Arizona Humanities (formerly the Arizona Humanities Council) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and the Arizona affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
In 1973, Lorraine W. Frank became the founding Executive Director of Arizona Humanities, and with her leadership and vision for a new organization, changed the cultural development of Arizona. During her tenure she elevated public discourse both locally and nationally, and understood that engaging communities was critical to the life of the state. In 2015 Frank was inducted into the Arizona Women’s Hall of Fame. Since our inception over forty years ago, Arizona Humanities has directed almost $11 million to cultural and educational organizations throughout Arizona and is a prominent and influential leader in the cultural life of Arizona. We support humanities based projects and work with museums, libraries, and other cultural organizations to serve communities throughout the entire state of Arizona. Arizona Humanities supports public programming in the humanities that promotes understanding of human thoughts, actions, creations, and values. Through providing accessible and enriching educational programs, we strive to help Arizonans better understand themselves and the world around them.
Above photo: Governor Rose Mofford and Lorraine W. Frank in 1989.
The humanities are disciplines such as history, philosophy, literature, and others that explore our past and present human experiences. The humanities inspire, engage and enrich us, allowing us to remember our past, envision our future and consider ourselves as individuals and as members of communities. Click here to download our “Hello, my name is Humanities” flyer.
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