For the past nine years, World MUSE has brought together local change-makers with internationally recognized artists, authors, athletes, entrepreneurs, activists, and social change leaders. In 2021, we will be hosting a virtual MUSE UnConference.
MUSE UnConference is working to breakdown hierarchical aspects of a conventional conference by creating opportunities for practice and conversation, offering an equity-informed fee structure, and working with Black, Brown, Indigenous, and LGBTQIA Community Partners to provide content that is more representative of our whole community.
MUSE UnConference hopes to gather participants, rather than attendees, in a virtual space dedicated to breaking down barriers to healing, justice, and change.
MUSE UnConference is a virtual time and space to listen and be heard, learn and unlearn, practice and take action.
Registration opens in February.
Panel discussions allow us to feature many strong voices for change.
Interviews inspire deep conversation.
Youth Voices are always a highlight.
Live performances add to the experience.
Each year, we feature the voices, stories and conversations of numerous womxn and girls and those who support them who are creating positive change in their lives, in their communities, and in our world. Our 2021 presenters will be announced in February.
Activist + Author + Filmmaker
Valarie KaurCivil rights activist, award winning filmmaker, educator, author, and Sikh American Voice who leads the Revolutionary Love Project to reclaim love as a force for justice in America. More information.
Activist + Author + Zen Priest
Rev. angel Kyodo williamsCalled “the most intriguing African-American Buddhist”by Library Journal, angel Kyodo williams is an author,activist, master trainer and founder of Transformative Change. More information.
Evelia SandovalProud daughter of two immigrant parents from Mexico working to dismantle systems and create more access and inclusion with scholarships and system interruptions. More Information.
Brigette McConvilleWarm Springs tribal member, council member, teacher, business owner who feels that her duty is to serve and support the interests and concerns of her people as a whole. More Information.
Social Justice Leader
Esperanza Tervalon-GarrettQueer, Afro-Puerto Rican woman and the founder and CEO of a progressive consulting firm who was the first woman of color to lead a 501c3, 501c4 & PAC collaborative civic engagement formation. More information.
Alisha Yallup10 year old 7th generation member of The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Alisha is a jingle dress dancer who says the jingle dress acts as a reference to the power of women.
Clara Garza17 year old senior at RPA (redmond proficiency academy) who started a Diversity and Inclusion club at her school. Clara will be attending Boston University in the Fall to study Pre Med.
Filmmaker, Climate Crisis Activist
Slater Jewell-KemkerYoungest ever Resident of the prestigious Canadian Film Centre Directors Lab, Slater is an award winning filmmaker and climate activist who has been featured by Forbes twice. More Information.
Graduate Student, Storyteller
Wafa AlmaktariBorn in Sana’a, Yemen, in 1997, arrived in the United States in 2015, when she was 18 years old, compelled to earn an education and get away from the war. More Information.
Janet Llerandi Gonzalez
Zarina KopyrinaBorn in the Siberian tundra of the Sakha Republic, introduced to the magic of traditional folkloric music and local Indigenous shamanic cultural practices at a young age. More Information.
Arielle BrumfieldA reporter for News Channel 21, Arielle has a passion for getting to know others, learning their stories and being able to be a voice for the community. It’s one of the reasons she decided to become a journalist. More Information.
Erin RookAs a white, queer man with a minority faith background and an invisible disability, Erin draws from his experiences of privilege and marginalization to connect with people from diverse backgrounds in his community work. More Information.
Joanne MinaBorn during a directorship and raise in the aftermath of military occupation, Joanne learned from early age that each individual has power to impact the community they live in. Her work includes organizing efforts across Central Oregon to support Immigrant, LGBTQIA and women’s rights. More Information.
Roberto Iriche VargasRecipient of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals since 2015 and a college student who has been involved in various clubs on campus, and has lobbied and advocated for laws affecting the members of his community.
WHAT OUR MUSES ARE SAYING
Kind words from our Muses about their experience at the annual Muse Conference in Bend, Oregon. If you’d like to submit a comment about one of our programs or events, share your thoughts here.
I was inspired to really think about circumstances in my life and how I might move forward for positive changes.
What a gift to have such great synergy and wisdom harnessed in one room.
Loved to see so many women come together in such an amazing spirit.
Love the breadth of topics; the way we experience our passions, the ways we apply them in the world.