Welcome to episode 3 of COVID CONVERSATIONS a micro-series in theater simple’s podcast, PARK BENCH.
For episodes 3 (& soon 4 we are exploring thoughts on being a “CITIZEN”. Citizenship. Citizenry. One’s culture around these ideas - How one thinks about the IDEA of being a citizen – how do you integrate that into your life? Do you even think about it?
We’ve got a kaleidoscope of perspectives from folx across the political spectrum and around the world who recorded their thoughts for us, really diving into a complex conversation. It certainly brought into the light that being a citizen is not always about a piece of paper, but about being a piece of a community. As we noted in the VOTING podcasts, it was actually quite heartening to hear common notes among these various perspectives.
FURTHER SUGGESTIONS and RESOURCES to practice your citizenship: WASHMASKS! https://www.washmasks.org This mutual aid initiative consists of teachers, school administrators, and arts educators from across Washington who are on a mission to collect/distribute masks for the migrant communities in the state. “Every meal we eat is made possible by farm workers who work regardless of heat, cold, rain, snow, and now a pandemic.”
CITIZEN UNIVERSITY - https://citizenuniversity.us Spreading the belief and skills that a strong democracy depends on strong citizens — and that we all have the power to make change in civic life and the responsibility to try. Seattle and across the US.
Live in Seattle? All donated funds go directly to Duwamish Tribal Services (DTS) to support the revival of Duwamish culture and the vitality of the Duwamish Tribe, the ancestral stewards of this area. (Be a good neighbor, won’t you?)
PARK BENCH is an interactive public art piece that often resembles a tiny park on a rolling hill, where we invite people to have a seat and have a chat from a slightly different perspective. We ask you to tell us your thoughts, and we’ll tell the world. But…. COVID-19 has impacted our lives/work, too - SO we adapt~
These are recorded phone calls and cellphone-recorded voice memos. You will hear differences in recording quality as we go, but hopefully you can still hear the CONVERSATION, and engage with that wherever you are.
If you would like to be part of a future podcast, check out our website at theatersimple.org. You will find a link to COVID CONVERSATIONS, as well as past episodes, under PODCASTS. Jump in and submit your thoughts -
NEXT TOPIC & deadline:CREATIVITY and ART in a time of Pandemic & Isolation 1/8/21.
Our NEW music is the splendid and exceptional work of Brent Arnold and Scott Adams. Check out their work:
Scott Adams: birdsmaybite.bandcamp.com
Brent Arnold: brentarnold.bandcamp.com
The Park Bench interviews were conducted by Llysa Holland and Andrew Litzky (who is also the main editor of Park Bench).
https://theatersimple.org/support-us Thanks so much for listening. If you liked what your heard, and would like to support us, by donating the equivalent of a fancy tea (for Llysa) or coffee (for Andrew) or a drink with us(!!), or even toss a bill into our virtual busker’s hat, we’d be grateful. If you don’t have those resources right now, we hope you enjoy these as a gift and pass the gift along. (This is a much better option to spread virally than COVID, right?) AND -We hope to see you on the Park Bench someday. Have a seat and tell us your thoughts. We’ll tell the world.