Florida Humanities is thrilled to announce that $80,000 in Community Project Grants was recently awarded to nine cultural organizations across the Sunshine State to support bold and impactful public humanities programming. From a virtual tour of a recently demolished and unique historic mansion, to an exhibition on St. Augustine’s role in the Civil Rights movement, these funded programs seek to preserve 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:

621 Gallery (Leon) – $3,000
“621 Gallery, ART + TECH Fest”
621 Gallery will host the second Biannual ART + TECH Fest in September 2022 and host a humanities panel that dives into important social issues related to art and technology.

Anniversary to Commemorate the Civil Rights Demonstrations (Saint Johns) – $10,000
“Telling the Story of Civil Rights Demonstrations in St. Augustine”
Anniversary to Commemorate the Civil Rights Demonstrations (ACCORD) will create a museum exhibition, improve walking tour signage, and host public programming detailing the importance of the Civil Rights demonstrations in St. Augustine that significantly contributed to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Dunedin Public Library (Pinellas) – $10,000
“Kellogg Mansion Virtual Experience
Dunedin Public Library, in partnership with Center for Digital Heritage & Humanities Collections in the University of South Florida Libraries, will create a virtual reality exhibition featuring the now-demolished historic Kellogg Mansion in Dunedin, FL, and its history, architectural significance, and the cultural impact.

Historical Society of Central Florida (Orange) – $10,000
“Figurehead: Music & Mayhem in Orlando’s Underground”
The Historical Society of Central Florida will host panel discussions, community tours, and a film screening in coordination with their upcoming special exhibition, “Figurehead: Music & Mayhem in Orlando’s Underground,” which features the Central Florida music scene from 1985 to 2001.

Island SPACE Caribbean Museum (Broward) – $7,000
“Untold Stories: A Discussion Series on Caribbean Socio-Cultural Issues”
Island SPACE Caribbean Museum will engage humanities scholars for two panel discussions of their speaker series, “Untold Stories: A Discussion Series on Caribbean Socio-Cultural Issues.” The panel discussions will examine the history of slavery and emancipation in the Caribbean, and explore Afro-Caribbean religions.

The College of the Florida Keys (Monroe) – $10,000
“Culture Unites and Divides”
The College of the Florida Keys will bring in Adrian Matejka, poet and author of The Devil’s Garden, and Dr. Tom Hunley, Florida State University, to host the 4th annual CFK Poetics series and explore the theme of “Culture Unites and Divides.”

Thinking Cap Theatre (Broward) – $10,000
“From Christmas Tree Farm to Stand: An Interdisciplinary, Documentary Florida Humanities Project”
Thinking Cap Theatre will conduct an oral and photo history collection, and create a podcast series and original play—with a related exhibition, backstage tour and community conversation—that spotlights the Christmas Tree Farm industry and the multiculturalism of December holiday traditions in Florida.

Village of Pinecrest (Pinecrest Gardens Dept.) (Miami-Dade) – $10,000
“Pinecrest Garden Interpretive Exhibit
Pinecrest Gardens will develop and install four permanent interpretive signs that present the location’s history, heritage and culture through featured documents and artifacts from the organization’s archive.

Ybor City Museum Society (Hillsborough) – $10,000
“Fernando’s Footsteps:  A Tale of Tampa’s ‘Invisible’ Immigrants”
The Ybor City Museum Society will create a special exhibition called “Following Fernando’s Footsteps: A Tale of Tampa’s Invisible Immigrants,” based on semi-fictious work by Tampa author, Tony Carreño, and organize related community programming at multiple historic locations in the area.

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