MARCH 2022
March 11, 2022
Contact: Samantha Anderson, Grants Manager
PHOENIX, AZ – Arizona Humanities is pleased to award $77,228 in Project Grants to 11 organizations.

“A hearty congratulations to the grant recipients and all the applicants," said Arizona Humanities Executive Director Brenda Thomson. "We receive many worthy applications, but cannot fund them all. The programs and projects funded offer opportunities to learn about human rights, Arizona history, White Mountain Apache language and voices, and much more. Please join us for live and virtual programs this Spring across Arizona.”

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 May 1, 2022. 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 - Center for the Study of Race and Democracy
Storied Places: Arizona, History and Acts of Recollection
Storied Places will invite audiences across Arizona to engage with writers, filmmakers, artists, and scholars in an ambitious and inclusive year-long series that focuses on the histories of Arizona that are at the center and on the periphery of our shared understanding of the state. Storied Places events will include unique writing-in-place sessions, film screenings and post-screening discussions, and book discussion series that are paired with public conversations with the book series authors. Programs focus on issues such as how Arizona came to be a territory and state, how immigration and aspiration converge in the desert and borderlands, and how race, class and gender have been documented and preserved.
Project Director
Lois Brown /
ABOR - ASU - School of Social Transformation   
Human Rights Film Festival 2022                            
ASU's Human Rights Film Festival is a forum for screening and discussing films that explore the most pressing topics of our time, with discussions led by experts, practitioners, and activists following each film. The goal is to educate and inspire viewers regarding the meaning and significance of human rights, to illustrate where violations occur, both locally and globally, and to provide ideas for action. All sessions are free and open to the public.
Project Director
Dr. LaDawn Haglund /
Apache Language Consortium   
White Mountain Apache Voices Language Reawakening Project
The White Mountain Apache Voices Language Reawakening Project will help to complete comprehensive Arizona Apache Online and App Dictionaries by recording the White Mountain Apache dialect on or near the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. White Mountain Apache is one of the three main dialects of Arizona Apache language. The language is currently endangered, with most remaining fluent speakers of the grandparent generation or older. The Apache language communicates the history, culture, and worldview of the Apache people, and it forms a vital part of Arizona’s history and culture. These recordings are the final piece of the first comprehensive digital dictionary of the Apache language that will be free and accessible to the public both online and as a mobile app.

Project Director
Dr. Jessica Leach /
Arizona Historical Society - Tempe         
"Ask the Author About Arizona History" Series               
The Ask the Author About Arizona History series connects authors and experts of Arizona history to the people of Arizona through the creation of eight, free and virtual public presentations. These sessions explore the stories of underrepresented communities and persons, including racial and gender equality in history, Indigenous citizenship and sovereignty, and the portrayal, legacy, and memory of the West in the world today. Presentations will be 60 minutes in length and hosted via Zoom and will afterward be available to the public in perpetuity through the AHS YouTube channel.
Project Director
David Breeckner /
Friends of Canoa Heritage Foundation  
O'odham Perspective                   
O’odham Perspective is a movie/speaker event headed and featuring the top Cultural Affairs Specialist’s from the Tohono O’odham Nation’s Sells & San Xavier Districts, Samuel Fayuant. The videos include interviews four O'odham Cultural Affairs Specialists with complimenting visual content, and reflects on historic lifestyles and O’odham traditions that remain along the Santa Cruz River in Southern Arizona. These videos will be presented along with a Q&A with the Cultural Affairs Leaders and Samuel Fayuant.
Project Director
Dawn Morley /
Arizona “5C’s +1” for Special Populations            
HeARTsy’s mission statement is to change lives of underserved populations through art history and art creation. HeARTsy teaches underserved populations of creative, able, and enthusiastic seniors and/or those with developmental disabilities about the Arizona's “5 C’s+1” (Copper, Cotton, Citrus, Climate, Cattle & CULTURE) over 6 months with 2 classes/month. These classes are fun, challenging, (but easy to participate in), and most importantly they help these populations connect to each other.
Project Director
Tina Ferguson /
Iron City Magazine         
Iron City Magazine Issue 7                         
Iron City Magazine: Creative Expressions By and For the Incarcerated will be publishing a 7th issue in fall 2022. The magazine’s masthead of volunteers selects, edit, and publish submissions of art and creative writing to be featured in the print and online literary journal. ICM accentuates prisoners’ humanity and promotes active thinking about mass incarceration; this is done through publishing art and literature by prisoners, former prisoners, prisoners’ families and friends, correctional staff, and prison volunteers. As part of the project’s production and publication, the team will also host an issue launch in November 2022.
Project Director
Dr. Cornelia Wells /
Museum of Contemporary Art
Cecilia Vicuña: Flower World Quipu       
Cecilia Vicuña: Flower World Quipu was inspired by internationally acclaimed artist and poet Cecilia Vicuña’s visit to Tucson in 1985. At that time, the Chilean-born artist witnessed the Pascua Yaqui Deer Dance, which inspired decades of reflections, personal translations, and poetic-artistic interpretations. Vicuña's lifelong project is now realized, 35 years later, and presented for the first time at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Tucson. The project features participatory artworks inspired by the Sonoran Desert’s indigenous cultures, ecologies, and art histories, and will include public talks, performances, and a groundbreaking trilingual poetry and art publication.
Project Director
Laura Copelin /
Museum of Northern Arizona   
Summer Heritage Insights Series                           
An engaging series of lectures, presentations, performances, and demonstrations, the Heritage Insight Series explores the identity and heritage of the diverse set of Native cultures residing on the Colorado Plateau. Presented by a variety of humanities scholars and cultural experts, this series will help audience members understand the heritage, traditions, perspectives, and histories of Native communities in the Southwest. Investigating both traditional and contemporary topics, this series will celebrate the diverse set of experiences and identities present on the Colorado Plateau and help audiences gain new perspectives on Native peoples.
Project Director
Darvin Descheny /
Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block           
Enduring Legacies: The James T. Bialac Indigenous Art Collection            
The Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block will present Enduring Legacies: The James T. Bialac Indigenous Art Collection, an exhibition of an expansive collection of Indigenous Art featuring late 20th- early 21st century paintings and works on paper. The exhibition will have multiple components that reflect scholarly and community input including: 1) A collaborative curation model with community-based humanities scholars to develop content; 2) Display with bilingual (English-Spanish) and guest-authored exhibition materials; 3) An exhibition guide for visitors; 4) Exhibition-tailored docent training; and 5) A panel discussion with humanities scholars and Indigenous artists. This exhibition is deeply connected to Arizona histories, cultures, and art, as it will feature Indigenous artists from the state and the Southwestern U.S. and spotlights the collection of a known Arizona collector.
Project Director
Veterans Heritage Project
Since You Asked: A Veteran Oral History Program
Veterans Heritage Project (VHP) is working with students in 18 middle and high school chapters in Arizona to conduct 150+ oral history interviews with veterans, documenting their stories through video and essay publication in regional editions of our hardbound book, Since You Asked (SYA), Volume XVIII: A Salute to Cold War Veterans, for preservation in the Library of Congress. On August 14, 2022 VHP will host a free community forum to honor the veterans and present SYA Edition 1 and SYA Edition 2. The forum will include a Cold War historical commentary from VHP Founder and Humanities Scholar Barbara Hatch, 2) keynote presentation from COL (Ret.) James (Jim) Kelsey, who served in leadership levels in military intelligence during this era, and 3) veteran book signing and the opportunity for attendees to interact with veterans.
Project Director
Michelle DiMuro /
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