Events Calendar

In local communities across Florida, humanities-rich programming is making a lasting impact in the hearts and minds of Sunshine State residents and visitors alike. Florida Humanities is proud to partner with local community champions to bring you high-quality public programming through Community Project Grants, Florida Talks, Museum on Main Street, and more.

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EXHIBITION: Following Fernando’s Footsteps: A Tale of Tampa’s “Invisible Immigrants”

Ybor City Museum State Park 1818 E 9th Ave, Tampa, Florida

The Ybor City Museum Society is presenting a special exhibit on Spanish immigration that will be on display through November 2023. The exhibit is based on a semi-fictitious book by Tampa native, Tony Carreño, entitled Following Fernando's Footsteps: The Tale of Tampa's "Invisible Immigrants, which chronicles the life of a young immigrant from Asturias, Spain to Tampa via Havana, Cuba. Exhibit topics include the six phases of immigration beginning with

Florida Talks at Starkey Ranch Theatre: Oh, Florida! How America’s Weirdest State Influeced the Rest of the Country

Starkey Ranch Theater Library Cultural Center 12118 Lake Blanche Dr, Odessa, Florida

Some people regard Florida as nothing but the Punchline State because so many weird things happen here. Craig Pittman argues that is also the greatest state with the greatest impact on other states. In this presentation based on his hilarious and thought-provoking New York Times bestselling book Oh Florida!, Mr. Pittman explains how what he calls "The Most Interesting State" got to be the way it is. Craig Pittman is

A Motion Picture Paradise!: The History of Florida

Ocala Public Library 2720 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, Florida

Often overlooked in its contribution to film history, Florida has played a key role in creating the modern entertainment industry. This presentation discusses how Florida became a "third coast" to the American film and television industries over the past one hundred years. Starting with the first film pioneers in Jacksonville during the 1900s and 1910s to South Florida's television boom during the 2000s and 2010s, Florida has inspired countless exciting

Coffee and Conversations: Sunshine State Soundtrack: The Famous Musicians of Florida

Old Courthouse Heritage Museum 1 Courthouse Square, Inverness, FL

More than just a melting pot of cultures, Florida is a melting pot of music. From conga to country, rap to rock, pop songs to disco beats, the state's diversity is reflected in the songs and sounds of some of America's most notable performers. Florida's discography of artists spans nearly every genre of music, from balladeers like Pat Boone to country artists like Slim Whitman, and rockers and pop stars

Preserving Voices: Formations of Cuban Identity and Nationhood

Virtual/Online

The Center for Jose Marti Studies Affiliate debuts dramatic readings of three key articles taken from the Cuban émigré press of the late 19th century, as recorded by three scholars, followed by a panel discussion regarding the historical importance of each article in the larger context of the struggle for Cuban independence and the formation of Cuban immigrant communities in the U.S. The articles have been recorded in their original

Native America: In Translation Online Conversation

Virtual/Online

USF Contemporary Art Museum is hosting an online conversation in connection with the exhibit Native America: In Translation on view from August 25 through December 1, 2023. This exhibit assembles the wide-ranging work of nine Indigenous artists who pose challenging questions about identity, heritage, land rights, and histories of colonialism. In this conversation, curator Wendy Red Star and artists Marianne Nicolson and Koyoltzintli discuss concepts and approaches to Indigenous visual

Florida Talks at Starkey Ranch Theatre: Ten Foods of Florida

Starkey Ranch Theatre Library Cultural Center

The Ten Foods of Florida is an ever-evolving list, involving arguments as to whether strawberry shortcake or pecan pie should topple Key Lime pie as the Sunshine State’s most iconic dessert, or whether the Cuban is more significant than a fried grouper sandwich. This illustrated talk also discusses Cortez mullet, Vernon gophers, LaBelle swamp cabbage, Ybor City Cuban bread, stone-ground grits, Immokalee tomatoes, and Hastings potatoes and the lamentation of

Executive Director’s Book Club: “The Yearling”

Virtual/Online

Join Florida Humanities Executive Director Nashid Madyun for a discussion on Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings's book,  The Yearling. The novel won the 1939 Pulitzer Prize and went on to win multiple Academy Awards for its film adaptation in 1946. Set in Northern Florida, The Yearling is a coming-of-age story following Jody, a young boy and his struggles between his relationship with his family and the deer he is raising. Marjorie Kinnan

Underground History Screening and Panel Discussion

The Center for Health Equity 2333 34th St S., St. Petersburg, Florida

Merfolk Media Alliance, in collaboration with The Center for Health Equity, presents a screening and panel discussion of Underground History. Underground History is a documentary film project designed to explore connections between St. Petersburg's diverse cultural history and emerging community efforts to acknowledge the past in charting the future. The film considers the links between the history and remaining archaeological sites of the region's Indigenous Ancestors, the displaced contemporary African

Back to Angola Festival

Manatee Mineral Springs Park 1312 2nd Ave East, Bradenton, Florida

Oaktree Community Outreach Inc. is hosting the "Back to Angola" Festival. This free cultural and historical three-day festival commemorates the Angola Maroon Community that once made their home at the Manatee Mineral Spring (c. 1812-1821). The event features panel discussions by historians, archaeologists, descendants, and community leaders; workshops in basket weaving, wood carving, and Junkanoo; and, food and music of the Bahamas. Funding for this festival is provided in part

The Golden Harvest: The Music and Traditions of the Greek Spongers in Tarpon Springs

Tarpon Springs Public Library 138 E Lemon St., Tarpon Springs, Florida

Since Tarpon Springs's Greek sponge diving industry was founded in the early 1900s, traditional Greek music, dance, and poetry have been at the center of the community. Much of this music is directly connected to the distinct culture that grew up around sponging on Greek islands over the centuries and ranges from joyful dances to laments mourning divers lost under the waves. This presentation explores the rich cultural history of

Off the Page Literary Celebration

Sarasota County Libraries and Historical Resources and the Library Foundation for Sarasota County hosts the Off the Page Literary Celebration. Off the Page includes two weeks of programming from November 1 through 18 featuring best-selling authors Neil Gaiman, Sam Kean, Sarah McLean, Sarah Penner, and Raina Telgemeier.. This event includes local authors, writing workshops, book signings, panels, and more across all 10 county library branches. Participating authors and presenters include:

The Civil Rights Movement in Florida

Pinellas County African American History Museum 1101 Marshall Street, Clearwater, FL, United States

The idea that Florida did not experience the tumult of other Deep South states during the Civil Rights movement is a popular misconception. This presentation debunks the myth of "Florida exceptionalism" in relationship to the Black freedom struggle and demonstrates that the state experienced many of the features that characterized more well-known areas and demonstrates how this history remains relevant in modern America- for better and worse. Dr. J. Michael

St. Pete Reads! Lit Fest

The Woodson African American Museum of Florida 2240 9th Ave S., St. Petersburg, Florida

Join Cultured Books Literacy Foundation for the second annual St. Pete Reads! Lit Fest presented in collaboration with the St. Petersburg Library System. LitFest is a family-friendly event designed to celebrate literature and creativity with a focus on children's literature. The festival provides opportunities for youth and teens alike to engage with thought-provoking authors and activities in a vibrant atmosphere. Headlining authors include Natalie Daise, Anastasia Magloire Williams, Ana Siqueria,

Off the Page: Carnivorous Plants of Florida with Writer and Carnivorous Plant Expert Kenny Coogan

Frances T. Bourne Jacaranda Library 4143 Woodmere Park Blvd., Venice, Florida

Frances T. Bourne Jacaranda Library hosts this all-ages program as part of the Off the Page Literary celebration. This program features a discussion of the 32 species of carnivorous plants in Florida with author and expert Kenny Coogan. Plant sale to follow. Kenny Coogan holds a master's degree in Global Sustainability and is passionate about Florida's wildlife and plants. He has published over 400 articles on pets, livestock, and gardening

St. Pete Reads! Lit Fest: Self Portrait Workshop with Anastasia Magloire Williams

The Woodson African American Museum of Florida 2240 9th Ave S., St. Petersburg, Florida

St. Pete Reads! Lit Fest welcomes illustrator Anastasia Magloire Williams for a story time session and shares how images enhance and contribute to storytelling. As an illustrator known for the blend of graphics, illustration, and painting, she shares how visual style can complement the stories they are meant to tell. Following the reading, Anastasia guides participants in creating their own self-portraits. Participants explores character design techniques and visual storytelling to

What Remains: Listening to Indigenous Perspectives

USF School of Music Barness Hall 3755 USF Holly Drive, MUS 101, Tampa, Florida

USF Contemporary Art Museum is hosting an in-person forum in connection with the exhibit Native America: In Translation on view at the museum from August 25 through December 1, 2023. This exhibit assembles the wide-ranging work of nine Indigenous artists who pose challenging questions about identity and heritage, land rights, and histories of colonialism. This forum gathers the voices of an Indigenous artist, tribal cultural preservationist, and Native American civil

St. Pete Reads! Lit Fest: The Art of Deuces Writing Workshop

The Woodson African American Museum of Florida 2240 9th Ave S., St. Petersburg, Florida

St. Pete Reads! Lit Fest welcomes "Keep St. Pete Lit for The Art of Deuces Workshop." The workshop is an opportunity to explore the immersive and captivating world of storytelling through public art. Keep St. Pete Lit staff will lead participants through writing exercises encouraging exploration of themes inspired by the St. Petersburg neighborhood. Funding is provided in part through a Florida Humanities Book Festival Grant with funds from the

St. Pete Reads! Lit Fest: Poetry Workshop

The Woodson African American Museum of Florida 2240 9th Ave S., St. Petersburg, Florida

St. Pete Reads! Lit Fest welcomes author and educator Roberto German for a poetry workshop. Roberto reads from his book Blue Ink Tears , introducing youth participants to his life through storytelling. His bilingual programming poetry shares 20 years of his life with discussions of identity, love, relationship, and race. Participants will create and present their own poetry at the end of the program. Roberto is an award-winning Dominican American

St. Pete Reads! Lit Fest: Okra Stew with Natalie Daise

The Woodson African American Museum of Florida 2240 9th Ave S., St. Petersburg, Florida

St. Pete Reads! Lit Fest welcomes author and star of Nickelodeon's Gullah Gullah Island reads and discusses her book Okra Stew. The book showcases a father and son celebrating Gullah Geechee culture and tradition through a special family recipe. St. Pete Youth Farm will provide participating young readers with a small okra plant to foster their own journey with okra stew. Natalie Daise is a magnetic performer, speaker, and artist

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