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Why Philly?

Ulises and Daniel Tucker collect and share this publication of responses to the question Why Philly? Responses add layered, multivocal dimension that underscores the many Philadelphians—experienced, understood, and navigated differently depending on subjectivity, geography, and many other factors in this deeply fractured and old city. This publication was developed with the Common Field convening in mind, with hopes that there can be a dialogue between longtime Philadelphians, new locals and visitors to the city alike.

Texts for Why Philly? were authored by Denise Brown, Rob Blackson, Vashti DuBois, Michael Clemmons & Ian Friday, Anthony Elms, Alexis Granwell, Amy Hicks, Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela, Rana Fayez, Farrah Rahaman, Theresa Rose, Meredith Sellers, Li Sumpter, Nato Thompson, Ulises, and Carol Zou.


Accessibility in the Arts: A Promise and a Practice

Written by Carolyn Lazard
Commissioned by Recess
Edited by Kemi Adeyemi
Designed by Rosen Tomov & Riley Hooker

The publication of Accessibility in the Arts: A Promise and a Practice is made possible by Common Field and Recess.

Edition of 500 in print + online guide at promiseandpractice.art coming this summer

Accessibility in the Arts: A Promise and a Practice is an accessibility guide geared toward small-scale arts nonprofits and the potentially expansive publics these organizations serve. It details specific ways in which disabled people are excluded from cultural spaces and offers possible solutions to those barriers. Moving away from historical and juridical definitions of accessibility, this guide considers the unique capacity of small scale arts organizations to meet the needs of disabled communities. It engages principles of disability justice to think through what can urgently be done to create more equitable and accessible arts spaces.