Humanities Now
November 2019
An Evening With Artist Joe Ray
Image courtesy of Joe Ray
Friday November 15, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Arizona Humanities, 1242 N. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85004

We are excited to host artist Joe Ray for an exciting evening of art and culture. Joe describes his work as "figurative and colorful", a modest description which falls short of the vibrancy and visual intensity of his work, which is inspired in part by mid-century comics, but with a unique borderland flavor added.
Image courtesy of Joe Ray

Joe will speak about how his background and environment influenced and shaped his art.
"Rural western Arizona is a place with farmland, a river, plenty of dust and rocks, as well as great sunsets. This means that along with tasting the dust, you could taste and hear the colors of the morning as well as throughout the day and into the evenings. It's practically impossible not to be inspired by this."
Image courtesy of Joe Ray
Most of Joe's work reflects a bicultural perspective, which was shaped by the Arizona and Mexico region, as well as the people living in this area. These are the people and places that have inspired Joe's art; the border area and the Colorado River valley area.

As with all of our programming, this is a FREE EVENT.
A Reading with Matthew Zapruder
Wednesday November 6, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
Burton Barr Central Library,  1221 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004. 

We are proud to partner with the University of Arizona Center for Poetry and Phoenix Burton Barr Library to present Matthew Zapruder, who will read from his work. After the reading, there will be a short Q&A and a book signing.
Matthew Zapruder's  most recent book is Why Poetry (Ecco, 2017), an impassioned call for a return to reading poetry, which the New York Times Book Review called "a roaring success." His new collection, Father's Day, will be published by Copper Canyon in Sept. 2019.

Readings in Phoenix are presented with support from Arizona Humanities, the Burton Barr Central Library, the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, the Literary & Prologue Society, and the Superstition Review.

CLICK HERE for more information about the reading.
 Mini Grants Are Open!
Mini Grants are small grants of up to $2,000 that are available year-round to support innovative public programs that increase understanding of the human experience. Applicants may request up to $2,000 in Mini Grants per fiscal year (November 1 - October 31). 

Mini Grants can be used for capacity-building, program planning, and implementation of programs. Capacity-building may include training and education for constituents to help plan and/or implement public humanities engagements. The applicant organization's budget must not exceed $500,000. Larger institutions must partner with a smaller institution that will lead the program or project. For more information please see the  Arizona Humanities Grant Guidelines .

Grant applications must be submitted through the Grants and Programs Dashboard. Staff assistance is available for questions. Applicants can monitor the status of grant applications within the Grants and Programs Dashboard.
Nationwide Premiere of
The Warrior Tradition
The broadcast premiere of WNED-TV's The Warrior Tradition opens  nationwide on PBS on Monday, November 11 at 9:00 p.m.

The Warrior Tradition is a one-hour documentary that tells the astonishing, heartbreaking, inspiring, and largely-untold story of Native Americans in the U.S. military. For more information, and for additional content, you can visit the official websiteArizona Public Media will also be holding a screening of the production on Wednesday, November 13 in Tucson, AZ.  This production was made possible in part by grant funds awarded by Arizona Humanities.
Humanities Happenings
Black Canyon City Water Fair

Thursday, November 14
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Canon Elementary School

34630 School Loop Rd
Black Canyon City, AZ 85324

Join us for an exploration of water and its impact in Black Canyon City and Arizona. Contribute to a community mural with artist Ruth Ann Beeler, use a hands on model from the Yavapai Flood Control District to test the effects of development on a watershed, and learn about the contributions of indigenous people to the life and culture of Arizona.

Featuring storytelling and live performances by Debbie and Royce Manuel and The Young Warriors dance troupe.
Nappy Edges and Goldy Locks: The Race and Gender Politics of Hair

Thursday, November 14th
6:30 - 8:00pm
Arizona Heritage Center
1300 N. College Ave. Tempe, AZ 85281
View the exhibit A Place for All People from 6:00-6:30pm

FREE Program
RSVP to or 480-929-0292
For African Americans, attitudes toward and responses to hair go beyond "big hair" and a "bad hair day." Nappy Edges and Goldy Locks examines the complex racial and gender identity politics of head hair. From Barbie, Britney, and Rapunzel to Pocahontas and BeyoncĂ©`, Dr. Neal A. Lester shows how a national controversy was generated around the issue of African American hair in a children's book, Carolivia Herron's Nappy Hair, and how the issue of hair is central to certain ideals of beauty and femininity.

Join Dr. Lester for an interactive presentation using dolls, folklore, music, literature,  advertisements, and commercials to interrogate the extent to which African Americans have and have not moved from internalized problematic notions of "good" and "bad" hair.

 Dr. Lester's talk ultimately reminds us that everyone has a hair story that connects us to each other. Dr. Lester is a Senior Sustainability Scholar at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Foundation Professor of English in the Department of English and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Founding Director of Project Humanities at Arizona State University.
Sharing the Light: A Community Interfaith Holiday Event

Wednesday, December 18 6:30 pm
Pilgrim Rest Baptist Chruch
1404 E. Jefferson St.
Phoenix, AZ 85034

People of all faiths are invited to join the Arizona Jewish Historical Society, Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church and Congregation Beth Israel for an exciting interfaith concert. This uplifting event will feature Christmas and Hanukkah music from Jewish and African American spiritual traditions to promote dialogue and understanding between the communities, as well as people of all races and religion.

Featuring performances by the Pilgrim Rest Choir directed by Roney Jones,  and the Shir Joy Adult and Youth choirs of congregation Beth Israel directed by Cantor Seth Ettenger, with special guest soloist Suzanne Guinane.
Congratulations on a Successful 10th Annual Tucson Humanities Festival!
AZ Humanities Board Chairman Mary Lu Nunley with Sandra Cisneros
Arizona Humanities congratulates UA College of Humanities on another groundbreaking series of lectures and events during this year's Tucson Humanities Festival.

"The festival featured eleven events exploring what is Next for humanities shaping the world, with approximately 2500 people attending our lectures, discussions and other events. The Festival took place in numerous locations, many new to us this year, including Playground, Bookmans and Oro Valley Town Hall, providing attendees the opportunity to visit venues in Tucson that may be new to them as well " said Beth Soulliard, Marketing Specialist for the College of Humanities.

"The addition of the poems to the Celebrate Sandra event, as well as the reception for the event itself, had a huge impact as well. Many tears were shed by attendees during the students reading, and the importance of writing programs and the impact they have on the student's lives was definitely felt by attendees. Thank you for continuing to encourage us to include as much community outreach as possible".
NEH Upcoming  G rant Deadlines
Scholarly Editions and Scholarly Translations
The Scholarly Editions and Scholarly Translations program makes awards to organizations to support the preparation of editions and translations of pre-existing texts of value to the humanities that are currently inaccessible or available only in inadequate editions or translations. Textual editing and translation are vital endeavors for the humanities, providing the very foundations for research and teaching. Typically, the texts and documents are significant literary, philosophical, and historical materials, but other types of work, such as musical notation, may also be the subject of an edition.
Projects must be undertaken by at least two scholars working collaboratively. These grants support sustained full-time or part-time activities during the periods of performance of one to three years.
CLICK HERE for more information
Applications Due December 4, 2019
Thank you to our October Donors
Judy Ankenbrandt
James Blasingame*
Ryan Bruce*
Lois Kelley
Karl Kendall*
Mary Lu Nunley*
Dianna Soe Myint*
Emerson Yearwood*
Starbuck's Foundation/Fidelity Charitable Giving

*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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