Featured image above: Still of the FIU Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab’s exhibit centered on the history and contemporary resonances of the Sunlight Beauty Academy in Overtown, FL.

Florida Humanities has awarded $72,000 in Community Project Grants to six cultural organizations and three colleges and universities to support meaningful public humanities programming across the Sunshine State.

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:

Florida SouthWestern State College—Humanities Department (Lee) — $8,800
“Florida Heritage Project Event”
Florida SouthWestern State College will produce and broadcast a podcast series and related free, public events that provide content on Florida’s communities and cultural history through their Florida Heritage Project.

DJ Demp Foundation (Leon) — $5,300
“History of Hip Hop Symposium & Local Artist Showcase”
DJ Demp Foundation will host a symposium about the history of hip hop in Florida, bringing together educators, historians, and community experts with special knowledge on hip hop culture and local history in Tallahassee.

Tallahassee Historical Society (Leon) — $6,000
“Bicentennial Historians Conference”
Tallahassee Historical Society will host free and open to the public panel discussions with several historians commemorating the Bicentennial of Tallahassee and Leon County.

Florida International University – Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab (Miami-Dade) — $10,000
“Black Beauty as an Act of Resistance: The Story of Sunlight Beauty Academy”
The FIU Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab will enhance an exhibition and present a series of community conversations centered on the history and contemporary resonances of the Sunlight Beauty Academy in Overtown, FL.

University of Central Florida — Center for Humanities and Digital Research (Orange) — $10,000
“Zora Neale Hurston Through Space, Place, and Time”
The Center for Humanities and Digital Research at the University of Central Florida will partner with Eatonville to host community-engaged humanities programming during the 2024 ZORA! Festival for the Arts & Humanities.

Caribbean American Cultural Group (Saint Lucie) — $6,500
“Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Celebration of Equity”
Caribbean American Cultural Group will host a one day event celebrating equity and Dr. Martin Luther King’s teaching with a keynote address by Regine Charles, professor of Culture and Social Justice and Director of Africana Studies at Northeastern University.

Sarasota African American Cultural Coalition (Sarasota) – $10,000
“Beaches, Benches and Boycotts: The Civil Rights Movement in Tampa Bay”
In collaboration with the Florida Holocaust Museum, the Sarasota African American Cultural Coalition will host “Beaches, Benches, and Boycotts: The Civil Rights Movement in Tampa Bay” exhibition and complementary programming about the civil rights movement in Tampa Bay.

WSLR (Sarasota) — $7,000
“Building the Local News Ecosystem”
WSLR will bring journalists, scholars, and community members together through free community discussions and workshops to discuss the role of the media in society, how to counter mis-information, and how to ensure the community has access to the information it needs

Ormond Beach Historical Society (Volusia) – $8,400
“Ormond Beach Historical Society – Speaker Series (2024)”
Ormond Beach Historical Society will continue their long-running speaker series for the 18th year, which will include 15 free programs for the 2024 season.

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Questions? Please contact:
Grants Department
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