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: 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

St. Pete Reads! Lit Fest: Granny’s Vintage Camera with Jasmine Paul

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

St. Pete Reads! Lit Fest welcomes author Jasmine Paul for a reading and discussion of her book Granny's Vintage Camera . The story follows Kass who is saving for an instant camera and uses her grandmother's vintage camera in the meantime. Young readers follow Kass on her journey as she learns the real meaning of value and responsibility. Following the reading, readers can participate in a financial literacy activity. Jasmine

Off the Page: Poetry As Activism with Laura Shoemaker

Betty J. Johnson North Sarasota Library 2801 Newtown Blvd., Sarasota, Florida

Betty J. Johnson North Sarasota Library hosts poet Laura Shoemaker as part of "Off the Page Literary Celebration" for a workshop using poetry as a form of activism. Laura has worked in higher education, educational publishing and editing, and nonprofit administration. As of Fall 2022, Laura joined USF as a visiting professor. She previously taught undergraduate writing courses at Ringling College of Art and Design, the State College of Florida,

Off the Page: Doing Crime the Florida Man Way with Craig Pittman and Tamara Lush

Gulf Gate Library 7112 Curtiss Ave, Sarasota, Florida

Gulf Gate Library hosts two Florida writers, Tamara Lush and Craig Pittman, for a discussion on how Florida and its history of kooky crimes have affected crime-writing and the state's reputation. Tamara Lush is a Florida-based author and journalist. She is an RWA Rita finalist, an Amtrak writing fellow and the winner of the George C. Polk award for environmental journalism. For more than a dozen years, she was a

Off the Page: Teen Writing Workshop—Fantasy Worldbuilding for Writers

Betty J Johnson North Sarasota Library 2801 Newton Boulevard, Sarasota, FL

Betty J. Johnson North Sarasota Library hosts a teen writing workshop as part of "Off the Page Literary Event." In this workshop, students and instructors from Ringling College of Art and Design show teen participants how to unlock the secrets of creating captivating realms filled with magic, mythical creatures, and epic quests. Together, they will dive into the art of crafting unique cultures, designing fantastical landscapes, and shaping powerful magic

Off the Page: Local History and Book Discussion with Ron Prouty and Peggy Donho

The History Center at Osprey Library 337 N Tamiami Trail, Osprey, Florida

The History Center at Osprey Library at Historic Spanish Point presents a conversation with authors Ron Prouty and Peggy Donho as part of "Off the Page Literary Celebration." Local authors Ron Prouty and Peggy Donho discuss the research behind their book Miguel's Bay: The Pioneer Tale of Miguel and Frederica Guerro. Miguel Guerro, a Menorcan sailor born in 1817 established a fishing rancho on Terra Ceia Island off the west

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