Humanities Now
September 2015

Arizona Humanities awards over $98,500 in grants for 19 humanities projects across Arizona
Legend City Exhibition at Tempe History Museum / Photo courtesy of
We are pleased to announce $98,543.10 in funding to support 19 humanities projects across the state. These Project Grants were awarded to engage the public with the humanities through exhibits, performances, discussions, films, and more. Brenda Thomson, Executive Director commented, "Thank you to all who participated in our most recent grant cycle. It was a highly competitive cycle with over 50 applicants seeking funding for worthwhile projects across the state. We have been truly impressed with the diversity and creativity of the applications. It is clear that Arizonans care about the humanities." 
Click here to read more about each project.
Arizona Humanities Award Nominations Due September 18th
Past recipients from left to right: Elena Diaz Bjorkquist, Tyler Wayne Vertrees, Dr. David William Foster,
Dr. Neal Lester of Project Humanities, Dr. Gloria H. Cuádraz, and Myrlin Hepworth
Honor an outstanding individual, organization, or business of Arizona's cultural community! The nomination deadline has been extended to Friday, September 18, 2015. Previous nominees are encouraged to reapply. We are looking for nominations in three categories: Public Scholar, Friend of the Humanities, and Rising Star. Submit a Humanities Award Nomination today! Questions, contact Dr. Nicole Blalock, Grants Manager.
Fall Programs at Arizona Humanities Kickoff September 17th!
Join us this fall at Arizona Humanities for engaging programs with local and national authors. September 17th kicks off with renowned Phoenix author Stella Pope Duarte exploring the history of modern-day Latinos. All programs are FREE and include refreshments! Click here for more info on Authors Nights.

September 17th - Stella Pope Duarte -
Migration, Mestizaje and the New Millennium -
October 28th - Dr. Felipe Hinojosa - Religious Migrants: The Latino Mennonite Quest for Community and Civil Rights, 1968-1980 -  RSVP
December 1st - Truth B. Told - Words I RememberRSVP

Stella Pope Duarte's program is supported in part by a grant from:

Above photo from left to right: Stella Pope Duarte, Dr. Felipe Hinojosa, Truth B. Told
Take Our Survey by September 15th and Help Us Improve
Please take a few moments to offer feedback on our programs, grants, and communications. Let us know how we are doing and what we can do better. All feedback is welcome and every response matters. We will be collecting survey responses through September 15th.  Click here to take our survey.
Welcome Samantha Anderson, Programs & Grants Coordinator
We would like to give a big warm welcome to Samantha Anderson, Programs and Grants Coordinator! Samantha joined the staff of Arizona Humanities in August 2015. Samantha has a B.A. in Art History from Arizona State University and M.A. in Anthropology from New Mexico State University where she specialized in Archaeology and Museum Studies. Read more about Samantha or contact Samantha with your programs and grants questions.
Board Member Highlight: Albert Monreal Quihuis
Albert Monreal Quihuis is an award winning author who wrote his first children's book to honor his parents and family tradition. At that time he realized the need for multicultural books and became passionate about writing books that motivate and inspire children to learn about their traditions, culture, history and being proud of their heritage. Click here to read more about Albert.
Save the Date for a Spook-tacular Family Event October 27th
We are excited to bring Marshall Shore, Arizona's own "Hip Historian" for a spooky evening at Arizona Humanities celebrating storytelling, Arizona's history, and All Hallows Eve. Mark your calendar for Tuesday, October 27th from 5:30-8:00pm. Bring your whole family to this FREE event that will include a costume contest, arts and crafts, ghost stories featuring fascinating local characters, and much more. Read more about Ghostly Stories and then RSVP.
Visit the Roger Lidman Reflection Area at Pueblo Grande
Over the summer, thanks to the generosity of many friends and donors, the Roger Lidman Commemorative Bench was installed at Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park. Visitors to the museum can enjoy an inspiring, peaceful space for observation and contemplation created in memory of Roger's legacy of commitment to the humanities. Click here for directions to and info about Pueblo Grande Museum.
National Humanities Medal recipients announced
On September 3rd, The White House announced the recipients of the 2014 National Humanities Medal. The awardees include: author Annie Dillard, novelist Larry McMurty, author and food activist Alice Waters, The Clemente Course in the Humanities, and more. You can watch the ceremony live on September 10th. Click here to read more about all the recipients of the National Humanities Medal.
Now Hiring: Development Director
We are seeking an experienced Development Director to join the staff who will design and implement the development strategy of Arizona Humanities. Click here to learn more about the Development Director position.
Happy 50th Birthday to NEH!
We would like to take a moment to wish a Happy 50th Birthday to the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)! On September 29, 1965 President Lyndon Johnson signed the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act into law. Read about the history and founding legislation of NEH and wish NEH a very happy birthday on September 29th!
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Important Dates:
September 7th: Labor Day / Office Closed
September 17th: Authors Night with Stella Pope Duarte
September 18th: Arizona Humanities Award 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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