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I believe so strongly in Humanities Washington because of the work they do to strengthen us as individuals and as a community of creative, critical thinkers. Through the humanities, we honor that which is most human and profound. It's never been more important than now, when our society seems to be losing its cohesive grip on what makes us a good, rational, and tolerant people.

Jennie Shortridge
Best-selling author of When She Flew
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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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