The Florida Humanities Council’s programming seeks to engage Floridians with humanities content that both stirs curiosity and affects people’s everyday lives. From our community project grants and engaging speaker series, to our exhibition partnership with the Smithsonian Institution and reading and discussion programs, we aim to bring Floridians together.
Our downloadable walking tour app allows users to learn about the history, culture, and architecture of unique Florida communities. The tours are designed to create a sustainable tourism product that increases knowledge and appreciation of local history.
Museum on Mainstreet is a partnership program that brings Smithsonian Institution exhibitions, resources, and programming to small towns across the state. Exhibitions are designed to engage communities and become a catalyst for conversations about life in small-town America.
Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry contest for high school students in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. By participating, students learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation, and cultivate invaluable public speaking skills.
PrimeTime is a six-week reading and discussion program for families with young children. Held in public libraries, this program demonstrates how literature can enrich one’s life, models strategies for continued family bonding and reading at home, and provides critical information on library resources.
Our six-week reading and discussion programs provide a space for participants to engage in respectful and authentic dialogue about an important cultural topic. With the discussions guided by a qualified facilitator, this program currently is centered on the role “race” plays in our society, as well as the myriad experiences of those that have served in the military.
Through our Speaker’s Series, expert historians, storytellers, researchers and authors travel the state to talk about a wide variety of subjects that matter to Floridians. Programs are presented in partnership with civic organizations, museums, historical societies, and other non-profit entities.
Each summer rising high school juniors and seniors participate in our immersive, pre-college humanities seminars at one of Florida’s premiere Universities. Students spend a week engaged in challenging and interdisciplinary study of the humanities by combining classroom sessions with relevant field experiences.