2023 October – “Broadcasting Hope” Media Grant Awards
Featured image above: Signs welcome visitors to the Caribbean Marketplace at the Little Haiti Cultural Center in Miami (2019). Photo by Patrick Farrell
Florida Humanities has awarded $132,000 in Broadcasting Hope Media Grants to four projects across the Sunshine State to support media projects rooted in the humanities. From a short film series on Haitian history and culture in South Florida to a podcast series set in Florida in the year 2100.
Broadcasting Hope Media Grant provides up to $50,000 to Florida public media stations, nonprofits, cultural organizations, and public institutions producing impactful and inspirational public media programming (whether through television, radio broadcasts, podcasts, digital platforms, and other community engagement activities) which showcase local Florida communities coming together to inspire hope, broaden perspectives, and foster unity.
The newly awarded grants are listed below:
Nova Southeastern University Department of Humanities and Politics (Broward) – $11,000
“Florida 2100: Tales of Tomorrow”
Nova Southeastern University will produce an 8-episode fictional podcast series set in the year 2100 that will offer an immersive exploration of Florida’s cultural history from a future-facing perspective.
Florida Gulf Coast University and WGCU Public Media (Lee) – $45,500
“Reflections of a Colored Girl”
WGCU Public Media will produce six, 3-minute films based on essays penned by Dr. Martha Bireda reflecting on her life experiences over the past 75 years.
Miami Dade College: North Campus (Miami-Dade) – $38,500
“Prezante Ayiti (Presenting Haiti)”
MDC-TV will produce six short films for television broadcast and social media streaming that center on Haitian history and culture in South Florida and beyond.
Poynter Institute (Pinellas) – $38,000
“Student Journalists Report on the Reimagining of a Historic St. Petersburg Neighborhood”
The Poynter Institute will work in partnership with Pinellas County Schools’ “Journeys in Journalism” program to produce multi-media student projects that document the redevelopment of a historically Black neighborhood in south St. Petersburg that was razed in the 1980s for Major League Baseball.
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