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Documenting History: Farmworkers in Florida during COVID-19

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Documenting History: Farmworkers in Florida during COVID-19
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de Farber, Bess
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The purpose of this project is to create an archive of snapshots of relevant digital content that capture the impact that COVID 19 is having on farmworkers in Florida. It is part of the Florida Latin American and Caribbean Diaspora Initiative at the University of Florida’s Latin American and Caribbean Collection, which has the goal to identify, document, preserve, and provide access to the experience of Latin American and Caribbean immigrants in the state. It began with existing documents at the George A. Smathers Libraries; it is now moving in the direction of community-driven collections. The project now funded by CAME seeks to capture digital content considered as ephemeral, but that captures the voices, experiences, and opinions of people who are frequently marginalized and underrepresented, such as that of the Mexican, Central American, and Haitian farmworkers who live and work in Florida. The project will document the challenges that COVID 19 has presented them, as well as the innovative ways in which they adapt and survive. In the current environment, the mission of challenging and correcting the misrepresentation of immigrants is crucial. The resulting collection will be freely accessible to a global audience in the Latin American and Caribbean Collection website, and like its precedents --The Cuban American Dream Timeline and The Haitian American Dream Timeline (to be released in Fall 2020)—it will be featured in the cluster of courses connected to the Intersections Group on Global Blackness and Latinx Identity. Team: Margarita Vargas-Betancourt and John Nemmers
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Collected for University of Florida's Institutional Repository by the UFIR Self-Submittal tool. Submitted by Juliana Rojas Perez.
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Sponsor: Center for Arts, Migration + Entrepreneurship (CAME) Program: Group Faculty Research Projects Awarded: $3,500

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Application for CAME Project Funding, 7/1/20 -6/1/21 Submit completed form with requested attachments to CAME@arts.ufl.edu . Deadline for submission: May 15, 2020 at 5:00pm EDT Awards available this funding cycle * $1 , 500 individual faculty research project $3 , 500 group faculty research projects ( of 2 or more faculty ) $2 , 500 subject matter working group ( of 3 or more with a recommendation of 1 faculty member outside of unit) *See bottom of this form for information about the center and examples of funding focus areas. Note that summer salary is not an allowable expense. CAME Call to Action The Center for Arts Migration and Entrepreneurship (CAME) intends to connect and nourish local, national and international arts and cultural networks to boost the speed, durability, and effectiveness of cultural innovation and cultivate the relationship between artistic production and economic sustainability. We start from a place that recognizes migration and its attendant cultural diasporas as locations of necessary innovation, resilience, and ingenuity by people in new contexts. These cultural forms that persist, remix, or emerge have historically been, are, and will continue to be sites of productive creativ ity and content that generate abundant tangible and intangible value. CAME seeks to gather collaborators to facilitate the engines of creative and cultural economics at the heart of migration: artists, thinkers, scholars, makers, creators, entrepreneurs, leaders, investors, policy makers, funders.

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Application for CAME Project Funding, 7/1/20 -6/1/21 2 General Applicant Information Name (if group, list lead faculty name): Margarita Vargas Betancourt Home College/Unit: George A. Smathers Libraries/Latin American & Caribbean Collection Date: 5/9/2020 Funding Opportunity Types: Group Project Amount Requested: $ 3,500 group research project (of 2 or more faculty) Part I: Project Description (attachment) Please attach a project description ( approx. 1000 words total ) that includes : a) A brief, detailed synopsis of the research or teaching project b) (If group project) Names, colleges/units, and roles of other participants c) How, specifically, these funds will further your research or teaching goals d) A project timeline for completion (be specific) Part II: Project Budget (attachment) Please attach a budget for your project that includes: a) A detailed itemization of how the awarded funds would be spent [Allowable expenses include travel to conduct research or serve as a presenter / panelist at a conference or scholarly meeting; registration fees (if a presenter / panelist); and honoraria for program speakers or participants. Nonallowable expenses include summer salary and food/refreshments for events.] b) A timeline of expenditures within the f unding period (all funds must be expended by 6/1/2021) Part III: Curriculum Vitae (attachment) Please attach a current CV for applicant(s) that includes any extramural and internal funding received for travel, research, course development, program development, etc., over the last three years.

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Application for CAME Project Funding, 7/1/20 -6/1/21 3 Part I V : Additional Information Please take a moment to answer the following question s: a) What other fiscal support do you have available for this project? (Additional funding will not count against the applicat ion’s evaluation.) Funding source #1 : Department of Special and Area Studies Collections Amount requested: $ 1238.35 Amount committed: $ 1238.35 Funding source #2 : Click here to enter text. Amount requested: $ Click here to enter text. Amount committed: $ Click here to enter text. Funding source #3 : Click here to enter text. Amount requested: $ Click here to enter text. Amount committed: $ Click here to enter text. b) What other sources of funding external to UF have you recently applied for, or plan to apply for, to support this project? Please indicate type of funding as well (t ravel, research, course development, program development, etc. ) (Additional funding will not count against the application’s evaluation.) External s ource /type # 1 : Click here to enter text. Amount requested: $ Click here to enter text. External s ource /type #2 : Click here to enter text. Amount requested: $ Click here to enter text. External s ource /type #3 : Click here to enter text. Amount requested: $ Click here to enter text. Applicant Signature: _______________________________________ Date: __5/14/2020____ Dean Signature: ___________________________________________Date: __5/14/2020____ NOTE: Digital or electronic signatures are acceptable. For additional information or questions, please contact Osubi Craig, director, at CAME@arts.ufl.edu

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Application for CAME Project Funding, 7/1/20 -6/1/21 4 Example Focus Areas for CAME Funding 1. Arts in the Age of Disaster a. COVID19 b. Climate and Catastrophe 2. Latinx connecting to Latin America 3. AI for the Diaspora a. New and Emerging Technology b. Intellectual Property Rights 4. The emerging Gulf South connecting to the Caribbean and South America 5. Emerging Diasporan economic models (Alternative models) and Cultural industries (orange economy) 6. Decolonial Futures a. Indigeneity b. Gulf S outh and the Caribbean Basin c. Afrofuturism d. Reversing the gaze (Brazil, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola , etc. ) About the Cent er The Center for Arts, Migration, and Entrepreneurship (CAME) recognizes migration and its attendant cultural diasporas as locations of necessary innovation, resilience, and ingenuity by people in new contexts. The cultural forms that persist, remix, or emerge along the tributaries of human movement have historically been, are, and will continue to generate abundant tangible and intangible value. CAME collaborates with those cultural producers in Florida, in the US, and globally, to: Connect cultural producers to each other and create networks of cross migratory production Lend insight and expertise by connecting cultural producers to scholars, artists, entrepreneurs, and activists Create alternative models that give cultural producers the power to det ermine what kind of value is attached to what they produce CAME takes an intentionally broad approach to the Arts, to Migration, and to Entrepreneurship, recognizing both the challenges and opportunities each term contains. By doing so, CAME allows for a variety of approaches and alignments to be utilized and can make greater impact in and through a number of established and emergent disciplines.

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Application for CAME Project Funding, 7/1/20 -6/1/21 5 Recognizing that “Art” contains within it landscapes of power and history that both reify and challenge canon s, CAME values and includes a broad array of cultural production in what it considers “the Arts.” These include those manifestations we most commonly associate with Artistic production for the page, the stage, and the frame, but also those modes of cultura l production that take place in the streets and in neighborhoods, as well as those that operate in other contexts like foodways, expression in faith contexts, popular culture, and others. CAME recognizes the diversity of power alignments a broad approach to migration permits. CAME’s approach allows for study of, and cultural production from, the full range of voluntary and involuntary human movement: historic and contemporary diasporas, as well as those most familiar to the American context and those that do not include this hemisphere. Beyond the movement of people, CAME also attends to the migration of ideologies, media, technologies, and more. For CAME, Entrepreneurship is concerned with the attachment of value to cultural production. Specifically, CAME seeks to collaborate with cultural producers from around the globe to create new models and power alignments that return the ability to determine value – that value can be heritage preservation, an effort in local or global social justice, commercial in n ature, etc. – to those producing culture. CAME seeks to gather collaborators to facilitate the engines of creative and cultural economics at the heart of migration: artists, thinkers, scholars, makers, creators, entrepreneurs, leaders, investors, policy makers, funders.

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Application for CAME Project Funding, 7/1/20 -6/1/21 6 “Documenting History: Farmworkers in Florida during COVID 19” SYNOPSIS The purpose of the project “Documenting History: Farmworkers in Florida during COVID 19” is to create an archive of snapshots of relevant digital content that capture the impact that COVID 19 is having on farmworkers in Florida. The funding will be used towards undergraduate effort to capture the snapshots, describe them, create the archival finding aid and the metadata, transcribe, describe, and translate. Once the material is collected and described, it will be uploaded into the University of Florida Digital Collections (UFDC) for free open access and longterm preservation. The project team will: 1. Collect digital content Identify NGOs related to farmwork ers in Florida Follow their websites, social media, and other digital content Capture, save, and describe content in formats suitable for preservation (e.g., PDF) Work with UF libraries personnel to upload the content into UFDC 2. Outreach Design and implement physical and online events to promote the archive among UF faculty, students, and community. TEAM Name : Margarita Vargas Betancourt C olleges/units: George A. Smathers Libraries/Department of Special and Area Studies Collections R oles: PI Name : John Nemmers C olleges/units: George A. Smathers Libraries/Department of Special and Area Studies Collections R oles: Co PI SIGNIFICANCE The project “Documenting History: Farmworkers in Florida during COVID 19” is part of the Florida Latin American and Caribbean Diaspora Initiative, which began in 2016 with the physical and now online exhibit: The Cuban American Dream Timeline . This exhibit explores issues of immigration in general while, at the same time, highlighting the specific case of the immigration of Cubans to Florida. The team that created it used documents from UF’s Department of Special and Area Studies Collections. Under the supervision of Margarita Vargas Betancourt , a new team made up by Ivanna Moreno (an undergraduate student) and Alexandra Cenatus (Assistant Director for

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Application for CAME Project Funding, 7/1/20 -6/1/21 7 Programming and Public Engagement at UF’s Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere) is developing another digital project: The Haitian American Dream. This new timeline is funded by the Intersections Group on Global Blackness and Latinx Identity , of which Dr. Vargas Betancourt is a convener. The purpose of The Florida Latin American and Caribbean Diaspora Initiative is to identify, document, preserve, and provide access to the experience of Latin American and Caribbean immigrants in Florida. It began with existing documents at the George A. Smathers Libraries; it is now m oving in the direction of community driven collections. The Cuban American Dream Timeline is now featured in classes taught in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies and the Center for Latin American Studies. We anticipate that Haitian American D ream Timeline and the “ Farmworkers in Florida during COVID 19” collection will be featured in the cluster of courses connected to the Intersections Group on Global Blackness and Latinx Identity . The ever expanding list includes 36 courses which can be seen in the following link: https://intersections.humanities.ufl.edu/black latinx/coursecluster/ The “Documenting History: Farmworkers in Florida during COVID 19” project seeks to capture digital content that many consider to be ephemeral: here today and gone tomorrow. However, this content is far from ephemeral. The digital content includes the voices, experiences, and opinions of people who are frequently marginalized and underrepresented. Their stories must be preserved and shared. These unique resources will be available to scholars and researchers of current and future generations, and this project will foster knowledge creation based on diverse historical documentation . Within the libraries, the initiative described above seeks to decolonize UF’s Special Collections and to challenge the overrepresentation of wealthy white US citizens and their perspective of Latin America and the Caribbean. The project “Documenting History: Farmworkers in Florida during COVID 19” will not only show the new obstacles that Mexican, Central American, and Haitian farmworkers experience, but also the innovative ways in which they adapt and survive. I n the current environment , the mission of challenging and correcting the misrepresentation of immigrants is crucial. TIMELINE Date Description Responsible Party July 2020` PI identifies associations, their websites, and leadership, and undergraduate student to work in the project. Margarita Vargas Betancourt September 2020 Co PI John Nemmers will train undergraduate student to capture and describe online content John Nemmers and undergraduate student

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Application for CAME Project Funding, 7/1/20 -6/1/21 8 October 2020 May 2021 Undergraduate student captures, organizes, and describes online content; weekly check ins with Co PI on the key deliverables: Finding Aid (description and inventory) Metadata PDFs for upload Completed upload to UFDC Quality control for accessibility John Nemmers and undergraduate student May 2021 Targeted outreach and dissemination of information about project to faculty and community Margarita Vargas Betancourt, John Nemmers, undergraduate student BUDGET ITEM QUANTITY TIMES COST FUNDS REQUESTED COST SHARE CONTRIBUTION Margarita Vargas Betancourt John Nemmers 1% contributed effort 1% contributed effort $967 $1,166 Undergraduate effort during Fall 2020 10 hours x 16 weeks x $15/hr = 2400 1.9% student OPS fringe = 45.60 $2 , 4 46 Undergraduate effort during Spring 2021 10 hours x 15 weeks x $15/hr = 2250 1.9% student OPS fringe = 42.75 $ 1,054 $1,239 Funds committed to match CAME funding from the Smathers Libraries, Department of Special Collections & Area Studie s Total $3,500 $3,372


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