Vail Preservation Society Awarded Grant

Vail Preservation Society (VPS) as the recipient of the $10,000 Storying Arizona Special Initiative Grant from Arizona Humanities. VPS provided a proposal that speaks to the heart of the Storying Arizona’s project, which is “collecting stories, hosting conversations, exploring different cultures, engaging middle school and high school youth, and their mission of cultivating local communities,” shared Brenda Thomson, Arizona Humanities Executive Director.

Celebrating Every Voice will build upon the Vail Preservation Society’s current Voices of Vail oral history and documentary project, which engages community members and students in capturing stories of the Vail area. The grant will allow VPS to hold oral history events, story slams, and community conversations in the Tucson area, Phoenix, and Flagstaff. VPS is also working on a film featuring these oral histories, to be released in 2018. Several of the programs will explore “a changing Arizona,” and the tension that arises in rural and urban areas from rapid population change.

To learn more about the Vail Preservation Society and activities related to the Storying Arizona grant, contact J.J. Lamb, Director of the Vail Preservation Society at 520-419-4428 or<

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