Humanities Now -  January 2018
Happy New Year! 

We have updated our look for the 2018 eNews. We hope you like it. Check out programs to explore, opportunities for your organization, and more. As we gear up for the arrival of Water/Ways in June we will be talking more about water at events, in videos, and on social media. 

Send us a note at We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you in 2018!
Call to Artists for the AZ Communities Water/Ways Coloring Book
Arizona Humanities is seeking an artist to create a coloring book for children and adults to compliment the upcoming Water/Ways exhibition. Twelve (12) Arizona communities will share an image and text (poem, song, fun fact) that represents their community's unique water story. The images and text will be featured in the coloring book. The coloring book will be free and accessible to Water/Ways exhibit visitors throughout the state. 
Deadline to apply is Friday, January 19, 2018.
ASU students work with Arizona communities to support Water/Ways planning and research 

Host site visit at the Lake Havasu Museum of History
In June of 2018 the Smithsonian's Water/Ways traveling exhibit will launch in Bisbee, Arizona, and travel to 12 sites across the state. Last  fall ASU students worked behind the scenes to help host sites plan and research water as part of the Public History Lab class taught by state scholar Dr. Paul Hirt.

Daniel Milowski, an ASU doctoral student studying history shared,  "The work that I am doing is a lot of research and documentation on the various host sites that we're working building up a large library of information and resources that can be used to create local exhibits that can be paired with the national traveling exhibit. We are researching cultural resources like musicians, music recordings, books that have been written creating a sense of cultural resources and others like that."

We are also excited to welcome Jennifer Sweeney as our Water/Ways intern. Jennifer is a Masters student in Public History. She is assisting AH in providing web access to resources and materials highlighting water. Welcome Jennifer at  
New FRANK Talks now available for Arizona libraries

Meet members of your community and join interesting discussions at FRANK Talks, a unique program produced in partnership with the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records. FRANK Talks encourage community conversations about issues of local and national importance at Arizona libraries. Would you like to see FRANK Talks at your local library? Share this email with your librarian. Read and learn about topic descriptions, scholar bios, and how to book programs on our website.

New and recent FRANK Talks topics:

  • Challenges to Democracy from the Extremes *NEW*
  • Eradicating Global Hunger: Is Genetically Modified Food (GMO) a Solution? *NEW* 
  • Is Incarceration the Best Approach to Address Criminal Behavior? *NEW*
  • Talking to Each Other About Controversies Now *NEW*
  • Fake News: The Impact of Fake News in the Real World
  • School Choice in Arizona
  • Weaponized Narrative: Information Warfare as the New Battlespace 
  • What is racial disproportionality in schools and why does it matter? 
  • Building Civic Engagement in a Politically Charged World 

The FRANK Talks below will end this spring (*March 31). Book now to discuss the following topics:

  • Energy in an Uncertain World ends on March 4
  • Immigrants and the American Dream: We the People Today and Tomorrow*
  • Is This Racist? Racial Literacy and Social Media
  • Local Democracy and Politics in Education: Does it help or hinder student achievement?
  • Conversations on Reproductive Health
  • Securing the Borders and Stopping Terrorism: A Constitutional Framework
Recently Awarded Mini Grants

Congratulations to the Culture of Peace Alliance in Tucson on being awarded a $2,000 Mini Grant for their project,  Multi-Generational Introduction to Kingian Nonviolence Workshops. Arizona Humanities f unds  will be used to support workshops for high school and college students in a shared learning environment where participants will learn how to understand and appreciate diverse perspectives.

Grant recipient Southwest Folklife Alliance at The University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences recently completed their project, Food and Water in Arid Lands: Dialogues across Contemporary and Traditional Knowledge. The project explored food and water delivery systems through various public programs. Watch the 15-minute film and hear from a diverse array of scholars, experts, and elders who participated in the project.
Grantee Highlight: Riders on the Orphan Train program visits 6 Arizona communities  

Image courtesy Alison Moore and Phil Lancaster
Alison Moore and Phil Lancaster have created a unique multi-media presentation on the largest children migration in American history. Riders on the Orphan Train explores the incredible story of the 250,000 orphans and unwanted children taken out of New York City and given away at train stations across America, including Arizona. This program examines the local legacies of the relocation and reflects on the meaning of home in the American Dream. Check out on the programs below or learn more at the National Orphan Train Complex Museum and Research Center website. 
  • Prescott Public Library - January 27 - 2:00-3:30 p.m.
  • Wilcox Public Library - February 7 - 2:00-3:30 p.m.
  • Douglas Public Library - February 8 - 4:00-5:30 p.m.
  • Fountain Hills Public Community Center - February 10 - 2:00-3:30 p.m.
  • Prescott Valley Public Library - February 15 - 6:00-7:30 p.m.
  • Winslow Visitor Center - February 17 - 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Highlighted January Programs

Check out all of the programs on our website calendar.

FRANK Talks: The Impact of Fake News in the Real World
Saturday January 20
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Yuma County Library - Main Library, 2951 S. 21st Dr. 
Yuma, AZ 85364 
"Protecting a Way of Life" Kinship Responsibilities with Royce and Debbie Manuel
Wednesday, January 24
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, 1100 W Ruins Drive 
Coolidge , AZ 85128
FRANK Talks: Racial Literacy and Social Media
Thursday, January 25
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Florence Library and Community Center, 778 N. Main St. 
Florence, AZ 85132
The Diamond Jubilee of Cadet Nurses in Arizona: Stories of Service with Elsie Szecsy
Tuesday, January 30
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Apache Junction Library, 1177 N. Idaho Rd. 
Apache Junction, AZ 85119 
NEH News and Other Opportunities

Check out news from the National Endowment for the Humanities including grant opportunities, summer teacher institutes, arts and culture updates, and more.

Four Arizona organizations received NEH grant awards for preservation assistance and research totaling $89,491. Congratulations to Mohave County, The Hopi Tribe, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, and Arizona State University. Read more about the awarded projects.

Great news for museums and historical societies! NEH will now supp ort "the development and implementation of temporary, single-site exhibitions"  which will accommodate smaller institutions.  Read more about the new grants.

Explore Summer Teacher Seminars for K-12 educators. NEH supports a variety of seminars and institutes that " explore a variety of topics relevant to K-12 or undergraduate education in the humanities." Deadline to apply is February 22, 2018. Read more about Summer Seminars and Institutes.

Grants for Native American Library Services are now available through the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The grants fund l ibrary materials, salaries and training, Internet connectivity and computers, partnerships, and more.The deadline is April 2, 2018. Read more about IMLS grants.

The City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture is accepting poetry submissions through January 19, 2018 for a public art project. T he Phoenix Poet Laureate, Rosemarie Dombrowski, is seeking Arizona poets to submit short poems, 50 words or less, to be featured on the 7th Avenue and Glenrosa Streetscape exhibition. Learn more about the poetry opportunity.  

Join the National Day of Racial Healing (NDORH) on Tuesday January 16, part of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) effort. NDORH is a national and community-based process to plan for and bring about transformational and sustainable change, and to address the historic and contemporary effects of racism. A highlight will be a two-hour Facebook Live event, Healing Hearts with Grace, from 7:30 to 9:30 (EST). Learn more at:
The Social Buzz 

A few popular articles from our facebook and twitter feeds. Follow us to stay in the know! 
  • Female farmers in Arizona - a photo essay via The Guardian
  • Pickle: A Philosophy and Ethics Podcast for Kids via WNYC
  • Preserving the Verde River, one beer at a time via The Verde Independent
  • Archaeology professor, students dig into Bisbee baseball history via AZ Family
  • Need Another Use for a Liberal Arts Education? How about Learning to Be a Citizen? via Big Think
Thank you to our December donors

American Endowment Foundation
Judy and Jerry   Ankenbrandt
Barbara Baderman*
Linda and Jim Ballinger
Gail Browne  
Ricki and Michael Cantor
Gay Chanler
Tina Clark*
AT & Cinda Cole-Pitchfork Ranch
Margot Cordova
Allen Dart
Thomas Davis
John L. Doty
Joyce E. East
Elizabeth Evans
David & Virginia Foster
Eleanor   Heinz
Sharon Hoblit
Jim Hughett
Marcia Iole
Barbara Jaquay
Linda Jensen
Karl Kendall*
Sharon Greenleaf Levin
Joanne Markis
Elizabeth A. Martin
F. Ellen Martin
Shirley & James Massey
Jeri Meeks
Liz and Ramon Montes
Lynette & Paul Murphy
Dianna Soe Myint*
Thomas Nakayama
Mary Lu Nunley*
Edgar Olivo
Eshe Pickett*
Martha Prumers
Helen and Wayne Ranney
Brenda Ringwald
Claire K. Sargent
Debora Schwartz
Brian & Melissa Shackelford
Dan Shilling
Maire & Bob Simington
Elsie M. Szecsy
Laura Tohe
Drexel G.Woodson, Ph.D.
Emerson Yearwood*

*Current Arizona Humanities Board Member
Important Dates
  • January 15 - Martin Luther King Jr. 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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