Arizona Humanities builds a just and civil society by creating opportunities to explore our shared human experiences through discussion, learning and reflection.
Who We Are
Arizona Humanities is a statewide 501(c)3 non-profit organization and the Arizona affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Since 1973, Arizona Humanities has supported public programs that promote understanding of the human experience with cultural, educational, and non-profit organizations across Arizona.
What We Do
Provide grants and resources for high-quality public humanities programs
Promote literacy through reading events for children and families
Engage people in FRANK Talks about important issues facing our communities
Inspire lively discussions on books, films and poetry
Offer entertaining and informative speakers through the AZ Speaks program
Bring Smithsonian Museum exhibitions to rural communities
Recognize cultural and civic leaders through the Humanities Awards
In 1973, Lorraine W. Frank became the founding Executive Director of Arizona Humanities, and with her leadership and vision for a new organization, changed the cultural development of Arizona. During her tenure, she elevated public discourse both locally and nationally and understood that engaging communities was critical to the life of the state. In 2015 Frank was inducted into the Arizona Women’s Hall of Fame.
To this day, Arizona Humanities continues to support public programming in the humanities that promotes understanding of human thoughts, actions, creations, and values. Through providing accessible and enriching educational programs, we strive to help Arizonans better understand themselves and the world around them.
Above photo: Governor Rose Mofford and Lorraine W. Frank in 1989.
Celebrating 100 Years at the Ellis-Shackelford House
In 2017 Arizona Humanities and the City of Phoenix celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Ellis-Shackelford House (1917-2017), home to Arizona Humanities in downtown Phoenix. Read more about the history of the house and facility rentals on the Ellis-Shackelford House page.
What are the humanities?
“The term ‘humanities’ includes, but is not limited to, the study and interpretation of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; those aspects of social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life.” –National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act, 1965, as amended