September 1, 2020
Contact: Samantha Anderson, Grants Manager

PHOENIX, AZ – Arizona Humanities is pleased to award $85,000 in Project Grants to 14 organizations.
Brenda Thomson, Arizona Humanities Executive Director, shared, "We are impressed with the variety of programs and the diversity of communities served by these grants. They reach across the state, and there is something for everyone. Please take the time to explore, learn and enjoy.”

Project Grants are awarded twice yearly and organizations can apply for up to $10,000 in funding. The next Project Grants Intent to Apply deadline is November 1, 2010. For questions regarding the grants application process, contact Samantha Anderson, Grants Manager at or 602-257-0335. For more information, visit
Read more about each Project Grant below.
ABOR - ASU – School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies – Tempe, AZ

Journal of the Plague Year: Recording Arizonans’ Experiences with the Covid-19 Pandemic
Arizona State University and the Arizona Historical Society, with consulting support from the University of Arizona will develop an Arizona Collection within the existing public digital archive, Journal of a Plague Year: An Archive of Covid19. Graduate students acting as curators will collect materials from communities traditionally underrepresented in historical accounts. The project team will also hold a series of face-to-face (digital if required) gatherings through which Arizonans in both rural and urban settings share stories, collect materials, and discuss commonalities and divergences in their experiences.

Project Contact: Prof. Mark Tebeau - (480)965-8595
Arizona Historical Society – Tempe, AZ

Buffalo Soldiers in Arizona Project
The Buffalo Soldiers in Arizona Project will create an online exhibition and a travelling virtual reality (VR) field trip kit about the history of the Buffalo Soldiers stationed in Arizona. The goal of this project is to spark discussion, learning, and reflection in learners of all backgrounds and learning levels about how disparate groups in Arizona have struggled for freedom and equality from post-Civil War to today.

Project Contact: Jenifer Hunt - (480)387-5358
Binational Arts Institute – Bisbee, AZ

Binational Arts Institute and Onirica Productions, in collaboration with Centro de Atención al Migrante “Exodus” (CAME) is producing a feature length film on the migrant experience and the ecosystem that arises, told through the migrant shelter CAME in Agua Prieta, Mexico as a focal point. The film will look at the greater structural forces and policies to understand why people are forced to migrate north and how this tremendous humanitarian crisis has the power to bring people of the border communities of Mexico and AZ together in the service of these displaced people.

Project Contact: Bijoyini Chatterjee - (978)578-4639
Border Youth Tennis Exchange – Nogales, AZ

Virtual Community Storytelling: Elevating Voices from the Borderlands
A series of five robust virtual storytelling workshops will be conducted with diverse cohorts of residents from the southern Arizona border region. Each workshop consists of six 2-hr sessions, conducted live remotely, guiding participants through a progression of: script-writing; collaborative idea exchange; photo, video and audio editing; mixed media production; and presentation with commentary. A digital archive of 40-60 fully produced 3-4 minute personal videos will be showcased at a culminating virtual conference hosted by UA Digital Learning.

Project Contact: Charlie Cutler - (503)341-9677
Cinefemme – Santa Monica, CA

Frontline Women - World War II in Arizona
Frontline Women is a 2-episode podcast and panel discussion program looking at Arizona women in the work force during WWII. The podcast is written and directed by Katrina Parks. It will include a few already recorded and re-edited interviews with women for her documentary films The Harvey Girls: Opportunity Bound and Route 66 Women: The Untold Story of the Mother Road and new interviews with subjects and historians. Frontline Women will be distributed by Arizona based Black Barrel Media in Spring 2021. Panel discussion programs will be offered after each episode and are a way for listeners to explore the humanities content in an interactive format with one of the historians and the project director.

Project Contact: Katrina Parks - (323)203-5968
Heritage Square Foundation – Phoenix, AZ

The Great Migration in Arizona History Project
In partnership with Emancipation Arts, Heritage Square will expand efforts to collect, preserve, and share the African American experience in Arizona. The project consists of oral history workshops that bring together seniors and students, a call for essays published in a small volume, archives workshops and a curriculum that will bring these stories into the classroom. These activities culminate in a public program during Kwanzaa called an Umoja, the Swahili word for unity, where the community comes together to share, discuss, and celebrate these voices.

Project Contact: Kari Carlisle - (602)261-8063

The Unique Role of Jazz in Building Community: a National Perspective through an Arizona Lens
Ever since Jazz grew out of the African American community at the turn of the century in the Crescent City, it has been a voice of the people, a model for democracy, and a community builder and placemaker. In February 2021, four public activities will take place addressing “The Unique Role of Jazz in Building Community: a National Perspective through an Arizona Lens” - a panel discussion and performance at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church in Eastlake Park, two social justice storytelling performances at The Nash Jazz Education and Performance Center in downtown Phoenix, and an educational outreach lecture/performance downtown at ASU Prep Academy. The key scholar for this project is jazz musician and state treasure, Charles Lewis. Mr. Lewis is a celebrated performer and teacher and the first person to be inducted into the Arizona Music Hall of Fame.

Project Contact: Joel Goldenthal - (602)750-7045
Museum of Northern Arizona – Flagstaff, AZ

Fall Insights Lecture Series
Re-imagined for these troubled times, the Fall Heritage Insights Lecture Series helps people gain understanding of other cultures while staying physically distanced. The Heritage Insights Lecture Series will offer meaningful conversations during the Museum of Northern Arizona’s (MNA) 17th Annual Celebraciones de la Gente and Indigenous Insights series. Programmed at the museum and available online for the first time, this series celebrates the Latinx and Native people of the Colorado Plateau.

Project Contact: Amelia George - (928)774-5211 x217
National Orphan Train Complex Museum and Research Center – Concordia, KS

When Orphan Trains Came West
The free public program, "When Orphan Trains Went West" will be presented at four libraries in Flagstaff, Williams, Kingman, and Tucson in winter 2021. The program is designed to inform, entertain, and engage audiences of all ages and to bring awareness about this little-known chapter of the largest child migration in American and Arizona history and the local legacies of their relocation.

Project Contact: Alison Moore - (512)393-9457
Rising Youth Theatre – Phoenix, AZ

Keysmash; A Conversation About Mental Health
Rising Youth Theatre, a Phoenix company dedicated to creating plays that start community conversations will produce Keysmash; A Conversation about Mental Health. This project brings youth and adults across a wide range of backgrounds together to talk honestly and compassionately about mental health, sharing personal stories and learning our community’s story around this critical topic. Through the creation of an original play and in partnership with social service organizations, Rising Youth Theatre will gather stories around mental health experiences across generations and radically imagine a dream for a community of care while also providing tools for immediate support, through a “mental health first aid” program.

Project Contact: Sarah Sullivan - (602)370-5560
Sedona International Film Festival – Sedona, AZ

LGBTQ Film & Lecture Series
The LGBTQ Film and Lecture series provides a forum for thoughtful, reflective discussion among members of the northern Arizona community about films featuring underrepresented LGBTQ groups. Each of the six films will be available in Flagstaff and Sedona and would not otherwise be available in theaters in the region. After experiencing each film, participants will engage in reflective discussion, led by a scholar with expertise regarding the issues raised by the film. The discussions are not aimed at achieving consensus. Rather, their purpose is to make powerful cinema available to community members and provide them an opportunity to explore diverse viewpoints and explain their thoughts and feelings in response.

Project Contact: Patrick Schweiss - (928)282-1177 x12
The Language Conservancy – Yavapai-Apache Nation (Camp Verde, AZ)

Dilzhe'e Dictionary Project
As part of a larger strategic plan to preserve and revitalize the Dilzhe’e language, The Dilzhe’e Dictionary Project creates a dictionary containing approximately 15,000 words. The Dictionary will be feature-rich, containing practical example sentences for entries, consistent and reliable spelling, descriptions of word-stems and stem nests (words related through a stem), and special symbols that mark the 1000 and 3000 most frequently used words in the language. Finally, the dictionary’s modern layout will make it easy for students to find words and learn about their usage. When complete, the Dilzhe’e Dictionary will be made available to Dilzhe’e language teachers, learners, and scholars in libraries and schools.

Project Contact: Willem de Reuse - (940) 597-4812
Tucson Presidio Trust (dba Presidio Museum) – Tucson, AZ

Friday-at-the-Fort/Morning Muster Field Trips
The Presidio Museum's award-winning Friday-at-the-Fort and Morning Muster field trip program will develop new flexible travelling and digital field trip formats based on the successful curriculum template of the original field trip program. New content developed includes 360-degree videos, pre-made video "conversations" and interactive video demonstrations with re-enactors.

Project Contact: Amy Hartmann-Gordon - (520)622-0594
West Valley Arts Council – Surprise, AZ

Vision and Sound: An African American Experience
During January-March 2021, West Valley Arts will present its 6th annual cultural exhibition featuring the works of African American cultural advocates. Vision and Sound: An African American Experience uses personal perspective, cultural traditions, and the beauty of fine art to provide audiences insights into the accomplishments of local African Americans and promote multi-cultural inclusion through arts and culture. To expand the reach and impact of the exhibition, the Humanities Scholars and community leaders will speak at community events and schools throughout the West Valley. Artists will also conduct live demonstrations of their artistic skills.

Project Contact: Norma Cunningham - (623)680-0538
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