OSU Extension Reconsidered: Engaging Communities in the Arts, Humanities & Design

Oregon State is one of 12 universities participating in Extension Reconsidered, a national Imagining America initiative that invites citizens to imagine and consider new ways for Cooperative Extension to serve as a vital resource for communities in the 21st century.

This initiative was launched to mark the centennial of the Smith-Lever Act of 1914, the federal legislation that institutionalized the land-grant system’s Extension work by establishing the national Cooperative Extension System.

On Tuesday, April 15, Oregon State hosted a day-long forum focused on the role for OSU Extension in art, humanities and design and their potential for community revitalization in Oregon.

The group assembled included OSU Extension faculty and staff, other OSU employees (non-Extension) and students, and community members.

The morning session engaged participants in a series of interactive artistic activities. In the afternoon, the group explored the following questions:

1. What is the role of arts, humanities and design in a vibrant community?

2. How is OSU Extension currently engaged through the arts? What additional opportunities are there for OSU Extension in this area, and what would it take to make it happen?

3. What would communities look like if OSU Extension was more engaged in communities in the areas of art, humanities and design?

The event concluded with a reception at the University Lab Theatre.

View the full schedule for the day (PDF)

Event planning committee

  • Mary Arnold, OSU Extension Service, event co-lead
  • Dave Hansen, Oregon Sea Grant, event co-lead
  • Jeff Sherman, Oregon Open Campus
  • Rebecca Badger, Division of University Outreach and Engagement
  • Mario Magana, OSU Extension Service
  • Dr. Natchee Barnd, College of Liberal Arts
  • Mary Corp, OSU Extension Service
  • Mike Bondi, OSU Extension Service
  • Jackie Russell, Division of University Outreach and Engagement
  • Drea Zigler, Division of University Outreach and Engagement
  • Willie Riggs, OSU Extension Service
  • Charles Robinson, College of Liberal Arts / College of Engineering
  • Ariel Ginsburg, OSU Extension Service

If you are interested in participating in future conversations about the role of arts, humanities and design in OSU Extension, please contact Mary Arnold or Dave Hansen.

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