April 2017

Arizona Humanities Builds Stronger Communities

by Barbara Baderman, Chair

Arizona Humanities is a vital contributor to Arizona's economy. Arts, Culture and Humanities non-profits represent 7.9% of the 21,137 registered organizations in Arizona, Arizona Nonprofits: Economic Power, Positive Impact. Arizona Humanities contributes every single day to the prosperity of our citizens through the building of strong communities, each with unique cultures.

You might not know it, but you have likely attended or seen an Arizona Humanities program in your town or city, at a museum, library, or public facility. Arizona Humanities has been around for over 40 years. Over the last year the funding we receive from the National Endowment of Humanities (NEH) and donors has supported over 300 programs in fourteen or 93% of Arizona counties. As Arizona demographics continue to change, it is more important than ever to provide programs that encourage people to come together to share, learn and reflect on our world through the perspectives of others.

What would the loss of NEH mean for Arizona?

As you may have seen in our announcement last week, Arizona Humanities has temporarily suspended our Project Grants until further notice. This suspension does not affect current grant awards in progress or past grants awarded. Arizona Humanities receives funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). A recent Phoenix New Times article explores how NEH funding impacts grants and programs in our state. The NEH is an independent federal agency that funds humanities programs across the U.S. Help us take action to save the NEH by contacting your representatives. Please show your support by making a donation today.

Grantee Highlight: Phoenix Theatre and The Scottsboro Boys Community Discussions

Image by Reg Madison Photography courtesy Phoenix Theatre

This month Phoenix Theatre in collaboration with Black Theatre Troupe present the musical, The Scottsboro Boys, at Phoenix Theatre. Twenty-four post-show discussions and three community panels will be held during the run of the production, referencing the controversial story of nine black teenagers from Alabama, who in 1931 were sentenced for a crime they didn't commit. 

Community panels include: the understanding minstrel theatre, art inspiring justice, and building community action. Engage in conversation around the present state of our society, share stories, and ask questions after the performances. The three community panels are free and open to the public. 

#NationalPoetryMonth brings together Arizona poets for programs and events

Celebrate National Poetry Month during the month of April at free programs and workshops across the state! Established by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is the largest literary celebration in the world. These programs encourage the reading of poetry, inspire people to write poetry, and engage communities to participate and learn various forms of poetry.

Check out some of our daily writing prompts on instagram - share your poems with us by tagging @AZhumanities and using the hashtag #npm17.

Sacred Journeys: A Mobile Poetry Workshop with Jaclyn Roessel

Saturday, April 8th

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Community Workshop and Performance along the Valley Metro Light Rail

*First & Last Stop - Arizona Humanities

1242 N. Central Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 257-0335

"Poetry is dead. Long live poetry" Workshop at the Wickenburg Literary Festival with Jake Friedman

Saturday, April 8th
1:15 - 2:45 p.m.

Wickenburg Public Library

164 E Apache St - Wickenburg, AZ 85390
(928) 684-2665

Supported by Arizona Humanities

Poets Logan Phillips & Roanna Shebala

Thursday, April 13th

5:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Community Writing Workshop + Open Mic with Poets on the Rez

Gila Community College-San Carlos Campus

Tonto Street and Mesa Drive - San Carlos, AZ 85550

(928) 475-5981

Annual Spoken Futures Showcase with Tucson Youth Poetry Slam

Saturday, April 15th

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Tucson Youth Poetry Slam Championships and public performances including Denver Youth Poet Laureate Toluwanimi Oluwafunmilayo Obiwole

University of Arizona - Student Union Gallagher Theater

1303 E University Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85719

Supported in part by Arizona Humanities

Hop, Skip and Jump into Poetry

Thursday, April 27th

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Interactive poetry activities for families and children

Mountain View Elementary School

801 W. Peoria, AZ - Phoenix, AZ 85029

Veterans Heritage Project reception and book signing for Since You Asked Volume XIII: A Salute to Women on Sunday, April 9th

Join the Veterans Heritage Project (VHP) for the debut of Since You Asked XIII: A Salute to Women. The Keynote Speaker is Lieutenant General Carol A. Mutter, USMC (Ret.), the first woman in the history of the U.S. Armed Forces to be appointed to Lieutenant General. This is VHP's largest community forum that includes veteran lectures and stories from students connecting with veterans. This program is supported by a grant from Arizona Humanities.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

3:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Arizona State University West Campus

4701 W. Thunderbird Rd.

Glendale, AZ 85306

New Topics Available for FRANK Talks - Schedule today! 

FRANK Talks is an interactive discussion-based program led by a humanities scholar/expert on the topic. FRANK Talks engage participants with important issues and provide the opportunity to put them in context, weigh facts, and consider different points of view.

Learn about FRANK Talks during a free online webinar:

Tuesday, April 18th

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

April 1 - September 30 Topics
  • Body Cameras, Tasers and Guns: Modern Policing or a Police State
  • Civic Engagement: What is it & why is it important?
  • Colorblindness and equality: Well-intentioned American values, or myths?
  • Educational equity in Arizona: A radical idea, or a necessary goal?
  • Energy in an Uncertain World
  • Immigrants and the American Dream: We the People Today and Tomorrow
  • Is This Racist? Racial Literacy and Social Media
  • Mothering & Conversations on Reproductive Health
  • Religious Liberty in America: How do we Set Limits on Free Exercise?
  • Reproductive Health: What does it mean and how does it affect all of us?
  • Securing the Borders and Stopping Terrorism: A Constitutional Framework
  • The Perception = Reality Challenge: Mindsets for Ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline
Philosopher Martha C. Nussbaum to deliver 2017 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities on May 1st 

Martha C. Nussbaum is a renowned philosopher, distinguished author, and law professor. The Jefferson Lecture is the highest honor NEH bestows for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities. She will deliver her talk, "Powerlessness and the Politics of Blame" on Monday, May 1st. Nussbaum is the University of Chicago's Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics. In November 2016, Japan's Inamori Foundation awarded her the Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy, noting that she "has led global discourse on philosophical topics that influence the human condition in profound ways."

The Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities will be live-streamed at Watch online and join the conversation using the hashtag #jefflec17 and tagging @NEHgov.

Five Arizona institutions awarded NEH grants 

Congratulations to the five Arizona organizations that received nationally-competitive grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities this month. In the announcement posted on the NEH website, Chairman William Adams shared, "NEH grants matter in the many communities we serve around the country--in preserving cultural heritage, supporting local cultural organizations, and helping teachers teach and students learn. Our grants also matter at the national level, where they preserve our history and acquaint people more deeply with our cultural and political traditions. In making the humanities accessible to all Americans, NEH serves the common good."
  • Northern Arizona University ($6,000) / Sounds, Sights, and Silences: Disability in Musical Theater
  • Arizona State University, West Campus ($6,000) / Demagogues and Popular Culture in Ancient Greece
  • Heard Museum ($250,000) / Tragedy and Triumph: The American Indian Boarding School Experience
  • Arizona State University ($295,000) / Digital Archive of Huhugam Archaeology
  • University of Arizona ($291,000) / The Afterlife of Film: Tribesourcing Southwestern Materials in the American Indian Film Gallery

Click here to read about the NEH grants.

Thanks to our generous supporters - March 2017

Jerry & Judy Ankenbrandt

Ryan Bruce*

Tina Clark*

Anne Doyle*

Dr. Sherman Elliott*

Rita Hamilton*

Mary Lu Nunley*

Austin Shackelford

Emerson Yearwood*

American Endowment Foundation/Eshé Pickett*

*current Board Member
The Social Buzz

A few popular articles from our facebook and twitter feeds. Follow us to stay in the know! 
  • Learning about the Humanities at the Library via Pima County Public Library
  • ASU Library partners with Phoenix Pride to preserve LGBT history of Arizona via ASU Now
  • Without libraries we are less human and more profoundly alone via The Guardian
  • Why We Must Save the National Endowment for the Humanities via The Daily Beast
  • Proposed cuts to the humanities strike at the heart of what actually makes America great via Quartz 
Important Dates
  • April 21 - Arizona Humanities Board Meeting
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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