AHC Grants and
AHC has a long history of funding projects that use the humanities to explore and engage with contemporary issues. Project Grant funds are available for community-initiated projects that have as their primary purpose to help Arizonans understand and appreciate the humanities.
Project Civil Discourse, an AHC special initiative begun in 2008, seeks to provide Arizonans proven skills that can enhance and improve dialogue and discourse about the important issues that affect our collective future. AHC will give consideration to Project Grant proposals that unite a humanities perspective with civil discourse techniques for public discussion of contemporary issues. For further information regarding grants opportunities, please read AHC's Grants Guidelines, and then call Erica Kinias at 602/257-0335 X26 to discuss your project before submitting your Intent to Apply form.
AHC awarded Project Grants to the following projects, which serve as examples of contemporary issues addressed though the humanities. You may find it useful to review these descriptions for Project Civil Discourse project ideas and contacts.
Awarded June 2010
Kore Press, Inc., Tucson. Coming in Hot: The Civil Discourse Tour. AHC funds will support a series of free performance and discussion programs in September 2010 that explore the sometimes difficult, yet pertinent, issues surrounding women serving in the military. The performance component of the project, "Coming in Hot," is based on Kore Press's publication of the AHC-funded anthology titled, "Powder: Writing by Women in the Ranks, from Vietnam to Iraq."
Awarded October 2009
ASU School of Public Affairs, College of Public Programs, Morrison Institute for Public Policy, Phoenix. Read All About It: Public Policy from a Humanities Point of View, $2,500. AHC funds will support the creation of public policy-oriented book discussion resources, including readers' guides and discussion materials and moderated online discussions that will be available on the Morrison Institute for Public Policy Web site. Project Director: Monica Stigler, 602/496-0900.
Awarded February 2008
Little Chapel of All Nations, Tucson. Symposium on Migrant Deaths in the Arizona Desert, $3,000. A free, two-day exploration of the topic in March 2008, using humanities perspectives and involving scholars, writers, artists, activists, and the general public. Project Director: Raquel Rubio-Goldsmith, 520/621-7551.
Awarded November 2006
ASU Institute for Humanities Research, Tempe. Place of Refuge: Humanities Perspective on the Refugee Experience in Arizona. $3,000. A panel discussion series in 2006/2007 to explore historical and contemporary representations of the refugee experience through history, literature, and the arts. Project Director: Brian Gratton, 480/965-4300.
U of A Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Studies, Tucson. New American Destinies: Stories of Lesbian & Gay Migration, $2,345. A film-and-discussion event in March 2007 exploring the lesbian/gay migrant experience through a film set in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Project Director: Eithne Luibheid, 520/626-0029.
Awarded June 2006
ASU Department of Political Science, Tempe. Garfield Neighbors, $3,025. A documentary on the historic Garfield neighborhood of Phoenix, with four local viewings/discussions in February 2007, followed by wider Valley distribution. Project Director: Marilyn Dantico, 480/965-1316.