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As human beings, we look for common experiences and want to share our experiences—that’s what writing is all about. You tell someone a story and they try to relate that to their own lives—there's a communal experience. We're trying to puzzle out the meaning of the world around us—that’s what the humanities is all about.

Garth Stein
Author of The Art of Racing in the Rain, a New York Times bestseller
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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 (2014): 946,000
  • Number of programs and events (2014): 586
  • Communities served (2014): 113
  • Counties served (2014): 36

2014 Program Activity

  • 45 grants awarded totaling $78,000.
  • 190 speakers bureau presentations serving 7100 audience members.
  • 13 six-week Prime Time Family Reading programs delivered in 10 communities.
  • 17 Think & Drink Events in Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma and Yakima.
  • 117 in-person Poet Laureate events reaching 4927 audience members.
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