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: Some events may be canceled or postponed. We work 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, 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

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

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 24. 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.

CANCELED: 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

This event has been canceled. Please check back with our events calendar for any updates, or reach out to the event contact for more details.  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

What Kind of Ancestors Do You Want to Be?: Sea Level Rise and Heritage Sites in Florida

Florida SouthWestern State College 8099 College Parkway, Fort Myers, FL, United States

New weather patterns, larger storms, and rising sea levels are challenging communities and transforming conventional thinking. Archaeologists document the shifting seascape's destruction of archaeological and historical sites and offer long-term perspectives on human adaptation and maladaptation to environmental changes. This presentation is global in scope and includes Floridian archaeological perspectives. This program is free and open to the public. Registration is not required to attend. Uzi Baram is a Professor

Southern Road to Freedom: Florida’s Underground Railroad


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, United States

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


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 24 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

ReadOut 2023: Kickoff Panel with Radclyffe and Ann McMan

Gulfport Library 5501 28th Ave S, Gulfport, Florida

ReadOut 2023 kicks off with literary icons Radclyffe and Ann McMan with a retrospective of lesbian and feminist publishing past, present, and future. The conversation is facilitated by award-winning humorist Fay Jacobs. Radclyffe is a retired surgeon whose 50+ novels have earned more than 25 awards from Lambda Literary, Golden Crown Literary Society, and other writers' associations. She is the president of Bold Strokes Books, one of the world's largest

ReadOut 2023: Middle Grade and Young Adult Literature Panel

Gulfport Library 5501 28th Ave S, Gulfport, Florida

ReadOut 2023 and the LGBTQ Resource Center of the Gulfport Library presents authors Rob Sanders and Sarah Prager in conversation about LGBTQ literature for middle grade and young adult readers. Rob Sanders has written 17 funny and fierce books and is recognized as a pioneer in LGBTQIA+ nonfiction picture books. Blook Brothers, released in July 2022, is his first middle-grade novel, written in powerful, raw verse. Sarah Prager is dedicated

Spike the Punch: Do the Right Thing

IPC ArtSpace 225 NE 59th St, Miami, Florida

Spike the Punch: Three Films and community conversations presented by FIU's Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab in collaboration with Iris PhotoCollective celebrates the art and meanings of in Spike Lee's early films Do the Right Thing (1989) , She's Gotta Have It (1986) , and Malcolm X (1992) . A community conversation with Dr. Andrea Queeley and Carl Juste follows the screening. Registration is suggested but not required. Funding for this

The African Diaspora Experience in Florida

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

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

ACCORD Freedom Trail Guided Trolley Tour

Willie Galimore Community Center 399 Riberia St, St. Augustine, Florida

Anniversary to Commemorate the Civil Rights Demonstrations (ACCORD) has organized a narrated history tour for each Saturday in February to coincide with Black History Month. The tour includes many of the 30+ sites of the Freedom Trail Tour. This tour will be narrated by local historian and author David Nolan. Visitors will embark the local Green Trolley Bus and learn about the rich Civil Rights and African American History of

ReadOut 2023: Poetry Panel

Gulfport Library 5501 28th Ave S, Gulfport, Florida

ReadOut 2023 and the LGBTQ Resource Center of Gulfport Library hosts authors and poets Gloria Munoz, Sheree L Greer, and Sander Santiago with moderator Jenny Boyer for a conversation about the intersection of LGBTQ identity and poetry. Gloria Munoz is a Colombian American writer, an advocate for multilingual literacy and writing, and St. Petersburg's new Poet Laureate. Her poetry collection Danzirly/Dawn's Early was awarded the Academy of American Poets 2019

Dialogues in Local Democracy, Conversation 1

Nova Southeastern University 3301 College Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

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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