Arizona Humanities is a statewide 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the Arizona affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Since 1974, Arizona Humanities has supported public programs that promote understanding of the human experience with cultural, educational, and nonprofit organizations across Arizona.
In 1973, Lorraine W. Frank became the founding Executive Director of Arizona Humanities, and within a year, 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.
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.
“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