Humanities Now
October 2019
Mark Your Calendar for the Ghostly Stories Festival!
Sunday, October 27th
4:30 - 7:30 pm
Arizona Humanities - 1242 N.Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Join us for our annual Ghostly Stories Festival  Celebrate stories, books, and reading with a spooky twist! Wear a costume and enjoy multicultural story time, arts and crafts, a free book giveaway, chalk art mural, live song and dance performances, and more.  Free and fun for families and kids!  In partnership with the Phoenix Burton Barr Library and Southwest Foods Excellence, LLC.
Water/Ways Opens in Tubac!
Join us as we explore water's impact in Arizona in Water/Ways. This month the traveling Smithsonian exhibition will visit Tubac. 

Tubac is located in south central Arizona, about fifty miles south of Tucson. Nestled in the Santa Cruz River valley at an elevation of 3,209 feet above sea level, the community is bordered by mountains to the east and west. The Santa Cruz River runs close to Tubac. The first Europeans to note the river were Spaniards, who recorded the encounter in 1691. The Spanish mission at Tumacácori began the same year. Spain established the Presidio (Fort) of San Ignacio de Tubac in 1752. The Tubac Presidio property holds the first water rights ever granted in what is now Arizona. They are based on the mapping of the water sources that supplied the property, carried out by the Spanish royal academy of engineers when the Presidio was founded.
Arizona Humanities is pleased to award $75,392 in Project Grants to 14 organizations.

Recent Grant Awards:

ABOR - ASU - College of Integrative Sciences and Arts - Phoenix, AZ
Writing Arizona: A Words on Wheels Series
ABOR - University of Arizona - French and Italian - Tucson, AZ
History in Action
Archaeology Southwest - Tucson, AZ
Archaeology Cafe - Experience the Places of Our Past
Arizona Masters of Poetry - Phoenix, AZ
Building Bridges
Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records - State of Arizona Research Library - Phoenix, AZ
Revealing History - A Look at Arizona's Diverse Communities through Historical Newspapers
CALA Alliance - Phoenix, AZ
Crossfade LAB Youth Program
Grand Canyon Historical Society - Flagstaff, AZ
Grand Canyon Historical Society Digitization Project
Museum of Northern Arizona - Flagstaff, AZ
Fall 2019 Heritage Insights
National Orphan Train Complex Museum and Research Center -
Riders on the Orphan Trains - Foundlings on the Frontier
Southwest Folklife Alliance - Tucson, AZ
Climate Lore
Southwest Shakespeare Company - Mesa, AZ
BECOMING OTHELLO: A Black Girl's Journey
The Language Conservancy - Camp Verde, AZ
Dilzhe'e Dictionary Project
Tucson Desert Art Museum - Tucson, AZ
The REDress Project & Art is the Seed: Contemporary Native American Female Art
Veterans Heritage Project - Scottsdale, AZ
Since You Asked: A Veteran Oral History Program

Upcoming Grant Opportunities with Arizona Humanities!
Interested in Applying for a Project Grant? Submit Your Intent to Apply by November 1

Do you have an idea for a humanities project in Arizona? 
Project Grants are competitive grants supporting public programming in the humanities. Organizations may request up to $10,000 to support their program implementation. All organizations must submit an Intent to Apply by Friday, November 1 in order to submit a full application. 

The Intent to Apply must be submitted through the online Grants and Programs Dashboard. Click here to access the Grants and Programs Dashboard.

Mini Grants Available Soon!
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. 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. 

To learn more about Mini Grants   read our Grant Guidelines
  Mini Grants open November 1 - apply through the online Grants and Programs Dashboard. 
Interested in Learning More?
  Click below to register for an upcoming webinar.
Project Grants - October 15, 2019, 2:00 pm

Arizona Humanities is now accepting host site applications for Voices and Votes: Democracy in America, a traveling Smithsonian exhibition.

When American revolutionaries waged a war for independence they took a leap of faith that sent ripple effects across generations. They embraced a radical idea of establishing a government that entrusted the power of the nation not in a monarchy, but in its citizens. That great leap sparked questions that continue to impact Americans: who has the right to vote, what are the freedoms and responsibilities of citizens, and whose voices will be heard?  Voices and Votes will be a springboard for discussions about those very questions and how they are reflected in local stories.
Designed for small-town museums, libraries and cultural organizations, Voices and Votes: Democracy in America will serve as a community meeting place to convene conversations about what it means to be a citizen and examine the context and main controversies behind America's democratic system. Towns will develop complementary exhibits, host public programs, and facilitate educational initiatives to deepen people's understanding of our nation's democratic system.
Applications due October 15, 2019.
Visit our web page for more information or to begin you application
Join Us for New FRANK Talks!

We are pleased to offer new and thought-provoking FRANK Talks. Stop by and join the conversation. All are welcome!

FRANK Talks are interactive conversations on ideas that matter. Attendees discuss issues of local and national importance in local libraries at a 75-minute program. FRANK Talks encourage participants to weigh facts, provide the opportunity to put them in context, and consider different points of view.

The goal of FRANK Talks is to inspire people to practice the skills of citizenship - to listen respectfully and engage thoughtfully with one another on important issues that affect our communities. Topics are diverse and cover a broad range of current events and subjects.

New Topics Include:

Free Speech; Can I Tell You How Much I Hate You?

NEW Hip Hop and American Culture

Through My Eyes - The Impact of Implicit Bias

Colors - The History and Life of LGBTQ America

White Allies 101: Outreach, Engagement and Change-making

What are Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion?

American Native: Native American

Native American Signs and Symbols: Pee-Posh/Kwatsan

Water in Arizona: Sustainability, Supply and Demand

Energy Resources in Arizona: A State of Energy Transition

Humanities News
UA Ranked 11th Among U.S. Public Institutions in Arts & Humanities 

The Universiy of Arizona ranked No. 80 out of 536 colleges and universities worldwide in  Times Higher Education's World University Rankings 2020 By Subject, released Wednesday. It is the university's highest appearance in the publication's arts and humanities list since 2017. Times Higher Education began ranking colleges and universities by subject in 2011.
UA placed No. 28 in the U.S. and No. 11 among all U.S. public institutions.
"We are very proud of this distinction that recognizes the outstanding work of our world class faculty and staff. This recognition will certainly allow the UA College of Humanities to continue increase its number of majors (+11% last year) and will have a strong impact on the marketability of our graduates and alumni. It will also help us in promoting our innovative programs nationally and internationally, as we prepare the future leaders of the global economy, teaching the most sough after skills on the job market today: critical thinking, creative problem solving, collaboration, empathy, adaptability, among others."  -Alain-Philippe Durand, Dean, College of Humanities and Arizona Humanities Board Member.

Copper Queen Library Voted Best Small Library in America

Rebecca T. Miller, Editorial Director of 
Library Journal  ( LJ ) and  School Library Journal , presented representatives of the Copper Queen Library in Bisbee, AZ, with the publication's 2019 Best Small Library in America award, sponsored by Baker & Taylor (B&T ) , a Follett company, at the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) annual conference in Burlington, VT.
The Copper Queen Library and its staff, headed by library manager Jason Macoviak, were honored for can-do attitude and the ability to combine and capitalize on assets and potential in unusual forms. Among their most notable achievements: revamping space in a former school into a largely volunteer-staffed branch that fosters early literacy among some of the poorest residents in this border community.
As the 2019 Best Small Library in America, the Copper Queen Library will receive a cash prize of $5,000; is featured on the cover of and  profiled in
LJ's September 2019 issue, available in print and online; and was recognized at the ARSL conference, thanks to support from ARSL.

Upcoming Events
Puro Amor: A Reading With Sandra Cisneros
October 24 @ 7:00pm
Location: The University of Arizona's Student Union Grand Ballroom.
1303 E. University Blvd.

This month we will host a reading by Sandra Cisneros at the 2019 Tucson Humanities Festival. Cisneros will be reading from her latest work Puro Amor, a bilingual chapbook featuring her own illustrations.

2019 Mayor's Arts Awards

Phoenix Center for the Arts  is proud to present the Eighth Annual Mayor's Arts Awards, on Thursday, October 10, 2019, in the Margaret T. Hance Park Urban Plaza. Priscilla Torres and Octavio Pulido, of Telemundo Arizona, will emcee this year's event. The awards, designed by the talented artists of Phoenix Center for the Arts, will be presented by Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. The evening's festivities include live performances, catering from Conceptually Social, beer and wine from Hensley Beverage Company, silent auction, and more!

The 2019 Mayor's Arts Awards serve to identify outstanding leaders in eight areas: Dance ArtistLiterary ArtistMusic ArtistTheatre ArtistVisual ArtistYoung Artist (age 12-17), Innovative Arts Organization, and DIY/Maker (new category!).
Finalists are chosen based on the criteria of innovation, impact, and collaboration. Visit our website to see this year's amazing Mayor's Arts Awards finalists.

CLICK HERE  for more information and to purchase tickets.

History of the Women's Movement
from the 19th Amendment - to 2020 (1920-2020)
Tuesday, October 22, 10:30 - 12:00 Noon
Desert Foothills Library    38443 N. Schoolhouse Road
Cave Creek, AZ 85331   

You are invited  to attend the Free event! Come and Share your experiences. Powerpoint presentation will take attendees on a fantastic journey, as they gain a better understanding of the powerful women who, over the course of 100 years, have paved the way for this generation. You will 'meet' Susan B. Anthony, Rosie the Riveter, Betty Friedan, Shirley Chisholm, Gloria Steinem, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, et al. Together we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment and learn about the activities planned for 2020, including the In Celebration of Women art exhibit. RSVP  online at  or call  480-488-2286
Cost FREE 

Humanities in Medicine Symposium

 Course Highlights:
This annual gathering showcases research and best practices surrounding the intersection of arts and humanities disciplines with a connection to healthcare - inclusive of music, visual art, theatre, dance, creative writing, storytelling, narrative practice, ethical considerations, and other topical discussions.

Intended audience:
The Humanities in Medicine Symposium welcomes attendees from a broad spectrum of arts in healthcare proponents including - arts and healthcare practitioners, expressive art therapists, physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, social workers, chaplains, healthcare administrators,arts administrators, artists, researchers, educators, students, family and professional caregivers.

NEH Upcoming  G rant Deadlines
Dialogues on the Experience of War
The National Endowment for the Humanities offers the Dialogues on the Experience of War (Dialogues) program as part of its current initiative,  Standing Together: The Humanities and the Experience of War . The program supports the study and discussion of important humanities sources about war, in the belief that these sources can help U.S. military veterans and others think more deeply about the issues raised by war and military service. Dialogues is primarily designed to reach military veterans; however, men and women in active service, military families, and interested members of the public may also participate.
CLICK HERE for more information
Deadline: October 15, 2019
Thank you to our September Donors
Peggy Barksdale
Earl Bess
James Blasingame*
Catherine F. Connolly
Robert & Christine Fry
Chris Glenn
JoAnn Handley
Emily & William Jaeger
Ruth S. Jones
Karl Kendall*
Lee Anne & Peter Kline
Margaret & Duane Morse
Roger & Vivian Mueller
Mary Lu Nunley*
Martha Prumers
Wayne Ranney
Melissa & Brian Shackelford
Maire Simington
Nancy Splain
Jean Womack
Emerson Yearwood*
Juliana Yoder

*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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