Florida Heritage Awards 2015

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
R.A. Gray Building 500 South Bronough Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399
4.30 PM
This event is free and open to the public

Every spring, the Florida Department of State presents the Florida Heritage Awards to recognize Floridians who have made contributions to the state in historic preservation, literature, folk heritage, and visual and performing arts. The 12th Annual Florida Heritage Awards will take place on Wednesday, March 11 in Tallahassee in Heritage Hall of the R.A. Gray Building. The 2015 award recipients include the Florida Book Awards, the Florida Folk Heritage Awards, Secretary of State Historic Preservation Awards and the newest induction into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame.

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. 

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Showcase the Importance of Cultural Heritage Tourism by Participating in Florida Tourism Day

This year, the Florida Department of State, in an effort to increase awareness and showcase the value of cultural heritage tourism will be holding its annual Heritage Awards Ceremony as part of Florida Tourism Day at the Capitol. We encourage our cultural and heritage partners to participate in Florida Tourism Day and be an advocate for cultural heritage tourism.

Florida Tourism Day is a grassroots partnership designed to raise awareness of the importance of tourism and serves as the perfect opportunity to let lawmakers know just how vital cultural heritage tourism is to our state. Last year, Tourism Day drew more than 400 industry attendees, representing 44 Florida counties. Make your voice heard and register today at tourismworksforflorida.org.

Florida Department of State
Viva Florida: Promoting Florida's History and Culture
Division of Cultural Affairs
Division of Historical Resources
Division of Library and Information Services