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.”

new college initiative flourishes along florida’s creative coast

New College’s robust humanities program has paired with the vibrant artistic community of Sarasota-Manatee to offer an exciting series of arts and humanities programs.

Funded by a five-year $750,0000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, “New College: Connecting the Arts and Humanities on Florida’s Creative Coast” seeks to foster deeper understanding of the arts and humanities through new programs at New College and with local arts organizations and the Consortium of Colleges on the Creative Coast. Through the expansion of existing public programs and a new series of open seminars, the local community is invited to hear from – and speak with – faculty scholars and artists who are renowned in their fields.

upcoming events

March 2018


When: Thu Mar 29 2018 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Where: Ringling College of Art and Design, 2700 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234, USA Academic Center Auditorium


Introductions by Ringling professor of art history and horror film expert Susan Doll. Haunting in a different way than a conventional horror film, “Gods and Monsters,” directed by Bill Condon, tells the story of an aging James Whale at the end of his life. Whale, who directed “Frankenstein” and “Bride of Frankenstein,” created the concept of the sympathetic monster. Apparently, Whale related to Frankenstein’s Monster as the other—the perpetual outsider who exists on the margins of the normal world but who will never truly belong. The title comes from a line in “Bride of Frankenstein,” in which the character Dr. Pretorius toasts, “To a new world of gods and monsters!”


When: Sat Mar 31 2018 10:00am to 8:00pm

Where: New College of Florida, 5800 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243, USA College Hall Music Room


Join Ringling professor of creative writing Rick Dakan and friends for this marathon workshop that teaches students and community members how to write viable computer game narratives, with a focus on Frankenstein of course! The last hour participants present their work — come to write or just show up for the good stuff at the end!

April 2018

Soul Food Culinary Arts Symposium

When: Wed Apr 4 2018 12:30pm to 3:30pm

Where: 8350 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243, USA USFSM Selby Auditorium (Room D-103)

Description: Keynote Speaker: Adrian Miller

University of South Florida, Multi-Cultural Affairs Committee and New College of Florida Present The Soul Food Culinary Arts Symposium  featuring keynote speaker, oral historian, literary author, and James Beard Award recipient, Adrian Miller and oral history presentations by students from New College of Florida's Anthropology of Food Class.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided! Free and open to the public!

Please RSVP no later than March 28, 2018 at ....

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When: Thu Apr 26 2018 7:30pm to Sun Apr 29 2018 2:30pm

Where: New College of Florida, 5800 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243, USA Black Box Theater


April 26-28 at 7:30 p.m., April 29 at 2:30 p.m

New College students are working with adjunct associate professor of theater Andrei Malaev-Babel to create a dramatic text for performance, based on Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein.”


Seeking Project Proposals

Deadline: March 16, 2018

Submit a proposal for a project consistent with the grant’s priorities on inter-institutional collaboration, public access and outreach, and the development of sustainable programs in the arts and humanistic disciplines.

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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.

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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.

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