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2022 Humanities Awards

2022 “Hands-On” Humanities Awards

Every year Arizona Humanities honors and celebrates outstanding contributions to the
humanities in our state. Since the inaugural awards in 1990, Arizona Humanities has recognized
individuals who have advanced the humanities in Arizona through their scholarship, leadership,
support, and advocacy.

The Awards Committee, comprised of Arizona Humanities board members and public
members, reviews nominations. The 2022 Humanities Award categories are as follows:
Humanities Public Scholar, Friend of the Humanities, Humanities Rising Star, and Outstanding Speaker

The Nomination period for 2022 has closed.

Questions? Call us at 602-257-0335 or email info@azhumanities.org

Descriptions of Award Categories

Humanities Public Scholars – Dan Shilling Award

Purpose

This award recognizes a distinguished humanities scholar who enhances public understanding of the humanities, transforms lives and strengthens communities through civil discourse and community engagement. The award recognizes the dedication and contribution of former executive director Dan Shilling’s 19 years of service to Arizona Humanities from 1984-2003.

Criteria

Letters of support should address how the nominee meets the following criteria:

  1. Sustained research (3-5 years), publications, creative activity, and humanities service in Arizona.
  2. Consistently serves as a humanities scholar, or public advocate for humanities.
  3. Actively and consistently engages the Arizona public in one or more humanities disciplines.
  4. Actively and consistently promotes opportunities for people to learn, experience, and explore diverse issues through public programs that foster civil discourse and community engagement.
Friend of the Humanities – Juliana Yoder Award

Purpose

This award recognizes a public individual who makes a lasting contribution to the cultural life of Arizona communities through active support of, and involvement in, promoting the humanities. The award recognizes the dedication and contribution of Juliana Yoder during her 21 years of service to the Arizona Humanities.

Criteria
Letters of support should address how the nominee meets the following criteria:

  1. Actively promotes understanding and appreciation of the humanities in the community through their work, volunteerism or leadership at cultural, civic, educational or other organizations.
  2. Exemplary outreach and/or advocacy supporting the humanities and access to the humanities.
  3. Significant contribution to the community by promoting civil discourse and/or community engagement.
Humanities Rising Star Award

Purpose
This award recognizes a young professional, student, or volunteer who demonstrates outstanding and creative approaches to engaging the public with the humanities, and whose humanities scholarship and public service, has enhanced public understanding of the humanities.

Criteria
Letters of support should address how the nominee meets the following criteria:

  1. Nominees must be 18-35 years of age.
  2. Actively promotes awareness and understanding of the humanities in the community through scholarship, creativity, leadership or volunteerism, and actively advocates for others to support the humanities.
  3. Evidence of impact on diverse issues/communities.
  4. Actively and consistently promotes opportunities for people to learn, experience, and explore diverse issues through public programs and creative activities that foster civil discourse and community engagement.
Outstanding Speaker Award

Purpose
This award recognizes a speaker who demonstrates outstanding and creative approaches to engaging the public with the humanities.

Criteria
Letters of support should address how the nominee meets the following criteria:

  1. Demonstrate popularity with attendees
  2. Provide insight into humanities topics specific to the state of Arizona and/or of national importance
  3. Present information in an appealing style
  4. Appeal to a diverse audience
  5. Communicate the importance of the humanities to a just society
  6. Always advocates for the humanities

Nomination Checklist

A complete nomination packet includes:
✓ Online nomination form with two letters of support submitted
online: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PRXYSDJ. The form includes the nominee’s
name, contact info, bio; brief explanation for the nomination; and the nominator’s
contact info, signature, and date.
✓ Two (2) letters of support are required for each nomination. The letters should describe
the specific accomplishments and contributions that qualify the nominee for the award
in accordance with the criteria outlined (see full description)
✓ For Outstanding Speaker nominations only: a sample(s) or testimonial(s) of the nominee’s public speaking, e.g. a link to a video or audio recording, audience surveys, etc.

Nomination Guidelines At-A-Glance

• Anyone can submit a nomination.
• Past nominators are encouraged to re-submit nominee applications.
• Self-nominators must provide two (2) support letters from outside sources.
• The nominator must submit two letters of support; only two letters will be accepted.
• Only complete applications will be accepted. Please do not submit supplementary
materials.
• All nomination packets must be completed online through survey monkey. No paper
nomination packets will be accepted.

Watch the 2021 Hands-On Humanities Awards Ceremony!

2021 Humanities Award Recipients 

This year, Arizona Humanities honors seven award winners for their contribution to the public humanities. You can learn more about the award winners by reading our press release here.

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