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: 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

Pandemics and Protests: America in 1919 and 2020

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

The Ormond Beach Historical Society is hosting their 2022-2023 live Speaker Series program. The fifth presentation will explore the ways in which the social climate of America in 2020 mirrors that of 1919, and examine the similarities and differences as well as the factors influencing the social conflicts in each year. Dr. Martha Bireda is a true "Grits", girl raised in the sun. She is a seventh generation Floridian and

St. Johns Reads 2023: Meet Chef Ed Lee

First Coast Technical College Character Counts Center 2980 Collins Ave # A, St. Augustine, Florida

Join the Friends of the Library of St. Johns County with the author of Buttermilk Graffiti: A Chef's Journey to Discover America's New Melting Pot Cuisine Chef Edward Lee. Chef Lee will discuss his novel, host a Q&A, and sign copies of his book. Admission is free and registration is not required. Edward Lee is the Chef and Owner of 610 Magnolia in Louisville, Kentucky and the Culinary Director for

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

Conversations at MOCA: NorthStar – The Meaning of Haiti in Diaspora

The Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami is hosting Conversations at MOCA: NorthStar - The Meaning of Haiti in Diaspora. This panel discussion will the meaning of Haiti throughout history in the African Diaspora and the World. The African diaspora has influenced aspects of history, music, culture, and politics throughout the Americas, the Caribbean and beyond. Where does Haiti, the world's first free Black republic, fall into this line of

English for Families Palm Springs Public Library


Palm Springs Public Library is hosting English for Families once a week for ten weeks from January 19 through March 23, 2023. The ten-week virtual 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

International Holocaust Remembrance Day / Genocide in the 20th & 21st Centuries Public Webinar

Tampa Bay Times Newspaper in Education/Florida Press Educational Services is hosting a webinar panel discussion to present new curriculum, "Genocide in the 20th & 21st Centuries: Historical and Cultural Perspectives," that examines the Holocaust and other genocides. January 27, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Open to the general public, this webinar will explore how this new material can help examine the cultural, religious,

Ditch of Dreams: The Cross Florida Barge Canal

Palm Coast Community Center 305 Palm Coast Parkway NE, Palm Coast, FL, United States

This presentation examines the long, convoluted history of an effort to cross Florida by cutting a waterway from the Atlantic to the Gulf of Mexico. Dr. Noll covers topics including steamboat tourism, the first attempted ship canal in the 1930s, the building of the canal in the 1960s, and the stoppage by an environmental movement led by Marjorie Harris Carr in 1971. Registration is not required to attend. Bathrooms are

Colombia Literaria: Identidad, Paz y Cultura


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

Artists and Thinkers: Kareem Fahmy’s Distinct Society

The Hermitage Artist Retreat is kicking off their virtual "Artists and Thinkers" series, which pairs leading artists with scholars in the field of the humanities to discuss the interplay between art and the human experience. James Monaghan, Hermitage Programs Manager and theater scholar, will be in conversation with Hermitage Fellow Kareem Fahmy to explore his play, "A Distinct Society." In Fahmy's play, a sleepy library that straddles the U.S./Canada border

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

An Elegy to Rosewood Opening Reception and Panel Discussion

The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum 10975 SW 17th St, Miami, Florida

The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum will host a panel discussion in coordination with their new special exhibition, An Elegy to Rosewood . Panelists will assess the ramifications and dissemination of racial violence in Florida. The discussion will feature the Founder of The Real Rosewood Foundation, Lizzie Jenkins, and its Vice President, Pedro Jermaine, alongside Alexandra Cornelius, Ph.D. and Daniel Royles, Ph.D., FIU professors of History. To accompany the

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

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens 3251 S Miami Ave, Miami, Florida

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. Registration and a $5.00 admission fee are required to attend. This program is part of public programming for Vizcaya Museum

The Destruction of Rosewood

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

The city of Rosewood was settled in 1845 and became an all-black town by the turn of the twentieth century. However, during the first week of January in 1923, the city burned to the ground in an act of domestic terrorism. This presentation critically analyzes Rosewood and other majority Black cities in Florida. Registration and an admission fee are not required to attend. Dr. Vincent Edward Oluwole Adejumo is currently

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

The French Connection

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

The Ormond Beach Historical Society is hosting their 2022-2023 live Speaker Series program. The sixth presentation will how the French had a long connection to Florida dating back to 1563 with their colony of Fort Caroline. Campbell Town, Napoleon's nephew, French aid during the American Revolutionary War, pirates, John James Audubon, merci trains and more are discussed in this presentation about the French influence in Florida over the last 500

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

EXHIBITION: The Kellogg Mansion 3D Immersive Exper


The Kellogg Mansion Immersive Experience is a traveling exhibit that embraces cutting-edge 3D and VR technology to take you on a rich and unforgettable journey to learn more about the history of Dunedin's Kellogg Mansion and the community efforts to preserve it. Constructed in 1925, the property was owned by several affluent figures including cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg. After years of vacancy and neglect, the home was lost to demolition

Being Frederick Douglass: A Historical Figure Portrayal with John H. Anderson

Frederick Douglass Gymnasium 111 Olivia St, Key West, Florida

The Key West Art & Historical Society is presenting guest speaker John H. Anderson who will portray historical figure Frederick Douglass. In his portrayal, Anderson will first discuss the political and sociological impacts of the violent and unstable time period surrounding the Civil War and how African-Americans helped shape the nation we live in today. Donning historically accurate clothing, he performs as freed slave turned abolitionist and author Frederick Douglass.

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