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March 2015
Lorraine W. Frank to be Inducted into the Arizona Women's Hall of Fame on March 12th at the Arizona Historical Society (Tempe)

On Thursday, March 12th at 3pm, Founding Arizona Humanities Executive Director Lorraine W. Frank will be inducted into the Arizona Women's Hall of Fame.

Lorraine Frank's legacy, and her leading role in the cultural development of Arizona, has earned her a place in the Arizona Women's Hall of Fame. Frank recognized the importance of civic engagement, and fostered public discussions on a multitude of issues involving history, gender and women's studies, justice, and public policy, to name just a few. She elevated public discourse both locally and nationally, and understood that engaging communities was critical to the life of the state. Notably her contributions impacted Arizona. During her tenure at Arizona Humanities (1973-1989), over three million dollars in grants and awards were distributed to support cultural programs across the state. Lorraine Frank was the voice of the humanities, and her dedication and passion for the humanities was reflected by the many local, state and national honors and awards she received. We are both indebted to her, and grateful for, her wisdom, passion and dedication to the humanities. Click Here to Read More & Reserve Your Seat. 

Grants Workshop on March 13th at Heard Museum   
Join Arizona Humanities for a workshop that's free and open to anyone interested in learning more about Arizona Humanities and how to write a competitive Project Grant or Opportunity Grant proposal. Registration is limited and closes one business day prior to the workshop. Dr. Eduardo Pagán, Board Member and Grants Committee Chair, will be on hand to answer questions. This will be a great opportunity to connect with Arizona Humanities staff and board and gain the knowledge needed to craft a strong grant proposal.

 Register for a Grants Workshop.


Veterans Book Group Starts March 26th at Burton Barr

Female and male veterans are invited to join this free five-session book group, with dinner provided. The group will read short stories and essays from classic and contemporary authors and talk about their own stories with fellow veterans.  


Thursdays: 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
March 26, April 2, 9, 16, 23
Burton Barr Central Library - Room C
1221 North Central Ave. - Phoenix


To register, contact Nancy Dallett at 480-965-9331.

 Read More about Veterans Programs.
Now Accepting Applications for the Board of Directors

Arizona Humanities (AH) is seeking qualified individuals to serve on its Board of Directors. Members serve three-year terms, with the possibility of renewal for an additional three years.

The Board of Directors is comprised of professionals who share a commitment to enhancing the cultural life of Arizona in pursuit of a just and civil society. Board members' backgrounds, expertise, and contacts provide the tools AH needs to remain a successful, dynamic and entrepreneurial organization.

Board members are responsible for financial development and sustainability, strategic planning, grant proposal review, advocacy, and representing AH at programs and events across Arizona.

Apply to the Board of Directors.
Application deadline is April 3rd. 


Grantee Highlight: 
Culture of Peace Alliance for the
Tucson Youth & Peace Conference
by Ann Yellot, Ph.D. 

Tucson's  4th Annual Youth and Peace Conference was held on February  21, 2015 at Higher Ground/Wakefield, a resource center and historic school landmark that's been in the south Tucson community since 1939. The Youth Leadership Team that took charge of key aspects of the event selected "What is Compassion?" for the title and chose workshops, speakers, and focus topics for an art show to further explore that theme. The youth also decided they wanted to end the conference with an opportunity for participants to engage in dialogue circles and consider what they had learned about compassion and how they wanted to use this information to make a positive difference in their community.

Continue Reading about the Youth and Peace Conference.

Speaker Highlight:
Michael Amundson

Michael Amundson is a professor of history at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.  A specialist on the history of the American West, Amundson teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on Arizona and the Southwest, the American West, U.S. history, American sports history, and the history of photography.  His publications include two books on nuclear history and three books focusing on rephotography in Wyoming.

See Michael Amundson's presentation "Exploring the Depths: A 3D 1940 Hike into the Grand Canyon" on Thursday, March 19th at the Sun Valley Lodge from 10:30-11:30am (12415 N. 103rd Ave., Sun City, AZ 85351)

Read More about Michael Amundson.
Hopi Quilting by Carolyn O'Bagy Davis
In the late 1880s, missionaries and government school teachers introduced quilting to Hopi people. Quilting was a means to teach practical skills, as well as to promote Christianity. But to the people who had always used every resource available, the stitching together of cotton scraps soon became a new art form that was integrated into their culture. Just as Anglo housewives pieced bits of fabric into quilts to keep their families warm during long winters, Hopi quilters used every piece of fabric available, from flour sacks to patches cut from old clothing. The practicality and thriftiness of quilting appealed to their ancient traditions of survival. Continue Reading... 
Upcoming Free Programs
In Your City

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

 View The Events Calendar.
Board Member Highlight:
Ryan Bruce

Ryan Bruce has served as the Executive Director of The Bisbee Radio Project (KBRP) since 2008.  Mr. Bruce began his career more than 17 years ago at WFHB Community Radio in Bloomington, Indiana, followed by a number of years on Capitol Hill working on legal and policy directives at the National Federation of Community Broadcasters.

  Read More About Ryan Bruce.
Important Dates:
March 12th: Arizona Women's Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Tempe
March 13th
: Grants Workshop at the Heard Museum, Phoenix
March 20th: Grants Workshop Webinar
March 26th: First Session of Veterans Book Group, Burton Barr Phoenix
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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