Getting People Talking
“The art of good conversation is not winning or losing, but listening so that you leave knowing something or someone that you didn’t before you began, that you are different from that exchange.” – Melissa Madenski
In 2015, Oregon Humanities sponsored more than 300 public discussions in 28 Oregon counties. That’s more than 300 opportunities for Oregonians to learn face-to-face about different experiences, new perspectives, and challenging ideas. Through programs such as the Conversation Project, Think & Drink, Talking about Dying, Humanity in Perspective, On Coming Home, and events supported by Oregon Humanities grants, more than 12,000 Oregonians came together to talk about vital issues and ideas such as government surveillance, race and policing, death and dying, the ethics of eating, and the ways that gender, technology, race, and fear affect our lives.
Stories You Won’t Find Anywhere Else
“Reading Oregon Humanities magazine, I feel connected to Oregon, educated about Oregon, and open to the experiences of other Oregonians.” —Subscriber Patricia from Portland
Through essays, videos, podcasts, and in-person events, Oregon Humanities presents diverse perspectives, explores challenging questions, and tells stories that help people expand their minds and enrich their lives. In 2015, writers in Oregon Humanities magazine and our Beyond the Margins essay series explored ideas such as the experience of growing up black in Portland, the difficulties of parenting through mental illness, and finding meaning in art that frightens us. Videos inspired by magazine features brought these stories to people around the state and country, sparking conversations about big ideas in our daily lives. One such video, “Future: Portland,” has been screened at film festivals in Portland and Los Angeles and featured in articles from the Washington Post and the Atlantic Citylab.
Building Connections across Oregon
Oregon Humanities is working toward a vision that’s much bigger than our organization: We’re trying to build a more just, resilient future for this state. We know we can’t do it alone. That’s why we partner with people and organizations throughout Oregon, from tiny community groups to major institutions, through our grants and collaborative programs. In 2015, we worked with more than 150 partners, including high schools, libraries, community colleges, healthcare providers, human rights groups, and faith communities. Together, we can build a stronger Oregon.
None of this work would have been possible without the support of generous foundations, corporations, and individual donors. We gratefully acknowledge the supporters who made gifts between November 1, 2014, and October 31, 2015.
Oregon Humanities FY 2015 Statement of Activities
|Total Revenue 2015|
|National Endowment for the Humanities||714,300|
|Oregon Cultural Trust||171,989|
|Oregon Poet Laureate||41,255|
|Contributions and grants||473,855|
|Program and other income||83,529|
|Total Funds Distribution|
|Education and Public Programming||411,985|
|Grants to community organizations and scholars||156,379|
Fiscal year 2015 had a planned surplus due to award of funds restricted to future years.