Humanities Now
May 2019
Reflecting on the 2019 Humanities Awards
Tony Duncan
Rosemarie Dombrowski
Violet Duncan
Matthew Yatsayte
The stars were bright at the 2019 Arizona Humanities Awards Celebration on April 14. Award winners were honored for their outstanding achievements and contributions to public humanities and to the people of Arizona. 

Award-winning poet and ASU Professor Natalie Diaz was celebrated alongside ASU Professor Joan McGregor in recognition for their many community projects and programs educating and connecting people across disciplines to address urgent problems of our times.  Kevin Schindler literally helped us explore the stars, outer space and missions to the moon, and Rachel Egboro connected us to the hidden stories and voices of people in conversations about race in Arizona. Rodo Sofranac made us laugh, as we admired his children's books and loyal support of Arizona Humanities, and the Morning Star Leaders Inc., Debbie and Royce Manuel, helped us understand the importance of preserving and sharing the cultural legacy of Native people for us all. The evening was capped by inspiring performances by flute players  Matthew Yatsayte and Kristofferson Begay, and Violet Duncan and the Young Warrior Dancers.

Special thanks to event sponsors ASU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Cable One, Mesa Arts Center, the University of Phoenix, the University of Arizona College of Humanities, Red Ink, the Casino Arizona Talking Stick Resort, and Circle 6 Studies, Inc.
Arizona Women's Hall of Fame Inducts Eight Women Leaders 
Living Legacies from left: the Honorable Barbara Mundell, Shelly Cohn, Cindy McCain, and Sharon Harper
Brenda Thomson with Living Legacy Award Recipient, Sharon Harper
Brenda Thomson with Living Legacy Award Recipient, the Honorable Barbara Mundell
The Arizona Women's Hall of Fame inducted eight outstanding women leaders on May 1. The crowd was inspired by the achievements of these diverse and talented individuals who have contributed so much to Arizona.

Shelly Cohn has advanced arts and culture for over 40 years.  Sharon Harper worked for decades to bring economic prosperity and development to metro Phoenix.  Cindy Hensley McCain has dedicated her leadership efforts to stem human trafficking in the U.S and abroad, and the Honorable Barbara Mundell was the first female and the first Hispanic Presiding Judge of the Maricopa County Superior Courts.

Also honored were outstanding women no longer with us, but who made a lasting impact on the people of Arizona during their lifetimes. This included Emma Lee French, an early pioneer, mid-wife and settler, and Kate Thomson Cory, a single woman who documented Hopi life through writing, painting and photography. Guadalupe Huerta mentored Mexican-American youth, and advocated tirelessly for the elderly, poor, and disabled. Rose Lyons McKay was elected to the Arizona Legislature in 1916, and gained national prominence for introducing a minimum wage bill for women, and resolution to ratify the 19 th  amendment for women's suffrage. She was an outspoken opponent of the Bisbee deportation.

To all these women we owe a debt of gratitude, and thank the Arizona Women's Hall of Fame and Arizona Humanities for honoring their contributions to the people of Arizona and the United States. Special thanks to event sponsors Arizona Humanities, Salt River Project, Arizona Heritage Center, Sharlot Hall Museum, Saylor & Saylor LLC, Arizona Business Advisors, and Apple Associates Inc.
Grantee Highlights: Cinefemme to Host Screening of "Route 66 Women" in Tucson, Flagstaff, and Sedona
Courtesy of Katrina Parks
Arizona Humanities awarded Cinefemme  a $5,000 grant to support a three-part documentary television series titled, "Route 66 Women: Untold Stories of the Mother Road." The series explores the extraordinary lives and achievements of women who overcame gender discrimination and segregation to build fulfilling lives for themselves and generations to come on America's most iconic highway.

Filmmaker Katrina Parks will host screenings and discussion programs on the following dates and locations:
Thurs, May 16 at 6PM
Kirk-Bear Canyon Library
8959 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85749
Sat, May 18 at 7PM
Riordan Mansion
409 W. Riordan Rd.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Sun, May 19 at 2PM
Sedona Public Library
3250 White Bear Road
Sedona, AZ 86336

For more information, contact Katrina Parks at or call (323) 203-5968.
The 2019 Governor's Heritage Preservation Honor Awards will celebrate Arizona Humanities grant recipient, JJ Lamb,  on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center in Prescott.Tickets are $35 per person and are available by contacting . Learn more about the awards here.
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. 

Winkelman programs include:
  • Managing Land for Water in the Southwest: Realities & Changes in a Changing Climate with Chris Jones and Paul Buck (May 16)
  • Len Marcisz hosts a three-part presentation on Water, Water and Early Cultures, and Water and Western Settlement (May 30). 
  • Dr. Monica Ramirez-Andreaotta presents Project Harvest: A Co-Created Environmental Health Citizen Science Program in Rural and Urban Arizona Communities (June 6). 
Water/Ways will remain in  Winkelman from May 4-June 16.  For more details on all of Winkelman's programs, visit

Are you in the early stages of a career devoted to the humanities? Does your work show extraordinary promise to have a significant impact on contemporary culture? Don't miss the opportunity to apply for the 15th annual $50,000 prize awarded by the Dallas Institute of the Humanities and Culture. Apply now at New application deadline is May 10.
Humanities Happenings
Phoenix Historic Preservation Office Celebrates Adaptive Reuse of Historic Buildings

The Phoenix Historic Preservation Office will celebrate National Historic Preservation Month on Thursday, May 9 at 5PM at the Great Arizona Puppet Theater. Bring the family for food, trivia, and prizes.  The Great Arizona Puppet Theater is located at   302 W Latham St, Phoenix, AZ 85003.

Please RSVP with Michelle Dodds at (602) 262-7468 or email by May 3rd.
University of Arizona Poetry Center Celebrates the Naming of the Winifred J. Bundy Room

Join Winn Bundy and the Poetry Center on Sunday, May 19 from 2-4PM to celebrate the naming of the Winifred J. Bundy room: formerly the librarian's office and book receiving area at the Poetry Center. 
The UofA Poetry Center is located at  1508 E Helen St, Tucson, AZ 85719 .

Winn Bundy has a nearly fifty-year commitment to advancing Southwest literature and Arizona writers, and has spent nearly two decades supporting the Poetry Center's Development Council. 

Please RSVP with Tyler Meier at (520) 626-5880 or email by May 13.

Now Open
Mon-Thurs, 10AM-5PM
Fri & Sat, 10AM-4PM

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

This exhibition explores the African American experience in Arizona. Posters from the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture serve as the backdrop for displays telling local stories that weave a rich tapestry of African American heritage. Learn more about the exhibition here.

Grants at a Glance
Applications are open for Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grants. Awards aim to help institutions secure long-term support for their core activities and expand efforts to preserve and create access to outstanding humanities materials. Applications due May 15.

Research and Development Grants are also due May 15. These grants support projects that address major challenges in preserving in providing access to humanities collections and resources. All projects must demonstrate how advances in preservation and access would benefit the cultural heritage community in supporting humanities research, teaching, or public programming.

Read more about all NEH grants.
Awards Celebration Sponsors

Arizona State University, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Mesa Center for the Arts
Cable One
University of Phoenix
Circle 6 Studio, Inc.
University of Arizona, College of Humanities
Casino Arizona Talking Stick Resport
Red Ink International Indigenous Journal

Silent Auction Donors

Amerind Museum
Andrew Krahe
Andrew Schultz
Arizona Museum of Natural History
Arizona State Museum
Avondale Councilman Bryan Kilgore
Bill Mast
Brenda Thomson
Carly Jones of Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company
Christine Szuter
Eshé Pickett
Eve Krahe
Friends of the Phoenix Public Libraries
Gail Bradley
James and Lori Blasingame
Jennifer Leasure of Leasure Designer Portraits
Kathy Rose of Music Together in Phoenix
Katrina Parks
Lisa Falk
Maire Simington
Marjorie Risk
Mary Lu Nunley
Michelle DiMuro
Brian and Missy Shackelford
Nic Beckett of the Museum of Northern Arizona
Rodo Sofranac
Stephanie Fornoff of Del E. Webb Center
Stones Retail Shop
Tanae Morrison
Veteran's Heritage Project
Zsuzsanna King of Courtyard by Marriot
Thank you to our April Donors

Carol Clemency
Circle 6 Glass Studio
Connie Cockrell
David M. Goulet
Emerson Yearwood*
Garly L. Hanneman
James Blasingame*
Karl Kendall*
Lee Anne Kline
Little Bar, LLC (The Womack)/Maria Johnson
Mary Lu Nunley*
Robin Pinto
Sherman Elliott*
Susan Haught
Tanae Morrison*

*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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