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.

Alert: Due to Hurricane Ian, some events have been canceled or postponed. We are working to ensure that our events calendar remains accurate. We strongly urge you to call the event contact for any program you are interested in to confirm that the event is still planned.

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

What in the World: How Walt Created Disney World

Sulphur Springs Museum and Heritage Center 1101 E River Cove St., Tampa, Florida

When Walt Disney realized cheap tourist traps were enveloping Disneyland, he began a nationwide search for enough land to hold every dream he could imagine. What happened next would require a heightened degree of CIA-level secrecy for Disney's undercover team, who launched a misinformation campaign that included dummy corporations and secret transaction. However, when a keen-eyed reporter cracked the code, Disney was forced to show his hand. Audiences will be

Protecting the Home Front: Women in Civil Defense

Pembroke Pines Jewish Center 1200 SW 136th Ave, Pembroke Pines, Florida

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Florida International University is hosting lecture exploring women's roles with the Federal Civil Defense Administration in the 1950s. So-called traditional roles for women in the 1950s as housewives and mothers have been well documented. Yet millions of women took advantage of the opportunity to expand their roles by either being employed by or volunteering for civil defense agencies and organizations. The Federal Civil Defense

Writers in Paradise

Virtual/Online

Beginning with a poem around 1560, the Florida story has been told and retold. This presentation features the stories of over two dozen well-known authors of the past and present who found inspiration and a haven under Florida's sun, including Ernest Hemingway, Judy Blume, Tennessee Williams, and more. Registration is required but the event is free to attend. Jim Clark is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Central Florida

“A Legacy of Smoke” Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Centro Asturiano de Tampa 1913 N Nebraska Ave, Tampa, Florida

The Ybor City Museum Society, in partnership with the Centro Asturiano, is hosting the screening of a film entitled "A Legacy in Smoke" as part of a four-part series related to a new exhibit on Spanish immigration, "Following Fernando's Footsteps: A Tale of Tampa's Immigrant Community". As reflected in the exhibit, Spanish immigrants who arrived in droves beginning in 1886 found an environment that existed nowhere else in the United

Coffee and Conversations with Chris Kahl

Old Courthouse Heritage Museum 1 Courthouse Square, Inverness, FL

This presentation takes audiences on a historical journey through the state, featuring performances of songs covering a wealth of historical events, characters, and folklore with in-depth storytelling about Ponce de Leon's voyage to Florida in 1513, Henry Flagler's building of the Florida's East Coast Railroad, and more. Original songs come from Chris Kahl's Florida-themed albums, Orange Blossom Memories and Sunshine Kid. This event is free but registration is required. Light

“Invisible Immigrants” Panel Discussion

Centro Español de Tampa 2306 N Howard Ave, Tampa, Florida

The Ybor City Museum Society, in partnership with El Centro Español de Tampa, is presenting a lively panel discussion on Spanish immigration to Tampa in the late 1800s and early 1900s. As reflected in a new exhibit at the Ybor City Museum State Park entitled "Following Fernando's Footsteps: A Tale of Tampa's Invisible Immigrants," Tampa had one of the largest and most cohesive community of Spanish immigrants in the United

Unfolding Visions of Contemporary Mayan Art

Tanya Brillembourg Art 260 CRANDON BOULEVARD, Key Biscayne, Florida

The Aluna Art Foundation is hosting a lecture by Dr. Adriana Herrera explaining current contemporary art created by Mayan artists from Guatemala. The title of the exhibition, "Tiempo Circular" (Circular Time), pays homage to this ancient culture of astronomers and to its prodigious textiles that-unlike the great architectural monuments that ceased to be built-have continued to incessantly weave millenary traditions and knowledge. Neither wars nor the oppression of the conquest

O Christmas Tree and Discussion with Dr. Dimitris Xygalatas

MAD Arts 485 S Federal Hwy, Dania Beach, Florida

For those seeking fresh holiday entertainment, Thinking Cap Theatre (TCT), a Broward-based, professional nonprofit dedicated to innovative theatrical fare, may just have the freshest show in town. "O CHRISTMAS TREE" is an original holiday play with music co-written by TCT's Artistic and Managing Directors, Nicole Stodard and Bree-Anna Obst. "O CHRISTMAS TREE" tells the story of Frankie (Phillip Andrew Santiago), an 8-year old Hialeah boy of Cuban, Catholic, and Jewish

Coffee & Conversations: Singer-Songwriter Terri Binion

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

The Orange County Regional History Center is hosting a curator talk with Jeremy Hileman, History Center assistant curator, and singer-song writer Terri Binion for a very special tour of the latest exhibition, Figurehead: Music & Mayhem in Orlando's Underground. Figurehead tells the story of how the musical promotion company helped grow the local scene with a focus on underground rock music and the club circuit. Through Binion's own experiences, the

Trivia Night with Tampa Bay Dream Team and Florida Humanities

Ferg's Sports Bar & Grill 1320 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, Florida

Florida Humanities and the popular Tampa Bay Dream Team are joining forces for a very special Florida-themed #TriviaNight at Ferg's Sports Bar & Grill on Wednesday, Dec. 14th starting at 7 PM! Whether you are a Florida native, newbie or somewhere in between, this will be a fun-filled evening of pop culture, current happenings, and all things Florida! Top three Teams WIN either $30, $20, or $10 in Ferg's gift

Florida Humanities Director’s Book Club: “Matrix” by Lauren Groff

Shelf Indulgence Used Book Cafe 2805 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida

Join Florida Humanities Executive Director Nadshid Madyun for a discussion on Lauren Groff's exhilarating book, Matrix, a New York Times bestseller, finalist for the 2021 National Book Award for Fiction, listed on former President Barack Obama's "Favorite Books of 2021" and winner of the 2021 Florida Book Award in General Fiction. The historical drama centers on a 17-year-old rebellious orphan, Marie de France, and the trials, triumphs and transformation she

O Christmas Tree and Behind-the-Scenes Talkback

MAD Arts 485 S Federal Hwy, Dania Beach, Florida

For those seeking fresh holiday entertainment, Thinking Cap Theatre (TCT), a Broward-based, professional nonprofit dedicated to innovative theatrical fare, may just have the freshest show in town. "O CHRISTMAS TREE" is an original holiday play with music co-written by TCT's Artistic and Managing Directors, Nicole Stodard and Bree-Anna Obst. "O CHRISTMAS TREE" tells the story of Frankie (Phillip Andrew Santiago), an 8-year old Hialeah boy of Cuban, Catholic, and Jewish

Broward County Libraries NEA Big Read Program 2023

Broward County Library hosts a variety of programming for all ages through 2023's NEA Big Read program occurring January and February 2023. Broward County Library selected Infinite Country by Patricia Engel as their Big Read title for adults and two titles for young readers. Programming includes book discussions, a keynote address with Patricia Engel, hands-on activities for families, artist and author discussions, exhibits, and more across all branches of Broward

Early Cuban Exiles: Memories of Loss, Struggle, and Rebirth

Virtual/Online

From 1959 to 1973, more than 600,000 Cuban exiles came to the US in two waves and laid the foundation for the modern Cuban American community. Almost all arrived with only a few clothes and pocket money. Based on interviews with 54 persons about early Cuban exiles, this presentation tells how and why they left Cuba, what they found when they arrived here, and how they built new lives. Admission

Weaving the Tension Between Nature and Urban Sprawl

HARTVEST PROJECT at Pinecrest Gardens 11000 S Red Road, Pinecrest, Florida

Aluna Art Foundation is organizing an interpretative guided tour of the exhibition Life at Street Level, which is part of the part of the first city-wide event THREADING THE CITY, a concurrence of Fiber Artist Miami Association (FAMA), and World Textile Art (WTA). The exhibition features local and international artists: Alissa Alfonso, Sharon Berebichez, Nancy Billings, RemiJin Camping, Maritza Caneca, Mabelin Castellanos, Alex De Yavorsky, Jocelyn Flores, Amy Gelb, Isabel

Colombia Literaria: Identidad, Paz y Cultura

Virtual/Online

A panel of award-winning Colombian authors explore the impact of literature on Columbia's path to peace and discuss immigration, cultural identity, and assimilation through their works as part of Broward County Library's NEA Big Read 2023. Registration for this program is not required. Admission is free. Elvira Sanchez-Blake is a journalist and writer. She obtained a Ph.D. in Hispanic Literature and Latin American Studies at Cornell University. Gloria Munoz is

2023 Sunshine State Book Festival

Trinity United Methodist Church 4000 NW 53rd Avenue, Gainesville, Florida

Florida's amazing literary history is celebrated at the Sunshine State Book Festival 2023 hosted by the Writers Alliance of Gainesville. Happening January 27th and 28th, the community gathers together with Florida authors for readings, signings, storytimes, and family activities to engage with Florida's literary landscape. On Friday, January 27 from 7 to 9 pm, community sponsors, and the public can meet and mingle with fellow readers and authors to kick

Keynote Presentation with Author Janis Owens

Trinity United Methodist Church 4000 NW 53rd Avenue, Gainesville, Florida

Author Janis Owens joins the Writers Alliance of Gainesville at the Sunshine State Book Festival to present the keynote address. Janis Owens is the author of four novels, a regional cookbook, and a book of nonfiction. Janis Owens, the only daughter of a Pentecostal preacher turned insurance salesman, inherited her love of storytelling from her parents. Born in Marianna, Florida, she now lives in Newberry Florida. Owens attended the University

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