Humanities Now
July 2015

Celebrate Reading on Saturday, July 18th
Join us Saturday, July 18th from 10:00am - 1:00pm for Hop, Skip & Jump into Summer Reading, a free family fun day celebrating books and stories. Families will meet local children's authors, listen to music, create art, and more! Each child will receive one free book to take home.

Hop, Skip & Jump will take place at New City Church, in a beautifully  renovated building at 1300 N. Central Avenue. In addition to being a partner for this event, New City Church is also our next-door neighbor and located just north of Arizona Humanities with plenty of free parking available. Click here for a map.
New City Church at 1300 N. Central Ave
The day will also feature musical performances, book illustrations, and music by local artists. BookPALS Arizona, an all-volunteer literacy program sponsored by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, will be on hand to distribute books, read aloud and act out stories for elementary school-aged children. Magic Smiles Family Dentistry will be on site to hand out free toothbrushes.

Questions? Call us at 602-257-0335 or visit See you July 18th!

Featured Authors at Hop, Skip & Jump into Reading
Donor Salute

Special thanks to attorney Dan Hulsizer and the firm Warner Angle Hallam Jackson & Formanek PLC for their generous donation. "The impact of this gift is huge and we are deeply grateful. Gifts like these allow us to support education and cultural programs across the state. On behalf of the board and staff of Arizona Humanities, thank you to everyone at the firm." Brenda Thomson, Executive Director.

Nearly $6,000 Raised for Roger Lidman Commemorative Bench 
Thank you to everyone who donated to the Roger Lidman Commemorative Bench. A grand total of $5,970 was raised to support this special project. The generosity of so many individuals and organizations will create a place that will continue Roger's legacy of commitment to the humanities. Visitors to the Pueblo Grande Museum & Archaeological Park in Phoenix will enjoy an inspiring, peaceful space for observation and contemplation. Visit our website to see all donors to the Roger Lidman Commemorative Bench Project, and stay tuned in the coming months for updates and the official unveiling.
Experience The Andes at the Musical Instrument Museum
Head on over to the Musical Instrument Museum on Saturday, August 1st and Sunday, August 2nd and experience the music and culture from The Andes. This famous South American mountain range extends from north to south through Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina. Enjoy dance and musical performances, try your hand at instrument-making crafts, and more! This program is supported by Arizona Humanities through a grant from the American Library Association. Read more about Experience The Andes.
Nominations for the 2015 Humanities Awards Now Open
Deadline Tuesday, September 1st
Each year, Arizona Humanities honors individuals, organizations, or businesses for their contribution to and advancement of the humanities. Applications are due September 1, 2015. We accept nominations for three categories: Public Scholar, Friend of the Humanities, and Rising Star. Read more about the Humanities Awards and nominate a champion today.
Explore Highlighted Grantee Programs on our website
Visitors to the Arizona Humanities website can now explore a selection of highlighted grantee programs that were awarded funding in our fiscal year of 2013-2014 (Nov 1, 2013-Oct 31, 2014). Check out photos and information from these programs, and check out the entire list of awarded grants. Visitors can also read about grants awarded during FY2012-2013. For organizations looking to apply for a grant, check out this section to see what types of projects and programs are awarded funding by the Grants Review Committee. View Highlighted Grantee Programs.
Welcome New Board Members!
We are excited to announce the addition of three new members to the Board of Directors. From left to right: Dr. Lydia Breunig, Albert Monreal Quihuis, and Nadine White. We will be highlighting each of these passionate and accomplished individuals in future e-newsletters. Read more about new board members.
Remembering Maxine Marshall
Maxine Marshall, Arizona philanthropist, journalist, and longtime family friend of Arizona Humanities Founder Lorraine W. Frank, passed away on June 17 at the age of 89. Maxine, along with her husband Jonathan, were the former co-publishers of the Scottsdale Daily Progress from 1963 to 1987. Their passion and support for arts, culture, education, politics, and more had a profound influence on life in their communities and a fast-growing state. Watch Maxine talk about her friendship with Lorraine W. Frank in the Arizona Humanities 40th Anniversary video. Read more about Maxine Marshall and her life.

Photos above: 
Left: Maxine Marshall appears in the Arizona Humanities 40th Anniversary video in 2013
Right: Celebrating the induction of Lorraine W. Frank into the Arizona Women's Hall of Fame, March 2015
Southwest Folklife Master-Apprentice Award Due July 10th
Our friends at Southwest Folklife Alliance have announced a new program that aims to support and encourage the preservation and perpetuation of traditional art forms present and thriving in Arizona. The award is designed to support the teaching/learning relationship between traditional artists and their apprentices, strengthening community-based traditions throughout the Southwest. For more information and to read guidelines, please visit the Southwest Folklife Alliance website.
Don't Make History, History
By William 'Bro' Adams, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities

"Maintaining a robust democracy is impossible without fundamental commitments to knowing our past and understanding our political values. Young people need to know that we value history and that we care about their engagement with it." 
Continue reading the Op-Ed in the Baltimore Sun.

Photo above: Chairman Adams speaking to students and members of Congress at the 2015 NEH National History Day Congressional Breakfast, held on Capitol Hill.
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Important Dates:
July 18thHop, Skip & Jump into Summer Reading - Children's Literature Event
August 21st: Board of Directors Meeting
September 1st: Humanities Awards Nominations Deadline
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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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