Florida Heritage Month 2015

Buddy Mills- Florida Folk Heritage Awardee 2015

Throughout Florida Heritage Month, which lasts from March 15 through April 15, the Department of State encourages citizens to gain a better understanding and appreciation of Florida's history and culture.The offices of Governor Rick Scott and Secretary of State Ken Detzner have planned this month-long tribute to heighten awareness of our state's rich cultural heritage.

Preserving and promoting the Sunshine State through history, literature and the arts directly relates to Florida’s booming cultural and heritage tourism sector, which attracted 93.7 million visitors in 2013. Florida’s story is key to the nation’s story, and as this story is shared, the economy is strengthened and visitors gain a broader understanding of the state’s deep history and diverse culture. Please join us as we celebrate and honor the achievements of Floridians past and present for their outstanding talents, and excellence in preserving Florida's heritage and cultural arts. 

Heritage Month Events

There are many events planned between March 15 - April 15, 2014 that celebrate Florida's Cultural Heritage. A few signature Florida Heritage Month events are listed below and many more can be found on VivaFlorida.org/Events

You can post your 2014 Florida Heritage Month Event at VivaFlorida.org/SubmitEvent

2015 Florida Heritage Awards Ceremony

Tallahassee - March 11, 2015

As a part of Florida Heritage Month, the Florida Heritage Awards will be presented on March 11, 2015 in Tallahassee, at the R.A. Gray Building. The 2015 awards will be presented for: the Florida Book Awards, the Florida Folk Heritage Awards, Secretary of State Historic Preservation Awards and the state’s highest award, the newest inductions into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame. For more information about the awardees visit FloridaHeritageMonth.com.

Doors will open at 4:30 p.m.

Tapestry: The Cultural Threads of First America

St. Augustine - April 4 - October 4, 2015

Tapestry: The Cultural Threads of First America is a signature St. Augustine 450th Commemoration exhibition that shares the story of how three intertwining cultures – Hispanics, Africans and Native Americans – came together to form the foundation of the American culture and create the blended society of today’s St. Augustine. -For more information visit StAugustine-450.com.