December 2016

Humanities Moment
On November 16th, AZ Speaks presenter and children's book author Rodo Safronac traveled to the Patagonia Public Library in southern Arizona and engaged children and students in an interactive reading and writing workshop. Photo courtesy Rodo Safronac.
Celebrate the 225th Anniversary of the Bill of Rights in Arizona

The Bill of Rights, added to the Constitution in 1791, protects rights such as freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and the freedom to freely practice religion. The Constitution gives the government power; the Bill of Rights protects individual liberties. These two ideas have helped to make the U.S. Constitution the longest lasting of any nation in the world.

The 225th anniversary of the Bill of Rights will be observed nationwide on December 15th. Participating venues will display a pop-up Bill of Rights exhibit made possible by Arizona Humanities and the National Archives and Records Administration.

Check out the Bill of Rights display and programs with the organizations below:

Academia del Pueblo, Friendly House
Phoenix, AZ

Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records - Arizona Capitol Museum
Phoenix, AZ

Pima County Library - Murphy-Wilmot Branch
Tucson, AZ

The Freedom Library, Inc.
Yuma, Arizona

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Black
Mountain Foothills Chapter
Phoenix, AZ

Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area
Yuma, AZ

Maricopa County Library District - El Mirage Branch
El Mirage, AZ

Maricopa County Library District - Sun City Branch Library
Sun City, AZ

Pima County Public Library - Arivaca Branch
Arivaca, Arizona
No Quarterly Deadlines for Mini Grants - Apply Today!

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 per fiscal year (November 1 - October 31).

Click here to read more about Mini Grants and the application process in our Grant Guidelines.

Did you miss our fall Mini Grant Awards announcement? Click here to learn about the four recent Mini Grant Recipients: City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture ($2,000), Coolidge Performing Arts Center Foundation Inc. ($2,000), Primavera Foundation - South Tucson Youth Leadership Council ($2,000), and Arizona State University West - School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies ($2,000).
Learn about hosting FRANK Talks at your local Library

FRANK Talks, a new program from Arizona Humanities, offers thought-provoking, expert-facilitated discussions on important current issues. FRANK Talks is produced in partnership with Arizona Humanities and the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records. Named after the founder of Arizona Humanities, Lorraine W. Frank, the goal of FRANK Talks is to inspire people to practice the skills of citizenship - to listen respectfully, and to engage thoughtfully with one another on important issues that affect our communities. 

We are offering a free online webinar on December 15th from 12:00-1:00 p.m. to learn how you can bring a FRANK Talk to your local library. 

BreakBeat Poets Engage West Phoenix Community 

On Saturday, December 3rd at Cesar Chavez Library and Park in west Phoenix, the City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture hosted hip hop and poetry writing workshops, a community cookout, and performances as part of The BreakBeat Poets National Book tour.

Kevan Coval and Nate Marshall, two editors of The BreakBeat Poets, visited Phoenix to conduct the workshops along with local poets, Phonetic Spit, and Gutta Collective. Kevan Coval is a poet, author, and the founder of Louder Than A Bomb, the world's largest youth poetry slam. Poet Nate Marshall is also the National Director of Young Chicago Authors. 

The BreakBeat Poets New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop is described as the "first-of-its-kind anthology of hip-hop poetica written for and by the people" and "is meant to expand the idea of who a poet is and what a poem is for." Read more about the book and watch a video about the book and project.

This project was supported by a Mini Grant from Arizona Humanities and is part of the National Endowment for the Humanities Legacy of Race and Ethnicity in the U.S. initiative which promotes community conversations on race relations.

Sharing Resources with Librarians at the Arizona Library Association Conference 

From left to right: Speaker Jim Turner, Programs Manager Ellie Hutchison, Speaker Jan Cleere, and Cheryl Yeatts of the Sedona Public Library
Every year, Arizona Humanities works with libraries throughout the state. From Parker to Bisbee and everywhere in between, our AZ Speaks program, grants, FRANK Talks and other program partnerships offer communities quality humanities programs. Programs Manager Ellie Hutchison and Cheryl Yeatts of the Sedona Public Library, presented a session at the AZ Library Association November 4th conference titled "Your Library and Arizona Humanities" which shared opportunities to engage with Arizona Humanities programs and grants. Jim Turner and Jan Cleere, local scholars, writers and current members of the AZ Speaks roster, discussed the popular AZ Speaks program that connects libraries and other nonprofit organizations with topics about history, literature, ethics, art, and more. Click here to read more about AZ Speaks or contact Yadi Fajardo.  
Meet Dr. Paul Hirt, State Scholar for Water/Ways in Arizona

Paul Hirt is a Professor of History, Senior Sustainability Scholar, and member of the public history faculty at Arizona State University. He specializes in the American West, environmental history, and sustainability studies. Hirt's publications include a 2012 monograph on the history of electric power in the US Northwest and British Columbia: The Wired Northwest, a monograph on the history of national forest management since WWII: A Conspiracy of Optimism (1994), and more than two dozen articles and book chapters on various topics in environmental history, including two essays on water and sustainability in Arizona. Dr. Hirt conceived and directed the Nature, Culture, and History at the Grand Canyon project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Hirt chairs the American Society for Environmental History's Advisory Board for Professional Development and Public Engagement, and he is an elected member of the Board of Directors of the Salt River Project. For questions about Water/Ways interpretive content, water history, and local story ideas for your application, contact Professor Hirt at

Collaborate with your community to bring the Smithsonian to your town!

Click here to learn more about Water/Ways and how your community can host the exhibition. Applications are due March 1, 2017.
National Humanities Conference Sparks Conversation Surrounding Reading, Listening, and Dialogue

Capps Lecture with Danielle Allen, courtesy of the National Endowment for the Humanities facebook page
In November Arizona Humanities staff and members of state humanities councils, the National Humanities Alliance, and numerous humanities centers and institutes across the U.S. came together for the National Humanities Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

Dr. Danielle Allen, Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, and Professor at the Department of Government and Graduate School of Education at Harvard University, presented the annual Walter H. Capps Memorial Lecture. Dr. Allen spoke to the audience about the ever increasing importance of the humanities and the role of the media in the presidential election.

Dr. Allen's talk illuminated the declining number of readers in the U.S. and the movement towards a television-dominated oral culture. Dr. Allen shared, "We don't understand each other because we don't speak in the same conversation stream." She encouraged the audience to think about how to bring people (readers and TV watchers) together for discussion and dialogue in order for understanding. You can read more from Danielle Allen in her columns for the Washington Post.
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The Social Buzz

A few popular articles from our facebook and twitter feeds. Follow us to stay in the know! 
  • Opportunities for Creation, an interview with Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress via National Endowment for the Arts
  • Philosophy once helped us make sense of our confusing, ever-changing political world. What happened? via Quartz
  • City Museums Look to the Future - A new exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York places civic engagement at the forefront via City Lab 
  • George Takei: We Are the Humanities via California Humanities youtube 
Important Dates
  • December 15 - FRANK Talks Webinar
  • December 26 - Office Closed for Christmas Holiday
  • January 2 - Office Closed for New Years Holiday
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, educational, and non-profit organizations across Arizona.

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