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It isn't enough to say we "need" the humanities because we ARE the humanities. They are gifts to us from our predecessors, ancestors, and contemporaries. They represent the imagination, [the] innovative, and ask us to think deeply—as the greatest philosophers and artists have always asked us for the last 2,500 years—about our experience, and to think beyond the various intellectually lazy forms of ideology circulating in America today.

Charles Johnson
MacArthur Fellow and National Book Award winner (Middle Passage)
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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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