What does the proposed Wilma Globe say about accessibility in the arts?
Circling the Globe
Last week, the Wilma made a splash with plans for a post-COVID stage, but the local community raised concerns about safety and accessibility. Alaina Johns asks if the pandemic can drive new demands about arts access for all.
Editorials 6 minute read
Unmasking the Fourth of July: whose independence are we celebrating?
Liberty just for me?
Folks who want to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday without observing COVID safety are joining a long American history of ignoring the facts. Could this year be a new opportunity for all of us? Kyle V. Hiller wonders.
Editorials 4 minute read
Chronic illness is not a barrier to standing up for justice
What have you learned from self-care?
Alaina Johns knows what it’s like to live with chronic illness and how it can make you feel like you have nothing left to give when others need you. Can we reframe this experience to promote a world in which more people can take action?
In the midst of civil unrest, Juneteenth is here. What does emancipation mean today?
Is this my freedom?
What is Juneteenth and what does it mean for the movement happening in our current sociopolitical climate? Kyle V. Hiller considers.
When this movement goes quiet, what will be left for Black people?
Wrestling with silence
Silence is complicity. But what happens when you’re Black and you’ve been silent? What are you being complicit about? Kyle V. Hiller considers a different kind of silence.
Riots in Philadelphia: At BSR, this is why we said what we said
Here all along
Especially when our city is in crisis, BSR is a team. This is not the beginning of the work for editors Alaina and Kyle. And it’s far from the end.
Kyle V. Hillerand Alaina Johns
Editorials 3 minute read
Should 2020 be the year I try camping again?
Escape from Periwinkle Park
What was so bad about camping, anyway? After two and a half months of stay-at-home in South Philly, Alaina Johns tries to remember.
Editorials 4 minute read
Who will be able to return to normalcy once quarantine is over?
When it hurts to feel safe at home
As states reopen before the coronavirus is contained, Kyle V. Hiller considers how a stressful Sunday stroll served as a preview of what life will be like post-quarantine.
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I thought we were in this together. If others are ending quarantine, why not follow?
You’re going where?
Our #FlattenTheCurve quarantine was hard enough when solidarity abounded and we stayed home together. But how does it feel when others decide to start venturing out? Alaina Johns is anxious.
For Philly arts to survive beyond 2020, we need some positive pessimism
This is not a mutiny
In the face of a proposal to kill Philly’s office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, Kyle V. Hiller says positive pessimism will help the arts bounce back.