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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Voices from Florida: SoFla’s Scary Cinema

Aventura Branch Library 2930 NE 199th St., Aventura, FL

Miami-Dade Public Library System presents the sixth program in the Voices From Florida speaker series at the Aventura Branch Library. Local history meets horror in this engaging discussion of four fright films made in and around South Florida. Join Florida International University librarian Eduardo Fojo as he provides interesting film facts, history and insightful critical commentary. This program is recommended for ages 12+. For more information, contact Special Collections at

Florida Lore

Avon Park Community Center 310 W Main Street, Avon Park, FL, United States

From the Ashley Gang to the Devil's Millhopper and the Ghost of Bellamy Bridge, Florida folk culture is brimming with fascinating characters and situations almost too amazing to be true. But are they true? This presentation is a dynamic performance from a master storyteller and professor who brings these legends to life and discusses their importance and whether it may not matter if they are fact or fiction. A must

Weeki Wachee: City of Mermaids


When Newt Perry sank a theater into the edge of Weeki Wachee Springs in 1947, he had no idea his mermaids would become world-famous Florida icons. This presentation covers the fascinating history of Weeki Wachee Springs told through vintage photographs of the resident "mermaids" from their earliest days performing silent ballets to their pinnacle of popularity. Lu Vickers was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship for fiction as

The Golden Harvest: The Music and Traditions of the Greek Spongers in Tarpon Springs

Tarpon Springs Public Library 138 E Lemon St., Tarpon Springs, Florida

Since Tarpon Springs's Greek sponge diving industry was founded in the early 1900s, traditional Greek music, dance, and poetry have been at the center of the community. Much of this music is directly connected to the distinct culture that grew up around sponging on Greek islands over the centuries and ranges from joyful dances to laments mourning divers lost under the waves. This presentation explores the rich cultural history of

Post-Show Talkback: Cuban American Biculturalism in Maria Irene Fornes’ Life and Work

Broward Center for the Performing Arts 201 Southwest 5th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

In this conversation, Dr. Lillian Manzor, Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures at University of Miami, illuminates the cultural differences and intersections between the United States and Cuba with emphasis on how biculturalism shaped Fornes' life and work. The discussion is moderated by Dr. Nicole Stodard, Adjunct Professor at NSU. The talkback will take place directly following the 2 p.m. matinee performance of Tango Palace by Maria Irene Fornes

The History of Tango: An Experiential Conversation with Dance Instruction

Broward Center for the Performing Arts 201 Southwest 5th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

In this hands-on program, Dr. Teresa Marrero speaks on the fascinating countercultural origins of tango and its implications in Fornes' Tango Palace . Choreographer CJ Torres provides demonstrations and instruction on the Argentine tango featured in the play. This event will take place directly after the 7:30 pm performance of Tango Palace by Maria Irene Fornes in teh Abdo New River Room at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

Post-Show Roundtable: Fornes and South Florida

Broward Center for the Performing Arts 201 Southwest 5th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

This post-show discussion panel featuring relatives, friends, and colleagues of Maria Irene Fornes highlights Fornes' immigration to Miami from Cuba in 1945 and her various visits and projects in Miami while demonstrating the critical role that collective archiving, primary research, and biography play in preserving people's legacy. Yovani Bauta (visual artist), Rafael Fornes (architect and nephew of Irene) and Beatriz Rizk, Ph.D. (independent scholar) participate in the panel. The event

Off the Page Literary Celebration

Sarasota County Libraries and Historical Resources and the Library Foundation for Sarasota County hosts the Off the Page Literary Celebration. Off the Page includes two weeks of programming from November 1 through 18 featuring best-selling authors Neil Gaiman, Sam Kean, Sarah McLean, Sarah Penner, and Raina Telgemeier.. This event includes local authors, writing workshops, book signings, panels, and more across all 10 county library branches. Participating authors and presenters include:

Weird Florida

Clewiston Museum 109 Central Avenue, Clewiston, FL

In 1998, the original Weird Florida posited that Florida was the wackiest of all. That much weirdness called for a second volume in 2006: Weird Florida II: In a State of Shock. Now, more than two decades later, who can argue otherwise? This presentation includes a whirlwind tour of 500 years of Florida history, capped with a strong argument for Florida's transplants to become Floridians. Eliot Kleinberg spent more than

McGough Nature Park Speaker Series: Cat Tale: The Wild, Weird Battle to Save the Florida Panther

McGough Nature Park 11901 146th St N, Largo, Florida

Florida's schoolchildren chose the panther as the state animal, and a decade later it nearly went extinct. But a ragtag band, some scientists, a veterinarian, and a veteran hunter, banded together to pull off a risky experiment to save them. Craig Pittman is a native Floridian. Born in Pensacola, he graduated from Troy State University in Alabama, where his muckraking work for the student paper prompted an agitated dean to

The Civil Rights Movement in Florida

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

The idea that Florida did not experience the tumult of other Deep South states during the Civil Rights movement is a popular misconception. This presentation debunks the myth of "Florida exceptionalism" in relationship to the Black freedom struggle and demonstrates that the state experienced many of the features that characterized more well-known areas and demonstrates how this history remains relevant in modern America- for better and worse. Dr. J. Michael

St. Pete Reads! Lit Fest

The Woodson African American Museum of Florida 2240 9th Ave S., St. Petersburg, Florida

Join Cultured Books Literacy Foundation for the second annual St. Pete Reads! Lit Fest presented in collaboration with the St. Petersburg Library System. LitFest is a family-friendly event designed to celebrate literature and creativity with a focus on children's literature. The festival provides opportunities for youth and teens alike to engage with thought-provoking authors and activities in a vibrant atmosphere. Headlining authors include Natalie Daise, Anastasia Magloire Williams, Ana Siqueria,

Off the Page: Carnivorous Plants of Florida with Writer and Carnivorous Plant Expert Kenny Coogan

Frances T. Bourne Jacaranda Library 4143 Woodmere Park Blvd., Venice, Florida

Frances T. Bourne Jacaranda Library hosts this all-ages program as part of the Off the Page Literary celebration. This program features a discussion of the 32 species of carnivorous plants in Florida with author and expert Kenny Coogan. Plant sale to follow. Kenny Coogan holds a master's degree in Global Sustainability and is passionate about Florida's wildlife and plants. He has published over 400 articles on pets, livestock, and gardening

St. Pete Reads! Lit Fest: Self Portrait Workshop with Anastasia Magloire Williams

The Woodson African American Museum of Florida 2240 9th Ave S., St. Petersburg, Florida

St. Pete Reads! Lit Fest welcomes illustrator Anastasia Magloire Williams for a story time session and shares how images enhance and contribute to storytelling. As an illustrator known for the blend of graphics, illustration, and painting, she shares how visual style can complement the stories they are meant to tell. Following the reading, Anastasia guides participants in creating their own self-portraits. Participants explores character design techniques and visual storytelling to

What Remains: Listening to Indigenous Perspectives

USF School of Music Barness Hall 3755 USF Holly Drive, MUS 101, Tampa, Florida

USF Contemporary Art Museum is hosting an in-person forum in connection with the exhibit Native America: In Translation on view at the museum from August 25 through December 1, 2023. This exhibit assembles the wide-ranging work of nine Indigenous artists who pose challenging questions about identity and heritage, land rights, and histories of colonialism. This forum gathers the voices of an Indigenous artist, tribal cultural preservationist, and Native American civil

St. Pete Reads! Lit Fest: The Art of Deuces Writing Workshop

The Woodson African American Museum of Florida 2240 9th Ave S., St. Petersburg, Florida

St. Pete Reads! Lit Fest welcomes "Keep St. Pete Lit for The Art of Deuces Workshop." The workshop is an opportunity to explore the immersive and captivating world of storytelling through public art. Keep St. Pete Lit staff will lead participants through writing exercises encouraging exploration of themes inspired by the St. Petersburg neighborhood. Funding is provided in part through a Florida Humanities Book Festival Grant with funds from the

St. Pete Reads! Lit Fest: Poetry Workshop

The Woodson African American Museum of Florida 2240 9th Ave S., St. Petersburg, Florida

St. Pete Reads! Lit Fest welcomes author and educator Roberto German for a poetry workshop. Roberto reads from his book Blue Ink Tears , introducing youth participants to his life through storytelling. His bilingual programming poetry shares 20 years of his life with discussions of identity, love, relationship, and race. Participants will create and present their own poetry at the end of the program. Roberto is an award-winning Dominican American

St. Pete Reads! Lit Fest: Okra Stew with Natalie Daise

The Woodson African American Museum of Florida 2240 9th Ave S., St. Petersburg, Florida

St. Pete Reads! Lit Fest welcomes author and star of Nickelodeon's Gullah Gullah Island reads and discusses her book Okra Stew. The book showcases a father and son celebrating Gullah Geechee culture and tradition through a special family recipe. St. Pete Youth Farm will provide participating young readers with a small okra plant to foster their own journey with okra stew. Natalie Daise is a magnetic performer, speaker, and artist

Stories of Florida—Con Sabor!

Lantana Public Library 205 W Ocean Ave., Lantana, Florida

Florida stories have never been the same since Ponce de Leon first arrived in 1513. Flowing seamlessly between Spanish and English, this presentation connects personal, historical, and traditional Florida tales with the history, peoples, and cultures of Florida, con un poco sabor Latino—with a bit of Latino flavor! An internationally celebrated storyteller, teaching artist, and Chautauqua scholar, Carrie Sue Ayvar is the recipient of multiple awards for service, leadership, and

St. Pete Reads! Lit Fest: Granny’s Vintage Camera with Jasmine Paul

The Woodson African American Museum of Florida 2240 9th Ave S., St. Petersburg, Florida

St. Pete Reads! Lit Fest welcomes author Jasmine Paul for a reading and discussion of her book Granny's Vintage Camera . The story follows Kass who is saving for an instant camera and uses her grandmother's vintage camera in the meantime. Young readers follow Kass on her journey as she learns the real meaning of value and responsibility. Following the reading, readers can participate in a financial literacy activity. Jasmine

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