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Mission & History

Arizona Humanities builds a just and civil society by creating opportunities to explore our shared human experiences through discussion, learning and reflection.

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
How to Get Involved
The Arizona Humanities Story

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. Since our inception over forty years ago, Arizona Humanities has directed almost $11 million to cultural and educational organizations throughout Arizona and is a prominent and influential leader in the cultural life of Arizona.  We support humanities-based projects and work with museums, libraries, and other cultural organizations to serve communities throughout the entire state of Arizona. Arizona Humanities supports 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.

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

Programs and Grants across Arizona

Arizona Humanities_Annual Report MAP 2013-2014









Annual Reports

2014-2015 Annual Report
2014-2015 990 Tax Form


To request printed materials, email info@azhumanities.org.