Connect in Place

Virtual Community Conversations

Maria Rodriguez

We’re hosting virtual conversations with people across the state on Tuesday evenings. Our aim is to create spaces, in this physically separated moment, for Oregonians to gather, connect, reflect, and talk with one another. Registration for each program closes at 3:00 p.m. Pacific the day of the event.

Upcoming Conversations

Art as Activism: Changing the World through Creative Expression with Pepe Moscoso
May 18, 5:00 p.m.; RSVP here

Art influences society by changing opinions, instilling values, and translating experiences across space and time. Artists often see their artwork as a way to provoke, to voice, to enlighten. Art can express ideas that would otherwise be rejected or censored. How can you use art to talk about what you feel is right or wrong? Join Pepe Moscoso for a conversation that invites participants to intimately explore their feelings, sentiments, and experiences and how to use art as a medium to turn thinking into doing. Read more about Pepe and this program.

Emerging From Our Homes: How We Experience Safety and Vulnerability Moving Through Our Communities with LeeAnn O'Neill
June 1, 5:00 p.m.; RSVP here

For most, the pandemic meant spending more time in our homes. As we emerge from our homes, our sense of safety and vulnerability moving through our communities may be different if we are walking, biking, rolling, taking public transit, or driving. Join facilitator LeeAnn O’Neill in this conversation that asks, How does the way you move through your community affect your sense of safety and vulnerability? Read more about LeeAnn and this program.

What does it mean to be or feel safe? with Molly Wallace
June 15, 5:00 p.m.; RSVP here

Safety is a basic human need. We can all relate to wanting ourselves and our loved ones to feel and be safe. At the same time, safety is something that can never be guaranteed. Join facilitator Molly Wallace in a conversation that asks: What does it mean to be or feel safe? What are the primary sources of insecurity in our communities? And how do our efforts to protect ourselves and our loved ones influence the safety and security of others? Read more about Molly and this program.

If you have questions or suggestions about these conversations, please contact Rachel Bernstein at

We know that COVID-19 affects individuals and communities differently, so we’re working with our facilitators to develop online conversations that are relevant and responsive. Each week, we will present opportunities to join a conversation on a particular topic, to reflect on and share your experience, to listen to others, and to stay connected during this time of uncertainty and change.

Throughout this developing series of conversations, we will partner with organizations across Oregon to engage with and respond to local communities. We will also host conversations for affinity groups and explore statewide conversations. For now, we will aim to keep the number of participants in each conversation below twenty so that everyone will have a chance to speak and be heard.


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