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April 2015
Arizona Humanities Founder Lorraine W. Frank Inducted into the Arizona Women's Hall of Fame

On Thursday, March 12th, Arizona Humanities founding Executive Director Lorraine W. Frank was inducted into the Arizona Women's Hall of Fame.      


Arizona Humanities Board Members at the AZWHF Induction Ceremony

The afternoon was filled with celebration and recognition of the extraordinary accomplishments and the impact these trailblazers had in their neighborhoods, schools, communities, and the state of Arizona. The eight women honored were: Marietta Bryant, Daisy Moore, Lorraine W. Frank, Louise Foucar Marshall, Helen K. Mason, Lucy Sikorsky, M.D., Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, and Elisabeth Ruffner. Brenda Thomson, Arizona Humanities Executive Director welcomed everyone to the ceremony. A local Girl Scout troop performed a Flag Ceremony and led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance. Linda Williams from FOX 10 News was the emcee, and along with Secretary of State Michele Reagan, presided over the presentations to family members. Gretchen Frank, daughter of Lorraine W. Frank accepted the induction award and shared a phrase her mother Lorraine would say, "Bloom where you are planted." Lorraine journeyed from back east and created a life in Arizona that made a substantial impact to cultural programs and civic engagement for all people in our state.   


Thank you to our many board members who attended the ceremony - Gail Bradley, Tom Chapman, Anne Doyle, Carrie Gustavson, Dean George Justice, Dr. Laurel Kimball, Jaclyn Roessel, and Dianna Soe Myint!    


View photos from the Induction ceremony on our facebook page

Barnstormers, Daredevils, and Flying Waitresses
by Steve Renzi

Should women be allowed to fly? In the early days of aviation many people didn't think so. Flying was too dangerous. The first aeroplanes were little more than extra-large box kites, powered by an engine and propeller. The engine was loud, the wood supports broke and the wings often snapped. While flying, the pilot was completely exposed to the outside air, like a bird without feathers. Many early pilots were killed or seriously injured. At the Wright Flying School in Dayton, Ohio the Wright Brothers refused to accept female students. Continue Reading About Women Aviators....


Arizona Humanities Awards $59,811 in Grant Funds  
We are pleased to announce $59,811 in funding to support 11 projects throughout the state of Arizona. These Project Grants were awarded to organizations to engage the public with the humanities through exhibits, performances, discussions, films, and more.

Brenda Thomson, AH Executive Director commented on this cycle of grant awards: "We are delighted to fund such a diverse array of programs...It is clear that the passion for learning touches all borders, and engages many members of the community."


Announcing Revised 
Project Grant Cycles 

ICYMI (In case you missed it!) We are currently working to implement a new online grants management system.  In order to effectively transition to the new system, we will be holding only one more Project Grant cycle this year. Please see below for the revised Project Grants schedule.  


  • Intent to Apply Deadline: April 24, 2015
  • Application Deadline: June 5, 2015
  • Award Notification: August 31, 2015
Read More about Project Grants.

Grantee Highlight: 
Connect with literature in your community this month! ONEBOOKAZ is an exciting program that brings communities together through literature. Coordinated by the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, the program strives to celebrate literature, support Arizona authors, foster a sense of community, and enhance digital literacy skills. ONEBOOKAZ oversees an annual ebook competition, with the winners' books available to all Arizonans electronically for free.

Among many activities, this year's ONEBOOKAZ will feature four in-depth book discussions in rural communities surrounding the book The Blind Eye by Marcia Fine. There will also be four writing workshops led by author and Yavapai College Professor Kristen Kauffman. Find a program in your community! All free and open to the public!

 Read More about ONEBOOKAZ.

Speaker Highlight:
Judy Nolte Temple

Judy Nolte Temple teaches in both the English and Gender & Women's Studies departments at the University of Arizona. Her courses include "Women's Life Writing" and "Women in Literature." In 2003, she received a Fulbright award to conduct research in New Zealand on women's diaries. She is the editor of two essay collections on the literary Southwest and the author of two books, the most recent of which is Baby Doe Tabor: The Madwoman in the Cabin. In preparation for a forthcoming book, Temple is currently editing selections from the 50-year-long diary of Mary Walsh, an Irish immigrant to Arizona.

See Judy's History Alive Chautauqua presentation, Elizabeth "Baby Doe" Tabor on Tuesday, April 28th from 5:30-6:30pm at the Copper Queen Library (6 Main St. Bisbee, AZ 85603) Questions? Call 520-432-4232.

 Read More about Judy Nolte Temple.
April Grantee Event: 
Veterans Heritage Project Reception and Book Launch 
Join the Veterans Heritage Project for an event to debut the book Since You Asked XI: A Salute to the Air Force and celebrate the 1000th interview that local Arizona high school students have conducted with veterans.

The program takes place Sunday, April 19th at 3:00p.m. at the Arizona State University West Campus in Glendale. The Keynote Speaker is Dr. Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, the 17th Surgeon General of the United States (2002-2006) Army Special Forces, Combat-Decorated, Vietnam Veteran. Free and open to all! This program is made possible in part by a Project Grant from Arizona Humanities.

Read More about the Veterans Heritage Project.

April Grantee Program:
The Literary Southwest Brings Author C.J. Box to Prescott

Join the Literary Southwest and Yavapai College for an evening with New York Times bestselling mystery author C.J. Box on Friday, April 17 at 7:00p.m.

Award-winning novelist C.J. Box is the author of twenty books including fifteen in the hugely popular Western mystery series featuring Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett. This event will be held in the Yavapai College Library's Susan N. Webb Community Room (Bldg. 19, Room 147) on the Prescott campus. An open conversation, audience Q & A session, and a book signing follow the reading. Free and open to all! This program is made possible in part by a Project Grant from Arizona Humanities.

  Read More about The Literary Southwest.
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. April is filled with new offerings from our recent grantees, including ONEBOOKAZ discussion and writing workshops, the Veterans Heritage Project book launch and reception, The Literary Southwest's reading and conversation with Western novelist C.J. Box, and more!

 View The Events Calendar.
Board Member Highlight:
Mary Lu Nunley

Mary Lu Nunley served on the Arizona Historical Society Board of Directors including terms as president and vice-president. In her positions with the city of Phoenix Water Conservation Office, she worked with Valley cities to increase awareness on where our water comes from and how to protect those resources. Mary Lu also served on Congressman Jim Kolbe's campaign staff and in his district office for more than 16 years. Now retired, she will continue to be involved in a variety of efforts to keep Arizona as the greatest place to live.

   Read More About Mary Lu Nunley.
Expressing Our Gratitude

Thank you to our donors who have supported Arizona Humanities from January 1 through March 31, 2015!!!

Adelante Foundation

Andrea Ahmed

Michael & Katherine Baron

Ryan Bruce

Evan Burks

Ursula Casanova

Michael Chesin

Diggers Garden Club

Marion Elliott

Sharon Friedman

Edward Garrison

Rebecca Grubaugh

Carrie Gustavson

George Justice

Sharon Lewis

Tammy McLeod

Mary Lu Nunley

Jaclyn Roessel

Kathryn Schwarz

Maire Simington

Jane Swicegood

Elaine Weston

Watch Anna Deavere Smith's 2015 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities on April 6th

Anna Deavere Smith, an actress, playwright, professor, and 2012 National Humanities Medal winner, will deliver the 2015 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities on April 6th. This annual lecture is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

According to William Adams, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, "Anna Deavere Smith is a remarkable chronicler of the human character and condition. In her examination of such thorny subjects as race relations or our feelings about death, she has applied her virtuosic talent to questions that most of us would prefer to avoid."

Smith will present, "On the Road: A Search for American Character," where she will discuss and perform excerpts from her ongoing documentary project, begun in the early 1980s, of transforming the words of ordinary people into dramatic monologue.

Read More on the NEH website. The lecture takes place in New York, but will be streamed online for all audiences.

UofA Poetry Center Brings Poet Jen Bervin to the Phoenix Art Museum May 1st

We would like to let you know about an exciting program happening from our friends at the U of A Poetry Center and the Phoenix Art Museum!


Join the University of Arizona Poetry Center for an artist's talk from Jen Bervin, co-editor of The Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson's Envelope Poems, which was recognized as a 2013 best book of the year by The New Yorker and Times Literary Supplement. Friday, May 1, 2015 at 7:00p.m. Free and open to all! Click here for more information. 

Important Dates:
April 3rd: Board of Directors Application Due
April 17th
: Board of Directors Meeting
April 24th: Project Grants Intent to Apply Deadline **NEW**
June 5th: Project Grant Application Deadline **NEW**
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Arizona Humanities (formerly the Arizona Humanities Council) 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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