Humanities Now
July 2019
Arizona Humanities Seeks Candidates for Board of Directors
Brenda Thomson with Board Member Es h é  Pickett and Chandler Council Member Sam Huang
Arizona Humanities is seeking candidates to serve on its Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is made up of members who share a commitment to enhancing the cultural life of Arizona, and whose background and expertise provide the tools Arizona Humanities needs to remain a successful and dynamic organization. Members are a vital link between Arizona Humanities and statewide communities. 

Board members are responsible for financial development and sustainability, strategic planning, grant proposal review, advocacy, and representing Arizona Humanities at programs and events across the state. Terms of service are three years with the possibility of renewal for a second term.

In addition to the experience in the areas listed above, at this time we are particularly seeking board members with skills in finance, technology, and fundraising. The deadline to apply is Friday, August 2, 2019.

Ready to apply?
If you would like more information on becoming a board member, please contact Brenda Thomson, Executive Director, at 602-257-0335 x22 or
2019 Humanities Rising Star, Rachel Egboro
2019 Community Partner, Rodo Sofranac
2019 Dan Schilling Public Humanities Scholar, Joan McGregor
D o you know a community member who creates opportunities to explore our shared human experiences?
Arizona Humanities invites nominations for the 2020 Humanities Awards.  Individuals, organizations, teachers, students, or businesses can be nominated for their contribution to Arizonans' understanding of and engagement with history, literature, languages, philosophy, and other humanities subjects. Submit your nomination through...

Dan Shilling Public Humanities Scholar Award -  recognizes a humanities scholar who has distinguished him/herself by enhancing public understanding of the role that the humanities play in transforming lives and strengthening communities. 

Juliana Yoder Friend of the Humanities Award -  recognizes individuals, organizations or businesses that have made a lasting contribution to the cultural life of their communities through their active support of and involvement in promoting the humanities. 

Humanities Rising Star Award -  recognizes a young professional, student, or volunteer with outstanding and creative approaches to engaging the public with humanities topics. Considerations will focus on scholarship in the humanities, service to the humanities, the enhancement of public understanding of the humanities and other humanities-related endeavors.

Deadline to submit a nomination is Monday, September 16, 2019 .
Glen Canyon Dam-NHA-Used with Permission
Incoming Storm, Glen Canyon, NHA-Used with Permission
The Smithsonian Water/Ways Exhibit is now in Page, Arizona through August 11, 2019.

Page is situated on the course of the Colorado River but is perched far above the river itself, on the rim of Glen Canyon. It is located at 4,300 feet above sea level in a region known as the Colorado Plateau, a high oval of land that covers much of northern Arizona, as well as most of eastern Utah, northwestern New Mexico, and the far west of Colorado. The area around the city is nicknamed "canyon country" for its stunning, one-of-a-kind landscape. Learn more about Water/Ways at Page and other host sites at


Past, Present, and Future of the Colorado River
Experience a 4-panel discussion on science, art, and water policy along the Colorado River presented by experts in the field.

Thursday, July 11, 2019
3:00 - 7:00 PM
Canyon Cantina
644 N. Navajo Dr.
Page, AZ 86040

Admission is FREE. $10 dinner tickets for sale online or at event. Visit to learn more.
Humanities Happenings

Now in its third year, the American Civic Collaboration Awards (ACCA) is seeking nominations for outstanding projects, programs, and people that use civic collaboration to facilitate dialogue, enable cross-partisan action, and/or place civility and community above ideology. Winners and finalists will be recognized at an awards ceremony at the National Conference on Citizenship in October 2019.

Deadline to submit nomination is July 15, 2019. To learn more, click here .

Upcoming Grant Opportunities
The NEH  seeks to strengthen the humanities  at  Hispanic-Serving Institutions committed to strengthening the teaching and study of the humanities by developing new humanities programs, resources, or courses, or by enhancing existing ones. Applicants are encouraged to draw on the knowledge of outside scholars who would contribute expertise and fresh insights to the project.  Grant applications due July 12
The NEH also seeks to support Humanities Initiatives at Community Colleges committed to educating students on a variety of educational and career paths. The program funds curricular and faculty development projects that help strengthen humanities programs and/or incorporate humanistic approaches in fields outside the humanities. Applications due July 12.

Thank you to our June Donors
James Blasingame*
Jana Bommersbach
PayPal Special Campaigns
Joel Fritzler*
Jill Ginsburg
Gary L. Hanneman
Karl Kendall*
Lee Anne and Peter Kline
Mary Lu Nunley*
Louise Roman
Bridget Sweenie
Emerson Yearwood*

*Arizona Humanities Board Member
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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