Philosophy Community Endeavors

We believe that philosophy is grounded in the here & now and its questions (the things with which it is concerned) are extremely practical & relevant. With this in mind, we love to partner up with Helena area businesses and individuals (as well as business and individuals across the state) to bring philosophy to the streets in creative & engaging ways! From local shin-digs and collaborative efforts like our “Big Ideas by Little Philosophers” television-classroom series to our Montana Conversations program (which can be hand-tailored in a variety of ways), our community endeavors are all about you (and philosophy, of course!).

“Big Ideas by Little Philosophers”

(A Collaborative Venture with Helena Civic Television & Cottonwood School)

“Big Ideas by Little Philosophers” (BiLP) is a dynamic, philosophy-inspired television-classroom series designed to help youth share their big ideas with Helena and its surrounding communities. A collaborative venture with Helena Civic Television and Cottonwood School, the program combines classroom and one-on-one mentorship, pedagogy, philosophy, and theater.  A mash-up of Mr. Rogers, Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, and Socrates, the BiLP program aims to highlight the joy and fun of doing philosophy and the rich philosophical terrain available to and present in our youth. 

BiLP Broadcast Dates
  • April 2019
  • June 2019
  • October 2019
  • December 2019

More information will be added soon…stay tuned!

“Philosophy:  What Is It Good For?”

(A Humanities Montana Montana Conversations Program)

Marisa Diaz-Waian

Marisa Diaz-Waian

As a non-profit organization centered around philosophy, it stands to follow that we…well….dig philosophy.  In light of this, we created a philosophy in the community program aimed at sharing our love and respect for the discipline and why it matters in our lives.  Here is a summary of our 2019 Montana Conversations program “Philosophy:  What Is It Good For?” led by Marisa Diaz-Waian.

Philosophy is oft deemed as impractical, inaccessible, and irrelevant to our everyday lives. But nothing could be further from the truth. This program is an attempt to uproot these characterizations and reveal a more accurate representation of philosophy as a way of life and something that is valuable, relevant, inspiring…and yes, fun! Interactive and dynamic, this program is geared for high school audiences and community members of all ages interested in learning more about how philosophy can help enrich our lives…and why it is good for “absolutely everything!”  This program can be hand-tailored for your specific audience.

If you would like to bring this program to your organization, school, or community gathering in the Helena or surrounding areas, or anywhere in the state of Montana, here’s how you do it.

  1. First, contact our program discussion leader, Marisa, via e-mail at [email protected] or call #406-439-5788 for availability.  At least four weeks in advance of the proposed date is preferred, if possible. 
  2. Then, once availability is confirmed, fill out the Humanities Montana online application. Humanities Montana requests a $75 copayment which can be made with a credit card online, or by mailed check.
  3. Wait for Humanities Montana acknowledgement of support, usually about a week after they receive your application. Funding is limited and not all requests are approved.
  4. Keep a record of the names, hours, and value of volunteer time. This information will be required in the online final report to Humanities Montana due two weeks after your program occurs.

Other Community Endeavors

 

  • Earth Day Expo:  Helena Community Resilience Project (Spring 2016)
  • Downtown Helena First Friday with Aizada Imports:  Friendship & Love (Summer 2016)
  • Beat the Heat Philosophy Party (Summer 2016)
  • Life Enrichment & Wellness Program for Seniors at Touchmark on Saddle Drive (Spring 2017)
  • Flamenco Night at Free Ceramics:  Celebrating Music & Community (Spring 2018)

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