We are all exposed in our daily lives to voices and forces that seek to divide us, to set us apart. The humanities help us recognize ourselves in others. Humanities Washington serves as an advocate and a facilitator of the connections between people that make our state "One Washington," people working shoulder to shoulder for our future rather than as communities and people at odds with one another.
Frank ChoppWashington State Speaker of the House
Humanities Washington sparks conversation and critical thinking using story as a catalyst, nurturing thoughtful and engaged communities across out state.
Established in 1973, Humanities Washington has provided a rich array of programs, exhibits, and experiences to hundreds of thousands of people across the state, and serves as the state’s flagship nonprofit for promoting and providing humanities. We play a critical role in addressing an immediate and growing crisis concerning community identity and understanding, respect for others perspectives, and the ability of communities to work together to shape a better future. Humanities Washington works as a catalyst and facilitator, supporting and partnering with a wide network of communities, organizations, and individuals across the state.
In partnership with The Pulitzer Prizes and supported by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, forty-nine councils will launch hundreds of programs and events exploring the importance of being an informed citizen and what that means in today’s society.
Prepared for the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies by Esther Mackintosh, President, Federation of State Humanities Councils, Addressing the National Endowment for the Humanities, May 24, 2017.
More than 30 events are occurring in October, making it one of the busiest in terms of council Campfires programming. These programs include festivals, poetry celebrations, distinguished lectures, and reading and writing workshops.
Calling all outstanding public humanities programs! The Federation is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Schwartz Prize. Submission deadline is August 17, 2016.
See what councils across the country are doing to celebrate poetry!