Programs and Grants News from Arizona Humanities

1242 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
602-257-0335 -
Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter View on Instagram View our profile on LinkedIn
February 2016
Arizona Humanities announces first Mini Grants of 2016

Congratulations to the Arizona Jewish Historical Society and Beyond Boundaries, a campus-community initiative with Northern Arizona University's Ethnic Studies Program! Dr. Nicole Blalock, Grants Manager with Arizona Humanities remarked, "We launched this program in 
December and were thrilled with the number of competitive applications submitted in January. This new Mini Grant program is designed for smaller organizations to create innovative humanities projects, and these programs are an opportunity for Arizona communities to discuss important historic and contemporary issues." 

The next Mini Grant deadline is April 15. Learn more about Mini Grants.
Travel back in time with History Alive! at Arizona Humanities

Experience exciting historical figures as they tell their stories and hear about adventures in the territorial American West. Arizona Humanities welcomes Hugh Grinnell as George Bird Grinnell, founder of the first Audubon Society and Jody Drake as Sharlot Hall, Arizona's first female historian to share their stories and history. Both programs are free, family-friendly, and include refreshments! Click here for a flyer.
  • Wednesday, February 24th - 6:00-7:30pm - The Explorations of George Bird Grinnell, The Father of Glacier National Park - Click to RSVP
  • Tuesday, March 1st - 6:00-7:30pm - Arizona's Territorial Historian, Poet, and Activist Sharlot Hall - Click to RSVP
Save the Date for Grant Informational Webinars

Interested in learning about our grants? Want to learn about what makes a competitive grant proposal? Confused about our new online process? Save the date for three online webinars and get your questions answered.
  • Mini Grants - Mon, March 14th - 1:00-2:00pm
  • Project Grants - Tues, April 12th - 2:00-3:00pm
  • Mini Grants - Mon, May 16th - 9:00-10:00am
If you are interested in attending a webinar, click here to reserve your spot.
Explore O'odham Traditional Games at the Amerind Museum in Dragoon on February 20th

Explore the history of indigenous sports and athleticism this month at the Amerind Museum in Dragoon, Arizona. Funded in part by a grant from Arizona Humanities, this program is part of the Fleet of Foot: Indigenous Running and Games
from Ancient Times to Today project and seeks to compare commonalities and differences among historically diverse communities. On Saturday, February 20th learn about the ancient field hockey game of Toka played by O'odham women, and about kickball played by O'odham men. Discover these sports by watching players from the Tohono O'odham Nation demonstrate the games and participate in a Q&A after. Save the date for the Fleet of Foot exhibition opening in April 2016.

Read more about the Fleet of Foot programs at the Amerind Museum website.
International and Contemporary Arts Discussion Lands in Yuma, AZ on March 5th

Immerse yourself in contemporary art and history in Yuma this spring! Beyond the Horizon is a one-day contemporary-art discussion program made possible in part by a grant from Arizona Humanities. Hear from internationally recognized artists Armand Morin and Ernesto Sartori as they discuss their art practice, the history of European artists in the American Southwest, and art making in culturally significant places. The panel also includes Dr. Claudia Mesch, an associate professor in the School of Art at Arizona State University who specializes in twentieth-century and contemporary art.

This free program takes place Saturday, March 5th from 10:00am-12:00pm at the Yuma Historic Theater (254 S Main St, Yuma, AZ 85364). Click here to learn more.
Watch and listen to powerful immigrant stories  

Storyteller Katie Hae Leo
On Saturday, January 10th, over 60 people gathered for an afternoon of storytelling and community celebrating the human experience. "We Are Proud Immigrants: Asian American and Pacific Islander Women Tell Their Stories" featured members of the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum who worked with Liz Warren from the South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute to craft and polish their narratives. During the public program funded by Arizona Humanities, audiences laughed and cried and they heard about a 35-year journey from Guam, a grandmother's adventures with pigs, and a father who left a land for political safety. Watch these powerful videos and learn more on facebook.
People's State of the Union Poetic Address to be Broadcast Live on February 20th

Douglas shares his story at the People's State of the Union
Every January, the President delivers a State of the Union address highlighting important issues from the past year and suggesting priorities for the coming year. It's a broadcast from one to many. But democracy is a conversation, not a monologue. Understanding the state of our union takes "We the People" reflecting in our own communities on our challenges and opportunities locally, nationally, and globally. During the last week in January, Arizona Humanities hosted the People's State of the Union with a diverse group of arts and culture leaders across Arizona to supplement the President's stories with our own. Click here to continue reading about the People's State of the Union.
AZ Speaks Presenter Publishes Book on Cadet Nurse Corps in Arizona

Congrats to scholar Elsie Szecsy and her forthcoming book The Cadet Nurse Crops in Arizona. After seeing her topic in the AZ Speaks catalog, History Press/Aracdia press contacted Elsie to write a book on the subject. July 1, 2018 will mark the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps, an innovation for its time that addressed a healthcare crisis during World War II and improved nurse education across the United States. Read more about her book.

Elsie is an Academic Professional Emeritus at Arizona State University, where she investigated problems of importance in the Southwest U.S.-northern Mexico region and nationally that are related to educational access and excellence. Now retired, her focus is on research of Cadet Nurses and she curates

Arizona Humanities will host Elsie on September 15th from 6:00-7:30pm for an Authors Night talk and discussion. Organizations can invite Elsie to speak by visiting our AZ Speaks program page.
Fall in love with the Bard this spring - Shakespeare's First Folio Arrives in Arizona

Join the University of Arizona, Arizona State Museum, and other organizations for a series of programs and events celebrating the exhibition of the 1623 First Folio. For those planning to attend the Tucson Festival of Books in March, be sure to check out the Shakespeare panel discussions on Saturday, March 12th.
President Obama Appoints University of Arizona Doctoral Candidate to the National Council on the Humanities

Congratulations to Shelly Lowe, a member of the Navajo Nation from Ganado, Arizona on her appointment to the National Council on the Humanities, which makes recommendations on grant applications and advises the Chairman. She is currently the Executive Director of the Harvard University Native American Program.

On her appointment Shelly Lowe remarked, "To me humanities is about place and time. It's the essence of a city and its people. It's the feel of the land and the people who move through it daily. It's the beauty of community and the energy encompassed within it. It's a piece of time that is captured, shared, and then forever ongoing through memory, story, and learning." To read more about Shelly Lowe's appointment, visit the U of A website or all the appointments at the NEH website.
Apply for NEH Summer Educator Workshops by March 1st

Each year, the National Endowment for the Humanities offers tuition-free opportunities for school, college, and university educators to study a variety of humanities topics. A few highlighted workshops include: Hoover Dam and the Shaping of the American West, Teaching the Everyday Life of American Religious Diversity, Understanding Muslim Cultures through the Arts, The Transcontinental Railroad: Transforming California and the Nation, and more.

Workshops take place throughout the United States and the deadline to apply is March 1, 2016. Click here to view all educator workshops.
Humanities in the News

A few popular articles from our facebook and twitter feeds. Follow us to stay in the know!
Important Dates
  • February 15 - President's Day - Office Closed
  • April 15 - Mini Grants Deadline
  • May 19 - Project Grants Intent Deadline
About Arizona Humanities

Mission: Arizona Humanities builds a just and civil society by creating opportunities to explore our shared human experiences through discussion, learning and reflection.

Arizona Humanities is a statewide 501(c)3 non-profit organization and the Arizona affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Since 1973, Arizona Humanities has directed nearly $11 million to cultural, educational, and non-profit organizations across Arizona. Arizona Humanities supports public programs that promote understanding of the human experience.
Arizona Humanities | 1242 N. Central Ave Phoenix, AZ 85004 | 602-257-0335 |
Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter View our profile on LinkedIn View on Instagram