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2018 Arizona Humanities Awards

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Arizona Humanities is delighted to honor recipients of the 2018 Arizona Humanities Awards on Sunday, March 25, 2018 at Phoenix Theatre. Please join us for an evening of entertainment, hors d’ oeuvres, libations, a silent auction and more. Event proceeds support the ongoing work of Arizona Humanities. The ceremony takes place from 5:30-8:00 p.m. 

The 2018 Humanities Awards winners are:

  • Liz Warren, Humanities Public Scholar, Dan Shilling Award
  • Almira Poudrier, Friend of the Humanities, Juliana Yoder Award
  • Dagoberto Bailon, Humanities Rising Star Award
  • The Shackelford Family, Community Partner Outstanding Supporter Award
  • Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records – Founder’s Community Partner Award

Two new Community Partner Awards will be presented this year. The Arizona Humanities Board of Directors created the Community Partner Awards to recognize organizations or individuals that have demonstrated outstanding support to Arizona Humanities, and the advancement of the humanities in Arizona.

Brenda Thomson, Executive Director of Arizona Humanities shared, “We are delighted to honor all of the award winners, and especially pleased that we are able to salute these community partners. These award winners help us bring the rich cultural history of Arizona to communities everywhere.”

Read more about each award recipient below. Save-the-date for the Arizona Humanities Awards to be presented on Sunday, March 25, 2018 at Phoenix Theatre (100 E McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85004). 

Featured Awards Performer

Jay Cravath, Ph.D.

Jay Cravath is a writer, composer and scholar in the field of music, southwest history and Indigenous studies. His original music has been included in such documentaries as “1000 Years of Song: the Apache,” which he co-produced (over 300,000 views on Youtube), and “Love is a Child.” He received The sound design award from Zaki Gordon Institute for his film score to “The Life of Will Mezzo.” His poetry has been published in various magazines. As a member of Arizona Humanities AZ Speaks roster since 1990 Dr. Cravath crafts articles and interactive discussion programs that include stories, musical performance, and illustrations/photography. He has often been the most requested speaker in a given year, with his programs described as “scholarship with a zing!” His publications include North American Indian Music, The Mohave Book for Little Ones (available through this website) and The Wisdom of Blood—serialized here. Dr J and the Botanicals is his new band—Indie folk, Latin and ballads. Dr. Craváth recent album “Songs for Ancient Days” was released in 2017 and he has toured throughout the U.S.

Thank you to our sponsors!

 

Congratulations and Salute Messages

 

 

Awards Event Info

2018 Arizona Humanities Awards Celebration
Sunday, March 25, 2018
5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Phoenix Theatre (100 E McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85004)

Tickets: $45 per person

https://azhumanitiesawards2018.eventbrite.com

Sponsorship

2018 Arizona Humanities Awards Sponsorship Packet (pdf)

Questions?

Brenda Thomson, Executive Director (bthomson@azhumanities.org)


“Successful business entrepreneurs cannot be successful without the humanities. They have to understand the history, culture, and communities they serve to be the best at what they do. Congratulations to the winners. Thank you for transforming Arizona business owners to Arizona community leaders.”

-Edgar Olivo, Compass CBS


“Humanities has been brought to the people of Arizona through the continued love, support, diligence and ardor of the staff of Arizona Humanities led by Executive Director, Brenda Thomson. Through their efforts we all can explore, share and experience. Kudos to the staff of Arizona Humanities.”

-Emerson Yearwood, Board Member


“Since 2011, Liz Warren has given her time, insight and heart to the Arizona Republic and azcentral.com. Because of her, The Storytellers Project has grown from a few shows in Phoenix to more than 100 shows this year nationally. Almost 4,000 people have told stories on our stages via a process Liz helped us create. The USA TODAY NETWORK is in awe of her and is profoundly indebted.”

-Megan Finnerty, Gannett Arizona Republic AZ Storytellers organizer


“South Mountain Community College educates minds, transforms lives, touches hearts and builds community. Liz Warren embodies our college’s vision statement, both professionally and personally.  Her dedication and support of the many students she has touched throughout her career at SMCC will last a lifetime and enrich their future. SMCC is honored and privileged to have Liz Warren as a colleague.  We are so proud of her accomplishments and for receiving such a prestigious award.” – Dr. Shari Olson, College President


“The generosity and support of the Shackelford family is shown in everything they do.  They have brought the humanities to us with their hearts and hands, with their dedication and passion beyond measure. We are truly indebted. “

-Brenda Thomson, Arizona Humanities


“Solfa Music and Books is proud to support Arizona Humanities and the 2018 Arizona Humanities Awards.”

-Ryan Bruce, Chairman, Arizona Humanities

HUMANITIES PUBLIC SCHOLAR – DAN SHILLING AWARD
Liz Warren, Faculty Director, SMCC Storytelling Institute 

Liz Warren, a fourth-generation Arizonan, directs the South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. The Institute received the Maricopa Community Colleges 2016 Diversity Award, and the 2014 New Times Best of Phoenix award for “Best Place to Learn to Tell Tales.” Her textbook, The Oral Tradition Today: An Introduction to the Art of Storytelling is used at colleges around the nation. Her recorded version of The Story of the Grail received a Parents’ Choice Recommended Award and a Storytelling World Award. Warren serves as storytelling coach for the popular Arizona Storytellers Project produced by the Arizona Republic. In July 2014 she received the Oracle Award for Service and Leadership from the National Storytelling Network. In September 2014 Warren was named to the New Times list of 100 Creatives in Phoenix.  She has also served on the Arizona Humanities AZ Speaks roster as a Road Scholar. Warren holds a B.S. in Anthropology and M.A. in Anthropology from Arizona State University and spends most summers in Ireland teaching for Mesa Community College’s Study Abroad Ireland program.

 

“I am so thankful to Arizona Humanities for all it has done to promote and deepen the public’s understanding of storytelling, and I’m deeply honored to be named the 2018 Humanities Public Scholar. Historian and filmmaker Ken Burns has said, “the humanities help us all understand almost everything better.” In my experience, the humanities and oral traditional storytelling have this in common.  Participating in storytelling as tellers and as listeners helps us open our hearts and minds to others. When we share stories with each other face-to-face in real-time, we forge connections that make our society stronger and more comprehensible….we learn to understand each other better and develop compassion for ourselves and our neighbors.” Liz Warren

 

FRIEND OF THE HUMANITIES – JULIANA YODER AWARD
Almira Poudrier, Senior Lecturer, School of International Letters and Cultures at Arizona State University

Dr. Almira Poudrier is Senior Lecturer in the School of International Letters and Cultures at Arizona State University.  Her research interests include Greek history and religion, particularly the material culture of religious space and cult described in Herodotus. A specialist in teaching first-year Latin, she teaches many of the lower division Latin courses at ASU, as well as courses in ancient Greek and Roman language, myth, culture, the classical tradition, and comparative literature. Dr. Poudrier is faculty sponsor of Solis Diaboli (the Classics Club on campus), and liaison for Apples + Archaeology, where she organizes the yearly Fall Forum in Classics, and outreach activities both on and off campus. She organizes the annual international poster contest at the SILC Language Fair, and serves as Vice-President of the Central Arizona Society of the Archaeological Institute of America, which brings monthly lectures on archaeology and material culture from national and international scholars to the Valley. As the organizer of the ACMRS Medieval Latin Research Group, she also leads weekly reading sessions in translating Medieval and Renaissance Latin authors. Dr. Poudrier holds a BA in Classical Civilizations from Beloit College, an MA in Ancient Greek from the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis, and  PhD in Classics from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Photo: Dr. Almira Poudrier courtesy Arizona State University School of International Letters and Cultures

"Earth without art is just eh. This award is a lovely way to acknowledge all the people fighting in the trenches, every day in every little way, to keep humanities alive and thriving… They are gentle warriors for truth and beauty, and I'm so honored to be counted among them." Dr. Almira Poudrier

HUMANITIES RISING STAR AWARD
Dagoberto Bailon, Community Activist

Dagoberto Bailon, is a social justice activist and the co-founder of Trans Queer Pueblo “TQP”. Bailon uses art and culture as the primary vehicles for community building and facilitating social change for transgender and queer migrants of color in Phoenix. He began organizing in 2006 to stop Proposition 300 from barring undocumented students access to in-state tuition. His activism grew from there to include speaking, performing and grass roots fundraising to promote justice, and increase awareness of LGBTQ, transgender, and undocumented communities. Bailon is committed to creating safe spaces for us to examine the complex legal and social issues these communities face as they search for identity and home. TQP’s work includes programs on health justice, family acceptance, community defense, and economic justice.

 

 

“I feel hopeful to receive this award, especially in the current climate when we are seeing the normalization of bigotry, racism, inequality and hate. It is important to continue having platforms that celebrate and highlight the uniqueness of our Trans Queer Migrant communities of Color. When we analyze the things that divide us, we find that they are all part of the same thread.” Dagoberto Bailon

COMMUNITY PARTNER OUTSTANDING SUPPORTER AWARD
The Shackelford Family

The Outstanding Supporter Award recognizes an individual or organization that has provided outstanding financial support to expand the reach of the humanities throughout Arizona. The Arizona Humanities business office for the past 20 years, is located in what was formerly the Shackelford family home. The Shackelford family preserved fixtures and artifacts of the home when it was slated for demolition, and returned those items when the home was earmarked for historic protection, and renovation. The family has committed significant volunteer time and financial support to the work of Arizona Humanities.

The Shackelford Family shared, “For five generations, The Shackelford Family has been a part of Arizona communities. Since the early 1900s, our history is persevered with many artifacts and memories, including ties to the historic Ellis-Shackelford House at 1242 N. Central Avenue, the home to Arizona Humanities for almost 30 years.  In the words of Stuart Graff, CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, “the best way to preserve a historic home is to make it a living legacy to the values of those who created it.”  We are grateful for the stewardship Arizona Humanities demonstrates through the care of the house and its use for programs that promote community engagement. We thank Arizona Humanities for this living legacy and appreciate opportunities to support them in the work they do.”

For more information about the Ellis-Shackelford House and history of the family, please visit: http://azhumanities.org/about-ah/ellis-shackelford-house/.

Pictured: Sue Spahle and Brian Shackelford at the 100th Anniversary Celebration of the Ellis-Shackelford House, 2017

FOUNDER’S COMMUNITY PARTNER AWARD
Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records

The Founder’s Community Partner Award is named for Arizona Humanities founder, Lorraine W. Frank, and recognizes an outstanding partner who has promoted the humanities through sustained program contributions to communities. For more than one hundred years, the Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records has dedicated itself to preserving Arizona history and providing continued public access to the historical documents that tell the story of our state. Few cultural institutions have the type of impact community libraries have on our society. The Arizona State Library has collaborated with Arizona Humanities on programs for over 30 years and in particular on AH’s longest running AZ Speaks program (originally Arizona Speakers Bureau) which reached every county last year, and was attended by over 14,000 people. The Library currently partners on the new FRANK Talks community conversation program in libraries statewide.

Photo: FRANK Talk program courtesy Chandler Public Library Flickr.

Holly Henley, State Librarian shared, “Working with Arizona Humanities is a natural partnership for the Arizona State Library, since our missions support one another. The State Library strives to provide Arizonans access to information, preserve Arizona’s history, and empower local institutions to engage their communities in learning. We appreciate that public programs supported by Arizona Humanities, such as FRANK Talks and AZ Speaks, create opportunities for community engagement in libraries throughout Arizona.”  

 

ARIZONA HUMANITIES AWARD NOMINEES

Arizona Humanities would like to recognize all of the nominees for this year’s awards. Every nomination packet contained letters of support outlining the achievements of these individuals in the humanities community.

Humanities Public Scholar Nominees: Erica Alexander, Fabian Alfie, Laura Camden, Betsy Fahlman, Grace Gamez, Doug Hocking, Bjorn Krondorfer, Joan McGregor, Kathy Nakagawa, Michelle Tellez

Friend of the Humanities Nominees: Carol Osman Brown, Susan French, John Genette, James Pennington, Jean Reynolds, Christine Rhodes, Adama Sallu, Rodo Sofranac

Humanities Rising Star Nominees: Jose Gomez, Will Hightower