August 2016
Let's Talk by Brenda Thomson

It has been a dry hot summer here in Arizona. The slightest spark can set off a fire that is not easy to put out, and causes massive damage to our homes and communities. Words are no different. The conversations have been heated, around politics, amongst legislators, between people and the police. It can be difficult to have a conversation when everyone is shouting, and no one is listening. And much like wild fires, when tempers flare, bridges between people that took years to build, can be destroyed in an instant. We do not have all the answers, but we do know that when people come together they can achieve almost anything. Our democracy, a government for the people, by the people is founded on these basic principles. Many voices, views and opinions shape our nation, formed for a common purpose, to protect the values dear to us of equality, liberty and freedom.  Democracy was not, and will never be a static goal. It takes hard work to protect and preserve it. Please remember that when you are talking, listening and learning from others as they share their experiences, that silence is not acquiesence. It takes patience to listen and hear from others. Anger and passion are not the same, but they are both reflections of concerns and frustrations. And finally, that despite our differences we have much in common. We care about our families and children, our communities, and our planet. We want to feel safe, be loved and treated with respect as we move about the world we share. Together we can. Together we will.
Explore FRANK Talks this August at Arizona Libraries

FRANK Talks encourage Arizonans to come together in safe spaces to listen respectfully and engage thoughtfully with one another on important issues that affect our communities. With over a dozen different topics, from voting to civic engagement, to policing and justice, FRANK Talks provide the opportunity for people to put issues in context, weigh facts, and consider different points of view. FRANK Talks are made possible in partnership with the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records.

Congratulations to our Summer Mini Grant Awardees

Glen Canyon Natural History Association - Page, AZ

Wild & Scenic Film Festival - $1,725

Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary- Phoenix, AZ

Drop-In Discovery Saturdays - $1,985

Southwest Folklife Alliance- Tucson, AZ

Food and Water in Arid Lands: Dialogues across Contemporary and Traditional Knowledge - $2,000

Tonatierra Community Development Institute- Phoenix, AZ

Learning Son Jarocho and Community-Building for Collective Dignity in Arizona - $2,000

Veterans Heritage Project - Phoenix, AZ

Publishing Chapter Training - $1,800

Click here to read more about each grant.

Next Mini Grant Deadline is October 15, 2016Visit our Grant Opportunities page to learn more about all of our grants, including the new Storying Arizona Special Initiative. 
Announcing Humanities Grants Workshops with the National Endowment for the Humanities

Join us for a workshop and information session to explore grant opportunities with the National Endowment for the Humanities and Arizona Humanities. Meet with representatives from both agencies to learn more about funding for humanities programs you are already running or looking to start. The workshops are free and open to all! Community organizations such as nonprofits, libraries, museums, tribal entities, community colleges, universities, and professors are encouraged to attend.
Arizona Humanities Awards Now Accepting Nominations!

Do you know a community member who creates opportunities to explore our shared human experiences? We invite you to honor individuals, organizations, and/or businesses in your community for their contributions to the humanities and cultural life in Arizona. The three award categories are: Humanities Public Scholar - Dan Shilling Award, Friend of the Humanities - Juliana Yoder Award, and the Humanities Rising Star Award.

Welcome New Board Members

We are excited to welcome four new members to the Arizona Humanities Board of Directors! Click here to read more about each new member.

Julie Codell
Professor Art History
Arizona State University
Dr. Sharonah Fredrick

Assistant Director Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Arizona State University

Dana Jamison, MD


Southwest Center for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC

Emerson Yearwood

Associate General Counsel-Regulatory Affairs

Cable One, Inc.
Author + Talks features Anne A. Wilson on August 23rd

Hear local author Anne A. Wilson discuss her novel, Clear to Lift, a story about a female search and rescue helicopter pilot, which is set near the high peaks of the Sierra Nevada in California. Wilson explores stories of adventure, danger, love, and self-discovery using her experiences from the United States Naval Academy and serving nine years as an active duty navy helicopter pilot. Experience risky high altitude search and rescue operations with a dynamic visual presentation of photos from Anne's navy career. Hear how her experiences influenced the writing of this book, along with the writing of her debut novel, Hover

Author + Talks with Anne A. Wilson
Tuesday, August 23rd - 6:00-8:00pm - Arizona Humanities (1242 N. Central Ave.)
Light refreshments included. Seating is limited.
Project Grant Highlight: 67th Annual Navajo Festival of Arts & Culture

Photo from the Museum of Northern Arizona
Check out the Heritage Insights Programs at the 67th Annual Navajo Festival of Arts and Culture August 6-7 at The Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff. The Heritage Insight Programs which allow visitors to learn directly from tribal experts, educators, and elders to explore in-depth perspectives about the story, history, and traditions of the Navajo people. The festival will also feature art, demonstrations, food, presentations, and performances. 

 Click here to read more about the Navajo Festival of Arts and Culture.

Book Fall and Spring AZ Speaks Programs Today!

Attention libraries, museums, and nonprofit profit organizations! Booking for AZ Speaks presentations are now available to schedule between November 1, 2016 to October 31, 2017. Bring talented scholars to your town for informative and entertaining presentations that engage audiences with diverse cultures

Click here to read more about AZ Speaks and to view the catalog.

Thanks to our Generous Supporters - July 2016

Ms. Gail Bradley*

Mr. Ryan Bruce*

Mr. Evan Burks*

Ms. Tina Clark*

Ms. Anne Catherine Doyle*

Ms. Martha V Perez Duena

Ms. Rita Hamilton*

Mr. Thomas Nakayama

Ms. Mary Lu Nunley*

Ms. Eshe Pickett*

Anne C. White Associates

Ms. Celeste Winters

*Current Board Member
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Important Dates
  • August 12 - Storying Arizona Webinar
  • August 19 - Board of Directors Meeting - Prescott, AZ
  • August 24 - NEH Grants Workshop - Tucson, AZ
  • August 25 - NEH Grants Workshop - Glendale, AZ
  • September 30 - Humanities Award 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. Arizona Humanities supports public programs that promote understanding of the human experience.

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