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Mission & History

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

Founded in 1973, Arizona Humanities (AH) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and the Arizona affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. AH is not a state agency.

Since its inception in 1973, Arizona Humanities has directed almost $11 million to hundreds of cultural and educational organizations throughout Arizona and is a prominent and influential leader in the cultural life of Arizona.  AH funds humanities based projects and works with museums, libraries, and other cultural organizations to serve communities throughout the entire state of Arizona providing accessible and enriching educational programs.

AH supports public programming in the humanities that promotes understanding of human thoughts, actions, creations, and values.  All AH-supported activities must involve the humanities disciplines-history, literature, philosophy, and other studies that examine the human condition.

Watch The Heart of the Matter from The American Academy of Arts and Sciences and experience the essence of the humanities.

In 2013, Arizona Humanities celebrated its 40th year in Arizona.  Below is a short film about the founder and executive director, Lorraine W. Frank.