Humanities Now -  December 2018

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Remembering Ed Pastor, Special Friend of the Humanities

Water/Ways Opening at the Bullion Plaza Cultural Center and Museum on September 21

We were deeply saddened by the passing of Congressman Ed Pastor. His contributions to Arizona are many. Congressman Pastor served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 23 years, and he was the first Mexican-American from Arizona elected to Congress. This past September, he joined us in Miami to celebrate the opening of the Smithsonian's Water/Ways exhibit at the  Bullion Plaza Cultural Center & Museum. What you may not know is that he was a lifelong champion of the humanities. He understood the value of cultural programs and activities in shaping and building communities. I had the pleasure of meeting with him in Washington D.C. when we visited to advocate for Arizona Humanities. Pastor was already a fan. He knew about the grants awarded to organizations in his district, and how they had impacted the neighborhoods and economy positively. He was knowledgeable and professional, and also a warm and engaging person. His office was filled with family photos, and he spoke fondly of the importance of our work in Arizona. We will not forget him. Thank you Congressman Pastor for your leadership, service, and support for the arts and humanities in our communities.  

Brenda Thomson
Executive Director
Grantee Highlight: 42nd Annual Indian Market at Pueblo Grande Museum, December 8-9

Celebrate Native American Arts and Culture at Pueblo Grande Museum in Phoenix. Explore The Ki:him (O'odham word for village) and experience demonstrations, lectures, and hands-on activities. The Ki:him encourages visitors to see, hear and interact with American Indian artists, crafts people, and performers. Highlights include: Atlatl and Rabbit Sticks with Amil Pedro, Bow and Arrow Making with Royce Manuel, and Navajo Weaving techniques with Emily Malone.

Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Pueblo Grande Museum
4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85034
Tickets: General Admission ($10), Museum Members with ID, American Indians with tribal ID, active and retired U.S. Service Members ($5), Children 12 and under (Free admission when accompanied by an adult)

For complete program and performance times, visit the website at the link below.

NEH Grant Workshop in Tucson January 17-18

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Arizona Humanities is excited to partner with the University of Arizona to host an exclusive NEH Workshop in Tucson. The National Endowment for the Humanities, an independent federal agency created in 1965, is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States. NEH grants typically go to cultural institutions, such as museums, archives, libraries, colleges, universities, to public television and radio stations, and to individual scholars. 

At this workshop you will learn key strategies for successful proposals, and have the opportunity to network with Arizona and Southwest humanities organizations. The goal of the workshop is advance humanities scholarship and programming to benefit communities in Arizona and throughout the Southwest.

This is a rare opportunity - do not miss it! The workshop takes place January 17 and 18 at the University of Arizona in Tucson. 

For questions, contact Carrie Stusse with U of A Research, Discovery & Innovation or 520-621-1105.

Explore Water/Ways and Water Programs in Florence through December 30

Water/Ways Opening Celebration on November 17

Congrats to the Town of Florence for a fantastic opening! You can view  Water/Ways at McFarland State Historic Park through December 30. Be sure to see the companion exhibit Our Water-Past and Present at the Pinal County Historical Museum.

All programs below take place at the Florence Library and Community Center. Visit the Water/Ways website for more information.

Water in the Southwest: Where have we been, and where are we going? with Dr. Jennifer Richter, Arizona State University, School of Social Transformation and the School for the Future of Innovation in Society
Wednesday, December 5
3:00 p.m.

Water/Ways Movie Series
Saturday, December 8
1:00 p.m.

Vision Realized: Ernest W. McFarland and the Central Arizona Project with Joanna Brace, Curator, Arizona State Parks and Trails
Friday, December 14
6:00 p.m.

Water/Ways Movie Series
Saturday, December 15
1:00 p.m.

Prehistoric Water Management Along the Gila River; Dr. Douglas Craig; President, Friends of Casa Grande Ruins
Friday, December 21
6:00 p.m.

Don't forget to save-the-date! Water/Ways opens in Sierra Vista on Saturday, January 12, 2019!
Two Humanities Projects Receive Mini Grants

Congratulations to the Red Rocks Music Festival and Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation! Read more about each project below.  Interested in a Mini Grant? Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more about Mini Grants and apply today.

Polonaise - Fantasie, Story of a Pianist
Red Rocks Music Festival
Project Director: Moshe Bukshpan 

Inna Faliks is a Concert pianist and Professor of piano at UCLA. Her program Polonaise - Fantasie, Story of a Pianist, is a musical glimpse into the stories of people, purpose, places, and influences that shaped her as a musician. During the 17th annual Red Rocks Music Festival in 2019, Faliks will share her acclaimed monologue recital, which includes her story growing up in Odessa, Ukraine, and the modern immigrant experience as she migrated from Odessa to Chicago. The Arizona Red Rocks Music Festival takes place in Sedona and Phoenix and includes a variety of musical works. More information at

The Lavender Scare: Tragedy Ignites a Movement
Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation - Southern Arizona Senior Pride
Project Directors: Joyce Bolingera and Lavina Effie Tomer 

The Lavender Scare is a documentary film that tells the little-known story of key events in the 1950s that sparked the launch of the gay rights movement. In 1957, after thousands of gay men and lesbians had been fired, a Harvard-trained astronomer named Frank Kameny, became an unlikely hero when he was thrust into the forefront of what would become a decades long fight for the rights of LGBT people. Southern Arizona Senior Pride will present the documentary The Lavender Scare and a post-film conversation with Emmy-award winning filmmaker Josh Howard at The Loft Cinema in Tucson, AZ. Watch the trailer on YouTube and then learn more at

Stephen Richer Joins the Board of Directors 

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Stephen Richer is a transactional attorney in the downtown Phoenix office of an international law firm.  Stephen's life changed in 1998 when his mom forced him to read the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.  He has since always loved books--particularly Nineteenth-Century British Literature, Golden Age Russian Literature, fantasy books, and science fiction.  Within the arts and humanities, Stephen also loves to sing along (poorly) with musicals, watch hip-hop dance, try his own hip-hop dance (high on enthusiasm, low on talent), and watch bad romantic comedy movies.  Stephen previously lived in Salt Lake City, Hermosillo (Mexico), New Orleans, Chicago, and Washington DC.  He now in lives downtown Phoenix with his fiancee Lindsay.  Stephen received his law degree and master's degree from The University of Chicago, and he received his bachelor's degree from Tulane University.

NEH News and Other Opportunities

Attend an NEH Summer Program! NEH offers tuition-free opportunities for K-12 educators and higher education faculty to study a variety of humanities topics. Stipends are available to help cover expenses for these one- to four-week programs. Topics include: U.S. History, Literature, Religion, and History. Deadline is March 1, 2019. Learn more about NEH Summer Programs.

Research grant opportunities with the National Endowment for the Humanities. Upcoming deadlines include: Programming Grants to Accompany NEH on the Road Exhibitions, Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections, National Digital Newspaper Program, and more. 

The Institute for Museum and Library Services is seeking applications for for School Library, Community Memory, and Digital Inclusion Grants. This new funding opportunity is designed to strengthen the ability of small and rural libraries, archives, and related organizations to serve their communities.

The Phoenix Office of Arts + Culture is seeking interns for stipend-paid positions in Art Collections, Public Art, Communications, and Grants + Arts Learning. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, December 11th. Application materials should be emailed directly to Christina Park at Learn more about internship details.

Humanities Advocacy Day is March 10-12, 2019! Join the National Humanities Alliance in Washington, D.C. to advocate for the humanities. Connect with humanities advocates, explore approaches to advocacy on college campuses and in local communities, and prepare for Capitol Hill visits. Learn more about Humanities Advocacy Day.
Highlighted December Programs

Explore more programs on our website calendar.

FRANK Talks - Know Your First Amendment: What is freedom of speech, press, religion and assembly?
Thursday, December 6
5:00 pm - 6:15 pm
Coolidge Public Library
160 W. Central Avenue
Coolidge, AZ 85128
FRANK Talks - The spread of fake news: Is there a vaccine for that?
Friday, December 7
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Vista Grande Library
1556 N. Arizola Rd.
Casa Grande, 85122
Dauntless Courage and Boundless Ambition: The Life of Buckey O'Neill 
Wednesday, December 12
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
City of Surprise City Hall
16000 N Civic Center Plaza
Surprise, AZ 85374
LGBTQ: A History in Arizona
Wednesday, December 19
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
1100 W Ruins Drive
Coolidge , AZ 85128
The Social Buzz 

A few popular articles from our facebook and twitter feeds. Follow us to stay in the know! 
  • A Competitive 21st-Century America Begins With Reading via Forbes
  • Business Does Not Need the Humanities - But Humans Do via Harvard Business Review
  • Chandler Public Library receives grant to support Native American Performance Series in 2019, in partnership with Canyon Records via City of Chandler
  • The End of Endings via NY Times
Thank you to our November Donors

James Hays & Beverly Biggs
James Blasingame*
Ryan Bruce*
Gary Hanneman
Lois Kelley
Karl Kendall*
Ann-Marie Lee
Marcia Lott
Tanae Morrison*

Mary Lu Nunley*
Richard Smith
Thomasita Taylor
Emerson Yearwood*

*Arizona Humanities Board Member
Important Dates
  • December 24 - January 1 (Office Closed)
About Arizona Humanities
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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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