Sharing cultures, enriching communities

Sharing cultures. Enriching communities.

The Arizona Humanities Council is on a mission…

Stories convey our history, traditions, social mores, beliefs and insights about what it means to be human. The Arizona Humanities Council creates opportunities for sharing these diverse stories through critical thinking and public discussion to better understand and appreciate one another, so that we can make informed decisions about our collective future.

Their calendar of AHC-funded events lists all sorts learning opportunities focused on arts and culture — including presentations, community book discussions and town halls — within five regions of Arizona.

This is welcome news for those who suspect that community, books and discussions are rapidly being replaced by cubicles, remote controls and keypads.

Here’s a brief sampling by theme…

Native Cultures

“Plainsong” book discussion at the Buckeye Public Library. “Historic Graffiti” at the Deer Valley Rock Art Center in Phoenix. “The Changing Economic Resources on Arizona’s Indian Reservations” and “Hopi Ponawit” at the Heard Museum (Phoenix). “Apache Culture Kit” at the Arizona State Museum (Tucson).

Arizona History

“Thornton Wilder’s Arizona Days” and “Arizona Place Names” at Sunland Village (Mesa). “Japanese-American Internment in Arizona” at the Heard Museum (Phoenix). “Postcard Images of Arizona: 1990-1920” at the Gila County Historical Society (Globe). “Radicalism in the Mountain West” at Payson Public Library. “Arizona’s War Town” at the Sedona Historical Society.

Food

“Eating the Depression: New Deal Food” at the Arizona Capitol Museum (and other sites). “The Food of Arizona: Many Cultures, Many Flavors” at the Tucson Main Library.

Music & Dance

“Your Musical Brain: Can Music Make You Smarter?,” “Flamenco Dancing and Spanish Bullfighting,” and “The Music and Ritual of Arizona’s Native Americans” at the Tempe History Museum. “The Healing Art: How Does Music Soothe the Soul?” at the Pima County Public Library. “Romancing Arizona: Songs of Love and Marriage” at the Lake Havasu Museum of History.

Diverse Cultures

“The History of Mexico and Contemporary Issues” at Sunland Village East (Mesa). “2010 Mesa Latino Town Hall” at Mesa Community College. “A New Day in Babylon: African American and Mexican Relations” at the Arizona Historical Society Museum (Tempe). “Cuentos Chicanos” book discussion at Prescott Public Library. “First Annual Chinese American Symposium” panel discussion at the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center.

Women’s Issues

“Women in Arizona History” at the Arizona Historical Society Museum (Tempe). “Witchcraze: The War Against Witches” at the Himmel Park Branch Library (Tucson). “The Women of Brewster Place” book discussion at Sierra Vista Public Library.

Literature & Writing

“The Origins and Development of Chicana and Chicano Literature” at the Arizona State Library (Phoenix). “Voices from the Literary West” and “Desert to Mountain: Arizona Writers Speak” at Prescott Resort. “Writings on the Edge: Borderlands Reading” at Payson Public Library. “To Kill a Mockingbird” book discussion at Buckeye Public Library.

Visual Art

“Visual Humor: Some Humorous Analogies between Language and Art” at Payson Public Library. “Images of Grandeur: Artists and Photographers of the Grand Canyon” at the Lake Havasu Museum of History.

Don’t be discouraged if events that interest you aren’t being held in your neck of the woods. Just seize the opportunity for a fun day trip or overnight adventure — allowing extra time to visit the museums and enjoy the performance art of the city you’re visiting.

Arizona is rich in diverse arts and culture — but it’s not going to come and ring your doorbell.

Get out there…

–Lynn

Note: Click here for a more detailed calendar of AHC-funded activities throughout Arizona — and check event details before you go to assure you have the most complete and comprehensive information available.

Also visit the AHC website at www.azhumanities.org for information about grant opportunities, Smithsonian exhibitions coming to Arizona, cultural heritage tourism and a variety of special projects including “Literature and Medicine,” “Project Civil Discourse” and more.

Coming up: Dance from around the world performed around the Valley, Musings on magic, “First Friday” highlights, Modern day storytellers

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