Humanities Now
February 2015
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Review of Periods 1 & 2 of His Life
by Ahmad Daniels, M.Ed.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929-April 4, 1968) was a multi-faceted, multi-dimensional and multi-talented man. Yet, many often find themselves victims of 30-second sound bites on the 6 o'clock news where excerpts of his omnipresent "I Have a Dream" speech are played over and over ad infinitum; resulting in many failing to realize that there are at least two periods to Dr. King's life. The second period was in sharp contrast to the Martin Luther King many in America are familiar with and celebrate with a national holiday the third Monday in January. Continue Reading...

Veterans Book Group Kicks Off in Mesa, February 24th

At Home: Veterans Read and Share Stories is a free book group open to female veterans from all eras. It starts Tuesday, February 24th at Mesa Community College. The group will read short stories and essays from classic and contemporary authors and talk about their own stories with other female veterans. Each session includes all materials and a complimentary meal.

A book group for male and female veterans starts Thursday, March 26th at Burton Barr Library in Phoenix.

Read More About Veterans Programs.
Authors Night with Dan Budnik, February 26th  

Join Arizona Humanities and Art Intersection for a presentation, conversation and book signing with acclaimed photojournalist Dan Budnik. Budnik's new book Marching to the Freedom Dream illustrates three pivotal marches of the Civil Rights Movements. Matthew C. Whitaker, Ph.D., from the ASU Center for the Study of Race and Democracy will facilitate the conversation. Seating is limited so be sure to RSVP today!

The program will take place Thursday, February 26th, from 6-8pm at Arizona Humanities. This is a FREE Event!

Young Professionals Mixer,
Tuesday, February 10th   
  The Arizona Foundation for Women's Young Professional Groups invites the public to attend its Tuesday, February 10th mixer at Arizona Humanities. Enjoy refreshments, mingling, and performances by poet/emcee Myrlin Hepworth (the 2013 Arizona Humanities Rising Star Awardee). The festivities kick off at 5pm and go until 7pm. RSVP via Facebook.

Read More about the Young Professionals Mixer.

Sonoran Strange,
Wednesday, February 11th

  Join Arizona Humanities, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and ASU's Performance in the Borderlands for an evening of poetry and performance Wednesday, February 11th from 7-9pm at The Icehouse in Phoenix. This FREE event will feature Tucson poet Logan Phillips for the release of his new book and will also have a very special appearance by Arizona's Poet Laureate, Alberto Ríos. Learn more and RSVP via Facebook.

Read More and View Flyer.
Programs & Grants Manager Position Available 
Applications Due Feb 21st    

Arizona Humanities seeks a full time Programs & Grants Manager to administer cultural grants and develop and implement humanities programs. The Program & Grants Manager is responsible  for grants administration and program development and implementation. Grants administration includes reporting, record keeping, database management, fundraising and compliance, and also conducting workshops and providing support and outreach to grant applicants.

 Read More about Current Job Openings.
Identity, Humanity, and the Arizona Landscape:
A Conversation with Artist Beth Ames Swartz February 23rd

Join Arizona Humanities and ASU's Project Humanities for a presentation and conversation with artist Beth Ames Swartz. A pioneer Arizona artist whose life and art changed dramatically after rafting the Colorado River in 1970. Swartz shows her visual arts as a textural story of human lives and our perspectives on place and the environment. Dr. Neal Lester from Project Humanities will facilitate the conversation.

Read More and Reserve Your Seat.
Grantee Highlight: 
Cochise Cowboy Poets, Inc. 

Roundups and Rodeos is part of the Cochise Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering taking place in Sierra Vista, AZ. February 6-8 will feature  performances, local musicians, nationally-recognized singers and songwriters, student poets, ranchers, cowboys, cowgirls, and others from around the West.

The Project Grant from Arizona Humanities helped fund workshops to encourage and facilitate the creation of cowboy poetry by third through twelfth-graders residing in Cochise County. Students from local schools had the opportunity to enter a contest and will also be performing during the gathering.

Read More about the Cochise Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering.
Speaker Highlight:
Michael Coyote Peach

Native Arizonan Michael Peach holds a B.A. with honors in philosophy from Northern Arizona University and an M.F.A. in theatre from the California Institute of the Arts.  Peach is a published author and poet, and his original plays have been performed on numerous occasions. Peach also performs monthly shows at the Sedona Heritage Museum and is the television and radio voiceover spokesman for Arizona Shuttle. 

See Michael Coyote Peach's presentation, "Deceptions, Lies, and Alibis" on Saturday, February 21st at the Florence Community Library from 4:30-5:30pm (1000 S. Willow St, Florence, AZ 85132)

 Read More about Michael Coyote Peach.
Check Out Our
Events Calendar

Whether you enjoy Arizona history, poetry, performances, art history, culture of the West, we have a packed calendar of many programs. We add to the calendar every week, so keep an eye out for veterans programs, grants workshops, and much more!

View The Events Calendar.
New Members Join the Board of Directors

We are pleased to announce the addition of four new members to the board of directors: Ryan Bruce, Mary Lu Nunley, Eshe Pickett and Matthew Rolland.

Eshe Pickett and Matt Rolland are part of the Manifesto Project Board Apprenticeship program. The Manifesto Project's objective is to engage and develop young professionals through mentorship on non-profit organizations Board of Directors.

 Read About the Board of Directors.
Arizona Humanities is offering several grants workshops this spring. The workshops are free, open to the public, and provide an opportunity to learn more about Arizona Humanities grants. Gain insight into our competitive grants process and learn how to write a successful Project Grant or Opportunity Grant application.
  • Thursday, February 26th - 10:00-11:00am - Webinar/Conference Call
  • Friday, March 13th - 10:00-11:00am - In-person Workshop
    • Heard Museum (2301 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004)
    • Special Guest: Dr. Eduardo Pagán, Board Member and Grants Review Committee Chair
  • Friday, March 20th - 10:00-11:00am - Webinar/Conference Call

Sign-Up for a Grants Workshop today!  

William "Bro" Adams and Leading the National Endowment for the Humanities
Since being appointed last summer, the new NEH Chairman William "Bro" Adams has been making the rounds in Washington, around the country, and in the media. Here are a few articles, television appearances, and speeches you may enjoy hearing about.
Important Dates:
February16th: Presidents' Day (Office Closed)
February 20th: Arizona Humanities Board Meeting in Wickenburg (Office Closed)
February 24th: Female Veterans Book Group Starts
February 26th: Grants Workshop Webinar / Dan Budnik Authors Night

March 13th: Grants Workshop at the Heard Museum Phoenix
March 20th: Grant Workshop Webinar
March 26th: Female & Male Veterans Book Group Starts
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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