Humanities Now
January 2015
Happy New Year from Arizona Humanities!
As you can see, we have a new look for 2015! You'll still find all of the usual information, yet in a format that is easier to read on-the-go. Feedback or questions? Send us a note at
Preserving the Union, Ending Slavery, and Defining Freedom
by Brooks D. Simpson, Ph.D.

For Americans the year 1865 was both end and beginning, transition and transformation. After four years of war the United States successfully subdued a separatist movement called the Confederacy in a bloody conflict that destroyed slavery. A year that began with blueclad armies poised to complete the task of subduing a rebellion ended with the adoption of a constitutional amendment that completed the elimination of the peculiar institution. Continue Reading... 

New Veterans Program Kicks Off Wednesday, January 28th

Writing for Our Lives: Remembering Through the Power of Poetry is a new six-session free writing workshop open to men and women veterans from all eras. Participants will delve into their own experiences to practice the concise and potent craft of poetry writing.

Read More About Veterans Programs.
New Logo Guide and Logos 
Now Available 

Attention project directors, grant recipients, and other program users!
We have a new guide for the Arizona Humanities logo available on our website. Learn about how and how not to use the logo. Also, download logos for grant and program related materials.

Grantee Highlight: 
National Orphan Train Complex Museum and Research Center

Orphan Trains to Arizona is a multimedia presentation that tells the story of the 250,000 orphans and unwanted children who were put on trains in New York between 1854 and 1929 and sent all over the United States to be given away. Through live music, historical fiction, oral history, and informal discussion, participants will learn about this little-known chapter of the largest child migration in American and Arizona history and the local legacies of their relocation. This January and February, Yuma, Florence, Quartzsite, Sedona, and Patagonia will host this fascinating program.

Read More about Orphan Trains to Arizona and Attend a Program.
Speaker Highlight:
Lili DeBarbieri

Lili DeBarbieri is the author of Location Filming in Arizona and the best-selling travel narrative A Guide to Southern Arizona's Historic Farms and Ranches, recently named a New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards Finalist. DeBarbieri will present her talk, "Nature Writing and the Southwest" in Chino Valley on January 22nd. Learn about influential writers of nature and environmental literature who have used the landscape and natural beauty of the Southwest as inspiration for their works, such as John Muir, Edward Abbey, Terry Tempest Williams, Barry Lopez, and Jon Krakauer.

See Lili on Thursday, January 22nd from 9:45 - 10:45 a.m. at the Chino Valley Public Library. (1020 W Palomino Road, Chino Valley, AZ 86323)

Read More about Lili DeBarbieri.
Check Out Our
Events Calendar

We have a packed month to kick off 2015! From ghost towns of World War II to Hopi quilting to the Harlem Renaissance, start your year off right with a little humanities. We add to the calendar every week, so keep an eye out for new veterans programs, grants workshops, and much more!

View The Events Calendar.
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In case you missed it, we had two PRIME TIME Family Reading Time programs wrap up in December. Check out photos from Porfirio H. Gonzales Elementary School in Tolleson and Desert Oasis Elementary School in Phoenix. Congratulations to all the families and children who completed the program!

View PRIME TIME Photos.
Thank You to Our Donors!

Over the last year many of you made an investment in Arizona's cultural community through Arizona Humanities, and we thank you. In recognition of your support below are some of our Friends of the Humanities

LEADER $1000+

Ms. Gail Bradley

Mr. Evan Burks

Ms. Anne Catherine Doyle

Mrs. Tammy McLeod

 & Mr. John Hamilton

Mr. Randall Rodman Holdridge

Dr. George Justice

Dr. Laurel Kimball

 & Mr. Bruce Kimball

Salt River Project

Dr. Maire & Mr. Bob Simington

BENEFACTOR $500 to $999

AB Staffing Solutions, LLC

Dr. Robert Ashcraft

Ms. Winifred J. Bundy

Jean Grossman

Ms. Carrie Gustavson

Mr. Jim & Mrs. Judy Walsh




PATRON $250 to $499

Adelante Foundation



Gail Browne & Frances Sjoberg

Mr. John L. Doty

Ms. Joyce E. East

Dr. David & Mrs. Virginia Foster

Ms. Rita Hamilton

Ms. Lisa Schnebly Heidinger

Dr. Sally Kitch

& Mr. Thomas Kitch

Mr. and Mrs. Lynette & Paul Murphy

Ms. Dianna Soe Myint

Mr. Edgar Olivo

Salt River Project

You too can be a part of the Friends of the Humanities, click here to show your support!

Important Dates:
January 9th: Project Grant Applications Due (for organizations who submitted an Intent to Apply form)
January 19th: Arizona Humanities Office Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 28th: Veterans Poetry Workshop in Phoenix Starts
February 16th: Arizona Humanities Office Closed for Presidents' Day
March 27th: Project Grant Intent to Apply Deadline
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Arizona Humanities is an independent non-profit organization and the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. We support public programming in the humanities that promotes understanding of human thoughts, actions, creations, and values. Since its foundation in 1973, nearly $11 million has been provided to cultural and educational institutions throughout Arizona.

Mission: Arizona Humanities builds a just and civil society by creating opportunities to explore our shared human experiences through discussion, learning and reflection.

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