March 2017

Spring Project Grants Awarded to 7 organizations

We're pleased to award $44,400 in spring Project Grant Awards! These incredible projects tell meaningful stories about Arizona and bring communities together to explore important cultural and historical themes.

Click here to read more about each grant recipient and project.

Amerind Foundation, Inc.
Transnational Deep History: Human Connections and Archaeology in the Ancient Borderlands of Arizona

Borderlands Theater
Barrio Stories Project Barrio Anita

Jewish History Museum / Holocaust History Center
MyLife Archive: Tucson

Museum of Northern Arizona
Heritage Insights Series: Zuni, Hopi & Navajo Festivals
Old Pueblo Archaeology Center 
Who Are The Sobaipuri O'odham?

Southwest Folklife Alliance
Taste Bud Memories

Tucson Botanical Gardens
Food Traditions and Favorite Recipes from Tucson's Mexican-Americans

The next Project Grant Letter of Intent deadline is May 1st.
Click here to learn about Project Grants and the application process.
Four community-driven humanities projects awarded Mini Grants

Arizona Humanities recently awarded four Mini Grants to the Arizona Historical Society, Arizona Jewish Historical Society, the Arizona Professional Writers, and the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation. The projects include: a festival about the culture of sheep herding, a Jewish documentary film series, a celebration of books and Arizona authors,and sharing the stories of LGBT veterans. Mini Grants are available on a rolling basis to support innovative public programs, and organizations can request up to $2,000 in funding.

Arizona Historical Society
Flag Wool and Fiber Festival 2017

Arizona Jewish Historical Society
AZ Phoenix Jewish Documentary Film Series - Spring 2017
Arizona Press Women Inc. dba
Arizona Professional Writers
Payson Book Festival

Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation
Southern Arizona Senior Pride - Serving with Honor, not Equality: LGBT Veterans, World War II to Now

Need funding for your humanities programs? Click here to learn more about Mini Grants.
Watch and discuss The Prison in Twelve Landscapes in Tucson March 7th and Phoenix March 9th

More people are imprisoned in the United States at this moment than in any other time or place in history, yet prisons have never felt further away or more out of sight.
The Prison in Twelve Landscapes explores the modern prison system by offering a documentary film about the prison in which viewers never see an actual penitentiary. Instead, the film unfolds as a cinematic journey through a series of seemingly ordinary landscapes across the USA where prisons do work and affect lives. Viewers will encounter new characters, new situations, and make a sequence of surprising discoveries. Each Film + Talk will include a post film discussion with Dr. Grace Gámez from the American Friends Service Committee. Click here to watch the trailer.

Click here for March 7th at The Loft Cinema in Tucson details.

Latino Americans: 500 Years of History returns to Casa Grande on March 15th

In partnership with the Latino Familia Initiative, join us for a free Film + Talk in Casa Grande at the historic Paramount Theatre. Watch an episode from the PBS series Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, then join the conversation with Arizona State University scholar Angela Giron. The episode, Prejudice and Pride follows a generation of Mexican Americans in the 1960s and 1970s who were frustrated by persistent discrimination and poverty. Learn how they found a new way forward, through social action and the building of a new "Chicano" identity. 

Hop, Skip and Jump into Reading pops into Gilbert's Perry Branch Library on March 17th

Families and children are invited to a free fun-filled event celebrating reading and books on Friday, March 17th from 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the Maricopa County Library District Perry Branch Library (1965 E Queen Creek Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85297). Families can meet local children's book author Rodo Safronac, hear exciting stories, participate in interactive activities with Step Raptis and Lisa Chow, enjoy tasty snacks, create art and more! Each child will receive free books to take home.

Celebrate remarkable Arizona women on March 23

In honor of Women's History Month, celebrate the lives of remarkable women who have contributed to Arizona's culture and renown. The free ceremony takes place Thursday, March 23, 2017 from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. at the Arizona Heritage Center in Tempe, Arizona (1300 N College Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281). 

2017 Honorees
  • Rebecca Dallis (1896-1971) Pioneering African-American teacher and community leader
  • Sister Clare Dunn (1934-1981) Distinguished service in the Arizona House of Representatives
  • Clara M. Schell (1872-1955) First female optometrist in the Territory of Arizona
  • Louise Serpa (1925-2012) Internationally acclaimed photographer
  • Julia Zozaya (1926-2004) Community and social activist, advocate for those with disabilities
2017 Living Legacies
  • Gladys McGarey, M.D., M.D.H. Internationally known for her pioneering work in holistic medicine
  • Christine Kajikawa Wilkinson, PhD. Community Leader and first minority female Vice President for ASU
*NEW* FRANK Talks ready to book April 1 through September 30 at Arizona Libraries

Interested in hosting engaging conversations at your local library? Look no further than FRANK Talks, thought-provoking, expert-facilitated discussions on important issues facing our communities. Thank you to our partners at the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records for supporting this program! Libraries can now book multiple FRANK Talks presentations - create a series for your local library! Click here to check out all the new and returning topics.

On February 16th, more than 100 people attended Ryan Winkle's FRANK Talk on Civic Engagement at GateWay Community College Library. Check out the article on the GateWay Community College website.
Grants and Programs Orientation in Vail, AZ March 27th 

Join Arizona Humanities for a free brown-bag lunch Grants and Program Orientation on Monday, March 27th in Vail, AZ. Learn about Project Grants, Mini Grants, and other program opportunities for your organization.

Monday, March 27th - 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Community Room @ Rincon Valley Fire Station #2 - 14550 E Sands Ranch Rd
Vail, AZ 85641

AZ Speaks application deadline March 31st

Are you interested in joining the new AZ Speaks catalog? Learn all about our longest running program that allows schools, libraries, museums, and nonprofit organizations across Arizona to book lively and engaging speakers for public programs. This is your chance to become an ambassador for the humanities in Arizona. Click here to watch a webinar about the application process. Submit your AZ Speaks application today! 

Grantee Highlight: The Endgame Project film and discussion explores living with Parkinson's disease

Photo credit Peter Angelo Simon

Dan Moran and John Christopher Jones represent six decades of acting between them. They met in 1995 while sharing a dressing room on Broadway. Now they share another bond: both have Parkinson's disease. In spite of this, Dan and Chris continue to work as actors. In THE ENDGAME PROJECT they shine a light on their daily battle against this crippling disease while putting up a production of Samuel Beckett's darkly comic Endgame.

The free film screening and discussion takes place Thursday, April 6 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. at the Beaus Center for Law and Society on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus. This program is supported by a grant from Arizona Humanities.

Advocacy Update: Share YOUR Story

A few weeks ago we shared with you news about the threat to funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities, the federal agency which provides significant support to  Arizona Humanities.
Today, we ask you to share your stories. How has the work of Arizona Humanities impacted you? Have you received a grant from us that enabled a vitally important community project? Has your child participated in one of our Hop, Skip and Jump into Reading events? Do you participate in FRANK Talks and AZ Speaks programs at your local library?
Your stories can make a difference. Share your story now, and help us demonstrate why we need the public humanities in Arizona-and throughout the nation-now more than ever. Click here to email us and share your story.
Arizona Humanities Awards celebrates storytelling in our communities

Thank you to everyone who attended the Arizona Humanities Awards on February 24th! The evening at New City Phoenix was filled with music, celebration, and powerful stories of how the humanities impacts and changes our lives.

Thank you to our sponsor, KBRP Community Media!

Remembering Arizona historian and author Jack August

Image via Phoenix New Times
In January, Arizona lost author and historian Jack August. August focused on the regional and environmental history of the Southwest, especially as it related to water. He was the author of ten books and numerous articles. In 2016, August was named historian and director of Institutional Advancement at the Arizona Capitol Museum in the State Library. His work bridged economic, political and cultural areas and he had been working on a biography of former Arizona Governor Fife Symington.

As former Arizona Republic columnist and author Jon Talton shared in his remembrance, "Jack possessed the rare ability to get living historical figures talking about the most intimate details, along with the patience to spend hours in the scholar's solitary research through documents, diaries, letters, newspaper accounts. Sifting out rumor and legend, fraud and bias. 'Hard labor makes royal roads,' as Barzun and Graff teach. Every successful historian is a good detective." Read Jon Talton's post on his website.
Thanks to our Generous Supporters - February 2017

  • 32 Shea
  • Amerind Foundation
  • Arizona Museum of Natural History-Tom Wilson, Kathy Eastman, Loren Grace
  • Arizona State University Libraries
  • Artfully Done-Sue Spahle
  • BLK Live-Annie Twietmeyer
  • Embassy Suites-Phoenix/Scottsdale-Steve Eberhart
  • Fair Trade Café-Stephanie Vasquez
  • Hyatt Place-Tempe/Phoenix Airport-Doreen Power
  • KBRP Community Media-Ryan Bruce
  • Maverick Coffee
  • McDowell Mountain Music Festival-Cathy Largay
  • Mother Bunch Brewing Company
  • Moto Sushi + Spirits + Sustenance-Vince Heppler
  • Perch Brewery
  • Phoenix Chorale-Lilly Gonzalez
  • Phoenix Dental Arts-Brian Shackelford
  • Press Coffee Roasters-Alex Mason
  • Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West-Curtis Bellfy

  • Simona Abeytia
  • Amy & Aaron Aguirre
  • Connie Archer
  • Barbara Baderman
  • Pamela Blair-Sheldon
  • Jim Blasingame
  • Gail Bradley
  • Lori Brown
  • Ryan Bruce
  • Nicky Cadogan-Johnson
  • Donna Cheung
  • Thrivent Choice
  • Tina Clark
  • Julie Codell
  • Candice Cromer
  • Michelle DiMuro
  • Anne Doyle
  • Jennifer Duvernay
  • Joyce East
  • Rita Hamilton
  • Barbara & John Hatch
  • Catherine Hughes
  • Kathleen Ingley
  • Dana Jamison
  • Ted Kaercher
  • Mitra Kamali
  • Donna Marellotto Boyce 
  • Lorrie McAllister
  • Paul & Lynette Murphy
  • Kathy Nakagawa
  • Tina Norgren
  • Mary Lu Nunley
  • Eshé Pickett
  • Shawna Pierce
  • Al Quihuis
  • Shelley Rahe
  • Joan Roberts
  • Lori & George Ross
  • Sally Shackelford
  • Dan Shilling
  • Maire Simington
  • Richard Smith
  • Dianna Soe Myint
  • Rodo & Susan Sofranac
  • Nancy Splain
  • Jayne Sprecher
  • Pam Stewart
  • Christine Szuter
  • Brenda Thomson
  • Kenneth Van Buren
  • Rosemary Ybarra-Hernandez
  • Emerson Yearwood
  • Julie Yoder

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Important Dates
  • March 27 - Grants and Programs Orientation in Vail, AZ
  • March 31 - AZ Speaks applications 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 with cultural, educational, and non-profit organizations across Arizona.

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