Humanities Now -  June 2018
Governor Ducey issues proclamation for Water/Ways  

As part of the kickoff to the Smithsonian Water/Ways exhibit's arrival in Arizona, Governor Doug Ducey has issued an official proclamation declaring June 2 - 8 as Water/Ways Week.

Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum kicks off Smithsonian exhibit tour

Luci a volunteer from Sierra Vista and Karl from the Fort Apache Heritage Foundation install the exhibit
Cheers to a grand opening of the Water/Ways exhibit in Bisbee! The first six host sites joined Bisbee for the installation training last week. Representatives from each site worked together to install the exhibit, and swapped ideas to prepare for their own upcoming programs and exhibit installations. Thank you to Carol Harsh from the Smithsonian's Museum on Main Street program for leading an incredible workshop. The exhibit is open daily from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. through July 15. Follow the Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum on facebook for the latest news and highlights from their archives.

Carrie Gustavson, Director of the Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum and Samantha Anderson, Grants Manager for Arizona Humanities.
Water/Ways State Scholar Dr. Paul Hirt shows off the exhibit to visitors at the opening reception.

Thank you to ASU Now for the feature on the exhibit opening! Read the ASU Now article.
Pick Up Your Copy of the Limited Edition Water/Ways Coloring Book 

Water is Life by Isaac Caruso

Isaac Caruso
Arizona Humanities created a "Water is Life" coloring book to compliment the Water/Ways exhibit. The coloring book presents the water stories of the 12 communities hosting the exhibit. Each site collected unique stories and artifacts from their respective communities. The result was an array of drawings, historical photos, paintings, and poems. Artist  Isaac Caruso transformed these into colorable illustrations. Isaac is an illustrator, graphic designer, creative director and muralist born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. The coloring book's front and back covers represents the vibrant and rich history of water in Arizona.

Four new members join the Board of Directors 

At the April Board Meeting, four new board members were elected to the Arizona Humanities Board of Directors. Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Bonilla, Dr. Valerio Ferme, Joel Fritzler, and Andrew Krahe. 

Dr. Jennifer C. Bonilla
Dr. Valerio Ferme
Joel Fritzler
Andrew Krahe
Read more about each board member.
Wool to Loom: Redefining Navajo Fiber Art at the Sheep is Life Celebration, June 15-16

Sheep is Life Celebration from 2016, photo by Cindy Dvergsten

June's grantee highlight is DinĂ© be' iinĂ¡, Inc., a nonprofit organization founded in 1991 that promotes sustainable livelihood through Navajo Way of Life by celebrating sheep, weaving, and Navajo culture. The 22nd Annual Sheep is Life Celebration takes place June 15-16 at Dine College Campus in Tsaile, AZ. The event offers f ree workshops and programs for the whole family. In addition to the two-day event, Dine Be' Iina will host monthly community-based events to share and provide trainings in the creation of fiber/wool projects in Window Rock, Ganado and Tsaile. These workshops provide attendees the opportunity to learn and exchange knowledge about the Navajo pastoral lifeway.

NEH News and Other Opportunities

Are you interested in applying for a grant from NEH? Check out the list of grants and upcoming deadlines. A few grants with approaching deadlines include: Humanities Initiatives at Community Colleges, Humanities Initiatives at Tribal Colleges and Universities, Public Humanities Projects, and Humanities Collections and Reference Resources. Learn more on the NEH website

Next week, follow NEH (@NEHgov) and Arizona Humanities (@AZhumanities) on twitter. Arizona will be featured in the #NEHinYourState campaign June 11-15. Look for posts and stories highlighting the impact NEH and Arizona Humanities have on communities across the state.

Calling all creatives! As stated on their website, "The Water Public Art Challenge is seeking collaborative temporary public art projects that build connectivity between cultures through creative expression." Learn more at
Highlighted June Programs

Check out all of the programs on our website calendar.

FRANK Talks: School Choice in Arizona
Saturday, June 9
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Pima County Public Library - Main Library
101 N Stone Ave
Tucson, AZ 85701
FRANK Talks: Weaponized Narrative: Information Warfare as the New Battlespace
Tuesday, June 19 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Greer Community Center
74B Main Street
Greer, AZ 85927
FRANK Talks: Racial Literacy and Social Media 
Tuesday, June 26
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Flagstaff Public Library
300 W. Aspen Ave.
Flagstaff , AZ 86001
Water/Ways Mini Film Festival 
Saturday, June 30
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bisbee Royale
94 Main St
Bisbee, AZ 85603
Revitalization Plans Unveiled for Margaret T. Hance Park

Courtesy City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation

Check out the new plans for Hance Park! Hance Park is next to Arizona Humanities in downtown Phoenix, above the I-10 Deck Park Tunnel. The City of Phoenix has been planning to revitalize the park for some time now. Through an ambitious public private partnership the Hance Park Conservancy, Phoenix Community Alliance, and the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department are raising funds to implement the park redesign. The plan calls for the addition of new public spaces for concerts, classes, public events, an amphitheater, desert landscaping with water and shade features, and much, much, more. Explore the new plans and submit comments through the City of Phoenix website.

Read the Hance Park story on azcentral.
Burton Barr Central Library to reopen Saturday, June 16

New College Depot Space at Burton Barr Central Library

Burton Barr Central Library is back and better than ever! We are very excited to have our neighbors across Central Avenue return to their building on Saturday, June 16. Library staff have planned an exciting opening day of free family-friendly programs such as storytime in the new Children's area, press-a-verse in the Rare Book Room, arts and crafts, and much more. In addition to an expanded Children's Place there are improvements to College Depot and MACH1 areas.

Read more about the new improvements at the Phoenix New Times website.
The Social Buzz 

A few popular articles from our facebook and twitter feeds. Follow us to stay in the know! 
  • Smithsonian exhibit to flow through state, exploring towns' water stories via ASU Now
  • Spoonfuls Of Stonehenge: Modern Ice Cream Flavors Inspired By History via NPR
  • How Tech can turn doctors into clerical workers via NY Times
  • What's Going On In Your Child's Brain When You Read Them A Story? via NPR
  • Water shortages to be key environmental challenge of the century, Nasa warns via T he Guardian
Thank you to our May donors

Ryan Bruce*
Jill Ginsburg
Bonnie Humphrey
Karl Kendall*
Mary Lu Nunley*
Brian & Melissa Shackelford
Emerson Yearwood*
American Endowment Foundation
Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Thrivent Choice

*Current Arizona Humanities Board Member
Important Dates
  • June 15 - Board of Directors Meeting
  • July 4 - Independence 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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