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The humanities are the genie in the bottle of the world. They are to economics what a magic flute is to a cash register, to science what a bird of paradise is to a lab rat, and to most political systems what a disco ball is to a ball and chain. That's why I'm high on Humanities Washington.

Tom Robbins
Author of Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
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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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