Recent Messages

Fall 2020 Follow Up

August 14, 2020

Dear PAC,

This week we all learned that the Fall 2020 semester will be fully virtual. While we had been eager to share our provisional plans for in-person activities, this latest update has released us from uncertainty and given new clarity to the situation. At Platt House and the PAC Shop, this moment is bittersweet: we are very sad that we must wait longer to be all together and to witness your creative power in person, and we are thankful that in the meantime, this decision keeps us all out of harm’s way.

Platt House and PAC Shop Staff are now refocusing our efforts with PAC-Exec to shape a lively and fulfilling semester of virtual programming that is accessible to our full community, wherever they may be across the globe. We look forward to incorporating your values, questions, and ideas into how this semester will take shape for student performing arts. Along with PAC Exec, we will be reaching out to determine next steps.

We want to remind everyone that your virtual engagement, social media posts, and recorded performances have already brought so much positivity to the world of Penn during this pandemic. We found out that other Penn departments were starting meetings with your videos to help uplift everyone. Your talents are endless, and we have been inspired to see you bravely adapt to your digital audience. A big round of applause to you!

In the meantime, please know that we are thinking of you, working to create meaningful programs, and looking forward to the end of this pandemic now more than ever. The past five months have affected us all deeply, sometimes in ways that are difficult to acknowledge and harder to share. Please know that it is completely valid to feel sorrow and mourn this loss. Please come to us for resources, for difficult conversations, for lightness and celebrations, for space to grieve – whatever you need. We’ll be here, just a few clicks away.

Sincerely,

Platt House and PAC Shop Staff
Megan Edelman
James Grant
Amanda Labonte
Laurie McCall
Michelle Moller
Sara Outing


A Message to the Platt House Community – Black Lives Matter

June 5, 2020

Dear Students,

We are reaching out to all of you during this incredibly turbulent and painful time to offer our support and resources and to hold ourselves accountable for those pledges.

We condemn the injustices that continue to devastate our community – the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, and thousands of others; the perpetuation of white supremacy and police brutality; all amidst the backdrop of healthcare inequity and tragic losses from COVID-19.

We are inspired by the work of our campus partners to create spaces to address these injustices. We cannot pretend to imagine what each of you is feeling, but we want to make sure you know that we are here and listening. You are seen, and you are heard, and you are valid.

In acknowledging the pain of our community, we must also acknowledge that silence is harmful. During the time that it has taken for our staff to process; to listen; to coordinate and craft our message; and to check in on each other, our friends, and our students – this public platform has been silent, and therefore we have been complicit in this harm. We must do better.

Artists have the power to inform, create empathy, and offer healing to individuals and communities. In times of joy, in times of anger, in times of need, in times of pain, we look to artists to lift us, to create space for us, to provide meaning for us. As artists, each of you has a tremendous gift. You may not be in a place to use it right now, and you should not feel pressured to. Each person needs something different in the midst of tragedy. Listen to yourself and to what you need. We simply want to remind you of the power within.

As we all continue to process, Platt House staff is here to listen. If you want to articulate things you need from us or things you would like to see happen, you can reach our full team at platthouse@pobox.upenn.edu.

In the meantime, Platt House and PAC-Exec are collaborating to create spaces for open discussion among Penn students, beginning with a live, digital space to check in and talk about anything that may be on your mind. We plan to follow this event with additional check-ins in different formats and the opportunity for our students to offer written feedback, to help inform further programming. Our goal is to build programs that don’t simply address our own impulse to help, but that are thoughtful, thorough, and responsive to your needs. We will do this work with our student leaders, our peers and our campus partners, holding ourselves and each other accountable for continuing this work.

While we prepare more helpful guides and programs, please do not hesitate to contact us and other campus centers. We’re all processing this moment differently, and we will look to a variety of resources that may help us to listen, to speak, to understand, and to heal.

We stand in solidarity with anyone who is experiencing this trauma and with those who are fighting back. Black lives matter.

Sincerely and with respect,
Platt Student Performing Arts House

The following University resources remain available to you while campus operates remotely:

CAPS
Student Health
Office of the Chaplain
Makuu Black Cultural Center
La Casa Latina
Pan Asian-American Community House
Greenfield Intercultural Center
LGBT Center
Penn Women’s Center
Graduate Student Center
Family Resource Center
Restorative Justice Book Club & Optional Discussion Sessions (details below)

  • Restorative Justice Book Club Meetings – Second Fridays June, July and August (6/12, 7/10, and 8/14 from 1-2:30pm EDT)
  • Optional Discussion Sessions from Restorative Practices @ Penn – 6/26, 7/24, and 8/28, from 1-2pm EDT
  • Are you interested in Restorative, Transformative, or Healing Justice? Would you like to build community with classmates and work to bring this movement to Penn? Restorative Practices @ Penn is hosting a monthly book discussion this summer, open to anyone interested, no commitment required!
  • Sign up to share your book preferences and to be notified about the book that is chosen, and the articles/videos selected for the additional conversations. Feel free to drop in or invite friends along the way! Please reach out to pcerdera@upenn.edu for information about financial support. Space may be limited, so please indicate your interest soon! https://forms.gle/7kLBexw7SvhfLsBd7

A Note from Platt Student Performing Arts House in Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated March 20, 2020

University of Pennsylvania Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

We are assuming that members of the University community have seen the various messages from President Gutmann and Provost Pritchett throughout March 2020. Those messages can be reviewed here.

We know this is a challenging time and it is heartbreaking for the entire Penn community, including those of you who were working on shows and getting ready to graduate. Platt Ho
use wants to make sure you are each taking care of yourselves. We want to reiterate that Platt House is a resource for you, so please do not hesitate to reach out.

The physical Platt House center is closed for the foreseeable future. Please disregard any building signage to the contrary. That being said, Platt House staff will continue our mission of supporting students during this time. You can reach the full team remotely at platthouse@pobox.upenn.edu

Due to the University’s response and policies, any current standing reservation in Platt House (175, 176, 177, 179, 180, Lobby, Muravchick Lounge & Stage) has been canceled. Additionally, upcoming student shows for the Spring 2020 semester have been canceled. As a Penn/PAC/SAC sponsored group, you cannot mount a show during this restricted time.

Platt House is developing virtual content and programming. Stay tuned for more details regarding these updates. We will be sure to keep communicating with students, and please let us know how we can help. Be sure to check your email regularly. Below there are some helpful links with more information from Penn.

Please note: It is possible that new updates could happen any day. Our programs and plans could be affected, and we may need to adjust our expectations and strategies. We thank you for your patience and understanding as we all learn and adapt. Please check this page for the most updated information on Platt Student Performing Arts House. The most updated information from the University can be found here: https://coronavirus.upenn.edu/

Please be in touch with any questions or concerns. Take care of yourselves.

Sincerely,
Platt House Staff

https://coronavirus.upenn.edu/
https://coronavirus.upenn.edu/students-families/student-faq