The 2024 ZORA! Festival Season of Programs

Schedule subject to change

Upcoming Programs

February

to

August

Cultural Heritage Group Tours

Available by reservation and require payment

Please email cynthia@preserveeatonville.org and/or

Call (407) 647-3307 and ask for Cynthia.

February

Mon – Fri

10:00 – 4:00 PM

Voices: The Art of Louise Deininger

Saturday

February 17

3:00 – 4:00 PM Eastern

Gathering & Gabbing, Zora Neale Hurston Book Club

Thursday

February 22

5:30 – 7:30 PM

A Farewell to Artist Louise Deininger

March

Mon – Fri

10:00 – 4:00 PM

Voices: The Art of Louise Deininger

Saturday

March 16

3:00 – 4:00 PM

Gathering & Gabbing, Zora Neale Hurston Book Club

Saturday

May 18

3:00 – 4:00 PM

Gathering & Gabbing, Zora Neale Hurston Book Club

Sunday

October 19th

12:00 – 2:00 PM

HATitude Cultural Flair

In-person only

Past Programs (Watch On-Demand Coming Soon)

In case you missed it, below are archives of the festival season programs for view on-demand.

Sunday

January 7

2:00 – 4:00 PM

"Happy Birthday Zora!"

Event Highlight: Celebrating the 133rd birthday of this global literary icon; “Daughter of Eatonville and Orange County.”
In-person only

Saturday

January 20

11:00 AM- 2:00 PM

Event Highlight: Voices: The Art of Louise Deininger
In-person only

Artist Talk: 1:00 PM

Sunday

January 21

2:00 – 5:00 PM

Event Highlight: Enjoy the work of Ugandan-born artist Louise Deininger and the one-of-a-kind murals at St. Lawrence African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, and a community mural.
In-person only

Monday

January 22

6:00 – 8:00 PM

Dinner & A Class with Chef Jenn

Event Highlight: Award-winning chef, Jenn Ross, will conduct a class on vegan cuisine, with a Jamaican flair, the result being a satisfying experience that includes a delicious meal.
In-person

Schedule as of: December 2, 2023 (subject to change)

Wednesday

January 24

8:00 – 4:00 PM

Cultural Heritage Tourism Workshop

Event Highlight: This cultural heritage tourism workshop is designed for those who want to take advantage of this lucrative niche market. “Best Practices” with sample workshop materials, a “Practicum Approach” and networking opportunities will guarantee a profitable investment of time and treasure.
In-person

Afrofutursim Conference (Jan 24 – 27, 2024)

Wednesday

January 24

7:00 – 8:00 PM

Afrofuturism Conference (Day 1 of 4)

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Andrea Roberts, Associate Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning, University of Virginia; Director – Center for Cultural Landscapes at University of Virginia; Founder, The Texas Freedom Colonies Project
Talk Title: “Co-Creating Counternarratives: Foundations for Just Planning & Preservation”
Courtesy of the Department of Humanities, History and Modern Languages, Seminole State College of Florida

Thursday

January 25

10:00 – 12:00 PM

Afrofuturism Conference (Day 2 of 4 | Morning Session)

Welcome and Keynote Addresses
Keynote Speakers: Dr. Julian Chambliss and Dr. Bruce Janz
Event Highlight: 2024 marks the fifth and final year of the ZORA! Festival’s Academic Conference Cycle devoted to an exploration of Afrofuturism and the Hurston Legacy
In-person & Virtual

The 2024 ZORA! Festival Season is funded in part by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program; and the Florida Department of State, Division of Arts & Culture

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Thursday

January 25

1:30 – 4:30 PM

Afrofuturism Conference (Day 2 of 4 | Afternoon Session)

Hungerford School Panel, Poster Session, and History Harvest
Keynote Speakers: Dr. Scot French / Community Participants TBA
Event Highlight: 2024 marks the fifth and final year of the ZORA! Festival’s Academic Conference Cycle devoted to an exploration of Afrofuturism and the Hurston Legacy
In-person & Virtual

The 2024 ZORA! Festival Season is funded in part by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program; and the Florida Department of State, Division of Arts & Culture

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Friday

January 26

10:00 – 11:30 AM

Afrofuturism Conference (Day 3 of 4 | Morning Session)

Panel Discussion: “Zora Neale Hurston through Space, Place, and Time”
Panelist: Sidney Rose McCall, Dr. Christopher Peace, Rae Chesny
In-person & Virtual
Sponsoring Partner
Funding Statement
Funding for this program was provided through a grant from Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The 2024 ZORA! Festival Season is funded in part by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program; and the Florida Department of State, Division of Arts & Culture

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ArtsandCulture-Logo

Friday

January 26

1:30 – 2:45 PM

Afrofuturism Conference (Day 3 of 4 | Afternoon Session)

Closing Keynote Address Speaker: Dr. Lonny J Avi Brooks
In-person & Virtual
Sponsoring Partner
Funding Statement
Funding for this program was provided through a grant from Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The 2024 ZORA! Festival Season is funded in part by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program; and the Florida Department of State, Division of Arts & Culture

Orange-County-Arts-Cultural-Affairs.jpg
ArtsandCulture-Logo

Saturday

January 27

10:00 – 12:00 PM

Afrofuturism Conference (Day 4 of 4)

Walking Tour of Zora’s Eatonville with Rae Chesny
Presenter: Rae Chesny

In-person only
Sponsoring Partner
Funding Statement
Funding for this program was provided through a grant from Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The 2024 ZORA! Festival Season is funded in part by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program; and the Florida Department of State, Division of Arts & Culture

Thursday

January 25

5:00 – 6:00 PM

Progressive Reception (Session 1)

Event Highlight: A Collaboration between The Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts (The Hurston Museum) in Eatonville and Art & History Museums of Maitland
In-person only

Thursday

January 25

6:15 – 7:30 PM

Progressive Reception (Session 2)

Event Highlight: A Collaboration between The Hurston Museum and the Art & History Museums
In-person only

Outdoor Festival Schedule (Jan 26 – 28, 2024)

Friday

January 26

9:00 – 5:00 PM

ZORA! - Outdoor Festival of the Arts (Education Day)

Event Highlight: “Education Day” for K- 12 Students
In-person only

Featuring:

    • Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts
    • Children’s “Make-and-Take” Tent
    • ZORA! STEM Hub Tent
    • Fine Arts & Master Crafts Booths
    • International Marketplace
    • Eatonville Public Library Branch Programming
    • Student Performances on the Main Stage
    • AND MUCH MORE

Saturday

January 27

9:00 – 6:00 PM

ZORA! - Outdoor Festival of the Arts (Family Day)

Event Highlight: Outdoor festival plus live performers
Performances by: EU, Club Nouveau, Fire Light and more artists to be added
In-person only

General Admission Costs:

    • General Admission: $20.00
    • Free Admission to Children (0 – High School) –Middle & High school students asked to show current student i.d.

VIP Costs & Inclusion:

    • VIP for Saturday: $100.00
    • VIP Includes: Up-front seating, Gourmet Treats, and 2 complimentary beverages

VIP Ticket Sales End: January 23, 2024

Featuring:

    • Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts
    • Children’s “Make-and-Take” Tent
    • Florida Historical Society
    • Fine Arts & Master Crafts Booths
    • International Marketplace
    • Eatonville Public Library Branch Programming
    • International Marketplace Booths
    • Free Parking
    • Food, fun and shopping for all ages
    • AND MUCH MORE

Sunday

January 28

11:00 – 5:00 PM

ZORA! - Outdoor Festival of the Arts (Day for Reflection)

Event Highlight: Outdoor festival plus live performers

Performances by: Nelson Curry, Tony Wilson, Joe II Tex and T.J. Hooker Taylor
In-person only

General Admission Costs:

  • General Admission: $20.00

VIP Costs & Inclusion:

  • VIP: $100.00
  • VIP Includes: Up-front seating, Gourmet Treats, and 2 complimentary beverages

VIP Ticket Sales End: January 23, 2024

Featuring:

  • Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts
  • Children’s “Make-and-Take” Tent
  • Florida Historical Society
  • Fine Arts & Master Crafts Booths
  • International Marketplace
  • Eatonville Public Library Branch Programming
  • International Marketplace Booths
  • Free Parking
  • Food, fun and shopping for all ages
  • AND MUCH MORE

Saturday

January 27

7:30 PM- 9:30 PM

"An Evening Inspired by Zora Neale Hurston"

Event Highlight: Dinner menu inspired by her research | Harlem Renaissance-era attire encouraged
In-person only

Individual Tickets: $200.00

Reserved Table of 6: $1800.00

Features:

    • Menu inspired by Zora’s folklore research; all food prepared from scratch, and organic by Chef Crystal Clarke
    • Guests are encouraged to dress on the fashion of the Harlem-Renaissance-era
    • Swag will be inspired by Southern, rural African-American tradition

Sunday

January 28

8:30 – 9:45 AM

Traditional Christian Worship Service (Ecumenical)

Event Highlight: Worship Service Prepared by Church Members Wanda Randolph and Louise Franklin
In-person (The Public is Welcome)