So Much Together

"Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much." —Helen Keller

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. Attendees 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. Our pilot workshops in March are inspired by the “Feed” issue (Fall/Winter 2020). In May and June we’ll draw inspiration from the “Possession” issue (out in April 2021), and in September and October we’ll look at "Climate” (out in August 2021).

Upcoming Workshops

March 20: Rekindling our Ancestral Relations through Food with Michelle Week
Noon to 4:00 p.m. Pacific, Saturday, March 20. Online via Zoom. Free and open to the public.

Michelle Week is a farmer at x̌ast sq̓it Farm. x̌ast sq̓it means "Good Rain" in the traditional language of the the Arrow Lakes Peoples. Farmer Michelle is of Sinixt—or the Arrow Lakes—ancestry, a First Nations People of Okanagan country of British Columbia and north-central Washington. She is a first-generation female farmer stewarding the land, decolonizing diets, connecting with her ancestry’s cultural traditions and feeding people to help restore her community’s food sovereignty.

In this workshop on the eve of the Spring Equinox, Farmer Michelle will talk about what inspires her and what fuels her hope as she builds food sovereignty and connection through Good Rain Farm. Throughout the event, participants will have the opportunity to explore their unique heritages through activities, dialogue, and reflection, reconnecting to practices of reverence for place and for all those we share our homes with. Read more about Michelle and this workshop.

Register for this So Much Together workshop here.

April 3: Inheritance Stories: Oral Histories of Food Culture with Lola Milholland
Noon to 4:00 p.m. Pacific, Saturday, April 3. Online via Zoom. Free and open to the public.

Lola Milholland produces food-related art installations and events, bringing together interactive public engagement with art making and food activism. She also runs a noodle business called Umi Organic and has published writing on food and culture in many publications, including Oregon Humanities magazine

In this workshop, Lola will share her work and ideas and guide participants in creating a cookbook together by interviewing and listening to each other. Participants will practice the varied skills of oral history, including storytelling, deep listening, and recording. They will learn about each other’s food memories and experience the responsibility of holding another person’s story. They’ll leave with a framework for engaging other people in the practice of collecting and sharing food oral histories. Read more about Lola and this workshop.

Register for this So Much Together workshop here.

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