Featured image above: Cigar makers and the lector at Cuesta Rey and Company factory, 1929 (Burgert Brothers Collection of Tampa Photographs, USF Special Collections)

Florida Humanities is thrilled to announce $49,500 in Greater Good: Humanities in Academia Grants for five projects at five 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:

Florida State UniversityMuseum of Fine Arts (Leon)
“Land and Language in Irish Art” – $10,000
Florida State University’s Museum of Fine Arts will create two events as part of the exhibition “Land and Language in Irish Art” to discuss the revitalization of the Irish language in the context of global and Florida-based Indigenous language preservation initiatives.

Nova Southeastern UniversityCenter for Applied Humanities (Broward)
Encanto: Everyday Magic” – $10,000
Nova Southeastern University’s Center for the Humanities will organize a four-part series that explores how the fantastic, mystical, and out-of-the-ordinary all around us expand perspectives on the meaning of the human experience within and outside of Hispanic communities.

University of Central FloridaSchool of Politics, Security, and International Affairs (Orange)
Latin American/ Latinx Film Festival” – $9,500
The University of Central Florida’s School of Politics, Security, and International Affairs will host the seven-part film and discussion series to bring awareness to the diverse humanities issues faced by the Latino community in Central Florida and beyond.

University of South FloridaContemporary Art Musem (Hillsborough)
Native America: Reclaiming Indigenous Cultural and Visual Sovereignty” – $10,000
The University of South Florida’s Contemporary Art Museum will engage artists and scholars in two programs that address continental and Florida-centric issues of Indigenous identity, heritage, and cultural representation related to the exhibition “Native America: In Translation.”

University of TampaCenter for José Martí Studies Affiliate (Hillsborough)
Preserving Voices” – $10,000
The University of Tampa’s Center for José Martí Studies Affiliate will record readings from Cuban émigré newspapers (1868-1900) of Florida and New York, and host four discussions to explore the significance of these publications in constructing community, revolution, and identity.

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