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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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
Join Tampa-Hillsborough County Library in person for this family literacy program to practice reading with your child(ren) and learn English vocabulary for everyday use. Recommended for all ages! This free class meets twice a week for 5 weeks: Mondays & Wednesdays at 5:30 PM from September 12 to October 14, 2022. Free books will be provided to registered attendees. This program is a partnership between Florida Humanities and the Friends
The Orange County Regional History Center is hosting a discussion and tour to coincide with their new exhibition, Figurehead: Music & Mayhem in Orlando's Underground. Exhibition curator Jeremy Hileman and Israel Vasquetelle will lead a special tour of this latest exhibition, drawing on themes in the exhibition to delve into the history of the hip hop scene in Central Florida and beyond. Vasquetelle's experience in media spans more than two
Explore the human fascination with seashells and their ancient history as global currency, their use as religious and luxury objects, and the remarkable marine mollusks that make them in Cynthia Barnett's engaging account of an aspect of nature and culture long hidden in plain sight. Barnett illuminates the beauty and wonder of seashells as well as human ingenuity and scientific solutions they represent for the warming world. Registration not required.
The Dunedin Public Library welcomes Dr. Lori Collins (University of South Florida) to present a case study of the digital documentation of the historic Kellogg Mansion, where a holistic survey was conducted prior to demolition. She will examine the role of 3D for heritage projects, including applications using virtual and augmented realities for the preservation of memory and meaning of place. The use of 3D digitization strategies has become more
The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the University of Central Florida will host "Re-Membering Puerto Rican Arts and Culture Five Years After María", a panel discussion focusing on Arts and Culture. By paying homage to the rich humanities-based production over the past half-decade, the event re-members, that is, pieces together and memorializes that which has been fractured. The humanities-based discussion will examine how the storm affected the cultural
The Nova Southeastern University Center for the Humanities presents Presidential inaugural poet and memoirist, Richard Blanco, who will speak about the journey to adulthood and read from his works. This event is part of the center's 2022 Hispanic Heritage Month series of programming: "Generaciones: Cycles of Life." The series celebrates the importance of family and the way that the joys and sorrows of life's transitions generate new growth. Richard Blanco
From 1959 to 1973, more than 600,000 Cuban exiles came to the United States 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.
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Florida International University is hosting a lecture titled "Two Generations, Two Decades," which takes a fresh look at growing up in the early Cold War. The World War II Generation, or last of the Silent Generation, grew up at the dawning of the Atomic Age, formed the first mass youth culture, and led the way in the turbulent 1960s. The Vietnam Generation, or first
The Museum of Science and History Jacksonville hosts Larry Yazzie and the Native Pride Dancers for an evening of beautiful and powerful expression in movement and sound as they tell the stories of generations of Native American tradition and culture. A question and answer session about Native American history and current culture is included. Registration is required. Admission is $20 per person, no charge for parking. Light refreshments will be
Miami Center for Racial Justice is hosting "#ItStartsWithMeMiami," a community form and workshop to bring together the community and law enforcement for meaningful conversation. This program focuses on the power of finding solutions to the concerns between the community & police through proactive and intentional interaction with a historical context in addition to recruitment for careers in policing. Historical storytelling combined with personal testimonies often provide more insight and understanding
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Florida International University is hosting a lecture series in collaboration with Brockway Memorial Library. This lecture is the third in a four-part series titled: Modern History of Folk Music from the 60s and will explore Country music as an alternative sound to the Beatles in the '60s. From Loretta Lynn to Johnny Cash, country music was just another component of America's historical roots. Enjoy
Realize Bradenton is hosting a grand opening event in the new City of Bradenton park on the Bradenton Riverwalk. Utilizing newly installed educational panels with historic illustrations from the book, Old Manatee A to Z, families will enjoy humanities-based activities focused on literacy, art, and heritage. Guests will learn about the mineral spring at the center of the park and all of the people who have gathered at this space
621 Gallery is hosting an online panel discussion, "Marginalized Histories Discussion Forum," as part of the Biannual Art + Tech Fest. Led by Grace Ali (Florida State University), the discussion will explore each panelists practice and how they relate to marginalized histories. Together, the panelists will provide insight on how marginalized voices and perspectives can be amplified to highlight meaningful exchange and connection on issues such as the Caribbean Diaspora,
The Nova Southeastern University Center for the Humanities presents a presentation and workshop on family tree research strategies for the Hispanic community, featuring NSU faculty and genealogy expert Drs. Jim Doan and Emily Schmitt, and Genie Milgrom, a Hispanic-Judaic genealogy expert and author. This event is part of the Center's 2022 Hispanic Heritage Month series of programming: "Generaciones: Cycles of Life." The series celebrates the importance of family and the
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at FIU is hosting a lecture the explores post-war America in the mid-twentieth century. The threat of an atomic bomb attack was felt throughout the nation in the 1950s and 1960s, including in the state of Florida, especially during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. From duck and cover drills for children and youth, to family and community fallout shelters, to city and statewide civil
WGCU Public Media will screen a short documentary about the history of the Black vote in Southwest Florida titled, "With A Made Up Mind." After the 18-minute video, the facilitator will discuss related issues and themes from the documentary with the group. For example, what current issues around voting and local elections are challenging to your community? The group will also discuss possible solutions. The facilitator will invite attendees to
The NSU Center for the Humanities presents an interactive presentation from Florida Day of the Dead organizers, celebrating the rich history and practices of customs that honor the lives of the departed. This event is part of the Center's 2022 Hispanic Heritage Month series of programming: "Generaciones: Cycles of Life." The series celebrates the importance of family and the way that the joys and sorrows of life's transitions generate new
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at FIU is hosting a lecture the explores the early indigenous cultures of Florida. The 4,000-year human history of the North Bank of the Miami River illustrates how and why ancient and early-modern peoples profoundly shaped the development of Florida long before Henry Flagler, Julia Tuttle and other so-called Miami pioneers. Explore the stories of Tequesta and Seminole Indians, Spanish missionaries, African slaves and white
The College of the Florida Keys is hosting CFK Poetics , a series that aims to develop awareness of an immersion in the humanities landscape by connecting students and the community with poetry on the national level in a way that is immediate to their own experiences. Since 2019, visiting poets have come to Key West or appeared virtually to share their work and have conversations with the student body