Humanities Now
February 2019

2019 Humanities Awards
Sunday, April 14, 2019     4:30 - 7:00 PM     
Mesa Arts Center - Virginia G. Piper Repertory Theater
1 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ 85201
The  2019 Arizona Humanities Awards celebration  is just around the corner! Join us for an evening of live entertainment, hors d'oeuvres, silent auction, and more as we celebrate this year's awardees and the fantastic work they do to support and elevate the humanities across Arizona. Please email for more info.

Individual ticket               $50

Family & Friends
Celebratory Message     $100

Premier Sponsor          $5,000

Featured Sponsor        $2,500

Contributing Sponsor   $1,000
To Our Friends--About the Government Shutdown
Brenda Thomson
Despite the ongoing bad news about the government shutdown, Arizona Humanities is good news for many. We continue to operate and bring vibrant and important programs to the people of Arizona.  This does not mean that we are not impacted by government shutdowns. We are indeed impacted, as the majority of our operating funds come from Congress. We do not receive funding distributions when the National Endowment for the Humanities is closed. Please note that we operate conservatively, and only spend funds on essential operations and programs during a shutdown. We feel that our work is more important now than ever, and so we move forward in providing services as best we can. The humanities teach us what is important about the America that we have built, and the America that we continue to build together.
Grantee Highlights: Annual Flag Wool & Fiber Festival, plus  Museum of Northern Arizona to Host Discussion on Indigenous Cultural Rights
Alpacas in the Alpaca Selfie Booth (2017), Flag Wool and Fiber Festival, courtesy Arizona Historical Society

The Arizona Historical Society Pioneer Museum will host the annual Flag Wool and Fiber Festival bringing together wool growers, artisans, and fiber-related vendors to exchange knowledge on creating goods using natural materials grown in Arizona. Demonstrators offer free and paid workshops. Visitors can learn about Indigenous arts history and Northern Arizona's sheep ranching past , and discuss how to live sustainably in the modern world To learn more about the festival, visit
Courtesy of Museum of Northern Arizona

Wednesday, February 6
6:00 - 7:00 pm
Museum of Northern Arizona, Braingar Chase
Admission: FREE

Jaclyn Roessel examines some of the tensions between museums and Indigenous communities and discusses how, with further dedication to decolonized practices, museums can facilitate the assertion of Indigenous community cultural rights. Roessel is the Founder and President of Grownup Navajo and a museum professional. This event is jointly sponsored by MNA and the Martin-Springer Institute.
The Smithsonian  Water/Ways exhibit opened at the City of Sierra Vista's Henry F. Hauser Museum on Saturday, January 12 with over 90 people in attendance. Mayor Rick Mueller, Henry F. Hauser Museum  Curator, Nancy Krieski, and ASU Ph.D. student, Daniel Milowski,  all made remarks during the opening program.
Visitors can also explore Changing Landscapes, the local companion exhibit designed by the City of Sierra Vista and Henry F. Hauser Museum. The exhibit examines the history of Cochise County, the growth along the San Pedro River, The Tombstone Pipeline, the 1887 Sonoran Earthquake, and more. The Sierra Vista Public Library features several of these exhibit panels.
Sierra Vista programs include:
  • "Slow the H2O - Rain Chains Workshop for Kids & Adults" (Feb 2)
  • "Water in Arizona: Past, Present, Future" with Dr. Paul Hirt (Feb 5)
  • "Water Stories Story time @ The Library" (Feb 5-7)
  • "A History and Overview of Water Treatment at the City's Environmental Operations Park" (Feb 16)
  • "Sierra Vista Water/Ways Youth Arts Festival" (Feb 23)
Water/Ways remains open  in Sierra Vista through February 25. Hours are Monday-Tuesday (10:00am-4:00pm), Wednesday (10:00am-7:00pm), Thursday-Friday (10:00am-1:00pm) Saturday (11:00am-2:00pm)
For more details on all of Sierra Vista's programs, visit  
Award Recipients in the News

Tuesday, February 12 at 6:00 PM
Carson Ballroom, Old Main
400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281

2019 Humanities Public Scholar, Natalie Diaz, is being celebrated at Arizona State University with a reading of her recent work. Diaz is the Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Chair in Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Associate Professor at Arizona State University. To RSVP, click here.
         Courtesy of the Department of English at Arizona State University

The Whole Story returns to the Phoenix Art Museum! Now in its fourth year, the live storytelling show seeks to bring greater depth and breadth to our understanding of the human experience from the Black perspective, while celebrating the nuances of our humanity.
Courtesy of
2019 Season
Phoenix Art Museum
625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Part VIII     Friday, February 1 Part IX     Friday, May 3
Part X       Friday, August 2 Part XI     Friday, December 6

Learn how you can be a part of  The Whole Story Click here to purchase tickets.
What is a Body Beside a Person, a Structure, the Hull of a Ship?
Thursday, February 21
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Admission: FREE
New City - Student Auditorium
1300 N. Central Ave. 
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Join us as we dive into The Written  Body, a reading and conversation with poet, Eloisa Amezcua, memoirist Andrea Avery, and novelist Kirstin Chen, three talented and provocative writers. Writer María Isabel Álvarez will moderate. Visitors may enter a raffle to win books by our guest speakers. For more info and to RSVP, click here.
From left: Eloisa Amezcua, Andrea Avery, Kirstin Chen
Call for Books by Arizona Authors
Are you an Arizonan author? We want your book!

Fiction, non-fiction, poetry, YA, children's lit--we want it all! If you're an author living in Arizona and have a published book currently out, please consider donating a signed copy to Arizona Humanities to feature in an upcoming giveaway. Not only will you receive a tax credit for your donation, but you'll also be putting your book in the hands of a lucky Arizonan eager to discover their new favorite author! Email or call (602) 257-0335 for more details.
Butterfly's Tongue (1999)

Friday, March 1
6:00 - 9:00 PM
Arizona Humanities
1242 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Admission: FREE
Click here to RSVP

Join us for another Foreign Film Friday, a film series that celebrates international storytelling and perspectives by screening foreign-language films from a variety of genres and countries. 

Enjoy light snacks during the film followed by an audience discussion. 
The Arts Foundation will host a presentation from Carol Lanoux Lee of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), followed by an arts funder panel that will include confirmed representatives from Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona, Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, the Lovell Foundation, Arizona Commission on the Arts, and Arizona Humanities.

The presentation will cover how to apply for NEA funding and other grant

Pastries and coffee will be provided.
Thursday, February 28

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Admission: FREE
RSVP today
Community Foundation for Southern Arizona

5049 East Broadway Boulevard
#Suite 201
Tucson, AZ 85711
Special Thanks to a Special Person
Brenda Thomson
We have been blessed to have Marilyn Murphy on our team. Since joining the staff in April 2013 Marilyn's creativity and professionalism have helped Arizona Humanities rebrand our communications statewide. Our newsletter, our website, our brochures and annual reports, have all captured attention, locally and even nationally. Although we are sad to see Marilyn go, we are please that she is still nearby and may collaborate with Arizona Humanities again in her new position of Communications Manager with the Arizona Historical Society in Tempe. We know she will be successful and wish her the best. 
Marilyn Murphy
It has been an amazing experience working for Arizona Humanities the last six years. I am grateful to have worked with so many talented people and amazing communities across our state. From Patagonia to Springerville, to Bullhead City, and Chino Valley--Arizona has so many museums, libraries, historical societies, and educational entities to experience. Instead of goodbye, I'll leave you with an ask to watch our " We Are Arizona Humanities" video, which shares why we need the humanities in our lives. Until next time!
AZ Speaks presenter Jay Cravath and Marilyn Murphy, 2014
Job Openings at Arizona Humanities
Arizona Humanities has been a leader in the cultural community of Arizona for more than 45 years. Our talented staff, interns, and volunteers have made this possible. To learn more about current job openings, click here
NEH News and Other Opportunities

Public Scholar Program
The Public Scholar Program provides funding opportunities to support the creation of well-researched books in the humanities. Interested applicants should be working toward a book that addresses significant humanities themes in a way that will appeal to a large audience of general readers.  To learn more, visit Deadline is February 6, 2019 .

American History and Culture Workshops, Summer Seminars, and Institutes
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: Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections ( Link), Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions ( Link), and more.  Read more about all NEH grants.

Join the National Humanities Alliance in Washington, D.C. to advocate for the humanities March 10-12, 2019. 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 February Programs

Explore more programs on our website calendar.

The Beatles: From Liverpool to Abbey Road with Marshall Shore

Friday, February 4
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Douglas Public Library
560 E. 10th St.
Douglas, AZ 85607
African American Pioneers  of Arizona with Akua Duku Anokye

Saturday, February 9
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Ocotillo Library
102 W. Southern Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85041
FRANK Talk - Borders, Walls, & Immigration with Scott Warren

Tuesday, February 12
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Apache Junction Library
1177 N. Idaho Rd.
Apache Junction, AZ 85119
Learn more
Celebrating Black History with Dr. Tamika Sanders

Thursday, February 21
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Eloy Santa Cruz Library
1000 N. Main St.
Eloy, AZ 85131
The Social Buzz 

A few popular articles from our facebook and twitter feeds. Follow us to stay in the know! 
  • Excited about your current arts project? Arizona Commission on the Arts to provide Artist Opportunity Grants to local artists.
  • 'More people-especially young people-are   reading and buying poetry ' via StarTribune.
  • Former AZ Humanities chairman, Dr. Neal Lester, to receive MLK Awards for impact in the humanities via ASU Now.
  • A look back at the Great Reads of 2018 via NPR
Thank you to our January Donors

James Blasingame*
Ryan Bruce*
Gail Browne & Frances Sjoberg
Gary L. Hanneman
Karl Kendall*
Mary Lu Nunley*
Mary Ann & Bill Sheely
Jane Swicegood
Brenda Thomson
Jim Walsh
Emerson Yearwood*
Little Bar, LLC (The Womack)-Maria "Jazzy" Johnson
Arizona Healthcare Executives

*Arizona Humanities Board Member
Important Dates
  • February 15 - Board of Directors Meeting
  • Febraury 18 - Presidents Day (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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