2018 – 2019 Grant Awards
Arts Conservatory for Teens (Pinellas)
Dream For America: Florida’s Evolution of Social Justice – $5,000
Arts Conservancy for Teens will produce “Dream for America: Florida’s Evolution of Social Justice,” an interactive, multi-media workshop that examines the civil rights movement and Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy, featuring oral histories from St. Petersburg residents who participated in the movement as well as scholars who currently study the movement.
Compass, Inc. (Palm Beach)
Compass Legacy Project – $4,250
Compass, Inc. will orchestrate “The Legacy Project,” a cross-generational storytelling project which pairs youth with elders in the local LGBT+ community to learn from each other’s experiences, culminating in a public-facing stage performance.
Florida Historic Capitol Foundation Corporation (Leon)
The Moon, Stars, and Sunshine State Exhibit Programming – $3,000
The Florida Historic Capitol Museum will honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing by hosting a special mock trial with the community to discuss Space Law, complementing the Foundation’s exhibit “The Moon, Stars, and Sunshine State.”
Goldsboro Westside Community Historical Museum (Seminole)
Mrs. Allie Berry’s Quilt Code – $5,000
The Goldsboro Westside Community Historical Museum in collaboration with The Museum of Seminole County History, will create a unique exhibition with panel discussion on “Mrs. Allie Berry’s Quilt Code,” telling the story of enslaved Africans who were prohibited from drumming, speaking in their native tongues, or learning to read and write in English, and instead communicated through quilts and songs.
Historic Markers, Incorporated (Monroe)
Key West Historic Site Walking & Biking Map – $4,000
Historic Markers Inc. will be updating their Key West Historic Site Walking & Biking Map, to feature African American and Cuban history through a special featured tour on these topics, as well as promote the Florida Humanities Council’s Florida Stories App.
John G. Riley Center & Museum (Leon)
Uncrowned Queens: Our Matriarchs of Courage – $5,000
The John G. Riley Center & Museum will produce the exhibit, “Uncrowned Queens: Our Matriarchs of Courage,” which acknowledges the unique challenges many African-American women faced in America over the past century, from slavery through the Civil Rights Era by “crowning” thirty Leon County African American women who, in the late 19th – early 21st century, persevered and left their mark on society.
Manatee Observation and Education Center (Saint Lucie)
A Cultured Planet: How Humans Affected Ecosystems and How Humans Can Help Them Now – $5,000
The Manatee Observation and Education Center will create an exhibit hall and speakers series that integrates human history and culture with environmental education in Saint Lucie County.
Museum of Science and History of Jacksonville, Inc. (Duval)
Legacy of Lynching: Confronting Racial Terror in America – $5,000
The Museum of Science and History of Jacksonville, Inc. will develop “Legacy of Lynching,” a new exhibit designed to provide layers of historical context to the racial terror lynchings that violated Duval County between 1909 and 1925.
The Frank, The City of Pembroke Pines (Broward)
Pembroke Pines Timeline and Exhibit – $5,000
The City of Pembroke Pines will create a permanent City Historic Timeline exhibit, which the City of Pembroke Pines will use to communicate its history to the community from pre-incorporation to today.
Writers Alliance of Gainesville, Inc. (Alachua)
Sunshine State Book Festival – $5,000
The Writers Alliance of Gainesville, Inc. will partner with the Florida Humanities Council to host the Sunshine State Book Festival, which will bring in around 70 authors to the Sante Fe College Fine Arts Hall on January 25, 2020 to celebrate Florida authors and stories.
Digital Library of the Caribbean (Miami-Dade)
Documenting Caribbean Diasporic Communities: How to Archive Local Histories – $5,000
The Digital Library of the Caribbean will partner with the Diaspora Vibe Cultural Incubator to hold a one-week in-person workshop to discuss community archives and the need for historic preservation work in the Caribbean diasporic communities.
Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation, Inc. – WGCU Public Media (Lee)
WGCU Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Lunar Landing – $5,000
Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation Inc. will host two events celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing through a premiere screening of “Chasing the Moon” with CBS News Director Joel Banow and a screening of PBS Kids’ “Ready Jet Go!: One Small Step” which teaches kids about space exploration and the Apollo 11 voyage.
Florida Keys Community College (Monroe)
FKCC Poetics: Critical Intersections and Changing Landscapes – $5,000
The Florida Keys Community College will host a series of community events, led by students in the College’s poetry writing class, featuring visiting poets, which will be free of charge to the general public and is in conjunction with National Poetry Month.
Friends of Weeki Wachee Springs (Hernando)
Weeki Wachee History Harvest – $4,950
Friends of Weeki Wachee Springs will partner with the University of Central Florida to conduct an oral history collection of the Springs, digitize artifacts related to the park, and host an online archive so wider audiences can participate in Weeki Wachee’s history.
Friends of WLRN (Miami-Dade)
Space Week – $5,000
Friends of WLRN will honor the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing with a week-long broadcast of space exploration programming as well as locally produced lectures that will delve into culture, politics and people affected by these space voyages.
Blue Planet International Explorers Bazaar & Writers’ Room (Palm Beach)
Florida: Where I’m From – $5,000
The Blue Planet Writer’s Room will engage South Florida teens – many of whom live with challenging circumstances – through film, art exhibition and panel discussions to spotlight Florida life through their eyes.
Crealde School of Art (Orange)
The Sage Project II: Hannibal Square Elders Tell Their Stories – $5,000
The Crealde School of Art will preserve and promote Winter Park’s historic African American community through a documentary featuring photographs and oral histories from the perspective of lifelong residents, aged 80-102.
i3-Jax, Inc. dba Friends of Hemming Park (Duval)
Jax Poetry Fest Community Celebration with Al Letson – $1,500
The Friends of Hemming Park will bring Emmy & Peabody award winning poet Al Letson to Jacksonville’s oldest public park to facilitate a community event designed to engage the public in ideas and solutions to social issues of diversity, inclusion & gun violence.
Jacksonville Public Library Foundation (Duval)
On the Fringe: Blurred Lines of Florida 2019 Folk Music Festival and Workshops – $3,610
The Jacksonville Public Library will host a folk art exhibition in Jacksonville’s Main Library Makerspace Gallery in coordination with the 2019 Florida Folk Music Festival.
Polk Museum of Art (Polk)
Art & Social Justice: The Legacy of the Freedom Riders – $5,000
The Polk Museum of Art will host a two-part program series designed for the general public and students to learn about the work of artist Charles Williams and the history of the Freedom Riders.
Silver River Museum (Marion)
2019 Ocali Country Days – $5,000
The Silver River Museum, in partnership with Florida Park Service and Marion County Public Schools, will host its annual five-day Ocali Country Days, which will include reenactments, musical performances, art demonstration, oral histories and more.
Stonewall National Museum & Archives (Broward)
Stonewall: 50 Years in the Fight for Equality – $5,000
The Stonewall National Museum & Archives will examine the events around the country that led up to the events in June 1969 at the Stonewall Inn to understand why the Stonewall riots became the catalytic movement to secure equal rights for LGBT Americans.
Ten, Global (Broward)
Demystifying Haitian Vodou to Improve Educational and Health Outcomes of Haitian Americans – $5,000
TEN, Global will host three conversations/presentations with national and international Haitian-American scholars and Vodou Priestesses (Manbos) for conversations on what Vodou is and how it operates culturally in lives of Haitian-Americans.
Barry University (Miami Dade)
Cuba, so close yet so far – $5,000
Barry University in partnership with the Cuban Research Institute at FIU and Centro Cultural Español Miami will host a series of public programs that explore Cuba, particularly the Pedro Pan experience.
Circle of Community Leadership Inc. (Lee)
Civil Rights in the Sunshine State – $5,000
Circle of Community Leadership will host a series of public programs to complement “Civil Rights in the Sunshine State,” a traveling exhibit that commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Citrus County Historical Society, Inc. (Citrus)
“Humanatees”: Man and Manatees – $5,000
The Citrus County Historical Society will create an exhibit and speaker series that highlight the history and identity of one of Florida’s most iconic creatures, the manatee.
City of Pompano Beach (Broward)
Pompano Beach Historical Timeline Display – $5,000
The Pompano Beach Historic Preservation Committee will design and fabricate a multimedia exhibit that depicts the 100 year history of the community and its residents.
Easter Seals of Southwest Florida (Manatee)
Coming out of History’s Dark Corners – $5,000
Easter Seals of SW Florida will continue its on-going oral history program that pairs 10th graders from the Out of Door college prep school with students at VIP Academy, a high school program for students with a range of disabilities.
Florida Atlantic University (Palm Beach)
Decolonization Across Disciplines in the Americas Symposium – $1,000
FAU will host a one-day public symposium that brings together scholars from various Florida institutions to discuss decolonization in the Americas with an emphasis on Florida.
Florida Holocaust Museum (Pinellas)
Dr. Susannah Heschel : Genocide and Human Rights Awareness Movement – $5,000
As part of Genocide and Human Rights Awareness Month, the Florida Holocaust Museum will host two, free public lectures by Dr. Susannah Heschel, daughter of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, a friend and confidant of Dr. Martin Luther King.
Opa-locka Community Development Corporation (Miami Dade)
Black Miami in Photographs – $5,000
The Opa-locka Community Development Corporation will curate a photography exhibit based on Dr. Marvin Dunn’s book “Black Miami in the 20th Century” which highlights the lives of Black Miamians during the first 100 years of the city’s history.
Open Books Prison Book Project (Escambia)
Prison Book Project – $5,000
Open Books Prison Book Project will expand its circulation of books distributed to Florida’s incarcerated population.
Ormond Beach Historical Society (Volusia)
From Colored to Black: The Stories of North Central Florida – $2,400
The Ormond Beach Historical Society will host “From Colored to Black”, a theatrical presentation based on oral histories of African Americans from North Central Florida as collected by the Samuel Proctor Oral History program at the University of Florida.
Osceola County Historical Society, Inc. (Osceola)
Traduciendo El Pueblo (Translating the Village) – $1,915
The Osceola County Historical Society will design and print a bilingual self-guided walking tour map for its Pioneer Village.
PAL Public Library Cooperative (Alachua)
Celebrating Authors in Putnam County, Florida – $1,675
The Putnam Alachua Levy “PAL” Public Library Cooperative will host a series of public programs that celebrate local authors in Putnam County.
Pasco County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources (Pasco)
Lectures on the Lawn – Cultural Event Series – $5,000
The Pasco County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources department will host “Lectures on the Lawn”, a series of four community events featuring presenters from FHC’s speakers directory.
Polk County History Center (Polk)
2019 Race and Culture Lecture Series – $5,000
The Polk County History Center will host a six-part speakers series focused on raising racial awareness and promoting cultural diversity in Polk County.
Reflections of Manatee, Inc. (Manatee)
Angola’s Freedom Seekers and Florida’s Underground Railroad – $5,000
Reflections of Manatee will develop a series of public programs and fabricate an exhibit portraying and interpreting the significance of the maroon community of Angola and the role the area played as part of the Underground Railroad.
The Actors’ Warehouse (Alachua)
The American Black Experience: Then and Now – $5,000
The Actors’ Warehouse will host a series of community conversations about race and racism in America following performances of the two plays “The Colored Door at the Train Depot” and “Pipeline”.
Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe of Florida (Sarasota)
WBTT Voices: Perspectives on James Baldwin and “The Amen Corner” – $3,270
The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe of Florida will host two free public programs to complement its production of James Baldwin’s “The Amen Corner” with a panel of scholarly experts discussing Baldwin’s influence on American literature and society.