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We humans have opposable thumbs and big brains. Thumbs and brains are what make us human, and the humanities are our mirror. Often we love what we see, often we don't, but we keep looking.

Sherman Alexie
Celebrated writer, comedian, and filmmaker
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By the Numbers

Serving Washington Communities from Aberdeen to Zillah.

Serving Washington Communities from Aberdeen to Zillah:

  • Year Founded: 1973
  • Program Attendance (2009): 526,000
  • Number of programs and events (2009): 650
  • Communities served (2009): 85
  • Counties served (2009): 32
  • Visitors to traveling Smithsonian exhibits (2009): 9,500
  • Grants distributed (2009): 65 (31 project grants and 34 quick grants)
  • Value of grants awarded (2009): $155,000
  • Speaker presentations since 1990: 4,300
  • Speaker event attendance since 1990: 185,000+
  • Total children/families reached by Motheread literacy program: 100,000
  • Total books given to educators, child care providers, and families: 115,000
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