Humanities Now -  August 2018
Water/Ways opens in Fort Apache! 

Water/Ways Grand Opening on July 28

The Smithsonian Museum on Main Street Water/Ways exhibit arrived in Fort Apache, its second Arizona destination, on July 28. At the grand opening, visitors were greeted by Gwendena Lee-Gatewood, the newly elected White Mountain Apache Tribal Chairwoman, and Karl Hoerig, Director of the White Mountain Apache Tribe's Nohwike' Bágowa Museum.

During the Fort Apache grand opening, community members strolled into the exhibit space, saw the tall, curving Water/Ways display, tried the interactive activities, and learned about water stories from the White Mountain Apache community. A companion exhibit detailing the area's history and geography added a local perspective on the impact and importance of water. 

Tú hidaa diyinhi Water Is Sacred companion exhibit 

Karl Hoerig, project director for Water/Ways in Fort Apache shared, "Water is a central focus of traditional Apache cultural understanding; it is recognized as being both sacred and alive, it plays key roles in stories of creation, and its availability was the defining factor in settlement, land use, and even social and political organization in pre-reservation times...We recognized that we should present first some interpretation of the importance and meaning of water in Apache heritage, and we also wanted to provide additional information about what the water rights quantification agreement was all about." 

Water/Ways at Fort Apache and Theodore Roosevelt National Historic Landmark
July 28 - September 9
Building 104 General Crook Street
Fort Apache, AZ 85926
For exhibit hours, contact the Fort Apache Heritage Foundation
The Annual Report is Good News

If you have  a moment please take a look at our annual report from the past year. We are proud of the exciting programs and events we brought to Arizona, and grateful for the support of many friends and donors. Over 14,000 people attended community conversations across the state and engaged in lively conversations about history, current events and more. We provided grants to libraries and schools and museums, and were pleased to distribute free books to children at our literacy programs. Please be sure to check out the new Smithsonian traveling exhibition Water/Ways. It is a great way to learn about all the ways that water affects our lives, economy and culture here in the desert. We are proud of what we accomplished, but are already looking forward to an exciting year ahead with more dynamic FRANK Talks and special Pulitzer program series exploring the impact of journalism and the media on democracy. Hope to see you soon!  

Brenda Thomson

Do You Know a Rising Star?

Every year we celebrate the achievements of outstanding humanities scholars, friends and leaders. These are the people who teach, speak, travel the state, and work in our communities to bring excellent humanities experiences to Arizona. They help us understand our history and culture through thought-provoking research, books, films, poetry and community discussions. They inspire us to think about current issues, and the impact of our actions on the world we live in, our neighborhoods, land, water and air. Do you know an outstanding humanities scholar, friend, or rising star? Please consider nominating them so that we can publicly recognize and celebrate their contributions. Details on the Humanities Awards criterion and nomination process will be shared next week. Nominations are due Monday, October 1.
Ghostly Stories Reading Festival receives City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture Grant

Ghostly Stories 2018 will be Saturday, October 20
Save-the-Date for the annual Ghostly Stories Reading Festival! The event takes place Saturday, October 20 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Celebrate stories, books, and reading with a spooky twist! Free and fun for families and kids. This year, we are working with the Phoenix Public Library and New City PHX, and we have a lot exciting activities in the works. Stay tuned for more announcements next month! Ghostly Stories received a Collaborative Communities grant from the City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture. 

National Humanities Alliance Launches Humanities for All Website

Explore the new Humanities for All website. Created by the National Humanities Alliance, Humanities for All features public humanities projects at higher education institutions across the United States. Explore the site and search by state to find projects by the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, Yavapai College, Pima County Community College, and more.

Visit the Humanities for All website.
NEH News: Congratulations to the Arizona NEH Grant Recipients

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) awarded $43.1 million for 218 humanities projects across the country. Arizona's Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Arizona Western College received two of the first awards made under NEH's new Infrastructure and Capacity-Building Challenge Grant program. Grant funding from NEH also supports research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities. Congratulations to all of the recipients!

Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Scottsdale
$176,106 [Infrastructure and Capacity-Building Challenge Grants]
Taliesin West Accessibility and Infrastructure Improvements

Arizona State University, Tempe
$60,000 [Public Scholar Program]
Biography of Sisters Jane Porter (1775-1850) and Anna Maria Porter (1778-1832), Nineteenth-Century British Novelists

University of Arizona, Tucson
$40,000 [Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections]
Planning for the Sustainable Preservation of At-Risk Film in the Center for
Creative Photography Archives

University of Arizona, Tucson
$350,000 [Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections]
Creating a Sustainable Environment for the Preservation of the Arizona State Museum's Anthropological Photographs

University of Arizona, Tucson
$90,479 [Institutes for College and University Teachers]
Understanding Middle Eastern Millennials through Literature, Culture, and Media

Arizona Western College, Yuma
$400,000 [Infrastructure and Capacity-Building Challenge Grants]
Arizona Western College's Project Impact - Renovation of Arizona Western College's library

Read more about each grant.

Interested in applying for an NEH grant? Explore NEH grants and deadlines at
Highlighted August Programs

Check out programs on our website calendar.

Sheep Ranchers and Herders of Arizona with Barbara Jaquay
Saturday, August 11
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
La Posada Hotel
303 E. Second St.
Winslow, AZ 86047
Voices of Vail Documentary Film Premiere
Sunday August 12
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Fox Tucson Theatre
17 W. Congress St.
Tucson, AZ 85701
Working in the Salt Mine: Ancient and Historic Mining of Salt in Arizona with Todd Bostwick
Monday, August 20
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Springerville Heritage Center
418 E. Main Stret
Springerville, AZ 85938
The Woman Who Shot Cowboys: Rodeo Photographer Louise L. Serpa with Jan Cleere
Tuesday, August 28
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Goodyear Total Wine & More Classroom
1416 N. Litchfield Rd.
Goodyear, AZ 85338
The Social Buzz 

A few popular articles from our facebook and twitter feeds. Follow us to stay in the know! 
  • Backpack-Sized Archiving Kit Empowers Community Historians to Record Local Narratives via  Hyperallergic
  • The Water Wars of Arizona via New York Times  
  • The quantified heart; can emotion regulating tech translate across cultures? via Aeon Magazine
  • Free for All: Inside the Public Library Trailer, coming in 2019 via Free For All Films
Thank you to our June donors

Jennifer Bonilla*
Ryan Bruce*
Joel Fritzler*
Alan & Sally Jacobs, Fidelity Charitable Donor Advisory Fund
Karl Kendall*
Mary Lu Nunley*
Emerson Yearwood*

*Arizona Humanities Board Member
Important Dates
  • August 17 - Board of Directors Meeting
  • September 3 - Labor Day Holiday Office Closed
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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