I headed to Civic Space Park in downtown Phoenix Saturday for an event called the “Arizona Humanities Festival: Stories of Us,” presented by the Arizona Humanities Council — and sponsored by APS and the Arizona Commission on the Arts.
The all-day festival was designed as “a celebration of the cultures that surround us, the stories that define us, and the histories that connect us.”
A family activity area featured storytelling, face painting, Chinese calligraphy, Day of the Dead mask-making and much more. Characters like Maya & Miguel strolled through the crowd, posing with children for pictures. And various performers, including those pictured below, took to the stage.
Miguel and Maya with two girls attending the Arizona Humanities Festival
A pair of works (L) from the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center activity area
Traditional Chinese Lion Dancers preparing for a second performance
One of several groups that performed works with multicultural flair
Scenes from You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown by ASU’s Lyric Opera Theatre
The first of several dances performed by Ballet Forklorico Esperanza
A high-energy performance by Fushicho Daiko/Phoenix Taiko Drummers
Various speakers gave presentations in ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism building — on topics ranging from Anne Frank to pioneering women artists in Arizona. Nearby, attendees learned about things like hip hop and Arizona’s identity in Western movies.
Plenty of humanities-related organizations had booths at the festival — including the Central Arizona Museum Association, the Braille and Talking Book Library, the Arizona Authors Association and many more.
Folks who missed Saturday’s festival can enjoy other events presented by the Arizona Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities founded in 1973. Visit them online at www.azhumanities.org to learn more.
Note: According to the Arizona Humanities Council, the humanities include history, literature, languages, linguistics, philosophy, law, archeology, comparative religion, anthropology, ethics, art history and more.
Coming up: More fun with festivals
Photo credit: Lynn Trimble