Featured image above: Cuban children with luggage arriving on Miami Airport track. Operation Pedro Pan and Cuban’s Children Program Records, Barry University Archives & Special Collections, Miami Shores, Florida.

Florida Humanities is thrilled to announce $86,400 in Greater Good: Humanities in Academia Grants for 11 projects at eight Florida colleges and universities in support of public humanities programming.

Greater Good: Humanities in Academia funding offers up to $10,000 to academic departments as well as Humanities Centers, Institutes, and Programs associated with Florida colleges and universities to support community programming (either in-person or virtual) that seeks to broaden the public’s awareness of what it means to be human. The awarded dynamic programs take these important humanities conversations beyond the campus and into the community.

Following are the list of awards:

Flagler College — Crisp-Ellert Art Museum (Saint Johns)
“Finger Mullet Film Festival” – $5,000
Flagler College’s Crisp-Ellert Art Museum will create humanities-based programming for the Second Annual Finger Mullet Film Festival to explore historical and contemporary issues of race and cultural appropriation of marginalized cultures, as well as how water has impacted the local community and democracy.

Florida International University — Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab (Miami Dade)
“Defiance: Open Resistance; Bold Disobedience” – $7,300
Florida International University’s Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab will organize a series of community conversations to set the stage for the exhibition “Defiance: Open Resistance; Bold Disobedience,” opening at IPC ArtSpace for Art Basel 2023.

Florida SouthWestern State College – Humanities Department (Lee)
“The Florida Heritage Project” – $2,000
Florida SouthWestern State College’s Humanities Department will create community programming for “The Florida Heritage Project.” This series of lectures, film screenings, and workshops will enrich general understanding of Florida’s various ethnic communities.

New College of Florida — Division of Humanities (Sarasota)
“Growing Up Amish in Sarasota” – $10,000
New College of Florida’s Humanities Division will host three public talks and a photographic exhibition that will explore the life and history of the unique Amish community of Pinecraft in Sarasota, Florida.

Nova Southeastern University, Inc. — Council for Dialogue and Democracy (Broward)
“Dialogues in Local Democracy” – $9,000
Nova Southeastern University’s Council for Dialogue and Democracy will organize a three-part community workshop covering the past, present, and future of local government politics and services aimed at facilitating dialogue between powered and disempowered segments of the Broward County community.

Santa Fe College — Humanities and Foreign Languages Department (Alachua)
“Humanities Behind and Beyond Bars” – $10,000
The Santa Fe College’s Humanities and Foreign Languages Department will organize programming that includes a podcast series, two Ethics Slams, and a spring symposium to explore education for incarcerated current and former incarcerated individuals, and the role that community colleges play.

University of Central Florida — Center for Humanities and Digital Research (Orange)
“War Unfolding: War Through the Words of Soldiers and their Loved Ones” – $10,000
The University of Central Florida’s Center for Humanities and Digital Research will host a premiere showing of the documentary “War Unfolding,” and a mediated audience discussion with the filmmakers and humanities scholars.

University of Central Florida — Department of English (Orange)
“Operation Pedro Pan: The Voices and Stories of Cuba’s Child Exodus” – $10,000
The University of Central Florida’s Department of English will organize a two-day bilingual event with panel discussions and a workshop commemorating the 1960-62 Operación Pedro Pan youth exodus from Cuba.

University of Central Florida — Department of Writing and Rhetoric (Orange)
“With More Than Words: Exploring Material Rhetorics and Social Change” – $5,000
The University of Central Florida’s Department of Writing and Rhetoric will organize a public discussion and community workshop to explore the role material artifacts play in creating opportunities for truth/story-telling and the ways multimodal methods contribute to sustaining social change.

University of Central Florida — School of Visual Arts and Design (Orange)
“The Florida Prison Education Project: A Panel Discussion and Exhibition of Prison-based Art” – $10,000
The University of Central Florida’s School of Visual Arts and Design will organize an exhibit and discussion that engages an audience of community members, incarcerated and non-incarcerated students, and faculty to explore the importance of the arts to the wellness of those in prison.

University of South Florida — Department of Women’s & Gender Studies (Hillsborough)
“Freedom in Creativity: Building Meaning and Bridging Difference Through the Humanities” – $8,100
The University of South Florida’s Department of Women’s and Gender Studies will organize a series of three community engagement events including a youth-targeted identity writing workshop, and two lectures relating to Black Feminism and LGBTQ+ Pride.

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Questions? Please contact:
Lindsey Morrison
Grants Director
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