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May 2015

The Ballad of Arizona Stops in Flagstaff Saturday, May 9th
Get ready for an exciting adventure exploring Arizona's history! Speakers Jay Cravath and Dan Shilling weave stories, videos, and music from people and events spanning the last 100 years. This free programs takes place Saturday, May 9th at 2:00p.m. at the Coconino Center for the Arts and is free and open to all. The Ballad of Arizona program is made possible by Arizona Humanities in partnership with the Arizona Historical Society and the Flagstaff Arts Council. Read More.
Summer Authors Nights Heat Up to Explore Social Justice in Educational Communities
School may be almost over and the 100 degree temperatures have officially reached the Valley of the Sun, but before you jet set on your summer vacation, join Arizona Humanities and la Phoenikera Writers' Guild for two Authors Nights this month. Both are free and open to all!

Tuesday, May 19th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. - Dr. Ann Aviles de Bradley, Assistant Professor at Northeastern Illinois University, will talk about the history of The McKinney-Vento Act and its effect on homeless students.

Thursday, May 21st from 6:00-8:00p.m. - Dr. David Omotoso Stovall, University of Illinois at Chicago Professor, will examine the contentious history of university outreach, how universities develop relationships in communities, and the oftentimes disruptive effects this has on a community's own self-determination.

Read More about Authors Nights and Reserve Your Seat.
Arizona Humanities is currently seeking a Grants Manager and a Programs and Grants Coordinator. Please visit our website to read full job descriptions. Applications are due May 30, 2015. Read More about Current Job Openings.
Grantee Program:
Sedona 24-Hour Theatre  

On Friday May 15 and Saturday May 16, participate in a "hackathon-style" program that will bring the community together to write, act, direct, and perform a series of plays that explore ethical dilemmas. Examining the idea of "What Would You Do?" groups will produce a 10 minute play to share their work. Through discussions, play productions, and intergenerational discussions on ethics and literature, participants in this project will have the opportunity to explore ethical dilemmas and discuss those problems in a civil and compassionate environment.

Participate in events and programs throughout the two days, or you can attend Saturday evening to view the final plays.


Grantee Highlight: Borderlands Theater  

On Saturday, May 16th from 4-6pm join Borderlands Theater for an afternoon of dramatic readings of monologues at the Sosa-Carillo-Fremont House Museum.


Hear from local Tucson students who interviewed primary informants and elders and compiled oral histories with assistance from the University of Arizona. Students worked in the Anna Deavere Smith's style of docu-drama theatre, where writer performers take on the personas of the people they interviewed. Through the act of taking on someone's words and becoming them, students had the opportunity to learn about the other and ourselves, and in many cases uncover lost history of the old Barrio in Tucson.  


Read More about Borderlands Theater and the Barrio Monologues Project. 

Zuni Festival of Arts and Culture in Flagstaff 
Celebrates its 25th Year   
The 25th annual Zuni Festival of Arts and Culture takes place May 23-24 over Memorial Day weekend at the Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA) in Flagstaff.

MNA received a Project Grant from Arizona Humanities that helped fund the Heritage Insights Programming focusing specific programs led by tribal educators and elders that will allow visitors to learn about the language an history of the Zuni people. Watch the 1923 Shalako Film Remake and participate in a discussion, check out a demonstration of Zuni Waffle Gardening, and finally listen to the story of Zuni Emergence in the Grand Canyon, their migration and settlement.
We also want to congratulate MNA on receiving the prestigious 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service! Hear the story about the award and all the museum's exciting programs.

Read More about the Zuni Festival of Arts and Culture.

Smoki Museum Explores Central AZ Archaeology
Exhibition closes May 26th

Take a trip to Prescott and visit the Smoki Museum this month to check out an Arizona Humanities funded exhibit. An Essential Relationship: Amateurs and Professionals in Central Arizona Archaeology examines the historical relationships between amateur and professional archaeologists who have worked together in the Prescott region to gain an understanding of the prehistoric peoples who once inhabited central Arizona.

The Smoki Museum website explains, "From the 1920's until today, groups of individuals have pursued archaeological activities in the Central Arizona region. While professional archaeologists can bring a unique level of sophistication to these explorations of the past through the science-based work they perform in the field, in the lab and in the library; amateurs have often led the way in prehistoric research."

  Read More about the Smoki Museum Exhibit.
Apply to be a Speaker by Wednesday, June 10th  
Do you have an interesting topic to share?

As an Arizona Humanities AZ Speaks presenter, you deliver presentations that inform, enlighten, challenge, and delight audiences of all ages. From Arizona history, archaeology to architecture, folklore to film, linguistics to law, technology to transportation, economics to environmental sustainability, globalism to gender studies, we are looking for speakers to share their humanities scholarship with communities across the state of Arizona.

Apply online to be a Road Scholar, History Alive, or Speaker in the Schools presenter. The new roster begins November 1, 2015.

 Read More about AZ Speaks and how to join the 2015-2017 roster.

Speaker Highlight:
Matthew Goodwin

Matthew Goodwin holds a Ph.D. in philosophy and teaches in that discipline at Northern Arizona University. His current research interests lie in aesthetics, environmental ethics, and how these areas overlap in and around the Grand Canyon region. For NAU's Philosophy in the Public Interest Program, Goodwin facilitates community discussions at the Sedona International Film Festival, as well as for Hot Topics Café, a program that brings together the public for civil and informed discussion of various topics of community concern.

See Matthew's presentation, Sustainability Issues in Arizona: A Moral Responsibility? at the Copper Queen Library (6 Main St., Bisbee, AZ 85603.)

 Read More about Matthew Goodwin.
NEH Announces New 'Common Heritage' Grants
Calling all historical societies, libraries, archives, museums, colleges and other local institutions! Arizona Humanities is looking to partner with organizations interested in preserving cultural heritage and community history through digitization. For more details, click on the link below. If you have a program idea, please contact Ellie Hutchison, Programs Manager ( by Friday, May 29th at 5:00p.m..

 Learn More about the Common Heritage grant program.
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. May offers a lot of different programs from our grantees, including theater style performances, lectures from Zuni elders and scholars, and an exhibition exploring archaeology in central Arizona. We also have AZ Speaks programs happening at libraries, museums, and communities across the state.

View The Events Calendar.
Board Apprentice Highlight:
Eshe Pickett

Eshe Pickett is a Cloud Automation Engineer at the Intel Corporation in Chandler, AZ. In her role, Eshe is responsible for architecting, developing, deploying and supporting Internal, External and Hybrid Cloud computing for Intel Data Centers. Eshe participates in STEM outreach, specifically targeting women in engineering. She received her Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Northwestern University and her Master's degree in Computer Science from the University of Chicago. Eshe is an active community member who strongly advocates for civic and civil engagement.

    Read More About Eshe Pickett.
Welcome Ellie Hutchison and Missy Shackelford!
Ellie Hutchison is a poet and educator with a B.A. in English. a M.E. in Special Education from Arcadia University, and currently working on a M.A.R. in Theology and Interfaith Public Leadership degree from the Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia. Ellie has 8+ years of experience as a teaching artist in the non-profit sector. Read More about Ellie. If you have questions about AZ Speaks, PRIME TIME, Museum on Main Street, Authors Nights, or Community Partnerships, please contact Ellie.

Missy Shackelford joined the staff of Arizona Humanities as Office Administrator in March 2015. She comes to us with a strong background in business as the office manager for her father-in-law, Ellis Shackelford's dental practice for 15 years, the owner and partner in her Interior Design Firm, Artfully Done over the past 14 years along with her degree in Business from Arizona State. Read more out Missy. 

Important Dates:
May 25th: Memorial Day - Office Closed
June 5th
: Project Grants Applications Due
June 10th: AZ Speaks 2015-2017 Roster Applications Due
June 19-20th: Board of Directors Meeting
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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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