Featured image above: Merfolk Media Alliance films at Weedon Island

Florida Humanities has awarded $85,000 in Community Project Grants to 10 cultural organizations and two 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:

Amelia Island Museum of History (Nassau) — $4,000
“Voices: A Bicentennial Celebration”
As part of the year-long celebration of the City of Fernandina Beach’s 200th anniversary, the Amelia Island Museum of history will host a series of exhibitions and lectures highlighting the people and events that came together to form one of Florida’s oldest settlements.

Citizens for Sustainable Future (Leon) — $5,000
“Decarbonize to Decolonize: Exploring Culture, Land Use and Education in the Anthropocene”
Citizens for Sustainable Future will host a discussion panel at the 2024 Tallahassee Earth Day celebration focusing on the challenges of land in the African diaspora, environmental racism, cultural identity, spiritual connections to the environment, and traditional ecological knowledge.

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts (Orange) — $10,000
“Spoken Word 2024”
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts will host the 2024 Hispanic Heritage Spoken Word residency and performances in October 2024. High school students will learn the skill of spoken word technique under the tutelage of Orlando Poet Laureate, Shawn Welcome.

Florida Community Innovation (Brevard) — $5,500
“Tech and Time: GoBituary’s Journey into Miami’s Past”
GoBituary will provide park visitors with QR codes on graves allowing them to engage with multi-media histories about individuals buried in the Miami City Cemetery.

Florida International University-Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) (Miami-Dade) — $9,500
“The Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) Caribbean Studies Book Talk Series”
The Digital Library of the Caribbean at Florida International University will host a Caribbean Studies book talk series at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex in Miami featuring five scholars presenting their most recent books.

Florida State University – Department of Religion (Leon) — $10,000
“Florida Ecologies: Indigeneity, Religion, and Material Heritage”
As part of the “Florida Ecologies” symposium, FSU’s Department of Religion will lead a public lecture and roundtable discussion with award-winning novelist, public intellectual, and environmental activist, Amitav Ghosh, about the ways that indigenous religions and practices influence social, political, and environmental spheres in Florida and beyond.

Friends of Harry P. Leu Gardens (Orange) – $5,000
“Telling the Gardens’ Story”
The Friends of Harry P. Leu Gardens will create a new permanent interpretive display that includes the history of the Gardens’ establishment in 1858; the families that expanded the homestead and land preservation; the African American caretakers of the property; the Gardens’ unique landscape design and historic preservation; and the Gardens’ horticultural heritage within the larger history of Central Florida.

LGBTQ Resource Center of Gulfport (Pinellas) — $9,000
“SpeakOUT: Dialogues on Intersections of LGBTQ+ Identity and Art, Literature and Mass Media”
The LGBTQ Resource Center of Gulfport will present SpeakOUT, a series of four 90-minute dialogues that address intersections between LGBTQ+ identity and the humanities as reflected in art, literature and mass media.

Lincoln Park Main Street (Saint Lucie) – $4,500
“Lincoln Park May Day Freedom Celebration”
Lincoln Park May Day Freedom Celebration: A Journey of Florida’s Emancipation Day will consist of a re-enactment of Union Soldiers reading the proclamation on the steps of the Capitol, historical vendors, and live performances.

Merfolk Media Alliance (Pinellas) – $10,000
“Underground History”
Merfolk Media Alliance will host three community film screenings and conversations with humanities scholars that examine remaining Tampa Bay area indigenous archaeological sites, displaced African American communities and erased black cemeteries, and historic waterways.

St. Augustine Historical Society (Saint Johns) – $3,000
“From Territorial Fights to Civil Rights: Enfranchisement in the Oldest City”
The St. Augustine Historical Society will host a five-part lecture series and an exhibit of political cartoons that explore the history of voting rights and issues in Florida with a focus on St. Augustine and the surrounding communities.

Stonewall National Museum and Archives (Broward) – $10,000
“The Journal Project Exhibition and Workshops”
The Stonewall National Museum and Archives will host an exhibition and a two-day journaling workshop with nationally recognized mixed media artist Ruth Crowe who utilizes key pieces of her history in large scale, mixed media collages.

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Questions? Please contact:
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