Oregon Humanities and COVID-19

Staff at Oregon Humanities are paying close attention to updates from the Oregon Health Authority and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Our office in Portland is closed and our staff are working remotely. We are more responsive to email than to phone calls during this time.

We are temporarily putting all of our in-person events on hold. We will update our calendar with cancelations and postponements as we hear from our partners. Even if an event is not marked as canceled on the calendar, we recommend confirming with the event sponsor. Each posting on our calendar includes the name of the sponsor and a contact person.

We remain committed to bringing people together to talk, listen, and learn from one another, even while doing so in person is temporarily impossible. We are working on other ways for Oregonians to connect, including Dear Stranger, our letter exchange.

We are hosting online community conversations each Tuesday for the foreseeable future. Our staff and facilitators are developing online conversation-based programming that will center the need for conversation and connection within specific communities and across the state. Some facilitators are adapting their Conversation Project for a virtual setting, while others are developing virtual programs focused on immediate issues related to the impact of COVID-19.

In addition to mantaining opportunities to come together and connect with each other, we are able to provide relief funds to organization throughout the state thanks to receiving emergency relief funds through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, distributed to state humanities councils by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Learn more about the guidelines and how to apply here