How We Got "Here"
People often ask how we come up with themes for Oregon Humanities magazine. We find inspiration everywhere, including in our own programs and those of other organizations. For instance, with the Fall/Winter 2011 issue on the theme “Here,” we were inspired by a special program we’re doing this summer in partnership with Metro Regional Government. “Know Your Place” is a series of events at three of Metro’s natural areas, in which participants will explore the human experience of place through language, movement, and images. We’re lucky to have writers Barry Lopez and Debra Gwartney, dancer Linda K. Johnson, and filmmaker Matt McCormick leading these events. Registration opens on June 1, so check our website then for more information.
We were also inspired by the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s “This Place Matters” campaign, which encourages individuals in communities across the country to take photos of the places that are important to them and share these shots on the organization’s website. Thousands of people have participated in this project, inspiring conversations and new ideas about why places matter.
We always hope that each issue of the magazine generates conversation, inspires new ideas, and offers fresh perspectives. If you have something to say about human relationships to place, something that will pique the interest of our readers, you have until June 20, 2011, to let us know. View the call for submissions for more information.