Humanities Now -  April 2018
Watch our new video

Thank you to all of the individuals and organizations who made this video possible. Special thanks to: TigerMountain Foundation and Darren Chapman, City of Surprise, White Tank Library, Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, AZ Heritage Center, Sedona Public Library, Desert Botanical Garden, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Florence Community Library, Dr. Paul Hirt, Dr. Kathy Nakagawa, Deni Seymour, Carrie Cannon, John Westerlund, Jana Bommersbach, ACLU-Arizona, and Health, Law and Humanities program series participants. These are just a few of the many grantees and program participants across the state that we work with to bring the humanities to Arizonana. We could not visit every place, so we encourage you to check out our website and learn more.  Finally, thank you to filmmaker Eduardo Manteca of  Palo Fierro Productions, for creating an amazing video of the Arizona Humanities story.
Arizona Humanities Awards Celebrates Humanities Stars

Almira Poudrier, Brenda Thomson, Dagoberto Bailon, Sally Shackelford,Brian Shackelford, Liz Warren, and Holly Henley.

On a beautiful spring evening over 200 people attended the Arizona Humanities Awards at Phoenix Theatre on March 25. Guests enjoyed hors d'oeuvres, and lively jazz backdrop to silent auction bidding. We were pleased to honor Dagoberto Bailon, Almira Poudrier, Liz Warren, the Shackelford Family, and the Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records for their outstanding contributions to the humanities. We encourage you to read more about their accomplishments on our website. Thank you to the many volunteers and board members who made the evening run smoothly! Special thanks to: Marshall Shore, Phoenix Theatre, Jay Cravath, Dan Shilling, and photographer Terry Shelton.  Check out photos from Terry Shelton on facebook

THAN YOU to our sponsors!
April is #NationalPoetryMonth

If ever there was ever a need for poetry, that time is now. It's a wonderful time to be alive, creating, building bridges, and honoring a collective of voices and experiences. This is what poetry has been and continues to be.  There is room for more - to make room and cultivate a "poetry revolution" led by a diversity of voices: young people, queer, and folks of color. The Arizona poets celebrated this month have contributed to the literary world in such moving and powerful ways. They are part of a movement, and it is an honor to be celebrating National Poetry Month and these poets. Check out @AZhumanities on twitter and instagram Mondays through Fridays for a new poetry prompt to get your writing started for the day and please share with us. Be a part of this poetry movement!

Poetry Month in the Desert with Eloisa Amezcua and Natalie Diaz
Thursday, April 5 - 7:00 p.m.
Mesa Community College Elsner Library, Mesa

Poetry Month in the Desert: Bojan Louis & Felicia Zamora
Thursday, April 19 - 7:00 p.m.
Mesa Community College Elsner Library, Mesa

Even Words Not Spoken Break Silence: Writing to Reclaim, Heal & Transform with Leilani Clark
Tuesday, April 24 - 4:00 p.m. Workshop / 5:30 p.m. Performance
Copper Queen Library, Bisbee

2018 Spoken Futures Inc Showcase with Tucson Youth Poetry Slam
Sunday, April 29 - 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Gallagher Theater, University of Arizona Student Union, Tucson
April Grantee Highlights

Cardboard House Press Bilingual Poetry Series
Image credit: Courtesy of Cardboard House Press

On April 4th, visit Phoenix Art Museum to enjoy the bilingual reading in Spanish and English by authors and translators Omar Pimienta (Tijuana), Susan Briante (Tucson), and José Antonio Villarán (Santa Cruz/Lima). Pimienta will read from his most recent book, Album of Fences, translated into English by José Antonio Villarán and published by Cardboard House Press. Susan Briante will read from her latest collection, The Market Wonders (Ahsahta Press). Giancarlo Huapaya, poet and editor of Cardboard House Press, has translated a selection of Briante's poems into Spanish and will accompany her for a bilingual reading.

This event is free and open to the public. Learn more and RSVP.

El día 4 de abril visita el Museo de Arte de Phoenix para disfrutar de la lectura bilingüe, en español e inglés, de lxs poetas y traductores Omar Pimienta (Tijuana), Susan Briante (Tucson) y José Antonio Villarán (Santa Cruz/Lima). Pimienta leerá de su más reciente libro publicado en EEUU por Cardboard House Press,The Album of Fences, traducido al inglés por José Antonio Villarán. Susan Briante leerá de su última colección, The Market Wonders (Ahsahta Press). Giancarlo Huapaya, poeta y editor de Cardboard House Press, ha traducido una selección de poemas de la obra de Briante al español y la acompañará en su lectura bilingüe.

Esta lectura es gratis para el público general.  Pueden reservar los boletos.

Since You Asked Volume XIV: A Salute to World War II
Join the Veterans Heritage Project for the debut of Since You Asked™ XIV: A Salute to World War II. This annual community reception and book signing event brings together students, veterans, and community members who participated in Veterans Heritage Project programs.

Keynote Speaker: Louis A. Conter, LCDR, USN (Ret.), one of four remaining survivors of the USS Arizona.

Learn more at
Explore the new Water/Ways website and find water programs

We launched our brand new  Smithsonian Water/Ways exhibit website! The Water/Ways exhibit launches June 2 and many exciting programs and events are happening now. You can explore the twelve host communities, their water stories, and water resources. Check out the Events tab for upcoming programs. Stay tuned for new programs and water news.

Visit the WaterWays website.

"Water in Arizona: Past, Present, Future" with Dr. Paul Hirt

Wednesday, April 18
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Patagonia Public Library
342 Duquesne Ave, Patagonia, AZ 85624
Learn more

AZ H20 + Art with Jim Ballinger
Tuesday, April 24
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Taliesin West
12621 N Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85259
8th Annual Human Rights Film Festival, April 6-8 in Tempe

Join the Human Rights Film Festival to watch documentary films and engage in post-film discussions. The festival explores themes such as Water in a Toxic World, Impacts of Colonialism and Strengths of Indigeneity, The Global Refugee Crisis, Dismantling BordersBeyond Incarceration, and more. The festival is free and open to the public, and is supported by Arizona Humanities. 

Human Rights Film Festival
April 6 - 8
ASU Tempe Campus
College Avenue Commons Auditorium
660 S College Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85281

View the schedule and RSVP.

Project Grants Letter of Intent due May 1

Do you have an idea for a humanities project in Arizona? Project Grants are competitive grants supporting public programming in the humanities. Organizations may request up to $10,000 to support their program implementation. All organizations must submit a Letter of Intent by May 1st in order to submit a full application. Check out our recent grants eblast about Project Grants or read more on our website.
Advocacy Update

Thank you for your phone calls, emails, letters and support for the humanities!

On March 23 Congress passed the 2018 budget, which provides funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) at $152,848,000 an increase of $3 million over the 2017 funding level.

While this is a huge win for humanities supporters, we also want to keep in mind that the appropriations process for 2019 has already begun. It will be crucial to continue to share with Congress the impact of humanities programs and funding around the country.

NEH News and Other Opportunities

NEH Common Heritage Grants support both the digitization of cultural heritage materials and the organization of outreach through community events that explore and interpret these materials as a window on the community's history and culture.  Common Heritage Grants are due May 31, 2018 for Projects Beginning January 2019 .   Learn more on the NEH website .

Call for NEH Grant Panelists NEH seeks peer reviewers with fresh and diverse perspectives for its various grant offerings. Please sign up to become a panelist by using the NEH online form. Email for more information and questions.  Learn more about the application review process.

Jon Parrish Peede is the nominee to lead the National Endowment for the Humanities. During a recent interview with NPR, Peede makes his case for why the NEH should exist and he shares how NEH has for more than 50 years supported some of the most important humanities projects in our country.
  Read or listen to the interview with John Parrish Peede.

Applications for the 14th annual Hiett Prize in the Humanities are due April 20th. The $50,000 prize from The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture recognizes individuals in the early stages of careers devoted to the humanities. Finalists are determined from a nationwide field of applicants, after which they will be considered by a select panel of judges. The Hiett Prize recipient's achievements are celebrated and the prize is awarded at the annual luncheon.  Learn more about the Hiett Prize.

The Sharlot Hall Museum is currently accepting nominations for its Sharlot Hall Award. Presented annually to a living Arizona woman, the Sharlot Hall Award recognizes valuable contributions to the understanding and awareness of Arizona and its history. Since 1984, the award has served as a counterpart to the Arizona Women's Hall of Fame Award, and was named in honor of the Museum's founder, Sharlot Mabridth Hall. Nominations are due May 31, 2018.  Learn more and submit a nomination.
Highlighted April Programs

Check out all of the programs on our website calendar.

FRANK Talks - Eradicating Global Hunger: Is Genetically Modified Food (GMO) a Solution?
Saturday, April 14
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Chandler Public Library-Sunset Branch
4930 W. Ray Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85226
How the Piano Keyboard Changed the World with Guy Whatley
Thursday, April 19
12:15 pm - 1:45 pm
Chino Valley Public Library
1020 W Palomino Road
Chino Valley, AZ 86323
Asia's Unique Culture: A Visual Trip Across A Mystical Continent with Dan Fellner
Thursday, April 5
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Patagonia Public Library
346 Duquesne, PO Box 415
Patagonia, AZ 85624
Arizona Goes to the Moon with Kevin Schindler
Monday, April 30
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Himmel Park Public Library
1035 N. Treat Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85716
The Social Buzz 

A few popular articles from our facebook and twitter feeds. Follow us to stay in the know! 
  • What exactly does a librarian do? Everything. via Literary Hub
  • It's Time To Worry When Colleges Erase Humanities Departments via Forbes
  • The importance of critical thinking in the digital age via SI News
  • 21 Books for an Inclusive Read Across America Day via The Conscious Kid Library
  • These Writers Are Launching A New Wave Of Native American Literature via Buzzfeed
Thank you to our March donors

Corporate Sponsors, Gifts and Grants
Gannett/ Arizona Republic/Storytellers Project
Davidson-Bohannon Painting, Inc.
Salt River Project
Solfa Inc.
South Mountain Community College
Thrivent Choice

Betsey Bayless
Sally Borg
Judy Bowe
Gail Bradley*
Ryan Bruce*
Gail Browne
Tina Clark*
Carol and John Clemency
Sherman Elliott*
Robert Federoff
Karl Kendall*
Veronica Lamanes
Barbie and Charlie Moody
Vivian and Roger Mueller
Mary Lu Nunley*
F.B. Pacheco
Barbara and Jerry Probst
Jane and Louis Rosenbaum
Brian & Melissa Shackelford
Sally Shackelford
Vicky Shiya
Danielle Spahle
Brenda Thomson
Emerson Yearwood*
Judy and Joel Zaft

*Current Arizona Humanities Board Member
Important Dates
  • April 20 - Board of Directors Meeting
  • May 1 - Project Grant Letter of Intent Deadline
About Arizona Humanities
Arizona Humanities is a statewide 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the Arizona affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Since 1973, Arizona Humanities has supported public programs that promote the understanding of the human experience with cultural, educational, and nonprofit organizations across Arizona.

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