Humanities Washington Award
Humanities Washington Award Honors Congressman Norm Dicks
Extraordinary Individuals and organizations are working throughout Washington state to ensure that the humanities are a part of our lives.
The Humanities Washington Award recognizes outstanding and exemplary achievement in the public humanities. This award is presented annually to an individual or organization 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 2012 Humanities Washington Award recipient
The 2012 honoree is Congressman Norm Dicks (WA-6) for his 36 years of congressional support for the humanities. He received the honor at a reception at Triple Creek Farm in Olympia Tuesday Sept. 25, 2012.
Dicks received the 2012 Humanities Washington Award for his work as a tireless champion for the humanities, culture and the arts – most recently as the top Democrat on the House Committee on Appropriations. Dicks also served 36 years as a member of the Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, through which he delivered crucial support to the communities of Washington state. Through his service, he helped achieve parity between funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts. In March 2012, Dicks announced that he would be retiring from Congress at the conclusion of the current session, ending his tenure as the longest-serving member of the U.S. House in our state’s history.
About the Humanities Washington Award
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.