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Half of Washington State children do not enter kindergarten ready to learn, and Latino children, in particular, face a long list of barriers to success in school. Through programs such as Humanities Washington's Motheread Family Literacy Program, disadvantaged families from across the state gain the opportunity to come together around the collective power of story, building literacy skills, pride in their culture, and a greater understanding of other cultures as a result.

Edgar & Holli Martinez
Former Seattle Mariners star and education advocates
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Mission & Values

Humanities Washington sparks conversation and critical thinking using story as a catalyst, nurturing thoughtful and engaged communities across our state.

Our Mission:

Humanities Washington sparks conversation and critical thinking using story as a catalyst, nurturing thoughtful and engaged communities across our state.

Our Values:

We believe in:

  • active and thoughtful examination of the past, present, and future of the world and our place in it;
  • welcoming ideas and experiences that challenge us;
  • sharing and celebrating a variety of perspectives and possibilities;
  • scholarship and research and their role in humanistic inquiry;
  • collaboration and partnerships, including outreach to diverse communities;
  • broad access to educational and cultural opportunities across the state;
  • taking risks and trying new approaches;
  • embracing programming that is creative, enjoyable and compelling;
  • providing programs and experiences of lasting value; and
  • dynamic community engagement through actively listening, learning, and responding to our partners and the public.
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