Humanities Now
June 2019
When Summer Comes
Brenda Thomson
Do not fret when summer comes. Pause, reflect and think of cooler days to come. It is easy to be overwhelmed with the "heat" of social controversies and the never-ending storm of political diatribes in the daily news. These are a fact of modern life. But there are lessons to be learned from nature.  Fire ants build elaborate ant hills that get washed away with each rain. They build again. Desert creatures avoid the scorching heat of day; they traverse the fields and rocks at night by moonlight. Water is scarce, but humming birds and bees have learned to find it, whether from damp rocks, dew on plants, puddles or the mist from a garden hose. We too can step away from the "heat."  Immerse yourself in words that inspire. Surround yourself with people who help you learn and grow. Replenish your spirit through art, music, and literature. This is the beauty of the humanities...capturing the complexity, resilience and spirit of humanity each and every day. I share this poem with you.
A Summer's Night

The night is dewy as a maiden's mouth,
The skies are bright as are a maiden's eyes,
Soft as a maiden's breath the wind that flies
Up from the perfumed bosom of the South.
Like sentinels, the pines stand in the park;
And hither hastening, like rakes that roam,
With lamps to light their wayward footsteps home,
The fireflies come stagg'ring down the dark.
-Paul Laurence Dunbar
Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906) was the son of African parents who had been slaves prior to the American Civil War. Dunbar was one of the first internationally popular African-American poets.
Grantee Highlights: NAU Cline Library Hosts "The Making of the Blue Dragon" as Part of the Grand Canyon National Park Centennial Perspectives Lecture Series
Wednesday, June 5
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Peter Huntoon & George Billingsley
Northern Arizona University
Cline Library Assembly Hall
1001 S Knoles Dr, Flagstaff, AZ 86011

Spend an evening with Peter Huntoon and George Billingsley to hear the origin story of the Geologic Map of Grand Canyon National Park, the topmost selling geologic map of all time. Hear about the timing, the people, essential convergences, the Museum of Northern Arizona/Grand Canyon Natural History Association/National Park Service Alliance, William Breed, and where it led.  For inquires, please contact Kathleen Schmand at or call (928) 523-0341.
The Smithsonian Water/Ways exhibit continues its tour at the Copper Corridor in the City of Winkelman.

Winkelman is part of the "Copper Corridor," a chain of communities that spans from Superior to Oracle along a 65-mile stretch of State Highways 77 and 177. The roads were originally built for access to the area's many mines. Tourism is an important source of economic activity. Luten Bridge and the Ore Cart Trail underline the area's history, and Winkelman Flats Park offers tubing, canoeing, swimming, and fishing. The town is also close to the Old West Highway route and promotes its natural scenery, including nearby mountain ranges and the Gila River, as tourism amenities. The San Carlos Apache Tribe operates a casino seven miles south of Winkelman that generates revenue for the area and provides over 400 jobs for local residents. 

Upcoming Winkelman programs include:

Thursday, June 6 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Project Harvest: A Co-Created Environmental Health Citizen Science Program in Rural & Urban Arizona Communities with Dr. Monica-Ramirez-Andreotta
Water/Ways will remain in  Winkelman May 4 through June 16.  For more details on all of Winkelman's programs, visit
Exhibit Theme
In Celebration of Women
March 6-April 26, 2020

In celebration of the  100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment,  (which gave women the Right to Vote) t he Herberger Theater Center's Art Gallery seeks to promote  art depicting women created by female artists. The exhibit will reflect cultural diversity. Learn more about the application process here.

The Herberger Theater Center is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support and foster the growth of performing arts in Phoenix as the premier performance venue, arts incubator and advocate.
Humanities Happenings
Experience the Power of the Written Word at The Literary Southwest at Yavapai College in Prescott, Arizona

Writer Laraine Herring
Writer and Editor Lynne Thompson
The Literary Southwest presents its first-ever summer reading on  Thursday, June 13 at 7PM in the Yavapai College Library's Susan N. Webb Community Room (Bldg. 19, Room 147) on the Prescott campus. The event will showcase the work of two wonderfully accomplished writers: novelist, memoirist, writing guide, and nonfiction stylist  Laraine Herring and award-wining poet  Lynne Thompson . An open conversation, audience Q & A session, and a book signing follow the reading Literary Southwest programs are presented admission free and are open to all. And, to make this event even more special, refreshments will be served. Learn more about the event and upcoming features here.
The Hassayampa Institute presents The Literary Southwest is made possible by Yavapai College and the Yavapai College Foundation, with additional support provided by Peregrine Book Company.  For complete author and series information, visit:    or contact Series Director Jim Natal through Yavapai College at 928-776-2295.
Arizona Historical Society Hosts  A Place for All People , an Exhibition Exploring African American Culture
A Place for All People exhibition explores the African American experience, evoking the power of oration and freedom stories, the brilliance of artistic achievement, and the soaring heights of cultural expression, philosophy, sports, and politics through a series of posters from the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture. Learn more at
Thursday, June 20, 2019

Ninety-two-year-old Larkins is the oldest living, active African American DJ in the USA. For forty- five years, Bro. Fred Larkins' "Slow Train Radio Gospel Musical Review", has made an indelible impact on the Black community in the Greater Phoenix Area, the state of Arizona, and Los Angeles. His radio gospel music review show has provided inspiration during difficult times and served as a vehicle for African American business owners to advertise, network and inform the community about current political and social events.
Thursday, June 20, 2019

6:00-6:30 PM
A Place for All People Exhibit

6:30-7:30 PM
Screening of Gospel Radio Man

Arizona Heritage Center
1300 N. College Ave. 
Tempe, AZ 85281

$10 General Public
$8 AHS Members
RSVP to  or 480-929-0292

Grants at a Glance

Applications are open for   Digital Projects for the Public programThe Digital Projects for the Public program supports projects that interpret and analyze humanities content in primarily digital platforms and formats, such as websites, mobile applications and tours, interactive touch screens and kiosks, games, and virtual environments. The projects must be designed to attract broad public audiences. Applications due June 12.

Applications for the Digital Humanities Advancement grants are due June 19.
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants (DHAG) support digital projects at different stages throughout their lifecycles, from early start-up phases through implementation and sustainability. Experimentation, reuse, and extensibility are hallmarks of this program, leading to innovative work that can scale to enhance scholarly research, teaching, and public programming in the humanities. This program is offered twice per year. Proposals are welcome for digital initiatives in any area of the humanities.
Read more about all NEH grants.
Thank you to our May Donors

James Blasingame*
Joyce East
Charlotte Fischer
Gary L. Hanneman
Carolyn Jackson
Dennis Johnsen
Karl Kendall*
Tiffany Meuret
Mary Lu Nunley*
Michael Powell
Eugene Ward
Jamil Wardah
Sandy Weir
David Wells
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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