The goal of the Millennium Project is to facilitate understanding and appreciation of the cultural heritage of Florida and the Caribbean. The exhibition, public forum, and web site offer opportunities to explore the processes of adaptation and assimilation that characterize the ever-changing identity of the Americas. The repository of objects, images and information represents the people, events and traditions that have shaped our past, present, and lay the foundations for our future.
Myths and Dreams: Exploring the Cultural Legacies of Florida and the Caribbean
Objects in the exhibition, dating from formative indigenous cultures to the present, articulate the resourcefulness, creativity, and spirituality of converging cultures in Florida and the Caribbean. They embody the ways in which people transform the world around them to reflect their own values, customs and beliefs. Each map, document and artifact testifies to an enduring cycle of encounter and change.
Dates and Locations
Miami, Historical Museum of Southern Florida, November 12, 1999 - January 23, 2000
Tallahassee, Museum of Florida History, February 4 - June 5, 2000
Key West, Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum, June 9, 2000 - January 22, 2001
Daytona Beach, Museum of Arts and Sciences, March 3 - July 15, 2001
Gainesville, Florida Museum of Natural History, Fall, 2001
Tampa, Tampa Bay History Center, Spring, 2002
Finding a Common Path: Contemporary Issues of Cultural Diversity
Lectures and Symposia: A statewide series of discussions addressing historical, artistic and social development of New World cultures. Leading academic and community scholars probe the legacies of multiculturalism and contemporary issues of identity and diversity in Florida and the Caribbean. Presentations in each city hosting the exhibition conclude with public discussions to encourage community participation in an open interchange of ideas. This program is funded by the Florida Humanities Council.
Digital Exhibition : An internet resource dedicated to the Circum-Caribbean from pre-history to the present. The data base expands upon images and text from the museum exhibition to include: additional academic essays illustrated with excerpts from generally inaccessible books and manuscripts, expanded information resources, reference materials and links to additional Internet sites with related content.
Educational Materials: Interdisciplinary-teaching resources will be available on the web site to assist and promote an interactive learning experience for all.
"Myths and Dreams" is organized by The Jay I. Kislak Foundation, Inc. in cooperation with the Historical Museum of Southern Florida. The project has been funded, in part, with grants from the Florida Humanities Council and the Historical Museums Grants-in-Aid Program of the Bureau of Historical Museums, Division of Historical Resources, Florida Department of State, Katherine Harris, Secretary of State.
The Jay I. Kislak Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit research institution devoted to the history and archaeology of the Circum-Caribbean and Central America. The Foundation maintains a collection of artifacts, rare books, manuscripts and maps that are a primary source of research materials for students and scholars. Further information on the Jay I. Kislak Foundation and our programs is available at our website: http://www.jayikislakfoundation.org