August 2017

On the road for  Water/Ways

The 1885 Schoolhouse at Tubac Presidio State Historic Park
Preparations for the Smithsonian's Water/Ways exhibition are well under way! While the exhibition does not officially arrive until June 2018, host sites and Arizona Humanities staff are busy prepping for the exhibit and community programs that will explore water stories and water issues.

Thank you to the communities who welcomed us last week! McFarland State Historic Park (Florence), Central Arizona College - Aravaipa Campus (Winkelman), Bullion Plaza Cultural Center and Museum (Miami), Fort Apache and Theodore Roosevelt School National Historic Landmark (Fort Apache), Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum (Bisbee), Henry F. Hauser Museum (Sierra Vista), Amerind Museum (Dragoon), and the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park (Tubac).

Check out our instagram feed (@AZhumanities) for a series of posts and follow us for updates from the next round of visits later this month!
Grantee Highlight: Mining Uranium Memories Exhibit

Panel from Mining Uranium Memories exhibit
The Northern Arizona University Sustainable Communities Program was awarded an $8,000 project grant to develop the  Mining Uranium Memories exhibit . Based on oral history interviews and documentary research, the exhibit explores the tangled legacy of uranium mining and use in northern Arizona. It complements Hope and Trauma in a Poisoned Land, a visual arts exhibit organized by the Flagstaff Arts Council. 

Both exhibits open August 15th at the Coconino Center for the Arts (2300 N Fort Valley Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 86001). 

Welcome Karl Kendall to the Board of Directors

Karl Kendall has worked for the Phoenix Public Library for the past 17 years. In his current role as the Deputy Director of Collections and Programming, Karl oversees the coordination of programs, services, and the purchasing of library materials across this diverse system of 17 Library locations. 

Karl shared, "My experience planning and coordinating programming for a large urban public library system has given me many opportunities to share humanities-based programs with the community. More importantly, I have had a lifelong passion for the study of humanities, particularly in the areas of History and Literature. I look forward to helping Arizona Humanities advance its mission!"

Storying Arizona - Celebrating Every Voice Workshop in Vail August 26th

Join the Vail Preservation Society and Odyssey Storytelling for a free storytelling workshop. 
Celebrating Every Voice will explore ways to share and preserve personal stories, gain new storytelling tools, practice performing in a safe and supportive environment, and more. Participants will also have the opportunity to learn oral history collection methods and connect with the storytelling community.

The workshop is free and open to all - for registration or more info, email

Celebrating Every Voice Workshop
Saturday, August 26, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Christ Lutheran Vail Church
14600 E. Colossal Cave Road - Vail, AZ

The Vail Preservation Society was awarded the Storying Arizona special initiative grant earlier this year to support a growing collection of stories that connect to the heart of what it means to be an Arizonan. 

Explore The House is a Heart: Why Historic Homes Matter on August 24th

We are excited to host Stuart Graff, President and CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, at Arizona Humanities on August 24th for a special presentation on historic homes. Graff will discuss the role that historic homes and other historic structures play in our community, using the Ellis-Shackelford House (Phoenix) and Taliesin West (Scottsdale) as examples of how understanding these places-and preserving them-tells us not only our history, but also our future. Like first-person histories, historic homes give a human dimension to the great forces that shape communities.  This program is in conjunction with the 100 year celebration of the Ellis-Shackelford House (1917-2017).

FRANK Talks Calendar Highlights

Explore thought-provoking topics this month at local libraries with FRANK Talks! Programs are interactive, participatory, and designed to engage people in conversation about contemporary issues. 

Energy in an Uncertain World
Saturday, August 19 @ 3:00-4:30pm
Agave Library
23550 N. 36th Ave.

Phoenix, AZ 85310
Body Cameras, Tasers and Guns: Modern Policing or a Police State? 
Saturday, August 26 @ 2:00-3:30pm
Cholla Branch Library
10050 N Metro Pkwy E
Phoenix, AZ 85051
Colorblindness and equality: Well-intentioned American values, or myths?
Saturday, August 26 @ 10:30am-12:00pm
Joel D. Valdez Main Library
101 N. Stone Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701
Immigrants and the American Dream: We the People Today and Tomorrow
Saturday, August 26 @ 2:00-3:30pm
Century Library
1750 E. Highland Ave.

Phoenix, AZ 85016

Interested in hosting a free FRANK Talk at your library? Read more about FRANK Talks and book a program today.
Arizona organizations awarded $754,908 in grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities

Congratulations to the Arizona organizations awarded recent grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities!

Arizona Department of Libraries, Archives and Public Records
Arizona Digital Newspaper Project, Phase Four

Arizona State University
An Archaeological Study of the Ancient Phaleron Cemetery near Athens, Greece
Archaeology Southwest
Archaeology and Oral Histories along the Lower Gila River in Southwestern Arizona, 600-1830 AD

University of Arizona
An Archaeological Field Survey in the Trapani Province of Western Sicily

Learn more about all awarded NEH grants.
Save-the-Date! "Find Your Nose" Book Launch September 17th

Save the date! Join Arizona Humanities for the launch of award-winning local children's author Rodo Sofranac's sixth educational, colorful, and fun children's book, Find Your Nose. Enjoy a free and fun afternoon celebrating books, reading, arts and crafts, music, and more!

Sunday, September 17th
2:00-5:00 p.m.
Arizona Humanities/Ellis-Shackelford House
1242 N Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85004

All donations and half of book sale profits go to support Arizona Humanities.

More information coming soon!
Thanks to our generous July supporters

Phoenix Squaw Peak Rotary Club, Inc.
Tina Clar
John Inman
Lynette & Paul Murphy
Mary Lu Nunley* 
Emerson Yearwood

*current Board Member
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Important Dates
  • August 18 - Board of Directors Meeting, Tucson
  • September 4 - Labor Day Office Closed
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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