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 award is given out yearly at the Bedtime Stories event each October.