November 2016

A Good Year to Give Thanks by Brenda Thomson

We just completed another successful fiscal year on October 31st, no easy feat in times of economic recovery and social unrest. We don't do it alone of course, many hands and hearts contribute to our success in enriching the cultural life of Arizona.

We are guided at Arizona Humanities by our mission.

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

What does this mean? When people come together to learn about our history, discuss the present, and ponder the future, they strengthen the foundation of our democracy. Civic engagement is essential to a democratic society, one where people participate in our leadership, elections and governance and justice systems. The election season this year has been one of the most contentious in our history. We are not daunted by this. We are buoyed because our work is more important now than ever.

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New Changes to Mini Grants Begin November 1st

Mini Grants are small grants of up to $2,000 that are available year-round to support innovative public programs that increase understanding of the human experience. Applicants may request up to $2,000 in Mini Grants per fiscal year (November 1 - October 31).
  • Mini Grant applications are accepted on an ongoing basis until funds are exhausted within our fiscal year (November 1 - October 31). Quarterly deadlines for Mini Grants have been eliminated.
  • Proposals should be submitted to the online grants portal at least 60 days prior to project start date.
  • Project periods are up to 12 months from start date indicated on the application. Only project costs incurred after the project start date are eligible. Projects must be completed within 12 months after start date.
Click here to read more about Mini Grants and the application process in our Grant Guidelines.

Learn about Mini Grants during our next webinar, Monday, November 7th from 1:00-2:00pm. Click here to register.
Author Jan Krulick-Belin Uncovers Love Letters from WWII on November 2nd

After inheriting a box of 100 love letters written by her father to her mother during World War II, Jan Krulick-Belin set out on a five-year journey to discover the father that died of cancer in the fall of 1960 when she was just 6 years old. All her life, she struggled to keep Bill Krulick's memory alive, but her mother kept most details of their married life private, unable - or unwilling - to share them. Jan discovered details about her parents' great love story, unraveled family secrets, and learned about the war in North Africa and the horrific fate of the Jews in Morocco, Germany and France, bringing her even closer to her own Jewish roots. Listen to author Jan Krulick-Belin share her story of determination, love, family and the unbreakable bond between fathers and daughters.  Jan's talk is based on her book, Love, Bill: Finding My Father through Letters from World War II

Miranda v. Arizona Workshop and Conversation continues on November 15th

Join LGBTQ migrant rights group Trans Queer Pueblo and AZ Justice That Works for a community discussion and participatory workshop to explore the impact of the social and legal expansion of police power on disproportionately marginalized communities. This is the second program of a three part series that examines the impact of the 1966 United States Supreme Court decision Miranda v. Arizona, which popularized the "you have a right to remain silent" legal warning.

Grantee Highlight: Voces y Visiones Festival Celebrates the Humanities in Nogales, November 2-6

The Voces & Visiones Festival of the Arts, History and Culture brings together and bridges the peoples and cultures across the borderlands of Arizona and Mexico to open eyes, hearts and minds about who we are, how we live, and the ways we communicate our deepest emotions and insights at this unbounded region of adaptability and change. Join the Cochise College, Santa Cruz and at other public venues in Ambos Nogales, Tubac and Patagonia along with visiting and local artists, authors, historians, elders and educators for five days of interactive forums, art exhibits, community mural making & public altar, concerts, corrido, hip hop & poetry slams, history tours and talks, literacy events and readings, lectures and life lessons, as well as hands on family fun for all ages at this free public event. 

New Officers Elected to Lead Board of Directors

We are excited to announce the appointment of new officers to the Board of Directors.
Ryan Bruce
Vice Chair
Dr. Christine Szuter
Regi Adams

Dr. Barbara Baderman continues as Chair. We also want to take a moment to thank outgoing board members Evan Burks, Randall Rodman Holdridge, Dr. George Justice, Dr. Laurel Kimball, and Edgar Olivo for their service and contributions to Arizona Humanities.

Click here to read more about the Board of Directors. If you are interested in applying to join the board, applications are available on our website.
Marcella Columbus Appointed as Manifesto Project Board Apprentice

Marcella Columbus is an Illinois native who graduated from Butler University in 2013 with a degree in Viola Performance and Music Theory. After spending a year in California, she moved to Arizona to receive her Master's in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management from Arizona State University. Marcella currently serves as the Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator for Fresh Start Women's Foundation. Marcella shared, "I am very excited to be an apprentice board member at Arizona Humanities through the Manifesto Project. Ever since I was young I have valued the humanities and have been intrigued by the human condition." Click here to read more about Marcella.

The Manifesto Project matches organizations with young professionals who receive high quality board and professional development training by serving a 1-year, non-voting term. Click here to learn more about the Manifesto Project.
The Smithsonian's Water/Ways is coming to Arizona

In case you missed our announcement last week, we are very excited to announce that the Smithsonian's traveling exhibition Water/Ways will be coming to Arizona in 2018! Arizona Humanities and the Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives and School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at Arizona State University are partnering on this multi-faceted project that will support 12 venues to host this incredible exhibition.

Designed for rural communities, small-town museums, libraries and cultural organizations, Water/Ways will serve as a community meeting place to convene conversations about water's impact on American culture. Towns will develop complementary exhibits, host public programs, and facilitate educational initiatives to deepen people's understanding about what water means culturally, socially and spiritually in their own community.

Click here to learn more about Water/Ways and how your community can host the exhibition.
Celebrate the Herberger Festival of the Arts on Saturday, November 5th 

Join Arizona Humanities at the Herberger Festival for the Arts from 11:30am - 5:00pm on Saturday, November 5th in downtown Phoenix. The festival celebrates arts and culture in our community with performances, music, film shorts and more! Stop by the Arizona Humanities table for free books for kids and families, and learn more about our upcoming programs. 

The festival is located in the Phoenix Convention Center Arcade (on Monroe Street) and the surrounding Herberger Theater Center.

Veterans Film Screening and Conversation at Chandler Public Library on Wednesday, November 9th 

Still image from On Two Fronts: Latinos and Vietnam
On Two Fronts: Latinos & Vietnam examines the Latino experience during a war that placed its heaviest burden on working class youth. Framing the documentary are memoirs of two siblings, Everett and Delia Alvarez, who stood on opposite sides of the Vietnam War, one as a POW and the other protesting at home. On Two Fronts raises issues that remain relevant today. In communities where there were few alternatives to service, war impacted every household - especially amongst Latinos. How did this affect the young men who served on the front lines? How did it impact their communities? During the Vietnam War Latinos began asking for the first time, what is the true cost of war and the appropriate price of citizenship? Professor Angela Giron with Arizona State University will moderate a discussion after the film.

Watch Storytellers Share their Experiences of the Criminal Punishment System 

Video from the Downtown Devil
Thank you to everyone who joined us for Entre Sueños in October. The first night was a storytelling performance by three men who were formerly incarcerated and three performers who shared stories of currently incarcerated women. The second night was a conversation with community members were held as part of Arizona State University's Ethnic Studies Week. Both programs were made possible with support from Arizona Humanities. 

In case you missed it, the Downtown Devil covered the first night of stories with an article and short video from the evening. In the article, organizer Grace Gámez with the American Friends Service Committee shared, "If we don't want to deal tangibly with what leads people into the system, and talk about what leads people into the system, which is what you need in order to effectively address the issue, if we don't want to talk about that, then we're just going to be recreating all of the harm that already exists." 

Click here to read about Entre Suenos at the McKinley Club.
Arts and Humanities Month Showcases over 50 Arizona Humanities Programs

Thank you to everyone who joined us in October to celebrate National Arts and Humanities Month! Over 50 Arizona Humanities sponsored programs took place throughout the month - whether it was an AZ Speaks presentation, Grantee Program, Author + Talk, or FRANK Talks, we offer programs that give Arizonans the opportunity to come together to talk and listen to one another. Join us every month for humanities programs across the state.

From left to right: Poetry and performance in Patagonia, Dr. Rashad Shabazz's Author + Talk in Phoenix, and Entre Suenos storytellers at the McKinley Club.
November is Native American Heritage Month

From left to right: Debbie and Royce Manuel, Carrie Cannon, Evangeline Parsons Yazzie, Laura Tohe, and Marcus Monerkit
Arizona Humanities joins national voices in recognizing and paying tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans. This month, we have several scholars on the AZ Speaks roster giving presentations across the state of Arizona. A few are highlighted below, and we encourage you to check out our Events Calendar for all programs.

Carrie Cannon, a member of the Kiowa tribe of Oklahoma and also of Oglala Lakota descent gives her talk, "Plants, Inspiring the People: Reflections on Hualapai Ethnobotany of the Grand Canyon" in Chandler on the 9th and Camp Verde on the 15th.

Marcus Monenerkit, Community Engagement Curator at the Heard Museum presents "Beautiful Games: American Indian Sport and Art" which explores how sport and art delve into topics of innovation, creativity, and community on November 12th in Casa Grande.

Dr. Evangeline Parsons Yazzie shares "The Long Walk of the Navajo People, 1864-1868" November 12 in Prescott and "Boarded Up: Social and Historical Interpretations of the American Indian Boarding School Era" in Camp Verde on November 29th.

Navajo Nation Poet Laureate Laura Tohe brings her presentation "Rising from Invisibility: Indigenous Arizona Women in Charge of Themselves" to Camp Verde on November 10th.

Royce Manuel (Akimel O'odham) and Debbie Nez-Manuel (Diné) present Aw-Thum Bow & Arrow "Don't Get the String Wet" at Burton Barr Library in Phoenix on November 19th and "Himdak doo IIna: A Way of Life. How Societies Shape Culture" in Camp Verde November 22nd.
Thanks to our Generous Supporters - October 2016

Mr. Reginald Adams*
Mr. Ryan Bruce*
Mr. Evan Burks*
Ms. Julie Codell*
Ms. Anne Catherine Doyle*
Ms. Rita Hamilton*
Dr. Dana Jamison*
Ms. Elizabeth A. Martin
Ms. Dianna Soe Myint*
Ms. Mary Lu Nunley*
Ms. Eshe Pickett*
State University New York, Nassau Community College
Mr. Albert M. Quihuis*
Mr. and Mrs. Brian & Melissa Shackelford
Mr. Emerson Yearwood*

*Current Board Member
Time period: 10/1/2016 to 10/28/2016
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Important Dates
  • November 7 - Mini Grants Webinar
  • November 11 - Office Closed for Veterans Day
  • November 24 & 25 - Office Closed for Thanksgiving
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 with cultural, educations, and non-profit organizations across Arizona.

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