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The humanities are a window into the deepest aspects of the human condition, those things that persist across time and cultures. They familiarize us with the language of emotion and motivation, and the areas of human life that defy quantification. And, despite the claim that studying the humanities is impractical, they develop habits of shrewd observation, thoughtful understanding, and clear expression that are invaluable in every walk of personal and professional life. 

In this age of reality TV, inch-deep internet analysis, and glib sound bites, we applaud Humanities Washington for supporting these timeless lessons.

Bruce Shepard
President, Western Washington University
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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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