Arizona Humanities Council Awards $53,028 to Programs Throughout Arizona

Arizona Humanities Council Dec. 5 2012

In its most recent funding cycle, the Arizona Humanities Council awarded $53,028 to support nine projects that engage the general public with the humanities through public programming. Any findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in these programs do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The grant recipients and their programs are:

Arizona State University – Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development, TEMPE
Project Title: “Black Women Walking.”
Total grant award: $5,000
Historical stage production about culture, gender, race relations, and our ability to connect to
stories/storytelling. Production is in conjunction with student discussion and educator lesson plans. Project Director: Patrick Reid, 480-965-1225.

Desert Caballeros Western Museum, WICKENBURG
Project Title: “Mary-Russell Colton Exhibition & Symposium.”
Total grant award: $6,000
A retrospective exhibition of the works of Russell Colton, an early AZ artist, art educator, and co-founder of Museum of Northern Arizona. A symposium will highlight this exhibition and a companion exhibit, and produce an audio-guide for the two. Project Director: James Burns, 928/684-2272.

Dewey-Humboldt Historical Society, HUMBOLDT
Project Title: “Humboldt History and You; A walk through time .”
Total grant award: $5,000
A history-based, educational walking tour of Humboldt and the surrounding area. Project Director: Gerald Hoyer, 928-632-3962.

Heard Museum, PHOENIX
Project Title: “Chocolate, Chili, and Cochineal.”
Total grant award: $5,000
An exhibition with accompanying lectures to provide context to chocolate, chili, and cochineal. The exhibition will examine their cultural origins, European exploitation, and current uses and controversies. Project Director: Jaclyn Roessel, 623/344-2203.

Miami University – Office for the Advancement of Research and Scholarship, OXFORD, FL
Project Title: “Apache Scouts.”
Total grant award: $10,000
An oral history documentation of the Apache Scouts shown through a film and web-based multimedia platform. Project Director: Leighton Peterson, 513-529-1422.

Museum of Northern Arizona, FLAGSTAFF
Project Title: “Humanities Insights Programs, 2013 Zuni and Hopi Festivals at the MNA.”
Total grant award: $5,000
The 23rd Zuni and 80th Hopi Festival of Arts and Culture celebrates heritage through lectures, films, and music presented by native artists, scholars, and elders that explore native artistic traditions, philosophies, histories, languages, and world views. Project Director: Robert Breunig, 928/774-5213 x201.

Musical Instrument Museum, PHOENIX
Project Title: “Unity Through Diversity Lecture Series.”
Total grant award: $10,000
This lecture series provides an in-depth look at influential musicians and genres from several different cultures. It offers an opportunity for discussion and a look behind the scenes of how the highlighted musicians have influenced musical style and culture in their own communities and throughout the world. Project Director: Maureen O’Brien, 480/478-6054.

Tucson Chinese Association, TUCSON
Project Title: “Images/Reality: Restoring Tucson History from our Dreams of China.”
Total grant award: $5,000.
A multi-faceted event aiming to understand and unravel Chinese cultural stereotypes, and analyze Chinese material culture. Project Director: Robin Blackwood, 520/731-0156.

University of Arizona – School of Anthropology, TUCSON
Project Title: “Hohokam Connections.”
Total grant award: $2,027.87
This site tour of the University Indian Ruin and panel discussion project is aligned with Arizona Archeology Month in March. The project engages the public to envision what life was like during prehistoric times and find commonalities between our present-day experience and that of the Hohokam. Project Director: Lauren Kingston, 520-661-7936.

Through Project Grants, AHC supports innovative, community-based project and partnerships that use history, literature, philosophy, and other humanities disciplines to strengthen and enhance civic life across Arizona. AHC welcomes proposals from a wide range of nonprofit organizations and for all kinds of program formats that bring together diverse groups of Arizonans. Click here for more information about AHC grants.


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