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: Figurehead: Music & Mayhem in Orlando’s Underground

Orange County Regional History Center 65 E Central Ave, Orlando, FL

The Orange County Regional History Center has organized a new special exhibition titled Figurehead: Music & Mayhem in Orlando's Underground. Between 1985 and 2001, the Orlando concert promoter "Figurehead" invigorated the musical landscape in Central Florida. "Figurehead: Music & Mayhem in Orlando's Underground" tells the story of how the company helped grow the local scene with a focus on underground rock music and the club circuit. Utilizing the extensive Figurehead

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

EXHIBITION: Bahama Village: Relics of a Fading Community

Key West Museum of Art & History 281 Front St, Naval Air Station, Key West, Florida

Key West Art & Historical Society will debut a new exhibition on January 13, 2023, that will explore the history and culture of the often-overlooked segment of the community - former and current residents of Bahama Village. In this exhibition, history and stories will be woven together through various events that shaped the Black and Indigenous cultures of Key West. In the early 1800s and 1900s, the Black and Indigenous

EXHIBITION: An Elegy to Rosewood

The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum 10975 SW 17th St, Miami, Florida

Following the end of the Civil War, the American South saw a rise in Jim Crow laws. In the town of Rosewood, Florida, these codes prevailed. In 1923, fifty years after the 13th Amendment was passed, racial tensions peaked with a later-dispelled rumor about an assault on a white woman, leading Ku Klux Klan members to track, assault, and kill Blacks in Rosewood. Known now as the Rosewood Massacre, news

English for Families at Miami-Dade Public Library System

South Dade Regional Library 10750 SW 211 St, Cutler Bay, Florida

The Miami-Dade Public Library System is hosting English for Families once a week for ten weeks from January 10 through March 14, 2023. The ten-week program includes interactive classes for parents and children that focus on developing English vocabulary and literary skills through strategic and fun story reading. Programming is designed to improve the language proficiency of individuals whose native language is not English by providing essential reading strategies needed

The State You’re In: Florida Men, Florida Women, and Other Wildlife

Over the past thirty years, Craig Pittman has written thousands of stories and columns about "The Most Interesting State." In this presentation based on 51 of these stories, he shows off the glorious weirdness of his native state. Stories of mermaids, con men, fugitives, gator wrasslers, death row inmates, iguanas, tattooed ladies, python hunters, and more are covered in this illustrated and lively presentation about Florida men, Florida women, and

Life in Pinecraft: A Conversation with Katie Troyer

Carlisle Inn 3727 Bahia Vista St, Sarasota, Florida

New College of Florida Humanities Division is hosting a discussion with photographer Katie Troyer in conversation with JB Miller in conjunction with the exhibition "Life in Pinecraft Through the Eyes of Katie Troyer," open to the public at the Carlisle Inn from February 7th through February 23rd. Troyer and Miller will discuss her early years, struggles as a young Amish woman in Ohio, the role that photography has played in

EXHIBITION: Life in Pinecraft: A Photographic Exhibition

Carlisle Inn 3727 Bahia Vista St, Sarasota, Florida

New College of Florida's Humanities Division is hosting the photographic exhibition "Life in Pinecraft Through the Eyes of Katie Troyer" at the Carlisle Inn from February 7 through February 23. Katie Troyer is one of the most beloved personalities in the Pinecraft community. She grew up in an Amish family in Ohio and, after living in various Amish communities in the US and Canada, she moved to Pinecraft in 2008.

Remembering Paradise Park

Jack Stroup Civic Center 355 W. Center Ave., Sebring, FL

In 1949, during the Jim Crow era, Silver Springs' owners Carl Ray and Shorty Davidson did something unique: they created a place for African-American tourists. Located downriver, they dubbed their creation "Paradise Park for Colored People". From 1949 to 1969, the former Silver Springs boat captain Eddie Vereen ran one of the most popular places for African Americans to visit in the country. Registration and admission are not required to

Daryl Davis: Hate, Undone

When Daryl Davis was ten, he did not understand hate yet. But, he was the only Black scout in a parade to honor Paul Revere's ride to Concord when he began getting hit by bottles. It was then he formed a question in his mind he spent much of his life answering: "How can you hate me when you don't even know me?" Failing to find an answer in books

What is the Lesson in Cosi Fan Tutte’s School for Lovers?

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach 411 Clematis St, West Palm Beach, Florida

The Palm Beach Opera hosts a panel discussion with Matteo Magaratto and Arina Pismenny in coordination with their 2023 production of Cosi Fan Tutte . The subtitle for Mozart's 1790 opera Cosi Fan Tutte is "La scuola degli amanti", or "The School For Lovers". However, the lesson for the audience is ambiguous. Panelists discuss their thoughts on the moral, or lack of a moral, of the story about a series

Cat Tale: The Wild, Weird Battle to Save the Florida Panther

Highlands Hammock State Park 5931 Hammock Road, Sebring, FL

Florida's schoolchildren chose the panther as the state animal, and a decade later it nearly went extinct. But a ragtag band-some scientists, a veterinarian, and a veteran hunter-banded together to pull off a risky experiment to save them. Craig Pittman is a native Floridian. Born in Pensacola, he graduated from Troy State University in Alabama, where his muckraking work for the student paper prompted an agitated dean to label him

Amazing Florida Women: African and African-American Contributions to Culture: Powerful Doctoring Women

Lake Wales Public Library - Schoenoff Meeting Room 290 Cypress Garden Lane, Lake Wales, Florida

In this presentation, Dr. Bireda examines the many contributions enslaved Africans and African Americans have made to American culture. Traditional culture retentions survived the Middle Passage and have influenced present-day American culture. This presentation provides surprising and previously untold facts about the impact of African and African American culture upon American culture as a whole. Registration is not required to attend. The Lake Wales Public Library's Schoenoff Meeting Room is

Southern Road to Freedom: Florida’s Underground Railroad

Virtual/Online

The nation's first Underground Railroad was established in Florida in the late 17th century, servings as a beacon of freedom for runaway slaves from the American south. Existing before the better-known Northern Underground Railroad, enslaved Africans gained their freedom by escaping and earning asylum in Spanish Florida. This presentation focuses on Florida's early history as a Spanish territory, the escape routes used by runaway slaves, and the black communities they

Conversations at MOCA: The Aesthetic Languages of Haiti in Diaspora: Where is Haiti, Haitian Immigrant Aesthetics in the World

Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami 770 NE 125th Street, North Miami, FL

The Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami presents a conversation with Haitian artists Michelle Lisa Polissant, Mark Fleuridor, and Morel Doucet in conjunction with their special exhibition, Didier William: Nou Kite Tout Sa Dèyè on view through April 16, 2023. The artists discuss their complex relationship to the place of their birth from the perspective of the diaspora moderated by Dr. Jerry Philogene, Associate Professor of American Studies at Dickenson

America and Religion with Ken Wald, PhD

Virtual/Online

The Jewish Council of North Central Florida is hosting a lecture with Ken Wald, PhD, as part of their lecture series One Nation Under God: Religion's Impact on the United States. Throughout American history, religion has been a binding force for communities. This lecture looks back on the roots of America's founding to reveal how fundamental religion was to the founding fathers. This program is funded in part through a

The Fighting Baileys: Florida’s Black Military Experience

Fernandina Beach Library 25 N 4th St., Fernandina Beach, Florida

During World War II and Korean War, seven brothers from a black Punta Gorda family served overseas. Yet, the family received no acclaim for over fifty years for their exploits. From a high-flying Tuskegee airman to a grunt in the Red Ball Express, the Bailey brothers' struggles in a Jim Crow south speak to the hidden and ongoing struggle to accord black Americans in their place in the military. James

Pinecraft: The History and Life of Sarasota’s Amish Community

Carlisle Inn 3727 Bahia Vista St, Sarasota, Florida

New College of Florida's Humanities division hosts a lecture with JB Miller in coordination with their photographic exhibit Life in Pinecraft on view through February 23 at the Carlisle Inn. Today, Pinecraft is a unique enclave and a popular winter-time destination for Amish and conservative Mennonites in the United States. JB Miller, a Mennonite who grew up in the Pinecraft community, shares his knowledge of the history of the community

The African Diaspora Experience in Florida

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

Florida has a relationship with Africans and the Diaspora unlike any other state. This presentation chronologically examines this relationship beginning in the sixteenth century through the present day and provides a broad overview of the African Diaspora experience in Florida, highlighting both the pitfalls and the triumphs within Florida history. Registration and admission are not required to attend. Dr. Dixon is the President of Archival and Historical Research Associated and

Dialogues in Local Democracy, Conversation 1

Nova Southeastern University 3301 College Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Nova Southeastern University's Council for Dialogue and Democracy is hosting three workshops focused on the Broward County community's needs and wants as regards local government services and processes. Broward County residents are invited to participate in these community conversations to explore the workings of local government and how these actions meet (or don't meet) the needs of the County's residents. This first discussion will focus on past government services and

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