Arts and Humanities Connections

New College of Florida has been awarded a $750,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of New College’s initiative “New College: Connecting the Arts and Humanities on Florida’s Creative Coast.”

Connecting the Arts and humanities

New College of Florida has been awarded a $750,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of New College’s initiative “New College: Connecting the Arts and Humanities on Florida’s Creative Coast.”

The project has three central goals:

  • To elevate New College’s capacity to contribute to public discourse on humanities and arts in our region;
  • To build sustainable relations with local arts organizations;
  • To establish sustainable academic connections with local colleges that comprise the Consortium of Colleges on the Creative Coast (the C4 group).

The five-year grant is a testimony to New College’s strength in the humanities, to vibrancy of the arts community in the Sarasota-Manatee area, and to the promise of the C4 consortium. Read more here.


Upcoming events of the initiative include:

Film Discussion: “Audre Lorde: the Berlin Years 1984-1992”
Thursday, March 9, 2017, 6-8 p.m.
Mildred Sainer Pavillion, 5213 Bay Shore Road
Activist and filmmaker Dagmar Schultz will screen and discuss her documentary film, “Audre Lorde: The Berlin Years 1984-1992” (2012, 79 mins., German and English). Documenting African-American writer and activist Audre Lorde and her influence on the German political and cultural scene during a decade of profound social change, a decade that brought about the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of East and West Germany. This event is free and open to the public.

See more events here.

Join New College folks for Campus Conversations, informal discussions of interesting topics led by experts at engaging discussion and making you think. Make your third Thursday an evening of some good food, socializing, and inspiring conversation. Campus Conversations is a free event and open to the public thanks to the generous support of The Andrew Mellon Grant Foundation. Limited to 15 participants. RSVP required,

Throughout the year, there will be events related to the initiative. If you would like to get emails to stay up to date on upcoming events and opportunities for involvement, please provide your information here:

Past events include:

The Arts, the Liberal Arts and Civil Society

A presentation by Cristle Collins Judd, Senior Program Officer, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Cristle Collins Judd
Cristle Collins Judd

Ms. Judd’s areas of responsibility in the program for Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities include a range of grants and initiatives supporting liberal arts colleges, doctoral education, advanced scholarship, and the public humanities.

Before joining the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in 2015, Judd served for nine years as Dean for Academic Affairs, Chief Academic Officer, and Professor of Music at Bowdoin College. Prior to her appointment at Bowdoin, Judd was a member of the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania for thirteen years, where she was tenured, and also served as Director of Graduate Studies in Music. Judd taught at universities in the UK and Australia before joining the Penn faculty.

Campus Conversations: Art Outside the Gallery; Music Outside the Concert Hall
Feb 16, 2017, 5:30-7 p.m.
Cook Hall Lobby, Located at NCF’s Bayfront campus, 5313 Bay Shore Rd

Led by NCF Professors Samantha Burns and Stephen Miles, Art/Sculpture and Music respectively. How does WHERE art is placed matter? How does WHERE music is performed shape the audience’s experience?

additional connections

New Music New College

New Music New College (NMNC) is an extension of the music program at New College that presents five programs of contemporary, avant-garde and experimental music each year.

Read more here

Public Archaeology Lab (PAL)

The New College Public Archaeology Lab (NCPAL) is committed to facilitating education, outreach, and the study of archaeology within a broader anthropological and interdisciplinary context.

Read more here