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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) nonprofit organization and the Arizona affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Since 1973, Arizona Humanities has supported public programs that promote understanding of the human experience with cultural, educational, and nonprofit organizations across Arizona.

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What We Do:

Provide grants and resources for high-quality public humanities programs

Encourage literacy through reading events for children and families

Engage people in FRANK Talks about important issues facing our communities

Inspire lively discussions on books, films and poetry

Offer entertaining and informative speakers through the AZ Speaks program

Bring Smithsonian Museum exhibitions to rural communities

Recognize cultural and civic leaders through the Humanities Awards

What are the humanities?

“The term ‘humanities’ includes, but is not limited to, the study and interpretation of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; those aspects of social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life.”
–National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act, 1965

We are Arizona Humanities

Learn more about Arizona Humanities and our impact across the state. To this day, Arizona Humanities continues to support public programming in the humanities that promotes understanding of human thoughts, actions, creations, and values. By providing accessible and enriching educational programs, we strive to help Arizonans better understand themselves and the world around them.