Engaging Speakers, Compelling Topics, and Thought-provoking Discussions
Welcome to the Florida Humanities’ Speakers Directory, a curated collection of the Sunshine State’s best and brightest experts, scholars, journalists, folklorists and more, poised to bring engaging presentations and conversations right to your local community.
Florida Humanities is the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Partnering with nonprofit organizations across the state, Florida Humanities funds a wide variety of grants and public programming that explores Florida’s rich history and culture.
How to use this directory:
Using this directory, organizations can connect with these experts to bring a wide variety of compelling humanities programming to their community. Speakers can engage the public is several ways:
Speakers may be asked to give a program for one of our Florida Talks partners. Florida Talks offers nonprofit organizations an easy, inexpensive way to host informative and thought-provoking presentations across the state.
Speakers may be contacted to participate as a scholar, presenter, or panelist for a Florida Humanities-funded Community Project Grant. These grants support a variety of humanities programming based on the specific needs of a community.
Speakers may be asked to give a program that complements the theme of one of our Museum on Main Street exhibits. These exhibits travel to small and underserved communities and explore a variety of humanities topics.
Please Note: Speakers on this directory have agreed to a capped speaking fee of no more than $300 for a Florida Humanities-funded event. This fee does not include travel, so be sure to discuss those details as you plan your event.
A full-time mural artist, designer, author, educator and preservationist, Koskoff enjoys creating large-scale, community-based art in public places. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, and moved to Delray Beach, Florida, in 1985. As an architectural historian and president of the Art Deco Society of the Palm Beaches, Koskoff wrote her first book, Art Deco of the Palm Beaches for Arcadia Publishing. Her most recent book, Murals of the Palm Beaches is winner of two Silver Medals; one in Visual Arts from the Florida Book Awards and one in Education from the Florida Authors & Publishers Association. Koskoff teaches Mixed Media Collage for the Creative Arts School at Old School Square in Delray Beach.
Art Deco Architecture of the Palm Beaches
Learn about Art Deco style and architecture found in South Florida. Dozens of Art Deco architectural treasures have been discovered and identified in Palm Beach County. Learn about history, culture and understand how reflection of the past can help us move into the future. Other Art Deco presentations can include highlights from Miami, New York, Buenos Aires, Toronto, Egypt, France, and more.
Confessions of a Public Mural Artist
Sharon Koskoff is a pioneer of public art and has painted over 350 murals in Palm Beach County public schools and other public spaces. Discover creativity found in Twentieth-Century WPA style murals through the present. Explore how recent graffiti-styled “street art” murals are adorning our neighborhoods in Florida and bringing us into the future.
Habana Deco: Art and Architecture of Cuba
Take a visual journey with Sharon Koskoff from her recent excursion to Havana, during the 14th Annual Art Deco World Congress. The city of Havana is home to an endless treasure trove of art, Art Deco architecture and culture; however, the infrastructure is poor with everything at risk. Compare our South Florida architecture and society to that of our closest international neighbor, Cuba.