Florida Humanities has awarded $75,000 in Community Project Grants to 10 cultural organizations across the Sunshine State to support bold and impactful public humanities programming. From timely community conversations that delve into racial history and generational trauma to an exhibition and speaker’s series highlighting the history of Cuban Chugs in the Florida Keys, these funded programs seek to share Florida’s diverse history and heritage.

Community Project Grants provide up to $10,000 in funding to nonprofits and public institutions that develop humanities-rich public programs that aim to promote civic engagement and community dialogue and provide communities the opportunity to reflect on the future of their state.

The newly awarded grants are listed below:

Association to Preserve Eatonville Community (Orange) – $10,000
“Community Conversations: Principles of Land Development in Historic Eatonville”
The Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community will present seven community conversations to explore the development of and related issues facing the people of Eatonville.

Citizens for Sustainable Future (Leon) – $7,250
“Building a Culture of Sustainability: a Community Conversation”
Citizens for a Sustainable Future will host an Earth Day community conversation to highlight research in environmental humanities/food topics, Black & Indigenous philosophy, and narratives of community resilience through climate issues and COVID-19.

John G. Riley Center & Museum (Leon) – $10,000
“Breaking the Chains of Psychological Captivity”
The John G. Riley Center and Museum for African American History and Culture will host a series focusing on the ongoing effects of slavery that plague communities today and how individuals of all backgrounds can work together to combat those issues.

Key West Art and Historical Society (Monroe) – $10,000
“If there is no struggle, there is no progress”
The Key West Art & Historical Society will create a series of lectures and community events tied to an exhibit at the museum celebrating the history, culture and legacy of Bahama Village.

Key West Botanical Garden Society (Monroe) – $5,000
“Key West Botanical Garden Society Speaker Series features Chug”
The Key West Botanical Garden Society will organize two programs with humanities scholars about their Cuban Chug collection and exhibition, which highlights the history and stories behind these vessels that make a harrowing journey in search of hope, and futures.

Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami (Miami-Dade) – $8,500
“Conversations at MOCA: “Didier William: Nou Kite Tout Sa Dèyé”
Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami will host three panel discussions with local and visiting experts on Haitian culture in conjunction with the exhibition, “Didier William: Nou Kite Tout Sa Dèyé (“We’ve Left That All Behind”).”

Palm Beach Opera (Palm Beach) – $2,000
“Palm Beach Opera’s 2023 Opera Forums”
Palm Beach Opera will host a series of panel discussions to explore the humanities-driven questions related to opera performances of the season from diverse, interdisciplinary perspectives.

Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at The Florida International University (Miami-Dade) – $10,000
“An Elegy to Rosewood”
The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum will organize the exhibition “An Elegy to Rosewood” and two panel discussions centered on race, social justice, and community through the lens of the humanities.

Stonewall National Museum & Archive (Broward) – $9,000
“How Women Shaped a Movement through Photography, Art, Music, and Conversation”
Stonewall National Museum & Archives will organize and host an exhibition and related programming in conjunction with Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day in 2023.

The Jewish Council of North Central Florida (Alachua) – $3,250
“One Nation Under God: Religion’s Impact on the United States”
The Jewish Council of North Central Florida will host a series delving into U.S. religious history, politics, and conflict, to bring together people of different belief systems to learn and explore the issues at hand from an academic standpoint.

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