October is National Arts and Humanities Month!

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October 2015
NEH Chairman Bro Adams Visits Arizona Humanities

On Wednesday, September 23rd, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Chairman Dr. William "Bro" Adams visited Arizona Humanities for a reception and conversation with local arts and culture leaders. Adams talked about the founding of NEH 50 years ago, and about several initiatives (Common Good, Standing Together) launched since his tenure began in 2014. Audience members introduced themselves and talked about their connections to the humanities and the impact of grants and programs in their communities. We are very appreciative for his time in Arizona, and hope that he returns to the Grand Canyon State!

*NEW* AZ Speaks Online Catalog Now Available

It's finally here! The new AZ Speaks catalog for 2015-2017 is now online! 

The catalog has 70 speakers and dozens of new talks that represent a diverse range of scholarship and expertise.

You can now schedule speakers for presentations through 2016. Get your spring schedule lined up today! If you are a school, library, governmental entity, tribal entity, or nonprofit, AZ Speaks is an inexpensive and easy way to bring the humanities to your community.

*NEW* Online Grants Portal Accepting Intent to Apply Forms

The new Arizona Humanities Online Grants Portal is up and running! All grant applications must be submitted online. No more paper! 

The next Intent to Apply deadline is Friday, November 6, 2015. A reminder, we now have TWO grant cycles per fiscal year (Nov 1, 2015 - Oct 31, 2016)

Applicant organizations may request up to $10,000 to support humanities projects.

Fran Montasir (second from right) with her family and friend at the Stella Pope Duarte Authors Night on September 17th.
Donor Salute - Fran and Adele Montasir

Arizona Humanities extends its sincere thanks to Fran and Adele Montasir for their contributions for over five years.  Fran commented, "I find the Humanities a place of positivity where stories are shared that should never be lost along with opportunities for learning and personal growth." Support from humanities champions like Fran, allow us to hold important conversations and share interesting points of history with people all across Arizona.
Grantee Highlight - UA Downtown Lecture Series

The University of Arizona Downtown Lecture Series promotes downtown Tucson as a vibrant place to live, work, play and learn. It allows the community to connect with each other, the past, and the world around us to better understand the complexity that shapes our daily lives. The fall lecture series explores ideas and themes of Immortality and kicks off 5-weeks of talks at the Fox Tucson Theatre on Wednesday, October 14th with speaker J. Edward Wright and The Histories and Mysteries of Heaven. You can enjoy the free lectures in person or watch them all online at downtownlectures.arizona.edu.

For more grantee programs, visit our Events Calendar.
Spotlight on the Humanities Fundraiser - October 24th

Saturday, October 24th, 7:00-9:30pm at the Arizona Latino Arts and Cultural Center, you are invited to support cultural programs in Arizona by attending this fun event. Enjoy performances by members of the acclaimed band Run Boy Run, and stories by the outstanding Arizona Storytellers Project. All proceeds support Arizona Humanities.
Arizona Humanities Seeks Members for Board of Directors

The Arizona Humanities' volunteer board of directors is made up of members who share a commitment to enhancing the cultural life of Arizona in pursuit of a just and civil society, and whose background, expertise, and contacts provide the tools Arizona Humanities needs to remain a successful, dynamic and entrepreneurial organization.
Ghostly Stories Family Event
with Marshall Shore - October 27th

Join Arizona Humanities Tuesday, October 27th, 5:30-8:00pm for a FREE family-friendly celebration of storytelling, Arizona history, and Halloween. Wear your spookiest costume and listen to ghost stories under the full moon. Marshall Shore, Arizona's own "Hip Historian" will take you on a chilling journey through local ghost stories of Phoenix. Enjoy snacks, arts and crafts, a costume contest, and other family activities. Make your own trick-or-treat bag to take home!

 Learn more about Ghostly Stories Family Event
Authors Night with Dr. Felipe Hinojosa - October 28th

Join Dr. Felipe Hinojosa, Associate Professor of History at Texas A&M University, for an evening exploring the intersection of religion and politics in Chican@ and Latin@ history. Hear how Mexican Americans and Latin@s who joined the Mennonite Church during the middle part of the twentieth century challenged the church's policies in the 1960s and 1970s. Wednesday, October 28th 6-8pm at Arizona Humanities. FREE event!

RSVP for Dr. Felipe Hinojosa
October is National Arts and Humanities Month

Last week, the National Endowment for the Humanities celebrated their 50th Anniversary and President Obama proclaimed October as National Arts and Humanities Month. As part of the yearlong festivities, we want to hear from you why you love the humanities. 

You can continue the celebration of Arts and Humanities Month by attending a program in your community.
Job Opening - Development Director 

We are seeking an experienced Development Director to join the staff who will design and implement the development strategy of Arizona Humanities. 

Important Dates:
October 16 - Arizona Humanities Board of Directors Meeting
October 27 - Ghostly Stories with Marshall Shore
October 28 - Authors Night with Dr. Felipe Hinojosa 
November 6 - Project Grant Intent to Apply Forms Due
About Arizona Humanities
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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