Featured image above: Burrow Press author, Melanie Farmer, in conversation with Chrissy Kolaya. Photo by Jared Silvia.

Florida Humanities has awarded $79,400 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 Historic Capitol Foundation (Leon) – $10,000
“Becoming Florida’s Capital Exhibit Program Series”

The Florida Historic Capitol Foundation will host a series of public programs to accompany an exhibit celebrating and commemorating the 2024 bicentennial of Tallahassee-Leon county. Programming will include a wide range of topics including local Native American tribes histories and traditions. 

Florida Museum of Photographic Arts (Hillsborough) – $7,700
“Photo Ybor Lecture Series”

The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts will present a photo exhibit and lecture series that explores the history and culture of the historic Ybor City area of Tampa, Florida. 

Goodwood Museum and Gardens (Leon) – $10,000
“Ascension and Regression: The Faces of the New Black Middle Class 1870-1910” 

Goodwood Museum and Gardens will receive funding to support the expansion of their “Ascension and Regression: The Faces of the New Black Middle Class 1870-1910” exhibition. The exhibit will include historical photographs and audio recordings. 

Historic Oviedo Colored Schools Museum, Inc. (Seminole) – $10,000
“Exhibit Design for Historic Oviedo Colored Schools Museum” 

The Historic Oviedo Colored Schools Museum will receive funding for the creation of interpretive exhibits educating the public about the history of the Gabriella Colored School in the Jamestown community.

Oaktree Community Outreach Inc. (Manatee) – $10,000
“Back to Angola Festival 2024”

Oaktree Community Outreach will receive support for their annual “Back to Angola Festival” featuring scholars and artisans who will share stories of the Black Seminole settlement of Angola.

Pioneer Florida Museum and Village (Pasco) – $6,700
“Florida Territory – A Turn into the 20th Century”

The Pioneer Museum and Village will receive support for its annual living history event, Florida Territory – A Turn into the 20th Century. The 2024 event will feature topics including the Seminole Wars, cattle industry, and the Native American, African American, and immigrant experiences.

Stetson University, Burrow Press (Volusia) – $5,000
“Burrow Press Literary Events Series”

Stetson University’s Burrow Press will receive funding for a bilingual literary event series that explores identity, place, memory, migration, and belonging through fiction and poetry.

The College of the Florida Keys – Department of Arts and Hospitality (Monroe) – $10,000
“CFK Poetics: Poetry and the Shared Human Experience” 

The College of the Florida Keys will receive support for their poetry series that will bring in visiting poets, Gabrielle Calvocoressi and Kim Addonizio.

University of Central Florida – Department of Modern Languages and Literature (Orange) – $10,000
“The Dawn of Latinx Creative Writing in Florida: Culture, Identity, and Community in Key West and Tampa”

The UCF- Department of Modern Languages and Literature will receive funding to support their two-part bilingual event, “The Dawn of Latinx Creative Writing in Florida: Culture, Identity, and Community in Key West and Tampa.”


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