So Much Together

Wes Carr

So Much Together is a new series of workshops celebrating the abundance of collaborative and imaginative work happening in Oregon and throughout the Pacific Northwest. 

These workshops blend presentation, conversation, and activities to build understanding of how great work is shaping lives and the land in our region.

At each event, guest presenters share their work through storytelling, diverse media, and dialogue. Participants are invited to ask questions, have conversations, and collaborate on projects and activities designed by presenters to inspire meaningful engagement with the ideas and processes that make this great work happen.

So Much Together is open to the public and free to attend. These workshops (completely online for the time being) are for anyone interested in better understanding how collaborative and imaginative work is shaping lives and the land in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. They can be particularly relevant to people who are interested in deepening collaborative and imaginative qualities in their own work and exploring how their work aligns with existing endeavors. People who are early in their careers or at crossroads may find inspiration, connection, belonging, and joy in So Much Together.

In 2021, So Much Together will focus on themes explored in Oregon Humanities magazine. Guest presenters will include magazine contributors and people nominated by the public, including Oregon Humanities staff and partner organizations. 


Upcoming Workshops

These workshops are inspired by the themes explored in the “Possession” issue of Oregon Humanities magazine. All workshops in June will be conducted online via Zoom.

Please note: Each workshop consists of two two-hour sessions. Participants are expected to attend both sessions.

Us and Our Stuff with Frog & Toad Hauling Company
Monday, June 7, and Wednesday, June 9, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. 

Frog & Toad Hauling is a junk removal and creative reuse service dedicated to seeing the treasure in trash. In this workshop, we will explore through conversation, practice, and self-reflective, multimedia activities questions such as What is trash? How do we determine what does and doesn’t belong to us? What can we as individuals do about unequal distribution of things people need to survive, be comfortable, have agency and freedom? Workshop participants will be invited to get up close and personal with some precious and less-than-precious belongings of theirs in a multimedia exploration of what our things might tell us, if only we would listen!

This event will take place online via Zoom. It is free and open to all. Click here to RSVP.

The People’s Park: Reclaiming Underused Spaces for Our Communities with Lauren Everett
Monday, June 14, and Wednesday, June 16, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Lauren Everett is a Portland-based artist, community activist, and researcher. Her current work engages with the relationships people have with their home environments on both the individual and community levels. In 2020, she led the creation of the People’s Park, a temporary community space on a vacant lot in the St. Johns neighborhood. In this workshop, Lauren will share the story of how the park came about, framed by a discussion about the ideology of property in the United States. Participants will collaborate to design their own community spaces and learn some of the basic practical aspects of doing this kind of project.

This event will take place online via Zoom. It is free and open to all. Click here to RSVP.

Shared Possessions with Patricia Vázquez Gómez
Monday, June 21, and Wednesday, June 23, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. 

Patricia Vázquez Gómez is an artist whose practice investigates the social functions of art, the intersections between aesthetics, ethics, and politics, and the expansion of community-based art practices. She strongly believes that we all possess unique talents, knowledge, and perspectives that make us unique and unordinary, and that those special possessions are often obscured by the situations in which we find ourselves. In this workshop, Patricia will share some of her projects and guide conversations and quick activities to connect to the themes and methods of her artwork. We will learn about the unique cultural possessions that each participant brings in the form of sayings inherited from families and cultures and make a set of posters featuring those sayings.

This event will take place online via Zoom. It is free and open to all. Click here to RSVP.

Land Conservation: Roots, Realities, and Reimaginings with Katie Voelke
Monday, June 28, and Wednesday and June 30, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. 

Join Katie Voelke, executive director of North Coast Land Conservancy, as she discusses NCLC’s work to protect Oregon's coastal lands. In this workshop, Katie will walk participants through the organization’s own path of relearning the racist history of land conservation in the US and the ways that conservation, through the land trust’s tools of ownership, has perpetuated Indigenous land loss. She will also share how this reckoning has led to a transformative understanding of their work and role as conservationists. Day one's conversation will begin with a presentation on the wonders of coastal land conservation and will move into a discussion about private land ownership, its origins, and its power dynamics. A reflection exercise about land possession will be assigned at the end of day one and worked through on day two prior to our concluding group discussions.

This event will take place online via Zoom. It is free and open to all. Click here to RSVP.

Past Workshops

Our March workshops were inspired by the “Feed” issue (Fall/Winter 2020).

March 20, 2021: Rekindling Our Ancestral Relations through Food with Michelle Week

April 3, 2021: Inheritance Stories: Oral Histories of Food Culture with Lola Milholland
View the Inheritance Stories Collective Cookbook, a project created in collaboration by workshop participants.


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