(Photo by Suzy Hazelwood of Pexels) As Oregonians practice social distancing in hope of slowing the COVID-19 pandemic, many are searching for ways to find and maintain social connections across physical distance. Dear Stranger, a letter-exchange project from Oregon Humanities, offers a chance for connection by inviting Oregonians to write letters with someone they’ve never…

(Photo | Courtesy of Sisters Folk Festival) Sisters Folk Festival (SFF) has a new session of winter classes and workshops starting this week and next, all designed to take place virtually for both adults and youth during COVID-19. Registration is now open for Dynamics in Performance, Fundamentals of Bluegrass Guitar, Americana Song Share and Sisters…

(Carlos Calica, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, multidisciplinary | Photo courtesy of the Oregon Arts Commission) Relief grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 will be awarded to 646 diverse artists across Oregon through an Artist Relief Program created by the Oregon Arts Commission in partnership with Oregon Community Foundation and the James F. and Marion…

(Photo by Kai-Chieh Chan of Pexels) Inspiring Girls Expeditions, which offers free, 12-day wilderness science leadership and learning adventures for high school girls, is seeking applicants for its summer 2021 expeditions. The programs provide 16- and 17-year-old young women opportunities to be curious, creative and discover their interest in science, art and wilderness travel with…

(Pandemic Portraits is a 96-page book including 88 monotype portraits of people wearing their COVID-19 masks | Photo courtesy of Paul Alan Bennet) Months into the COVID-19 pandemic, the sight of masked people in shops, a doctor’s office or on the street is not so unusual. But nearly a year ago, the novelty and variety…