Programs and Grants News from Arizona Humanities

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March 2016
Arizona Humanities announces over $72,000 in Grant Awards

A still image from Metal Road, a documentary in production by Tolani Lake Enterprises, Inc. in Winslow, AZ
Congratulations to the 11 humanities projects to receive funding from our most recent round of Project Grants awards. The 11 organizations include: Arizona State University (English Department & School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies), Cinefemme, Diné be' iiná, Inc., Heard Museum, Museum of Northern Arizona, Northern Arizona University (Philosophy in the Public Interest), Tolani Lake Enterprises, Inc., Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, Rising Youth Theatre, and the University of Arizona (Arizona State Museum). 

Arizona Humanities Executive Director Brenda Thomson remarked, "From mini operas composed by Native youth, to examining the Asian Pacific American experience in the borderlands, to multi-generational neighborhood oral histories transformed into community performances...all of these projects promote understanding and appreciation of the human experience. Arizona Humanities is proud to support these vibrant cultural programs."

Latino Americans Film Screening in Flagstaff March 9th

Learn about Dolores Huerta watching the Latino Americans film Prejudice and Pride
Join Arizona Humanities this spring to explore Latino history and culture! Selections from the NEH-supported documentary film Latino Americans, created for PBS in 2013 will be shown in Flagstaff, Patagonia, Miami, and Yuma. Each host site is paired with a different film and theme to discuss with audiences. The award-winning series chronicles the history of Latinos in the United States from the 16th century to present day. 

The series kicks off Wednesday, March 9th in Flagstaff from 6:30-8:30 p.m. @ The Murdoch Center (203 E Brannen Ave, Flagstaff, AZ 86001 -
(928) 226-7566)

The film screening is followed by a bilingual Q&A with Dr. Michelle Téllez and Dr. Alan Gómez, and voter registration with Southside Community Association. 

Grantee Highlight: Legend City Exhibit at the Tempe History Museum

Exhibit displays from Legend City, funded in part by a grant from Arizona Humanities.
For longtime Valley residents, Legend City was an important part of growing up. From family outings, to first dates during high school, many people have stories about this beloved local attraction. Legend City was a locally-owned, home-grown theme park in Tempe modeled after parks like Disneyland and Six Flags. The memories of Legend City represent an important shared experience for millions of visitors who passed through the gates during the twenty years that the park operated from 1963-1983. The hundreds of pieces of memorabilia in the exhibit include photos, portions of actual amusement rides, staff costumes, concert tickets and more. 

Click here to learn more about the Legend City Exhibit.
Sign-Up for Grant Informational Webinars

Interested in learning about our grants? Want to hear about what makes a competitive grant proposal? Sign up for a FREE online webinar and get your questions answered.
  • Mini Grants - Mon, March 14th - 1:00-2:00pm
  • Project Grants - Tues, April 26th - 2:00-3:00pm (*new date*)
  • Mini Grants - Mon, May 16th - 9:00-10:00am
If you are interested in attending a webinar, click here to register.
Roy Orbison Documentary Premieres in Tempe March 30th

Join the Arizona State University Center for Film, Media and Popular Culture and Arizona Humanities on Wednesday, March 30th from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Harkins Tempe Marketplace for a very special event! Watch a screening and participate in a discussion with award winning British documentary filmmaker Jeremy Marre. Marre will be honored at the U.S. premiere of his documentary film, Roy Orbison: One of The Lonely Ones. The Telegraph described the film as, "An astute profile of 'The Big O' capturing his rollercoaster life, which was often reflected in his dark ballads, and capturing his success, rejection and rediscovery."  

Celebrate 20 Years of National Poetry Month this April

We are very excited to announce a series of programs celebrating National Poetry Month during the month of April. Free programs and workshops will take place with talented local and national poets across the state! Follow us on twitter @AZhumanities for daily creative prompts to inspire you to write your own poetry. Save the date, tell your friends, and stay tuned for more info!
  • April 7th - Josh Rathkamp Writing Workshop & Reading @ Art Intersection Gallery
  • April 15th - Laura Tohe and Orlando White Writing Workshop + Open Mic @ Gila Community College San Carlos Camps with Poets on the Rez
  • April 21st - Cynthia Schwartzberg Edlow Workshop & Reading @ Arizona Humanities
  • April 25th - J Mase III Workshop, Reading + Open Mic @ Firecreek Coffee  
AZ Speaks program in Lake Havasu draws a big crowd

Photo by Gregory McNamee
On February 9th, close to 275 people attended speaker Gregory McNamee's AZ Speaks presentation, "Riding with the Duke: John Wayne in Arizona" in Lake Havasu. Because of the great turnout, the presentation was moved to the local school gymnasium!

Becky Maxedon, Executive Director of the Lake Havasu Museum of History shared, "Arizona Humanities is a source that allows the Lake Havasu Museum of History bring quality programs to our city. Our museum members are entertained from October through April with programs that definitely compliment the museum, the history of our area and Arizona and the West. We could not provide such diverse programing in our area without the support of Arizona Humanities."

Eshé Pickett Elected to Board of Directors

Arizona Humanities is pleased to announce the addition of Eshé Pickett to the board of directors. Pickett served as a volunteer board apprentice for the past year through the Manifesto Project. Pickett was elected to the board on February 19th.

Pickett is a Cloud Automation Engineer at Intel Corporation in Chandler, AZ and is an active community member who strongly advocates for civic and civil engagement.

Click here to read more about Eshé. 

Are you interested in applying to the board of directors? The board of directors is made up of members who share a commitment to enhancing the cultural life of Arizona. Click here to learn more.
Engage with Shakespeare's First Folio at the Tucson Festival of Books

If you are planning to attend the Tucson Festival of Books this weekend, be sure to check out the Shakespeare panel discussions on Saturday, March 12th.
Art D'Core Gala Celebrates Hance Park on March 10th

At Arizona Humanities, we are located within a confluence of cultural and artistic organizations in the heart of downtown Phoenix. Our historic building, The Ellis-Shackelford House has seen many changes to this area over its 99 years, and now sits right next to Hance Park (the park over the I-10 freeway tunnel, in case you've always wondered). Surrounding us are the Burton Barr Library, the Irish Cultural Center, the Japanese Friendship Garden, and many others. Join us on Thursday, March 10th from 5:00-9:00 p.m. for a free event celebrating arts and culture in Hance Park and hear an update on the new Hance Park Master Plan.

Click here to learn more about Art D'Core
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Important Dates
  • March 14 - Mini Grants Webinar
  • April 15 - Mini Grant Deadline
  • April 26 - Project Grants Webinar (*new date*)
  • 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.
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