September 2017

Fall programs explore justice and equality in health, law, housing & employment

"We are what the world wants us to be." -Ivon Gerbera

This thought-provoking series of programs strives to connect our human experiences to one another through topics we encounter everyday - health, the law, work, and home. The humanities help us talk about complicated issues and develop a vocabulary that permits us to have insightful conversations. 

Learn more about each program below. Read about Trans*cend and the partnership with ASU Center for Film, Media & Popular Culture on ASU Now.

QTPOC Youth in the Southwest: Using Art to Get Answers
Community Conversation and Workshop 
Friday, September 15, 2017 @ 5:00 - 6:30 pm
Location: First Church UCC
1407 N 2nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
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Trans*cend Southwest Film Premiere
Friday, September 15 @  7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Sun Studios of Arizona
1425. W. 14th St. Tempe, AZ 85281
Community Partner: ASU Center for Film, Media & Popular Culture
Learn more and RSVP

Health, Law and the Humanities Community Conversation Series
Medicine and the Humanities
Thursday, September 21 @ 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Arizona Humanities
Panelists: Jason Vail Cruz - LGBT Consortium, Josef Wolf Burwell - Peacework Medical, Dago Bailón-TransQueerPueblo, & Teresa Pena-Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care Community
Community Partners: ASU School for Social Transformation - Women & Gender Studies, Peaceworks Medical Projects, LGBT Consortium, Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care, TransQueerPueblo
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Policing and the Law
Thursday, October 5 @ 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Location: Arizona Humanities
Panelists: Viri Hernandez-Center for Neighborhood Leadership, Dr. Grace Gamez-American Friends Service Committee, Chief Sylvia Moir-City of Tempe Police Department, & Maricopa County Sheriff's Office
Community Partners: ASU School for Social Transformation, Center for Neighborhood Leadership, & American Friends Service Committee.
Learn more and RSVP

Employment and Housing Equity
Thursday, October 26 @ 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Location: Arizona Humanities
Panelists: Ashton Skinner-One Community, Tamira Burns - La Fontera Arizona, Elle Murtagh - The Coronado Restaurant
Community Partners: ACLU-AZ, One Community, Peacework Medical, & The Coronado
Announcing $86,984 in Project Grant Awards

Congratulations to the thirteen organizations awarded Project Grants to explore humanities topics in their communities. Awarded funds will be used to support projects and programs taking place in communities across Arizona. 

Executive Director Brenda Thomson shared, "The grant process is very competitive. We are pleased to provide support for these outstanding programs, and hope you will enjoy them."

Read more about each grant recipient and project.

Red Ink Indigenous Initiative Cultural Series for Teens
Arizona State University - English Department - Tempe, AZ

Archaeology Cafe 2.0: Exploring Phoenix and Tucson Underground
Archaeology Southwest - Tucson, AZ

The Women On The Mother Road in Arizona: Screening and Discussion Programs
Cinefemme - Santa Monica, CA

Footprints on the Desert: Frank Lloyd Wright in Arizona
Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation - Scottsdale, AZ

Canoa Speaks Tohono O'odham
Friends of Canoa Heritage Foundation - Green Valley, AZ

Letters to the Future
Kore Press - Tucson, AZ

TEDx: Representing Disability: An Interdisciplinary Journey
Maricopa County Community College District Foundation - Mesa
Community College - Mesa, AZ

Youth Traditional Bow & Arrow Project
Morning Star Leaders Inc. - Ganado, AZ

14th Annual Celebraciones de la Gente Heritage Insights Series
Museum of Northern Arizona - Flagstaff, AZ

The Orphan Trains - Arizona's Hidden History
National Orphan Train Complex Museum and Research Center - Concordia, KS

History and Stories of the Tohono O'odham Districts
Tohono O'odham Community College - Tohono O'odham Studies Program and Continuing & Community Education - Sells, AZ

In Transit/En tránsito: Arts, Migration, Resistance
University of Arizona - Department of Spanish and Portuguese - Tucson, AZ

Since You Asked: A Veteran Oral History Program
Veterans Heritage Project - Scottsdale, AZ
Mark your calendar for 2017-2018 Project Grant Deadlines

Project Grants are awarded twice yearly and support public programs that use the humanities to provide context, depth, and perspective to explore issues of significance to Arizonans. 

Letter of Intent Deadline
Application Deadline
Notification Date
Project Period
November 1, 2017 December 15, 2017 March 1, 2018 April 1, 2018 - October 15, 2019
May 1, 2018 June 15, 2018 September 1, 2018 October 1, 2018 - April 15, 2020

Learn more about our Grant Opportunities.
Need a speaker for your K-12 classroom? Schedule Speakers in the Schools

The Speakers in the Schools program offers top-quality presentations on a wide variety of humanities subjects relevant to Arizona K-12 curricula. Speakers work directly with teachers prior to the program in order to tailor the presentation to a specific grade level that meets Arizona educational standards. Speakers in the Schools programs are FREE to Arizona K-12 educational institutions.

Download the Speakers in the Schools toolkit designed for teachers booking and hosting a Speakers in the Schools program.

Find Your Nose Book Party named one of the "Best free events for kids and families" in September

Join award-winning local author, Rodo Sofranac, ( Polly and the Peaputts, My Maddy, My Daddy), to celebrate the release of his newest children's' book, Find Your Nose. Rodo's books help kids and folks of all ages increase their literacy skills, become better readers, and have FUN doing so! Families and kids can enjoy a free  and fun afternoon with books, story time,  music, arts & crafts, snacks, and more! Check out the highlight in the AZCentral Things to Do section.

Sunday, September 17th
2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Arizona Humanities
1242 N Central Ave -  Phoenix, AZ 85004

All donations and half of book sales go to support Arizona Humanities.
Artist + Talk: Persian Wom=n and the Unity of Humanity

Forugh Farokh Zad- (1935-1967)- Iranian poet, painter, film maker, dress maker
Join Arizona Humanities September 28th in downtown Phoenix to explore Persian Wom=n and their role in uniting humanity through their art. Local artist Mitra will explore an array of wom=n artists: Simin Beh-bahani, (1927-2014), an activist, lyricist, writer and contemporary poet nominated for the Noble prize, Forouq Farrok Zad,(1935-1957), a controversial, feminist, modernist poet and film director, and, Parvin E-tesami (1907-1941), a classical/modern poet, a pro-education mystic, who exposed issues concerning wom=n injustices, labor rights, and equitable education. Mitra Kamali is a fine artist and petroleum engineer of Persian heritage, will also share her artistic vision of life through paintings that speak from a timeless world view. 

2018 Arizona Humanities Awards nominations now open!

Do you know an outstanding scholar, leader, partner or volunteer who has advanced the humanities? Nominate them!

A complete nomination packet will include: nominee name, contact info, nominee bio, brief explanation for award, two letters of support, and the nominator's contact info.

Seek the San Pedro program receives Mini Grant

Image via Arizona Wilderness Coalition

Join the Arizona Wilderness Coalition to celebrate National Public Lands Day and the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area! Seek the San Pedro is a free, fun, family-friendly day of outdoor learning along the San Pedro River.

You can join a writing workshop with author Ken Lamberton from 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Ken Lamberton is the author of Chasing Arizona, Dry River, and Wilderness and Razor Wire

Saturday, September 30
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
The San Pedro River at the San Pedro House, 9800 E. Hwy. 90, Sierra Vista, AZ, 85650

Tucson Botanical Gardens project aims to preserve Mexican American recipes

Image via Tucson Botanical Gardens
Last spring, the Tucson Botanical Gardens was awarded a Project Grant for Food Traditions and Favorite Recipes from Tucson's Mexican-Americans. Partnering with Catholic Community Services, the two groups plan to collect and preserve recipes from Mexican American seniors in Tucson communities.  

Juliet Niehaus, project director of Nuestras Recetas and the director of horticultural therapy at Tucson Botanical Gardens shared with the The Daily Wildcat, "It's important to the seniors who are sharing their stories and their culture; many of them are older folks and have so much knowledge and they are the connection between multiple generations, from their grandparents to their grandchildren."

The collection of recipes is taking place now through May 2018. The gardens will hold an informational session about the project on September 21st.

Read the Daily Wildcat story about the Nuestras Recetas project.
On the road for Water/Ways Part II

View from the Carl Hayden Visitor Center at Glen Canyon Dam in Page, AZ.
Arizona Humanities staff wrapped up meetings with host sites for the Smithsonian's Water/Ways exhibition. Thank you to the communities who welcomed us! Camp Verde Community Library and the Friends of the Verde River Greenway (Camp Verde), Cañon Elementary School District 50 and and Black Canyon City Community Association - Black Canyon Heritage Park (Black Canyon City), Carl Hayden Visitor Center at Glen Canyon Dam and Glen Canyon Natural History Association (Page), The Lake Havasu Museum of History and he the Lake Havasu City Historical Society (Lake Havasu City). 

Read our Annual Report 

We are still here after 44 years because Arizona needs the humanities. Because of your support, we can bring people together for community conversations across the state. Our speakers explore our rich and diverse history. Our FRANK Talks ambassadors guide us through conversations on difficult topics. The humanities are at the root of all of this; where we come from, who we are and who we will become, this is the journey of human experience. 

Thank you to our generous August supporters

Ryan Bruce*
Tina Clark*
Dr. Sherman Elliott*
Mary Lu Nunley*
Richard T. Smith
Rodo & Susan Sofranac, Thrivent Choice
Elaine Warner
Emerson Yearwood*

*current Board Member
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Important Dates
  • October 9 - Humanities Awards Nominations Deadline
  • October 20 - Board of Directors Meeting, Glendale 
About Arizona Humanities

Mission: Arizona Humanities builds a just and civil society by creating opportunities to explore our shared human experiences through discussion, learning and reflection.

Arizona Humanities is a statewide 501(c)3 non-profit organization and the Arizona affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Arizona Humanities supports public programs that promote understanding of the human experience with cultural, educational, and non-profit organizations across Arizona.

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