Arizona Humanities

“The humanities add depth, character, and joy to life. Humanities programs are extremely valuable to a community. It brings people together to share ideas [and] information. This program was informative & enjoyable.”

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Our Mission

To build a just and civil society by creating opportunities to explore our shared human experiences through discussion, learning, and reflection.

About Us

In 1973, Lorraine W. Frank became the founding Executive Director of Arizona Humanities, and 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.

Since our inception over forty years ago, Arizona Humanities has directed almost $11 million to cultural and educational organizations throughout Arizona and is a prominent and influential leader in the cultural life of Arizona.  We support humanities based projects and work with museums, libraries, and other cultural organizations to serve communities throughout the entire state of Arizona.

Arizona Humanities supports 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.

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