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2019 Arizona Humanities Awards Nominations Now Open!

Every year Arizona Humanities honors and celebrates outstanding contributions to the humanities in our state. Since the inaugural awards in 1990, Arizona Humanities has recognized individuals who have advanced the humanities in Arizona through their scholarship, leadership, support and advocacy.
The Awards Committee, comprised of Arizona Humanities board members and public members, reviews nominations. The Humanities Award categories are: Humanities Public Scholar, Friend of the Humanities, and Humanities Rising Star. Check out past award recipients on our website.
The Arizona Humanities Awards event will take place in Spring 2019. Please check back for event details at http://azhumanities.org/2019-arizona-humanities-awards/.
Nomination deadline: Monday, October 1, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
All information below is also on the Arizona Humanities website.
How to Nominate

A complete nomination packet includes:

  • Online nomination form with two letters of support submitted online: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HumanitiesAwards2019. The form includes the nominee’s name, contact info, bio, and brief explanation for the nomination, and the nominator’s contact info, signature and date.
  • Two (2) letters of support are required for each nomination. The letters should describe the specific accomplishments and contributions that qualify the nominee for the award in accordance with the criteria below. The nominator must submit two letters of support. Only two letters will be accepted. For self-nominations, both letters of support must be from individuals other than the person up for the award.
Humanities Public Scholar Award

This award recognizes a distinguished humanities scholar who enhances public understanding of the humanities, transforms lives and strengthens communities through civil discourse and community engagement. The award recognizes the dedication and contribution of former executive director Dan Shilling’s 19 years of service to Arizona Humanities from 1984-2003.

Criteria
Letters of support should address how the nominee meets the following criteria:

  1. Sustained research (3-5 years), publications, creative activity, and humanities service in Arizona.
  2. Consistently serves as a humanities scholar, or public advocate for humanities.
  3. Actively and consistently engages the Arizona public in one or more humanities disciplines.
  4. Actively and consistently promotes opportunities for people to learn, experience, and explore diverse issues through public programs that foster civil discourse and community engagement.
Friend of the Humanities Award

This award recognizes a public individual who makes a lasting contribution to the cultural life of Arizona communities through active support of, and involvement in, promoting the humanities. The award recognizes the dedication and contribution of Juliana Yoder during her 21 years of service to the Arizona Humanities.

Criteria
Letters of support should address how the nominee meets the following criteria:

  1. Actively promotes understanding and appreciation of the humanities in the community through their work, volunteerism or leadership at cultural, civic, educational or other organizations.
  2. Exemplary outreach and/or advocacy supporting the humanities and access to the humanities.
  3. Significant contribution to the community by promoting civil discourse and/or community engagement.
Humanities Rising Star Award

This award recognizes a young professional, student, or volunteer who demonstrates outstanding and creative approaches to engaging the public with the humanities, and whose humanities scholarship and public service, has enhanced public understanding of the humanities.

Criteria
Letters of support should address how the nominee meets the following criteria:

  1. Nominees must be 18-35 years of age.
  2. Actively promotes awareness and understanding of the humanities in the community through scholarship, creativity, leadership or volunteerism, and actively advocates for others to support the humanities.
  3. Evidence of impact on diverse issues/communities.
  4. Actively and consistently promotes opportunities for people to learn, experience, and explore diverse issues through public programs and creative activities that foster civil discourse and community engagement.
Nomination F.A.Q.
  • Anyone can submit a nomination.
  • Self-nominators must provide two support letters from outside sources.
  • The nominator must submit two letters of support. Only two letters will be accepted.
  • Only complete applications will be accepted.
  • Please do not submit supplementary materials.
  • Past nominators are encouraged to re-submit nominee applications.
  • All nomination packets must be completed online through survey monkey.
  • No paper nomination packets will be accepted.
  • Deadline is Monday, October 1.

Submit your nominations at:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HumanitiesAwards2019

Questions?
Brenda Thomson, Executive Director
bthomson@azhumanities.org / 602-257-0335 x25
Missy Shackelford, Office Administrator
mshackelford@azhumanities.org / 602-257-0335 x29

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