AZ Speaks is the longest-running and most popular program of Arizona Humanities. The program is a great way for non-profits, libraries, educational institutions, governmental and tribal entities to enjoy interesting and engaging humanities-based programs. Each year, AZ Speaks delivers hundreds of engaging presentations throughout Arizona.
AZ Speaks presenters represent a diverse range of expertise, from a variety of professional backgrounds including: history, cultural and gender studies, and more. Speakers are selected based on their expertise and ability to offer content and insight that inspires discussion with audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
AZ Speaks is a very popular program and we fund hundreds of presentations each year in towns from Bisbee to Yuma, Springerville to Kingman, and more.
Please keep in mind Arizona Humanities budgeted funds may reach capacity before the end of our fiscal year (November 1 – October 31).
Organizations can book up to 5 AZ Speaks presentations per fiscal year.
The Road Scholars program brings the best in humanities scholarship to virtually every corner of Arizona. Presentations are designed to connect local experts to an inquiring public, and foster lively discussions on cultural and historical topics. Cost: $100 per presentation.
The Speakers in the Schools program is temporarily suspended until further notice. No applications will be accepted for k-12 schools at this time.
AZ Speaks eligible organizations include: nonprofit organizations (such as a library, historical society, museum, social-service organization or community center), educational institutions, tribal entities, government entities or other organizations at the discretion of Arizona Humanities. Closed membership organizations are not eligible.
If you are interested in hosting an AZ Speaks (Road Scholars) presentation, please follow the steps below:
Find everything you need to administer, promote, and evaluate your AZ Speaks program(s) within the Grants and Programs Dashboard. The Host Site toolkit can be found on this page below.
AZ Speaks does not accept paper applications and forms.
After your organization has been approved to host an AZ Speaks presentation, you are ready to make a payment.
DO NOT pay for a presentation if you have not received confirmation from Arizona Humanities. If you would like to pay for an AZ Speaks presentation by credit card, please submit your contract # and date of presentation in the boxes below and click the button to pay through PayPal.
For checks, please make check payable to Arizona Humanities and mail to 1242 N. Central Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85004.
Arizona Humanities requires that host organizations generate publicity for each program and make all efforts to host a well-attended program. Organizations must add the Arizona Humanities logo or the language “This program is made possible by Arizona Humanities” to all publicity materials (flyers, press release, website, postcards, etc.)
Visit our Logos page for all high-resolution logos.
The more you can share your program with different audiences, the more that people understand the role and the importance of the humanities.
Ideas to help market the program in your community:
Arizona Humanities also helps promote AZ Speaks programs to our statewide audiences.
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Arizona Humanities requires public acknowledgment of the programs it supports, as outlined in the terms and conditions of your award. Federal regulations stipulate that credit be given to Arizona Humanities-funded programs in all written notices, news releases, or other publicity. AZ Speaks host sites must specify that the program is made possible by Arizona Humanities. The name of Arizona Humanities and its logo must appear in a conspicuous location and be large enough to be easily legible.
All logo formats are available on the Logos page.
On the day of the presentation, please print out a poster or sign with the Arizona Humanities logo for your podium or in the room where the program will take place.
Audience Evaluations are required for each AZ Speaks program. Please print and distribute to your audience on the day of the presentation. Do not modify the evaluation form without prior approval. Please note: this is not the Project Director evaluation. The Project Director evaluation is located within the on Grants and Programs Dashboard. Once completed, the audience evaluations must be uploaded into the Project Director Evaluation or mailed to the Arizona Humanities office (1242 N. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85004).
Please use the NEW evaluation and discontinue use of old evaluations for audiences.
If you are creating newsletter articles, e-mails, social media posts, or press releases, here are some talking points about Arizona Humanities. This also includes a brief overview of the organization in case you find yourself needing to explain background and history of Arizona Humanities.
Sample Introduction for Host Sites
”Good [morning, afternoon, evening], and thank you all for coming today. I am pleased to introduce [Name of Speaker], an AZ Speaks presenter from Arizona Humanities.
[Read highlights from Speakers Bio]
This presentation is a program of Arizona Humanities, a non-profit organization that inspires individuals to enjoy and share a life of learning. Arizona Humanities funds the AZ Speaks programs throughout the state thanks to support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and you.
In addition to the AZ Speaks program, Arizona Humanities supports other humanities projects like grants, community conversations, film screenings and discussion, author talks, and more. For more information about Arizona Humanities, visit www.azhumanities.org.
And now please join me in welcoming [name of Speaker] who will present, [Name of Presentation].”
Arizona Humanities offers a customizeable press release template for AZ Speaks host sites when announcing speaker presentations.
AZ Speaks Press Release Template (Word Doc)