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The humanities have always provided a forum and a language for continuing dialog, and a model for imaginative empathy. In an age of specialization, there is a more and more urgent need to discover how the parts relate to a sense of the whole. Humanities Washington takes that mandate seriously.

Sam Green
Washington State Poet Laureate
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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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