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The humanities have always provided a forum and a language for continuing dialog, and a model for imaginative empathy. In an age of specialization, there is a more and more urgent need to discover how the parts relate to a sense of the whole. Humanities Washington takes that mandate seriously.

Sam Green
Washington State Poet Laureate
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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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