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2023 Humanities Awards

2023 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. We invite you to nominate an individual or organization who is advancing the humanities in your community!

All nomination materials must be submitted electronically through our online application here. Please note that the online application must be completed in one sitting and cannot be saved. Please see the award categories and criteria in the nomination guidelines. Complete nomination submissions include the following:

  • Contact information
  • Brief bio of nominee
  • Brief explanation for nomination
  • Two (2) letters of support. Letters should address the criteria described in the award category. Letters must be uploaded with the online application.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 17, at 5pm MST.

Submit a Nomination

Nomination Guidelines

Questions? Contact Julianne Cheng, Programs Manager, at jcheng@azhumanities.org or 602-257-0335.

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.
New! K-12 Humanities Educator Awards

Purpose
This award recognizes an outstanding K-12 educator who engages students with the humanities through teaching in the classroom or leading humanities-based school programs.

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

  1. Nominee must be a teacher, school librarian, or staff/administrator at a K-12 schools
  2. Fosters an understanding of the humanities through innovative classroom teaching and/or implementing creative, humanities-based school programs. 
  3. Encourages active student engagement.

Nomination Checklist

A complete nomination packet includes:
✓ Online nomination form with two letters of support submitted
online: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2PJCDJW. 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)

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.

2022 Hands-On Humanities Awards

The 2022 award recipients are hands-on humanitarians, meaning they engage the community in their efforts to promote the humanities in Arizona. The recipients of the 2022 Humanities Awards are:

Read more about the award recipients here.

Arizona Humanities would like to recognize this year’s award nominees, read more here.

Watch the 2022 Hands-On Humanities Awards Celebration!

 

Watch a Sneak Preview of the Award Winners!

A Special Thank You to our Sponsors for Supporting the 2022 Hands-On Humanities Awards!

 

               

Interested in Becoming a Sponsor? 

For questions about sponsorships, contact Brenda Thomson at bthomson@azhumanities.org or 602-257-0335

Sponsorship Packet