Arizona Humanities extends sincere thanks to the Papago Salado Association (“PSA”) and the Board of Directors for their generous gift. For over 20 years PSA has worked to preserve Arizona history through collaboration, regional cooperation, and cultural heritage tourism. PSA successfully applied for and managed a $100,000 Preserve America federal grant project to create a Cultural Heritage Marketing Plan for the region, which included the creative Story Tour initiative. “You absolutely must check it out. It is a unique interactive walk through Arizona history narrated by community volunteers. You can listen to the stories and see photos of historic buildings with the click of a button,” observed Brenda Thomson who recently had the pleasure of speaking with former Executive Director Debbie Abele. Abele was the lady who “made things happen,” and worked to balance a project suspended among three municipalities, Phoenix, Tempe and Scottsdale. Despite this achievement Abele is modest. Her hope for the future is that the funds are used to “further the humanities mission, and continue to build regional cooperation and preserve cultural heritage.” Arizona Humanities plans to do just that. Look for a grant Request For Proposals in the near future for projects that will educate, interpret and promote awareness of the architectural, cultural and archaeological resources of Arizona. Thank you PSA for making this grant opportunity possible.
Visit http://storytour.org/ to view and listen to stories.