park (Duval)
“JWJ’s Hip Hop Festival: Lifting Duval’s Legendary Voices” – $5,000
The Friends of James Weldon Johnson Park will host a panel discussion exploring the history and origin of hip-hop culture in Jacksonville.

Kashi Church Foundation (Indian River)
“Visibility & Voices: The Histories of Indian River County”- $5,000
Sacred Kashi Ashram will build a lecture series focused on the historical occupants of Indian River County, such as Old Gifford residents (a historically Black neighborhood), as well as the Ais people, the indigenous inhabitants of these lands.

Norman Studios Silent Film Museum (NSSFM) (Duval)
“Finding Their Voices: The Representation of African American Women in Silent Film” – $5,000
Norman Studios Silent Film Museum will create a digital program series that explores misrepresentation of Black women in mainstream silent film and reveals the way that “race filmmakers” strove to reverse the stereotypes and address racial injustices in post-WWI society.

Open Scene (Orange)
“Voices – Raquel” – $5,000
Open Scene will produce a panel discussion in conjunction with the theatrical staging of “Raquel” to explore the power of storytelling when combined with a theatrical performance and reflect on the relationship between gender identity and human rights.

Strength in Numbers/ Power in Connection (Miami-Dade)
“Women Authors Across Cultures: Where Are We Going?” – $5,000
Strength in Numbers/Power in Connection will host a panel discussion of four renowned women scholar/authors in the humanities, from four different ethnic communities, who will discuss where women’s issues are going in 2022.

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Questions? Please contact:
Lindsey Morrison
Grants Director
[email protected]