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Few states in the nation are as culturally, economically, politically, and geographically diverse as Washington. Those differences often generate what appears to be an insurmountable divide. Yet, since 1973, Humanities Washington has shown in profound and poignant ways our commonality as a people. Regardless of where we live, Asotin or Neah Bay, Ilwaco or Metaline Falls, we share the same dreams for a better world for ourselves and our descendants. The programs of Humanities Washington remind us of those common dreams.

Quintard Taylor
Scott and Dorothy Bullitt Professor of American History University of Washington
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Special Initiatives

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Humanities Washington Award

The Humanities Washington Award recognizes outstanding achievement in the public humanities in two categories: “Philanthropy and Leadership” and “Scholarship and Service.” These awards are presented annually to two individuals or organizations whose time and talents enlarge the meaning of the humanities in our lives and whose work reflects the spirit and programs of Humanities Washington.

The Humanities Washington Award was initiated in 1995 in memory of Heather C. Frank of Yakima. Frank was a dedicated and articulate supporter of the public humanities throughout her lifetime and gave generously of herself to a variety of cultural community activities.

The awards are given at our Bedtime Stories events in Seattle and Spokane.

Please visit our list of past Humanities Washington Award recipients for more information on the individuals and organizations who have been recognized in prior years.

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