Humanities Now
January 2020
Arizona Humanities Award Winner J.J. Lamb

For 30 years Arizona Humanities has honored Arizonans who have made outstanding contributions to the public humanities at our annual Humanities Awards.  We want to share their achievements with you.

Meet Friend of the Humanities Award Winner J.J. Lamb, Executive Director of the  Vail Preservation Society (VPS) . The mission of VPS is not only to preserve historic places, but to discover the stories of those places and share them with the world through oral histories , music and even film. Vail may be a tiny town, but as J.J. and her volunteers have discovered, "it has a big personality."  Lamb's passion for preserving places and memories is infectious, and it has encouraged diverse members of the community to unite their efforts to achieve common goals.
"Creating opportunities for community members of all ages to connect through history, heritage, preservation, and the arts is my passion. It is very humbling to be honored as a Friend of the Humanities, thank you. I am blessed to share this honor with many dedicated volunteers and partners in Vail, who make bringing history programs, student projects, participatory public art, oral history interviews, and even a documentary film, Voices of Vail, possible. Working together is a great joy as we discover the stories that surround us. Through stories we overcome barriers, build understanding, respect and meaningful connections to the place we call home ." J.J. Lamb
In an age when America's population is becoming increasingly urban, small towns across the nation are dwindling and their stories are being lost to history. The cumulative loss of these numerous little stories creates a gaping hole in the narrative of our nation. It is through the efforts of community members like J.J. Lamb and the tireless teams of volunteers she has brought together that our stories are preserved.

Lamb will be honored with other Humanities Award winners at the 2020 Humanities Awards Celebration: Hands-on Humanities. All of this year's winners are hands-on humanitarians, meaning they engage the community in their efforts to promote the humanities in Arizona.  

2020 Humanities Awards Celebration: Hands On Humanities
April 5, 2020
Heard Museum, Steele Auditorium
2301 N Central Ave Phoenix, AZ 85004
AZ Humanities Happenings
Announcing  Host Sites! 
Voices and Votes: Democracy in America  Exhibition

Arizona Humanities is pleased to announce the sites selected to host Voices and Votes: Democracy in America, a traveling exhibition by the Smithsonian's Museum on Main Street Program.  

Designed for small-town museums, libraries and cultural organizations, Voices and Votes: Democracy in America explores the context and main controversies behind America's democratic system. In addition to hosting the exhibition, host communities will develop complementary exhibits, host public programs, and facilitate educational initiatives to deepen people's understanding our nation's democratic system.

Town of Camp Verde Community Library
March 28, 2020 - May 10, 2020

Prescott Public Library
May 23, 2020 - July 5, 2020

Mohave Community College - Lake Havasu City Campus 
August 8, 2020 - September 20, 2020 

Tubac Center of the Arts 
October 3, 2020 - November 15, 2020

Arizona Capitol Museum   
November 28, 2020 - January 10, 2021
Upcoming FRANK Talks

FRANK Talks are interactive conversations on ideas that matter. Attendees discuss issues of local and national importance in local libraries at a 75-minute program. FRANK Talks encourage participants to weigh facts, provide the opportunity to put them in context, and consider different points of view. 

January 9 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
January 10 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

January 11 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

January 14 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

January 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

January 23 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

January 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

New programs added regularly. Check out our online calendar to stay updated!
An Evening with Poet Laureate
Rosemarie Dombrowski
Friday, January 31, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Arizona Humanities
1242 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Join us for an intimate evening of poetry. Professor  Rosemarie Dombrowski is the inaugural Poet Laureate of Phoenix. She is the founding editor of rinky dink press (a publisher of micro-collections of micro-poetry) and  The Revolution (Relaunch) , a radical and creative resurgence of the official newspaper of the National Woman's Suffrage Association. Dombrowski is the recipient of five Pushcart nominations, an Arts Hero Award, a Women & Philanthropy grant, and a fellowship from the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics.  Dombrowski is the co-founder of the student-educated publication,  Write On, Downtown: A Journal of Phoenix Writing , she also teaches courses on women's literature, medical poetry, and journal curation/editing at ASU.
Smithsonian Water/Ways
This month Water/Ways has arrived in Black Canyon City on its tour of small towns across Arizona. This exhibit was made possible by the passionate efforts of staff of Black Canyon Heritage park and  Cañon Elementary School, who have lined up an exciting series of programs to celebrate water's impact on their community.

Due to the fact that the exhibition is hosted by Cañon Elementary School, public admission hours are limited.

Open to Public Hours - January 2020

Jan 2 - 4 PM-7 PM 
Jan 4 - Noon to 4 PM   
Jan 6 - 4 PM-7 PM  
Jan 8 - 4 PM-7 PM  
Jan 11 - Noon to 4 PM 
Jan 13 - 4 PM-7 PM  
Jan 15 - 4 PM-7 PM 
Jan 18 - Noon to 4 PM 
Jan 22 - 4 PM-7 PM  
Jan 23 - 4 PM-7 PM  
Jan 25 - Noon to 4 PM 
Jan 26 - 4 PM-7 PM 

Water/Ways Events in Black Canyon City
Agua Fria  - Surface Water Rights History - 1888 to Present
January 13, 2020 @ 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Cañon Elementary School in Black Canyon City. 34630 S. School Loop Rd, Black Canyon City, AZ 85324.

Enjoy a special presentation by Glen Vortherms, General Manager of the Maricopa Water District.  Come learn about history of Maricopa Water District focusing on the time period from when the District filed for the Agua Fria River surface water rights in 1888 through the construction of Waddell Dam in 1928. Construction of the New Waddell Dam will also be briefly discussed. See the Smithsonian Water/Ways Exhibit at the same location after the presentation. 
Water/Ways Movie Night
Thursday January 23
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Cañon Elementary School in Black Canyon City. 34630 S. School Loop Rd, Black Canyon City, AZ 85324.

Short (3-6 minutes) movies such as:
  • Sleeping Giant - Black Canyon City Documentary
  • Sharing the Colorado River - John Wesley Powell sees the future of water in the west
  • Don't Waste Wastewater - Arizona Center of Algae Technology
More from Smithsonian Institute and Arizona State University
More Cultural Programs From Our Friends and Affiliates
Grand Opening: 
The Great Migration: Indiscernables in Arizona

January 10, 2020 - 6-8pm
Heritage Square, 7th St. and Monroe, Phoenix, AZ.
The Bungalow across from Arizona Science Center

The Great Migration was the relocation of more than six million African Americans from the rural South to the cities of the North, Midwest and West from about 1915 to 1970. Despite the significant growth of the state's African American population during this period, the impact of this migration has had little acknowledgment, marginalizing and rendering indiscernible black folks and their stories. This exhibit explores shared threads of experience surrounding the migration. It provides a glimpse into the lives of ordinary black Arizonans. It celebrates the survival of the ancestors and the establishment of enduring and thriving communities in the Valley.  Music and refreshments  Speakers:  Clottee Hammons, Emancipation Arts, LLC, and more.

Jewish Treasures of the Caribbean 
Exhibit Grand Opening 
January 12, 2020 7:00PM 
122 E Culver St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Free admission
                                                                    Refreshments will be served.

The Arizona Jewish Historical Society presents a stunning photographic tour of Jewish historical sites in Barbados, Curacao, Jamaica, Nevis, St. Croix, St. Thomas, St. Eustatius, and Suriname.  Presentation by photographer Wyatt Gallery. The exhibit runs through March 26, 2020. Open Mondays through Thursdays 10-4pm, 1st & 3 rd  Fridays 6-9pm and by appointment.  

For more information or to sign up to attend the exhibit, please contact Jeffery Schesnol:
Free Screening of
Carl Laemmle  (2019)
January 15, 2020 at 7:00 PM.
Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center
122 E. Culver Street, Phoenix

The Arizona Jewish Historical Society presents a free screening of  Carl Laemmle  (2019) by James L. Freedman.
Carl Laemmle is a feature documentary about the extraordinary life story of Carl Laemmle, the German-Jewish immigrant who founded Universal Pictures, and saved over 300 Jewish families from Nazi Germany.
For more information, visit
Geologies of Race
February 27 @ 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
University Club, Heritage Room
425 E University Dr
Tempe, AZ 85281 
How does geology connect with race?
Discover the connection between the human impact on geology and the inhuman outcomes of colonialism at this public lecture.
A major university and community event, the annual Distinguished Lecturer program brings to campus a prominent humanities scholar whose work highlights the importance of humanities research. While on campus, speakers discuss humanities trends and participate in informal sessions, allowing ASU colleagues and students to share related research interests. 

A Celebration of Black History Month with Wanuri Kahiu

University of Arizona College of Humanities is excited to present Black History Month 2020 with filmmaker and artist Wanuri Kahiu. 

Wanuri Kahiu is a Kenyan  film director, producer, and author. She has received several film awards and nominations, including honors for From a Whisper (2008) and Rafiki (2018)   Kahiu is part of AFROBUBBLEGUM a collective of African artists whose ambition is to create fun, frivolous and fierce work.
Lecture with Wanuri Kahiu
Thursday, February 27
 Open to the public.

Rafiki Film Screening & Discussion
Friday, February 28, 7:00 PM
@ The Loft Cinema
3233 E. Speedway Blvd.  |  Tickets $20* 

The second feature film from award-winning Kenyan director Wanuri Kahiu, Rafiki is a love story about two young women, forced to choose between happiness and safety as they pursue their dreams in a conservative society. Kahiu will speak about her approach to storytelling, which endeavors to show an authentic representation of Africa.  Tickets will be available for purchase on Monday, January 20 at The Loft Cinema box office.
Arizona Women's Hall of Fame Now Accepting Nominations for Legacies and Living Legacies

Now is the time to recognize women who have made a significant contribution to the history of Arizona by nominating them for induction into the Arizona Women's Hall of Fame.  The women selected will be honored at the Arizona Women's Hall of Fame Induction April 29, 2020 at the Arizona Heritage Center at Papago Park in Tempe.

There are two categories for nomination:
Legacies and Living Legacies
Living L egacies nominations are for living women who have reached the highest levels of professional accomplishments in the fields of Education, Health/Sciences and media.

Legacy  nominations are for women in any field of endeavor who have reached the highest levels of accomplishments and have been deceased at least two years.

Nomination forms for both categories are available on the Arizona Women's Hall of Fame website.  Nominations due January 21, 2020.
Western Writers of America's Western Book Display Contest

Use your marketing skills to win $500 and an invitation to the announcement ceremony at the Western Writers of America convention in Rapid City, South Dakota in June 2020!  The contest is open to independent bookstores, museum gift shops, and libraries across the United States. 
How to enter:   Between April 4, 2020 and May 1, 2020, create a display featuring books about the western frontier and the authors, poets, screenwriters, and musicians who write about the American West.  The Western Writers of America logo must be incorporated into the display somehow.  Post photos of your display to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and email us directly at .  Be sure to tag us on Facebook with . and on Twitter @Western_Writers.  Feel free to be as creative as you want!  Using books that have won Spur Awards are a plus. 
Deadline:   The contest deadline is June 5, 2020. Detail at  at
CORE Grant Applications Now Open

Since 2017, CFSA has granted $800,000 to nonprofits in southern Arizona through CORE Grants.  These general operating grants provide nonprofits with the flexible working capital necessary to maximize their impact and improve the quality of life in southern Arizona.

CORE Grant applications are now open and will be accepted until January 15, 2020.  Click here learn more about eligibility and the application process. 
Upcoming NEH Grant Deadlines

The Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections (SCHC) program helps cultural institutions meet the complex challenge of preserving large and diverse holdings of humanities materials for future generations by supporting sustainable conservation measures that mitigate deterioration, prolong the useful life of collections, and support institutional resilience: the ability to anticipate and respond to disasters resulting from natural or human activity.
This program helps cultural repositories plan and implement preservation strategies that pragmatically balance effectiveness, cost, and environmental impact.  Sustainable approaches to preservation can contribute to an institution's financial health, reduce its use of fossil fuels, and benefit its green initiatives, while ensuring that collections are well cared for and available for use in humanities programming, education, and research.
Applications due January 30, 2020
Click HERE for more information
2020 Census Jobs

The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting to fill hundreds of thousands of temporary positions across the country to assist with the 2020 Census count.  Here is you opportunity to help your community and get paid for your work

Earn Extra Income
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Clerical*Supervisory*Census Takers 

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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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