Programs and Grants News from Arizona Humanities

May 2016
Arizona Humanities Announces $11,250 in Mini Grant Awards

Arizona Interfaith Movement, one of 7 organizations awarded Mini Grants
Arizona Humanities awarded  $11,250 in Mini Grants Awards to support 7 humanities projects.  
Dr. Nicole Blalock, Arizona Humanities Grants Manager remarked, "From examining faith, to civil discourse to celebrating Indigenous music, these programs are an opportunity for Arizona communities to discuss important historic and contemporary issues."

The next Mini Grants deadline is July 15th. A free webinar about Mini Grants takes place Monday, May 16th from 9:00 - 10:00amIf you are interested in viewing, click here to register.
Hands-On-Humanities Camp Explores Latino History and Culture in Tucson May 14th

On Saturday, May 14th, youth ages 13-18 are invited to attend "Imagining Your Story," a free interactive humanities camp at the Sonoran Science Academy in Tucson. Students and youth will engage in interactive sessions with celebrated scholars and explore Latino music, storytelling, history, and art.

Presenters include: Stella Pope Duarte, Son Jarocho Collective, Dr. Maribel Alvarez, and Dr. Michelle Tellez.

Click here for more information about the Hands-On-Humanities Camp.

Contact Ellie Hutchison, Programs Manager at or 602-257-0335 x26.
Latino Americans: 500 Years of History Stops in Yuma

Join Arizona Humanities at St. Paul's Cultural Center (645 S. 2nd Ave., Yuma, AZ 85364) in Yuma on Thursday, May 19th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for a film screening and discussion of the PBS-documentary Latino Americans: 500 Years of History.

Enjoy light refreshments at the free film screening of the episode Foreigners in Their Own Land (1565-1880) and take part in a Q&A with Dr. Leah Sarat from Arizona State University.

Questions? Contact Arizona Humanities at 602-257-0335 or the St. Paul's Cultural Center at 928-783-3530.

Click here to read more about the Yuma program.
Brenda Thomson Receives Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Award

On April 13th, Arizona Humanities Executive Director Brenda Thomson received an Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Award from Arizona State University. According to ASU, the award recognizes community members who's "work embodies and advances diversity and inclusion in the larger community."

At right Brenda Thomson stands with Ernesto L. Abeytia, who nominated her for the award.  

Congratulations to Brenda and all of this year's recipients and nominees! 

Click here to read more about the awards.
Grantee Highlights in Northern Arizona

Learn about Arizona prisons with Hot Topics Cafe and explore Zuni history and culture at the Museum of Northern Arizona at these programs funded in part by Arizona Humanities grants.

Hot Topics Café
Voice your views on Arizona prisons, and listen to the views of others. Hot Topics Cafe discussions are facilitated by philosophers who encourage diverse views, and participants will receive unbiased informational handouts to provide a context for the discussion. Click here for the handout.
  • Tuesday, May 10th - 3:00-4:30 p.m.(Yavapai College (OLLI), Sedona Center, room 12)
  • Thursday, May 12th - 5:30-7:00 p.m. (East Flagstaff Public Library)
Click here to learn more about Hot Topics Cafe.

Zuni Festival of Arts & Culture Heritage Insights Programs
Through the Heritage Insights programs visitors are able to learn directly from a tribal expert, educator, or elder in-depth perspectives about the story, history, and traditions of the Zuni tribe.
  • Saturday May 28 - Sunday May 29 - 10:00 a.m-5:00 p.m. (program times vary) - Museum of Northern Arizona
Author Meredith Whiteley to share Miracle on the Salt River

The drought that ushered in the Twentieth Century in the Arizona desert shattered lives and brought revolution. Farmers abandoned homes and livestock as canals dried up before the government could deliver the nation's first massive dam and reclamation project to the Salt River Valley.

Meredith Whiteley's Miracle on the Salt River: Water, Family & Farming in the Arizona Desert looks at the relationship of water - drought, the dams, irrigation, power, and urbanization-on the ordinary people caught in the crosshairs of this crisis and on over the next fifty years of plenty.

Authors Afternoon with Meredith Whiteley
Friday, May 20th - 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
White Tank Library
20304 W White Tank Mountain Rd
Waddell, Arizona 85355
Click here for more info about Authors Programs.
Check out photos from National Poetry Month programs

Poet J Mase III at Firecreek Coffee in Flagstaff
Thank you to everyone who wrote, shared, spoke, and participated with us during National Poetry Month! 

For many people, this was their first introduction to Arizona Humanities. One person wrote after the workshop and reading with Laura Tohe and Orlando White, "A great night of 'Dineh' poetry on the Apache Nation!" For others, it was an opportunity to learn about writing poetry for the first time in their lives. One person shared, the "writing workshop was so worthwhile, thank you!" 

Stay tuned for next year and news of 2017 National Poetry Month programs.

Click here to check out writing prompts and poetry inspiration shared by all of the featured poets.
Watch Director Jeremy Marre Discuss the Making of Roy Orbison Film

During the film screening of Roy Orbison: One of the Lonely Ones this spring, filmmaker Jeremy Marre talked about his perspective in telling the story of Roy Orbison. Through use of Orbison's own words and music, Marre was able to share the triumphs and tragedies that marked Orbison's life. Watch a clip of the interview to learn more about how an acclaimed director navigates the documentary film process to tell a complete and honest story of the music icon.

Click here to watch the interview.
Ken Burns to deliver 2016 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities

Ken Burns, the award-winning documentarian will deliver the 2016 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities. While the lecture takes place in Washington D.C. it will stream online for free.

According the NEH website, "Burns will talk about race in America, a topic he has illuminated and confronted through his nearly 40 years of directing and producing acclaimed historical documentaries."

Ken Burns is the winner of 14 Emmy awards, two Grammy Awards, and a 1991 National Humanities Medalist, and he was the first filmmaker to match humanities scholars with stunning archival photos and texts to tell compelling American stories that have created a humanities experience for millions of viewers.

Burns said, "I've long believed that our democracy is strengthened by the humanities. They are critical to our understanding of our country, our politics and our neighbors and ourselves."

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Important Dates
  • May 16 - Mini Grants Webinar
  • May 19 - Project Grants Intent to Apply Deadline
  • May 30 - Memorial Day Office Closed
  • June 17 - Board of Directors Meeting
  • June 30 - Project Grants Application Proposals Deadline
  • July 15 - Mini Grants Deadline
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Arizona Humanities is a statewide 501(c)3 non-profit organization and the Arizona affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Arizona Humanities supports public programs that promote understanding of the human experience.
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