September 2016
Internationally-renowned cultural leaders Bocafloja and Mark Gonzales to visit Arizona September 28 through October 2

Arizona Humanities welcomes internationally-acclaimed artists
 Bocafloja and Mark Gonzales. Bocafloja is a poet, rap artist, scholar, cultural ambassador, and founder of the Quilomboarte collective. Mark Gonzales is an international storyteller, speaker, and philosopher. Join us for three public performances in Tucson, Phoenix and Patagonia, and take a journey to examine the intimate accounts of people whose lives have been defined by their ability to negotiate masculinity and racial consciousness. Explore the healing of trauma influenced by social and political contexts through storytelling, poetry, film, and community conversations.
These special events are brought to you through the generosity of our partners: University of Arizona - Common Ground Alliance and Early Academic Outreach & Adalberto & Ana Guerrero Student Center, Spoken Futures/Tucson Youth Poetry Slam, ASU Art Museum Project Space at Combine Studios, the ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, ASU School of Social Transformation, Patagonia Public Library and Tin Shed Theater.
Thursday, September 29th
"Masculinity in the Mix"
A public performance by Mark Gonzales, film screening and post-film community dialogue with Bocafloja on his latest project, "Nano Dijo." 
4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
University of Arizona - Tucson - Chavez 211/217
In partnership with the University of Arizona - Common Ground Alliance and Early Academic Outreach & Adalberto & Ana Guerrero Student Center, and Spoken Futures/Tucson Youth Poetry Slam

Friday, September 30th
"Masculinity in the Mix" 
A public performance and community conversation with Mark Gonzales and Bocafloja
00 - 7:30 p.m.
ASU Art Museum International Artist Residency
Project Space at Combine Studios (821 N. 3rd St. #11, Phoenix, AZ 85004)
In partnership with: ASU Art Museum Project Space at Combine Studios, the ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, ASU School of Social Transformation
Sunday, October 2nd
"Collective Space and Human Story Dialogue"
A public performance and community conversation with Mark Gonzales on the necessity of the imagination to dream and to create collective space for human dialoguing.
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Tin Sheet Theater - N 3rd Ave, Patagonia, AZ 85624
Light refreshments will be served.
In partnership with the Patagonia Public Library and Tin Shed Theater
Questions, contact Ellie Hutchison, Programs Manager (
Congratulations to our Fall Project Grant Awardees

Arizona Jewish Historical Society - Phoenix, AZ          
Repairing the World: Selected Works of Beth Ames Swartz, 1963-2016 - $3,000
City of Tempe - Tempe History Museum - Tempe, AZ
Trains of Tempe Exhibition & Programs - $5,000
Cochise College, Santa Cruz Branch-English Department - Nogales, AZ
Voices and Visions Across the Borderlands: Festival of the Arts, History and Culture - $4,750
Justice That Works - Phoenix, AZ
Justice that Works - Humanities, Media and Mass Incarceration - $5,000
Loft Cinema, Inc. - Tucson, AZ
Rolling Reels: Bringing Movies To You - $10,000
Museum of Northern Arizona - Flagstaff, AZ
2016 Celebraciones de la Gente Heritage Insights - $5,000
Northern Arizona University - Sustainable Communities Program - Flagstaff, AZ
Mining Uranium Memories - $8,000
Phoenix Theatre, Inc. - Phoenix, AZ
The Scottsboro Boys: Inspiring Community Hope and Understanding - $5,000
Phoenix Chorale - Phoenix, AZ
50th Anniversary Duke Ellington Sacred Concert and Events - $3,850
TigerMountain Foundation - Phoenix, AZ
Community Building through Community Gardening - $7,948.72
Veterans Heritage Project - Phoenix, AZ
Since You Asked: A Veteran Oral History Program - $7,300
The Vail Preservation Society - Vail, AZ
Voices of Vail - Engaging Community - $5,000
Western National Parks Association - Tucson, AZ
Find Your Park Centennial Series - $3,500

YWCA of Southern Arizona - Tucson, AZ
La Escuelita De Teatro - $10,000

Next Project Grant Letter of Intent Deadline is November 1, 2016Visit our Grant Opportunities page to learn more about all of our grants, including the new Storying Arizona Special Initiative. 
Celebrate Arizona History at Visions of GRANDeur on September 10th

Join "Hip Historian" Marshall Shore for an afternoon celebrating Arizona History on Grand Avenue! The program will feature three AZ Speaks presenters sharing diverse stories from Arizona history. Visions of GRANDeur takes place at Chartreuse Gallery (1301 Grand Ave, Phoenix, AZ).
  • 3:00 p.m. - Lisa Schnebly Heidinger - "Who Did You Say Was Here"
  • 3:30 p.m. - Li Yang - "Don Chun Wo, the Unofficial Mayor of Tucson's Chinatown"
  • 4:00 p.m. - Alberto Olivas - "Aztecs in Arizona, then and... now?! Reflections of A Modern-day Aztec Warrior"
Community FRANK Talks Launch at 12 Arizona Libraries

FRANK Talk at City of Maricopa Public Library
Photo by Raquel Hendrickson
Thank you to everyone who joined us for FRANK Talks in August to discuss issues that affect our communities. Whether it was race in media, the U.S. Constitution, or modern policing practices, we were humbled by the powerful stories, challenging questions, and experiences you shared.

Special thanks to the libraries who hosted FRANK Talks: Dusenberry-River Branch, Tohono O'odham Nation - Venito Garcia, Copper Queen, Pinetop-Lakeside, Chandler Basha, Globe, Chandler Hamilton, Maricopa, Chandler Downtown, Wickenburg, Chandler Sunset, and Coolidge.

Look for more news on FRANK Talks this fall. Click here to learn how your library can host a FRANK Talk.
Deadline Approaching for Humanities Awards 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.

Explore the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps of WWII with Elsie Szescy on September 15th 

July 1, 2018, marks 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. Learn about Cadet Nurses at schools of nursing in Arizona. Szecsy will talk about her new book, 
The Cadet Nurse Corps in Arizona: A History of Service, and display artifacts and uniforms from the era. The program is free and light refreshments are included.

Thursday, September 15th 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Arizona Humanities 1242 N. Central Ave Phoenix, AZ 85004.

RSVP on facebook, through eventbrite at or call 602-257-0335.
Discuss Miranda v. Arizona: 50 Years Later on September 20th

Join Arizona Humanities and Heather Hamel, Executive Director of Justice That Works, for a discussion of police power and the Miranda v. Arizona case 50 years later. In 1966 the United States Supreme Court decided Miranda v. Arizona, popularizing the "you have a right to remain silent" legal warning. The decision was one of many handed down by the Warren court affecting citizen-police interactions and limiting police power. Fifty years later, the impact of those decisions, including Miranda, appears in doubt. 

Harvey Girls Documentary Travels to Kingman for Screening & Discussion September 24th 

From the 1880s to the 1960s, more than 100,000 young women left their homes and traveled west to work as waitresses in Harvey House restaurants along the Santa Fe railroad-including in Arizona. Experience The Harvey Girls: Opportunity Bound, a documentary film featuring new oral histories, shown in conjunction with Andy Devine Days in Kingman at the Mohave Museum of History and Arts on September 24th.

"For women, it was an amazing opportunity to be independent," said filmmaker Katrina Parks. "You could leave home, explore the American West and live in protected circumstances while earning enough money to send back to your family."

Following the original documentary at 1:30 p.m., there will be a screening of a short film by Colleen Lucero about her grandmother who was a Hopi Harvey Girl, and a discussion with a panel of history and culture experts including filmmaker Katrina Parks, Dr. Heidi Osselaer, and Colleen Lucero of the Hopi Harvey Project. This program is made possible in part by a grant from Arizona Humanities. Click here to learn more.
Project Grant Highlight: KORE Press' UnSilencing Anatomies: Race, Gender & The Medical Humanities

If Your Body Could Talk, What Would It Say? Join Kore Press, longtime Tucson publisher of women's innovative writings, for a series of author talks, readings, screenings, story-gathering and more that explore the role of storytelling in public heath. The goal is to provide individuals of diverse backgrounds with the opportunity to engage candidly with one another. Presenters "will explore such issues as cultural assumptions, and silences that impede health and health education."  

Events take place October 1-7 in various locations around Tucson. This project is supported in part by a grant from Arizona Humanities.

Great community turnout at Humanities Grants Workshops in Tucson, Glendale, and Flagstaff! 

Workshop at the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff
Thank you to everyone who joined us in August for Humanities Grants Workshops co-hosted with the National Endowment for the Humanities. Special thanks to Caitlin Green from the NEH in Washington D.C. for providing helpful information about the different types of NEH grants, and explaining the process to apply.

If you are interested in Arizona Humanities grants, check out our Grant Opportunities page. Upcoming Grant Webinars include Storying Arizona (September 13th and 28th) and a Project Grant Webinar (October 4th). Click here to register for a grant webinar.
Thanks to our Generous Supporters - August 2016

Mr. and Mrs. Katherine & Kennard Bork
Mr. Ryan Bruce*
Mr. Evan Burks*
Ms. Tina Clark*
Ms. Catherine F. Connolly
Ms. Anne Catherine Doyle*
Ms. Rita Hamilton*
Ms. Judith Hardes
Ms. Mary Lu Nunley*
Ms. Eshe Pickett*
Mr. and Mrs. Martin & Linda Rosenthal

*Current Board Member
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Important Dates
  • September 13 - Storying Arizona Webinar
  • September 30 - Humanities Award Nomination Deadline / Board of Directors Fall Application Deadline
  • October 4 - Project Grant Webinar
  • October 7 - Storying Arizona Webinar
  • October 21 - Board of Directors Meeting
  • November 1 - Project Grant Deadline / Storying Arizona 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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