Programs and Grants News from Arizona Humanities

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December 2015
*NEW* Mini Grants Launch - Apply Online Today

Mini grants are small grants of up to $2,000 awarded quarterly to support innovative public programs that increase understanding of the human experience. The goal of mini-grants is to foster the capacity-building of small organizations with limited funding, and encourage partnerships and collaboration between nonprofits. While larger institutions can still apply for mini grants, they must partner with a smaller institution that will lead the program or project.

All materials must be submitted to Arizona Humanities through the online grants portal by 5 p.m. Arizona Time on the day of the established deadline. Friday, January 15, 2016 is the first quarterly deadline.

Don't Tell Anyone (No Le Digas A Nadie) Film Screening & Discussion in Phoenix - Wednesday, December 9th

Free film screening and discussion with Director/Editor Mikaela Shwer at the Phoenix Center for the Arts! 
Since the age of 4, Angy Rivera has lived in the United States with a secret that threatens to upend her life: She is undocumented. Now 24 and facing an uncertain future, Rivera becomes an activist for undocumented youth with a popular advice blog and a YouTube channel boasting more than 27,000 views. She steps out of the shadows a second time to share her story of sexual abuse, an experience all too common among undocumented women. Don't Tell Anyone (No Le Digas a Nadie) follows Rivera's remarkable journey from poverty in rural Colombia to the front page of The New York Times.

Click here to learn more and RSVP
Donor Salute - Winn Bundy

Winifred Bundy
Winn Bundy in 2009 after receiving the Friend of the Humanities Award
Arizona Humanities was delighted to be among those honored at  Winifred "Winn" Bundy's  annual Thanksgiving Fiesta on November 22nd at the famed Singing Wind Bookshop. Winn, a former board member, has been a longtime supporter and friend of Arizona Humanities. In fact, Winn was inspired by our founder Lorraine Frank; "I learned a lot from her."  Winn is quite modest about her own achievements.  She has been the recipient of many awards, including the Lawrence Clark Powell Award for lifetime contribution to literature and history of the southwest, and our own Juliana Yoder Friend of the Humanities Award in 2009. Winn's bookstore, launched over 50 years ago, is world renowned, and has become a destination highlighted in "Times Magazine, Arizona Highways, the New York Times" and many more. The book store is special of course, but Winn is a treasure in her own right. " Winn is absolutely unforgettable. She has so much energy and has contributed so much, not only to the Tucson community, but also to the world of authors and books. The Singing Wind has an international reputation." Juliana Yoder, former Executive Director, Arizona Humanities. In addition to Arizona Humanities, Winn made generous donations to the University of Arizona Poetry Center, and the Tucson Symphony. When asked if she had a life's motto to share she said " I believe that there are three different things that are important in life. First, you listen to people. You find out what they need, and then you try to facilitate that." Winn Bundy's life's work has been a testament to her words. From all of us to you, Thank you.
Celebrating the Humanities in Arizona

Rivka Rocchio accepts the award for Humanities Rising Star
Thank you to the over 100 people who attended the Arizona Humanities Awards on November 13th at the North Mountain Visitor Center.

As the sun set over the mountains on a balmy evening Executive Director Brenda Thomson and Marshall Shore, the Hip Historian, took the audience on a humanities journey exploring our everyday lives with the presentation, "Do We Make History? Or Does History Make Us?" Arizona Hall of Fame Veteran Ron Smith and student McKenzie Cooper from the Veterans Heritage Project (VHP) shared their experiences participating in VHP's oral history programs, and the profound impact the connection made on their lives. An emotional moment occurred when Ron presented McKenzie his medal as he shared the story of his military service with her. The program closed with a lively performance by spoken word artist and poet Truth B. Told.

Throughout the evening and presentation of awards, we shared stories, greeted friends and family, honored mentors, supporters and donors, and celebrated the power of the humanities to help change the world in positive ways.

Grantee Highlight - Archaeology Café

Archaeology Café is an informal forum where adults can learn more about the Southwest's deep history and speak directly to experts. The program is based on the science cafe model that developed in Europe and quickly spread to major American cities. Archaeology Café takes place at Macayo's in Phoenix and Casa Vicente in Tucson, making for a lively evening of learning and discussion. You can watch videos of the past programs at the Archaeology Southwest digital video archive.

Click to learn more and check out the Phoenix and Tucson monthly programs.
Hands-On-Humanities Camp - Saturday, December 19th in Tucson

One of Arizona Humanities many goals as a community partner is to provide the youth of Arizona opportunities to hear other voices in the community, and to help them discover and grow their own voices. "Liberating Action" Hands-on-Humanities camp seeks to introduce youth in Southern Arizona to voices in communities throughout the nation. State and national community activists will work alongside youth participants to examine current political and social issues and how to become civically engaged.

Click here to learn more about the presenters and RSVP. To learn more about the Hands-On-Humanities camp, contact Programs Manager Ellie Hutchison at
Authors Night with Dr. Warren H. Stewart, Sr. - January 21st

Dr. Warren H. Stewart, Sr. is the Senior Pastor of the First Institutional Baptist Church of Phoenix, Arizona. Hear his talk, "Victory Together for Martin Luther King, Jr." and the challenging yet triumphant story of how the Arizonan African-American community came together in the 1980's to work towards recognition of the famous civil rights leader. Join us for an interactive discussion and Q&A with Dr. Stewart about this historic achievement and learn how we can engage our communities today.

National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Awards Seeks Applications

The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is accepting applications for the 2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards.

After-school and out-of-school time arts and humanities programs are encouraged to apply. Please click the following link to access the online National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards Application: 

Deadline is February 2, 2016.
Important Dates:
December 9 - Don't Tell Anyone (No Le Digas A Nadie) Film Screening
December 19 - Hands-On-Humanities Camp
December 24 - Office closed at noon
December 25 - Office closed
December 31 - Office closed at noon
January 1 - Office closed
January 15 - Mini Grants Deadline
About Arizona Humanities
Arizona Humanities 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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