February 2017

Get Tickets Now for the Arizona Humanities Awards

Celebrate the award recipients and nominees at the 2017 Arizona Humanities Awards Event on 
Friday, February 24th from 5:30-8:00 p.m. at New City PHX (1300 N. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85004). Enjoy appetizers, drinks, a lively program and music. Click here to read more about each award recipient.

From left to right: 
Nancy Liliana Godoy-Powell - Humanities Rising Star Award
James Blasingame - Humanities Public Scholar Award
Barbara Hatch - Friend of the Humanities Award
RE-Envisioning Justice explores Legacy of Race and Ethnicity in the United States

"The vision [of justice] should be the result of a group of committed persons whose love for freedom is deep and broad enough to embrace and consider many viewpoints" - James Cone

In 2016, Arizona Humanities received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support programs that discuss social, economic, cultural, and racial issues in our communities. As NEH Chairman Dr. William D. Adams shared, "The humanities offer multiple avenues for the clarification and articulation of both our shared and conflicting values and principles; and the humanities demonstrate the power of stories to help us know ourselves in deeper ways and to reimagine our relationships." This spring join the discussion at author talks, film screenings, and community conversations across the state.

Click here for a flyer with all programs and details.

Questions? Contact Ellie Hutchison at

Author + Talk: Butch Queens Up in Pumps with Marlon M. Bailey
Wednesday, February 15th
5:30-6:30 p.m. / 6:45-8:30 p.m.
Arizona Humanities - Phoenix

Miranda v. Arizona Part III with Heather
Tuesday, February 21st
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Arizona Humanities - Phoenix

Film + Talk: Prison in 12 Landscapes with Grace Gamez
Tuesday, March 7th

American Friends Services Committee - Tucson

Film + Talk: Prison in 12 Landscapes with Grace Gamez
Thursday, March 9th

6:00-8:00 p.m.
Burton Barr Library - Phoenix

Film + Talk: Prejudice and Pride from the PBS Series Latino Americans 500 Years of History with Angela Giron
Wednesday, March 15th
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Paramount Theatre - Casa Grande

Racial Literacy and Social Media Community Conversation with Kathy Nakagawa
Thursday, March 30th
3:30-5:00 p.m.
Vista Grande Public Library - Casa Grande
Author + Talk with Alan Gomez: We are the Crisis: Between Freedom Dreams and the Re-Birth of a Nation
Thursday, April 6th
5:30-6:30 p.m. / 6:45-8:30 p.m.
Arizona Humanities - Phoenix

Beyond the Underground Railroad: 
Visually Relocating American History and Culture from a Black Perspective with Stephen Marc Smith
Wednesday, May 10th
1:30-3:30 p.m.
Sedona Public Library Village - Sedona

Author + Talk : Looking Like the Enemy: Japanese Mexicans, the Mexican State, and U.S. Hegemony, 1897-1945 with Jerry Garcia
Tuesday, May 16th
5:30-6:30 p.m. / 6:45-8:30 p.m.
Arizona Humanities - Phoenix

Rescued Lives, Transformed Communities: Refugee Resettlement in Arizona with Lori Robinson and Emily Taylor
Saturday, May 20th

1:00-3:00 p.m.
Yuma County Main Library - Yuma

Look for more program details in future eNewsletters. 

Grantee Highlights explore music and nature

Coolidge Performing Arts Center - A World of Music with Todd Green
Experience a musical demonstration and lecture featuring 25 acoustic, indigenous string, flute and percussion instruments from the Middle East, Central Asia, Far East and South America. Todd Green, a multi-instrumentalist solo artist shared that his artistic mission is to "help break down the barriers that divide us by experiencing other cultures through their music." The event takes place on Monday, February 20th in Coolidge.

Western National Parks Association - Find Your Park Centennial Series
The Find Your Park Centennial Series explores America's unique national parks through discussions about southwest history, ecology, environment, and heritage foods. Examine the stories of Arizona's parks at the WNPA's National Park Store in Tucson.

February 18thMythical River: Chasing the Mirage of New Water in the American Southwest with Melissa Sevigny
March 4th - History and Wildlife of Saguaro National Park, a panel discussion featuring Jane Eppinga and wildlife biologist, Jessica Lamberton-Moreno
April 1stNational Park Agriculture and Heritage Food Stories wtih Gregory McNamee

Author + Talk with Marlon Bailey on February 15th

Marlon Bailey's book cover Butch Queens Up in Pumps
Join Marlon M. Bailey for a presentation and discussion about gender, performance, kinship, and community in Detroit ballroom culture. Drawing from Bailey's book, 
Butch Queens Up In Pumps: Gender, Performance and Ballroom Culture in Detroit, explore how inner-city LGBT individuals dress, dance, and vogue to compete for prizes and trophies. Marlon M. Bailey is an Associate Professor of Women and Gender Studies with the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. Free event. Light refreshments included.

5:30 - 6:30 p.m. - Small group discussion (limited to 12 RSVPs)
6:45 - 8:30 p.m. - Presentation and Q&A

This program is part of the Humanities and the Legacy of Race and Ethnicity in the United States Initiative.
Final Miranda v. Arizona workshop on February 21st

This third installment of the Miranda v. Arizona program examines the legacy of the 1966 United States Supreme Court decision and explores what the future may hold. Miranda v. Arizona popularized the "you have a right to remain silent" legal warning and has affected citizen-police interactions and marginalized communities. Join Heather Hamel, Executive Director of AZ Justice That Works, for a free interactive workshop to discuss the future of Miranda v. Arizona and its effect on our communities. Enjoy complimentary light refreshments before and after the program. Attendance at the previous programs is not a re-requisite to take part in the February 21st workshop. 

This program is part of the Humanities and the Legacy of Race and Ethnicity in the United States Initiative.
Sign-Up for a free Mini Grants Webinar on February 28th

Learn about Arizona Humanities Mini Grants - small grants of up to $2,000 available on a rolling basis to support innovative public programs that increase understanding of the human experience. During the free webinar, Arizona Humanities staff will share information about Mini Grants, the online application process, and answer any questions. The online webinar takes place Tuesday, February 28th from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Apply to join the new AZ Speaks Catalog by March 31st

Arizona Humanities is now seeking applications from individuals to join the AZ Speaks roster. AZ is our longest running and most popular program. Presenters travel across Arizona to deliver hundreds of programs each year on diverse humanities topics. The deadline to apply is March 31st.

The new AZ Speaks catalog will be released June 1st for booking beginning November 1st. 

Click here to read the AZ Speaks Catalog Guidelines and to view the online application.

Interested in learning more? Sign-up for a webinar on March 2nd that will cover the application process, review criteria, and more. Register for the AZ Speaks webinar.

Questions? Contact Yadi Fajardo, Programs and Grants Coordinator at
Sherman Elliott, Ed.D. appointed to the Board of Directors

Sherman Elliott is the Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Grand Canyon University in Glendale. As a researcher, Elliot's interests include Holocaust education, world religions in the public school classroom, and deep learning. Elliot is a gubernatorial appointee from the office of Governor Doug Ducey and began his 3-year term in January 2017. Click here to learn more about Sherman Elliott.

Interested in serving on the Board of Directors? Click here to learn more or contact Brenda Thomson, Executive Director at
Get your questions answered about Water/Ways

The application deadline to host the Smithsonian's traveling exhibit Water/Ways is March 1st! We are seeking 12 sites to host a Smithsonian exhibition, develop public programs, connect with local partners, and share a compelling community water story. 

The Arizona Humanities webinar on how to apply is now available. Click here to watch the Water/Ways webinar.

Questions? Contact Samantha Anderson, Grants Manager at
Hop, Skip and Jump into Reading lands at Mountain View Elementary School on March 2nd

Join Arizona Humanities at Mountain View Elementary School in Phoenix for a family fun evening celebrating reading and books! Meet local children's authors, hear exciting stories, participate in singalongs, enjoy tasty snacks, create art, and more! Each child will receive one free book!

Thursday, March 2nd - 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Mountain View Elementary School  - 801 W. Peoria Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85029
Free and open to families and children!

Questions? Contact Ellie Hutchison, Programs Manager at or call 602-257-0335.
Thanks to our Generous Supporters - January 2017

American Endowment Foundation
Andrea Ahmed*
Ronald Beveridge and Cordelia Candelaria
Ryan Bruce*
Gay Chanler
Tina Clark*
Carol and John Clemency
Catherine F. Connolly
Jay Cravath
Becky and Kevin Day
Anne Doyle*
Sharon A. Friedman
John Hamilton
Rita Hamilton*
Richard and Anna Johnson
Mari Koener
Mary Lu Nunley*
Eshé Pickett*
Claire K. Sargent
Emerson Yearwood*

*Current Board Member
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Important Dates
  • February 17 - Board of Directors Meeting
  • February 28 - Mini Grants Webinar
  • March 1 - Water/Ways Smithsonian Exhibit Application Deadline
  • March 2 - AZ Speaks Application Webinar
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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