2018 – 2019 Grant Awards
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.
Gadsden Arts Center (Gadsden)
The Southern Quilting Project – $5,000
The Gadsden Art Center will present the “Generations of Southern Quilting” exhibition of regional quilts from 1830s to today, and the Big Bend Quilt Trail, a mural trail that spans the communities represented in the exhibition.
Goodwood Museum and Gardens (Leon)
One Place, Two Worlds – $5,000
The Goodwood Museum and Gardens will build outdoor heritage signs that expand interpretation to include those who labored at the historical plantation (ca. 1840 – 1940), which will be woven into the existing signage, and deal with the intersection of class, race, and culture.
Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida (Okaloosa)
Museum Tours for Everyone – $2,500
The Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida will provide visitors with a digital tour of nine permanent exhibits that highlight the history of Northwest Florida from prehistoric to modern era.
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.