Humanities Washington Awards More Than $34,000 to Local Organizations

Programs from Port Townsend to Clarkston receive grant funding for a wide range of humanities projects, including a community reading program, civic boot camp and more.


A discussion at the Northwest African American Museum’s A Community Conversation Series: The Intersection of Race, Sexuality, Identity and Culture, which was sponsored by a Fall 2012 Humanities Washington Spark Grant. | photo courtesy the the Northwest African American Museum

STATEWIDE – Humanities Washington has awarded more than $34,000 in grants to organizations around the state. More than $26,500 was award in the form of Spark Grants, which went to four innovative programs aimed at encouraging community dialogue.

Humanities Washington recently refocused its larger grants to support programs that better fit the organization’s mission of sparking conversation and critical thinking to help nurture informed, engaged communities across our state. The spring Spark Grants recipients, detailed below, all exemplify this commitment to critical thinking and dialogue using the humanities as a tool.

“This round of Spark grants was very competitive,” said Julie Ziegler, executive director for Humanities Washington. “The projects that ultimately rose to the top share a strong commitment to engaging their local communities in dialogue.”

Grant recipients will be rolling out their programs over the next several months. All of these programs are open to the public. Look for more information, as details become available, on Humanities Washington’s online calendar at

The recently revamped Spark Grants review is a multi-tiered, competitive process in which applications are vetted by Humanities Washington board members, community representatives and humanities scholars. In the face of government cutbacks, Humanities Washington has ramped up its fundraising efforts to keep its grants program robust.

Organizations throughout Washington are invited to apply for a Summer or Fall 2013 Spark Grant. Letters of Intent for the Summer 2013 Grant Round are due May 3, with full applications due June 7. For more information on the Spark Grants program, please visit the Spark Grants section of Humanities Washington’s website, which includes guidelines, application tips and more.

Humanities Washington also has awarded $7,750 in Opportunity Grants program so far in 2013. Opportunity Grants of up to $1,000 may be requested by small community-based nonprofit groups for project planning or public humanities presentations. For more information, check out our Opportunity Grants page. A list of 2013 Opportunity Grant recipients also follows below.

Note: Organizations may only apply for a Spark Grant once in a calendar year, so please plan accordingly.


Asotin County Library– Clarkston
Everybody Reads
Everybody Reads, now in its 13th year, is an annual one book program sponsored by public and academic libraries, nonprofit organizations, private businesses and schools.

Centrum – Port Townsend
Readings and Lectures from the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference
The Readings and Lectures Series of the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference — the public side of the 40th Annual Port Townsend Writers’ Conference — offers audience members from around the Puget Sound region the chance to hear some of the country’s finest and most innovative writers discussing their craft and reading from their work in an open public forum.

CityClub – Seattle
Civic Boot Camp
A start-up collaboration between Seattle CityClub and HistoryLink, Civic Boot Camp provides an entry point and orientation for individuals who want to be informed and active citizens of our region.

Taproot Theatre Company – Seattle
Stories at the Table: A Community Conversation
Taproot Theatre Company is hosting Stories at the Table to invite community dialogue around themes of memory and racial justice in its production of The Whipping Man.


John Rogers Elementary Parent Teacher Association – Seattle
Young Authors Week 2013

Lopez Island Historical Society – Lopez
Traditions & Cultures

The Merc Playhouse Society – Twisp
The Laramie Project – Staged Reading

Museum of History & Industry – Seattle
Queering the History Museum Symposium

Penn Cove Water Festival – Coupeville
Native American Storyteller and Oral Historian

SPLAB Organic Poetry – Seattle
Cascadia Poetry Festival

Spokane Folklore Society – Spokane
Spokane Folklore Society Fall Folk Festival

Tieton Arts & Humanities – Tieton
Amarillo: Performance on Film, Discussion and Fandango Event

Twisp Library Friends – Twisp
Walking the Gobi with Helen Thayer

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