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, United States

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

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, United States

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

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

St. Johns Reads 2023

St. Johns County Public Library System 1960 N Ponce De Leon Blvd, St. Augustine, Florida

Join the St. Johns County Public Library System for St. Johns Reads 2023. Now in its 18th year, St. Johns Reads is a county-wide "One Book, One Community" initiative held by the St. Johns County Public Library System that encourages patrons to read, discuss, and experience literature together. 2023's title is Buttermilk Graffiti: A Chef's Journey to Discover America's New Melting-Pot Cuisine by Edward Lee. A variety of programming for

Shaping an Island: Key West’s Black History

Tropic Cinema 416 Eaton St, Key West, Florida

The Key West Art and Historical Society is building cultural equity by telling the stories of the Black community's significant contributions to local culture and industry, as documented in artwork and historic documents. This talk seeks to redress a serious omission: that the substantial contributions of people of color are under-represented Key West's historical narrative. From its beginnings in the 1800s, the maritime industry of Key West was dependent on

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

The Kellogg Mansion & Dunedin Isles: A History of Dunedin through the Kellogg Mansion

Dunedin Public Library 223 Douglas Avenue, Dunedin, FL, United States

The Dunedin Public Library welcomes Vincent Luisi, Executive Director of the Dunedin History Museum, for a lecture on the Kellogg Mansion and its place in Dunedin history. This presentation will be given as a part of the Kellogg Mansion Immersive Experience. The Kellogg Mansion - 3D Immersive Experience brings together the history of one of Dunedin's most notable properties, the community efforts to preserve it and the digital documentation strategies

The Greeks of Tarpon Springs

Cape Coral Library 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral, FL, United States

Florida SouthWestern State College presents an exploration of the Greek cultural heritage of Tarpon Springs at the Fort Myers Regional Library in downtown Fort Myers. A screening of the classic 1953 Hollywood film "Beneath the 12-Mile Reef," shot on location in Key West and the Gulf Coast city of Tarpon Springs, will be followed by a Q & A session. Following a brief intermission, Florida scholar Dr. Tina Bucuvalas will

SpeakOut: Intersections of LGBTQ Identity and the Humanities

Gulfport Public Library 5501 28th Ave. S, Gulfport, FL, United States

The LGBTQ Resource Center at the Gulfport Public Library is pleased to present the final dialogue in its 2022-23 SpeakOut series. Beginning in April 2022, individual presentations and audience dialogues have explored intersections of LGBTQ identity and Humanities topics of Aging, Art, Faith, Law and Literature. Events of the past year have highlighted how critically important it is to be able to have informed, mutually respectful discussions of how Humanities

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

How is MADAMA BUTTERFLY relevant to contemporary cultural conversations in 2023?

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

Palm Beach Opera is hosting a series of panel discussions to explore the humanities-driven questions related to opera performances in their 2023 season. The first discussion will feature Puccini's masterpiece "Madama Butterfly." This production inspires mixed reactions among scholars and those in the opera industry because of the composer's depiction of Japanese culture and characterization of the central character, Cio-Cio-San. Panelists will explore the possibilities of sensitive, nuanced interpretation of

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