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

Deep South Dispatch: Memoir of a Civil Rights Journey

ACCORD CIVIL RIGHTS MUSEUM 79 Bridge Street, St. Augustine, FL

Anniversary to Commemorate the Civil Rights Demonstrations (ACCORD) is hosting a second weekend of its Fall speakers series. Based on the book Deep South Dispatch: Memoir of a Civil Rights Journalist by John N. Herbers, this second talk of the series and will feature Dr. Claudia Slate and Anne Rosen (a contributor to the book) in discussion. Rosen and Slate are the daughters of the late Herbers, a former New

State, Local, and National Campaigns: The Civil Rights Movement

Anderson-Price Memorial Building 42 N Beach Street, Ormond Beach, FL

The Ormond Beach Historical Society is hosting their 2022-2023 live Speaker Series program. The third presentation in this series is based on extensive research on Florida's Civil Rights Movement done by Dr. Michael Butler. Attendees will learn that the idea that Florida did not experience the tumult of other Deep South states during the Civil Rights Movement is a popular misconception. Florida exceptionalism in relationship to the black freedom struggle

History of Folk Music: Carrying on the Tradition

Brockway Memorial Library 10021 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami Shores, FL

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Florida International University is hosting a second lecture series on Folk Music from the 60s in collaboration with Brockway Memorial Library. The 1960s was a tumultuous time in America. The Civil Rights movement and The Vietnam War affected a new generation commonly called "the Baby Boomers", who were now entering college and expressing their freedom and power. Beatniks, then hippies, represented an alternative lifestyle

Art of the Underground: A Figurehead Panel Discussion

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

The Orange County Regional History Center is hosting a panel discussion to coincide with their new exhibition, Figurehead: Music & Mayhem in Orlando's Underground. Discover the role of ephemeral art in community building as panelists explore the art of Orlando's underground music scene of the 1980s and '90s. Moderated by Dr. Dori Griffin, associate professor of design & visual communication at the University of Florida School of Art + Art

“With A Made Up Mind” Dunbar Community School Screening

Dunbar Community School 1857 High St, Fort Myers, Florida

WGCU Public Media, along with the SWFL Alpha Educational and Leadership Foundation, are hosting a screening and discussion of "With a Made Up Mind: the History of the Black Vote in Southwest Florida." From Jim Crow legislation at the turn of the century to today's push to return civil rights to citizens who have served their felony sentences, this short film examines the history of the fight for ballot access

“With a Made Up Mind” Barron Library Screening

Barron Library 461 N Main Street, LaBelle, FL

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

Walking the Florida Lands and Sands: Meeting Florida Folk through Their Tales and Lore

Clewiston Museum 109 Central Avenue, Clewiston, FL

Folktales, passed down from generation to generation, convey and preserve the cultural knowledge, beliefs, values, and customs of the cultures that they come from, like windows into each community. This presentation of Florida folk and their communities showcases how folk tales and folklore can tell a great deal about the values and views of a culture and serve as a means to understand one another. Admission and parking are free

“With A Made Up Mind” Collier County Library Screening

Collier County Library Headquarters 2385 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples, Florida

WGCU Public Media is hosting a screening and discussion of "With a Made Up Mind: the History of the Black Vote in Southwest Florida." From Jim Crow legislation at the turn of the century to today's push to return civil rights to citizens who have served their felony sentences, this short film examines the history of the fight for ballot access in Florida. WGCU will ask if there are other

With A Made Up Mind: The History of the Black Vote in Southwest Florida

Collier County Library Headquarters 2385 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples, Florida

WGCU Public Media is hosting a screening and discussion of "With a Made Up Mind: the History of the Black Vote in Southwest Florida." From Jim Crow legislation at the turn of the century to today's push to return civil rights to citizens who have served their felony sentences, this short film examines the history of the fight for ballot access in Florida. WGCU will ask if there are other

Health, Humanities, COVID-19: Lessons Learned

Bunche Park 15600 Bunche Park Drive W, Miami Gardens, Florida

Florida Memorial University will host two panel discussions exploring the impact of COVID-19 in South Florida. This first panel will focus the pandemic and Miami Dade County. Health professionals, community leaders, humanities scholars, and students make up a panel that will explore local youth, middle-aged, and senior populations experienced the pandemic. The Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab at Florida International University will share results of a project called "Miami Stories." During

Coffee and Conversation with Eliot Kleinberg

Old Courthouse Heritage Museum 1 Courthouse Square, Inverness, FL

In the first weeks after Pearl Harbor pulled America into a two-front war, Germany's U-Boats worked with impunity. Off Florida alone, they sank 24 ships. Some of Florida's very features that attracted tourists made it a logical place for soldiers as well. The state, a strategic asset for its geography and climate, became an armed camp. Hotels turned into barracks, and hospitals, bases and airfields increased from 8 to 172

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

Subverting Materials: Textile and Fiber Art by Women Artists

Museum of Contemporary Art of the Americas 12063 SW 131 Ave, Miami, Florida

Aluna Art Foundation, in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Americas, is opening a new exhibition called "Subverting Materials: Textile and Fiber Art by Women Artists." This exhibition explores how the featured women artists use techniques considered domestic or crafts-such as sewing, weaving, embroidery, or quilting-transforming or subverting them into works of contemporary art that express different messages and emotions. A guided tour with exhibition curator Francine

Ormond Beach Historical Society Florida History & Cultural Festival

Anderson-Price Memorial Building 42 N Beach Street, Ormond Beach, FL

The Ormond Beach Historical Society is hosting their 2022-2023 live Speaker Series program. The fourth event includes several authors (including Zach Zacharias, Florida history books), artists (including West Evans, Florida Highwaymen-style paintings), and historical artifact collectors and exhibitors (including Ryan Lowry, authentic World War II artifacts). Presenters will be discussing their specialties with the attendees and most will be offering various items for sale. Folklorist Diane Jacoby will tell the

Miami Book Fair 2022

Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus 300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Florida

Miami Book Fair presents the 39th annual Miami Book Fair November 13 through November 20. An eight-day celebration of, for, and by authors, books, and people who love them. The Fair features more than 400 authors and presenters from across the country and globe; nearly 150 in-person and on-demand programs delivered in English, Spanish (through the IberoAmerican Authors program), and Haitian Creole and French (through the ReadCaribbean program); the signature

Miami Book Fair: Ada Limón in Conversation with Robert Casper

Virtual/Online

Miami Book Fair 2022 presents Ada Limon, recently appointed U.S. poet laureate, in conversation with Robert Casper, head of poetry and literature at the Library of Congress, as Limon discusses her most recent title, The Hurting Kind: Poems. Ada Limon became the 24th poet laureate of the United States in July 2022. She is the author of several poetry collections, including The Carrying, which won the National Book Critics Circle

Coffee & Conversations: Will’s Pub and the Orlando’s Underground

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 Orlando music scene veteran Will Walker 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. Jeremy and Walker

Coffee & Conversations: Will’s Pub and the Orlando Music Scene

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 Orlando music scene veteran Will Walker 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. Jeremy and Walker

The Fighting Baileys: Florida’s Black Military Experience

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

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