Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth.

Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth.
Dick Gregory - 1968 Rally NYC, 1968. Anthony Barboza. Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, © Anthony Barboza; [Duke Ellington composing at the piano], 1928. Valentino Sarra, Duke Ellington Collection. Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.; NASA Administrator Charles Bolden Pauses for a Moment after Watching Orion Splashdown, 2014. Bill Ingalls. NASA/Bill Ingalls.

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In partnership with the Smithsonian Institution, Florida Humanities invites proposals from qualifying institutions to host Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth. in 2023. This immersive exhibit profiles significant African American men whose journeys have altered the history and culture of our country through the fields of politics, sports, science, entertainment, business, and religion. Biographies are paired with 24 original works of art by noted artists to accentuate the subjects’ individual legacies. Exhibition visitors encounter a world of men, women, and communities that affirm the power of the African American journey, and ultimately, the American experience.

Funding Highlights and Key Dates

Application Deadline: Applications will be reviewed upon receipt until September 1, 2022
Funding Notification: Within 30 days of submission.
Award Amount: Up to $20,000
Cost Share: Minimum 1:1 cost share is required.

Funding Details:

Applicants may request up to $20,000. Funding includes:

  • $10,000 to be paid directly to the Smithsonian Institution for the exhibition rental fee. Shipping will be covered by the national sponsor.
  • Up to $10,000 for the development and implementation of complementary public humanities programming. Programming may occur before, during, and/or after exhibition dates.


Applications will only be accepted from qualifying non-profit organizations located in Florida that meet all conditions outlined in the “Security, Care, and Display Requirements” included in the guidelines below. Please note that this exhibition requires a minimum of 3,500 sq. ft. of space and has been designated as a HIGH SECURITY exhibition by the Smithsonian Institution. Individuals, for-profit organizations, and foreign governments/organizations are not eligible for funding.

Available Dates:

Florida Humanities funding is available for up to two Florida venues to be added to the national tour on the following dates:

  • December 3, 2022 – February 26, 2023 (12 weeks)
  • August 26 – November 19, 2023 (12 weeks)

Exhibition Contents:

  • 24 works of original art including painting, sculpture, photography and video art
  • Free-standing exhibit structure requiring ceilings of either 12’ or 15’
  • 132 light box panels for text and graphics: 2’x1’; 3’x2’; 4’x3’; and 7’x4’ (WxH)
  • Projections requiring display on 14’ high wall or screen

Interested in Applying?

Do you believe your organization is eligible to host Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth.? Contact Patricia Putman at [email protected] or 727-873-2004 to receive an access code to start your application.

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Men of Change: Power: Triumph: Truth. was developed by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and made possible through the generous support of the Ford Motor Company Fund. Support for hosting venues in Florida is provided by Florida Humanities.

Exhibition Resources

Video courtesy California African American Museum/ Video by HRDWRKER

For more detailed information about the exhibition including images of included artwork and the full installation, download and review the materials below. You may also view the short video at left from a prior exhibition host site, the California African American Museum.

Exhibition Prospectus
Exhibition Photos
Smithsonian Website

How to Apply

Review the Full Grant Guidelines

All interested applicants must first download and review the entire Grant Guidelines to review eligibility and site requirements.

Download Guidelines

Contact Florida Humanities

After reviewing the entire application guidelines and Smithsonian Exhibition Prospectus, interested applicants must contact Patricia Putman, Florida Humanities Associate Director, at [email protected] or 727/873-2004 to discuss their programming ideas and exhibition venue to receive a password to access the online application form.

August Wilson, 2004. Photo by David Cooper.
August Wilson, 2004. Photo by David Cooper.
Alfred Conteh-Ryan Coogler
Home Team [Ryan Coogler], 2018. Alfred Conteh. Courtesy of artist Alfred Conteh and Amath Gomis.
Bayard Rustin, 1963. Orlando Fernandez. New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, NYWT&S Collection, LC-DIG-ppmsca-35538.
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