Broadcasting Hope Public Media Grant
Following a particularly tumultuous year as a nation, one thing is clear: while modern medicine might allow us to physically come closer, humanities-based learning experiences and the constructive dialogues they foster will truly enable us to be closer.
Through Broadcasting Hope Public Media Grants, Florida Humanities awards up to $20,000 in funding to Florida public media radio and television stations to support innovative humanities-informed projects – audio, digital, film, and other media initiatives – that have strong grounding in the humanities and will be accessible to a broad public audience.
In August 2021, Florida Humanities awarded $75,000 through the inaugural Broadcasting Hope Public Media Grant to support humanities-based public media projects at four Florida stations. The funding supports media productions that highlight historical and current racial injustices and inspire courageous conversations to shift perspectives, foster unity and shape change.
The humanities focus on exploring what it means to be human, allowing us to better understand and share our experiences, values, and dreams. For many, access to the humanities began in college, where scholars and thought-leaders challenged us to think creatively and critically, to reason, and to ask questions. Here at Florida Humanities, we hope to support our colleagues-in-the-humanities at universities and colleges spark constructive dialogue by bolstering their engaging humanities programming and increasing accessibility to diverse audiences both within and beyond the campus community, for the greater good.
Florida Humanities is seeking proposals from Florida colleges and universities to apply for up to $5,000 to support community programming (either in-person or virtual) that seeks to broaden the public’s awareness of the humanities and what it means to be human.
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Florida Humanities awarded $75,000 to four Florida public media stations in August 2021 through the Broadcasting Hope Public Media Grant. Explore these awardees and follow along with their programming!
WGCU – Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation (Fort Myers, FL)
“With a Made Up Mind” – $20,000
WGCU will create a half-hour documentary that explores the history of voter suppression among African Americans in Southwest Florida, and will draw on the voices of community leaders and humanities scholars to address how those historical inequalities are being addressed today to empower African American voters.
WPBT – South Florida PBS (Boynton Beach, FL)
“Wade in the Water: A Community Conversation” – $15,000
WPBT will host a public engagement event featuring filmmaker Cathleen Dean on the film, Wade in the Water: Drowning in Racism. The project will include a film screening and community “Town Hall” conversation funded by Florida Humanities as well as the production of three short profile segments that address the issue of drowning prevention and water safety, specifically among the African American community.
WUFT FM – University of Florida (Gainesville, FL)
“Evoking the Complexity of Black Experiences in Florida through Afrofuturism” – $20,000
WUFT will produce six 30-minute podcast series complemented by six three-minute animated vignettes along with multimedia open educational resources, with the purpose of engaging underserved communities to reimagine Florida history and collaboratively create representations of its future. Each episode will be paired with a community listening event located at spaces historically significant to the African American community.
WUSF – University of South Florida (Tampa, FL)
“WUSF – The History of Now: Through Our Voices” – $20,000
WUSF will document the COVID-19 experience from the viewpoint of BIPOC Florida residents, giving a historical perspective to the pandemic and post-pandemic recovery, and then produce a series of two to 10 audio oral histories and an episode of Florida Matters on the topic to air in March 2022.
Florida Humanities recognizes the critical work of public media stations across the Sunshine State in connecting communities, sharing stories, and creating engaging humanities-based educational programming.
A special thanks to the following organizations for their support: