Humanities Now -  March 2018
Arizona Humanities awards $58,800 in Project Grants

Congratulations to the 10 organizations awarded Project Grants! 

"We are delighted at the diversity of proposals submitted during this grant cycle. The grant process is very competitive, and we congratulate the 10 grantees whose projects are unique and creative." shared Brenda Thomson, Arizona Humanities Executive Director. "From a symposium on Native Alaskan masks to creating children's audio guides in Spanish, to exploring Middle Eastern literature, we are pleased to provide support for these programs, and hope you will enjoy them."

Arizona State University - School of Art
Tempe, AZ
Testing the Waters


The Bisbee Radio Project Inc. 
Bisbee, AZ
Tucson Noise Symposium in association with KBRP Bisbee 

Community Food Bank, Inc.
Tucson, AZ

Give Hunger a Face, a Theater-to-Video Project 

Dine Be Iina, Inc.
Waterflow, NM

Wool to Loom: Redefining Navajo Fiber Art 

Emerson Theater Collaborative, Inc.
Sedona, AZ

Emerson Theater Collaborative Summer Youth Theater: Exploring America's Hispanic Heritage 
Heard Museum
Phoenix, AZ

Yua: Henri Matisse and the Inner Arctic Spirit - Symposium

Desert Caballeros Western Museum
Wickenburg, AZ

Audio Guide Spanish Translation for Children

Museum of Northern Arizona
Flagstaff, AZ

2018 Heritage Festivals - Zuni, Hopi, and Navajo 

University of Arizona - Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Tucson, AZ

Binational Encuentro: Female Migrations

University of Arizona - Poetry Center
Tucson, AZ

Brave Books: Bringing the Bold Librarians & Booksellers of the Middle East to a Pre-K-12 Audience 

Buy your tickets for the 2018 Arizona Humanities Awards 

Celebrate the 2018 Arizona Humanities Awards on Sunday, March 25, 2018 at Phoenix Theatre. 
Please join us for an evening of entertainment, hors d' oeuvres, libations, silent auction and more. Enjoy live jazz and musical history featuring Dr. Jay Cravath. Event proceeds support the ongoing work of Arizona Humanities. The ceremony takes place from 5:30-8:00 p.m. Tickets are $45 per person and can be purchased through eventbrite.  

The 2018 Humanities Awards winners are:
  • Liz Warren, Humanities Public Scholar, Dan Shilling Award
  • Almira Poudrier, Friend of the Humanities, Juliana Yoder Award
  • Dagoberto Bailon, Humanities Rising Star Award
  • The Shackelford Family, Community Partner Outstanding Supporter Award
  • Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records - Founder's Community Partner Award
Read more about each award winner on our website.
Salt River Project is a Premiere sponsor of Water/Ways

Special thanks to Salt River Project for their support of the Smithsonian Water/Ways exhibition. 

Sponsorship for Water/Ways directly supports programs and costs associated with bringing the exhibit to twelve rural communities. It also contributes to the production of educational materials and resources, and public programs and that explore the importance of water in our lives. Arizona Humanities has a long and successful history of bringing Smithsonian exhibitions like Water/Ways to Arizona. The impact throughout rural Arizona and beyond has been substantial. 

For interest in Sponsorship, please contact Samantha Anderson ( or view the Sponsorship Packet.
Navigating Waters series explores water in anticipation of exhibit arrival

As we approach the launch of Water/Ways in Bisbee on June 2nd, please save the date for free programs on water. Stay tuned for more events coming soon. 

MidTown Watershed Project: Part 1 
Saturday, March 17 - 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

with Flowers and Bullets Tucson
Julia Keen School - Tucson, AZ 85713
Join Luis Herrera, Jesus Romero, and Brandon Alexander from Flowers & Bullets (F&B) for an interactive series on water harvesting, water education, and gardening workshops focused on water conservation.  Each workshop is conducted at the Midtown Farm site, which serves the Barrio Centro & Julia Keen communities and outlines a different approach to manage our watersheds while educating community members on water conservation. F&B uses the newly acquired 9.5 acre Midtown Farm as an educational site that has a potential impact on the water aquifers of Southern Arizona. Part 1 will focus on the importance, history, social context and science of water harvesting. Participants will engage in the plans & process of the reconstruction of an on-site Ramada, soon to be outfitted with rain gutters and a cistern that leads to a greenhouse. 

"Water in Arizona: Past, Present, Future" with Dr. Paul Hirt
Wednesday, April 18 - 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Patagonia Public Library
342 Duquesne Ave, Patagonia, AZ 85624
Water is Arizona's most precious resource. Yet few people know where their water comes from, who provides it, how its quality is assured, or how secure future water supplies are for Arizona's 6 million residents. We face very serious water supply sustainability challenges in the coming decades as the state continues to grow and the climate becomes warmer and drier. When there is a shortage, who has priority? Who makes these critical decisions about our water future? ASU Professor of History and Sustainability Paul Hirt takes us on a bird's eye view of the past, present, and future of water in Arizona.  
AZ H20 + Art with Jim Ballinger
Tuesday, April 24 - 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Taliesin West
12621 N Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85259
Hoover Dam is an iconic marvel of American engineering. Created to manage the floodwaters of the Colorado River, the dam continues to affect Arizonans' lives daily. But the Hoover dam is rarely thought of as a significant work of art. Since artists first visited our region, water has been a subject for their work, ranging from rivers and lakes to dams, agriculture and recreation. This program will explore works of art created over the past 150 years, and invite participants to discuss the various ways water is systemic to life in the Arizona deserts, mountains and the Colorado Plateau. In collaboration with the Frank Lloyd Wright FoundationLearn more.

MidTown Watershed Project: Part 2
Saturday May 5 - 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

with Flowers and Bullets Tucson
Julia Keen School - Tucson, AZ 85713
Join Luis Herrera, Jesus Romero, and Brandon Alexander from Flowers & Bullets (F&B) for an interactive series of water harvesting, water education, and gardening workshops focused on water conservation at the Midtown Farm site, which serves the Barrio Centro & Julia Keen communities. Each workshop outlines a different approach to manage our watershed and to educate our community members on water conservation. Part 2 will focus on the history, cultural relevance and science of monsoon planting by explaining the use of particular water slopes, basins, and swells along the south west side of the site which will help with the conservation of water.
American Creed Screening and Discussion at Chandler Public Library March 7

On Wednesday March 7, join Arizona PBS and the Chandler Public Library for a special screening of highlights from American Creed, a new documentary exploring what it means to be American. Can a unifying set of beliefs - an American creed - prove more powerful than the issues that divide us?

The documentary examines the American ideals of freedom, fairness, equality and opportunity. It features former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David M. Kennedy, acclaimed novelist Junot Diaz, Marine Sgt. Tegan Griffith and baseball manager Joe Maddon, among others. The stories in "American Creed" are told from the points of view of unlikely activists who creatively bridge cultural, economic and/or political divides.

The public screening of American Creed takes place from 6:30-8 p.m., Wednesday, March 7, at the Chandler Downtown Library, 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler, AZ. 
Grantee Highlights and News

Ancient Technology Day: Prehistoric & Historic at Pueblo Grande Museum
Saturday, March 10 - 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Test your technology skills at the 18th Annual Ancient Technology Day on March 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pueblo Grande Museum in Phoenix. Enjoy a free hands-on experience for the whole family. Try your hand at throwing an atlatl (spear), or weaving cloth. Sample roasted agave slow-cooked in an earthen oven. Artists will be on hand to demonstrate how the Hohokam people used various technologies such as flintknapping (making of arrowheads), pottery, shell jewelry, weaving and more. Experts in historic technologies will demonstrate skills from the Pioneer Days of Arizona such as cotton spinning and adobe brick making. Learn more.

Cardboard House Press Awarded $2,000 Mini Grant
Cardboard House Press is a Phoenix based nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing access to Latin American and Spanish literature and art for English and Spanish readers. The Album of Fences, is a collection of poetry by Mexican-American author Omar Pimienta, as part of Cardboard House Press' series of bilingual Spanish-English print books. The book explores questions of trans-nationality and of dual identities that are unique to those living in border areas. A book launch at the Phoenix Art Museum on April 4th will feature readings from the book, a conversation with the author and five other influential Spanish authors and translators. Learn more about Cardboard House Press.

Who Are the Sobaipuri O'odham Video
Dr. Deni Seymour is joined by her associates Elder Tony Burrell and Cultural Specialist David Tenario of Wa:k in presenting their video entitled "Who Are the Sobaipuri O'odham?" Through the eyes of the Wa:k O'odham and their ancestors, the video and subsequent discussions highlight the issues of how public policy, politics, and economic interest have influenced our understanding of the Wa:k O'odham and how their heritage has been shaped and in some cases erased. Watch the video on youtube.

Mini Grants Update for 2018
At this time, all available funds for 2018 Mini Grants have been granted. Details for 2019 will be released later this fall. The next Project Grants Letter of Intent Deadline will be May 1. For grant questions, contact Samantha Anderson ( 
Highlighted March Programs

Check out all of the programs on our website calendar.

FRANK Talks: Immigrants and the American Dream 
Wednesday, March 21
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
North Valley Regional Library
40410 N Gavilan Peak Parkway
Anthem, AZ 85086
Toys and Games of the Colorado Plateau with Chris Glenn and Sandy Sunseri
Saturday, March 24
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Deadhorse Ranch State Park
675 Dead Horse Ranch Rd.
Cottonwood, AZ 86326
FRANK Talks: Eradicating Global Hunger: Is Genetically Modified Food (GMO) a Solution? 
Friday, March 30
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Oro Valley Public Library
1305 W. Naranja Drive
Oro Valley, AZ 85737
Wild, Weird, Wicked Arizona with Jana Bommersbach
Saturday, March 24
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Mohave Museum of History and Arts
400 W. Beale St.
Kingman, AZ 86401
NEH News and Opportunities

NEH's new Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grants deadline is March 15 . Cultural institutions such as libraries, museums, archives, and others are eligible to receive up to $750,000 grants that build institutional capacity or infrastructure for long-term sustainability. The challenge grants require a match of nonfederal funds and may be used toward capitol expenditures such as construction or renovation projects, purchase of equipment, sharing of humanities collections, and more. Learn more on the NEH website .

NEH has additional grant deadlines this spring. Grants include: awards for faculty at Tribal Colleges and Universities, NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication, Preservation and Access Education and Training, Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions, and more. Learn more about NEH grants.

Jon Parrish Peede nominated as the next Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities . Announced on Friday, March 2, "Peede joined NEH in April 2017 and is the Senior Deputy Chairman, head of the agency. Under his leadership NEH has created a new category of grants to support infrastructure and capacity-building at humanities institutions, issued emergency grants for cultural organizations affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, expanded its grant offerings for museum exhibitions, and formed new partnerships with Blue Star Families and the First Nations Development Institute for reading and discussion initiatives for military families and the revitalization of Native American languages."   Read more about John Parrish Peede.
The Social Buzz 

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  • The surprising thing Google learned about its employees - and what it means for today's students via Washington Post
  • In Praise of the Small Town Library via Literary Hub
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Thank you to our February donors

Ryan Bruce*
Sherman Elliott*
Sharon Friedman (Network for Good)
Karl Kendall*
Mary Lu Nunley*
Eshé Pickett* (Benevity)
Sally Shackelford
Rodo & Susan Sofranac (Thrivent Choice)
Mary & Richard Sorensen
Emerson Yearwood*

*Current Arizona Humanities Board Member
Important Dates
  • March 25 - Arizona Humanities Awards
  • April 20 - Board of Directors Meeting
  • May 1 - Project Grant Letter of Intent Deadline
About Arizona Humanities
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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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