Welcome to June

Signs of spring — like these robin’s eggs sheltered in the information kiosk at Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts in Mineral Point — are reassuring as we move forward together through these uncertain times.

This will be a June like no other in our nook of the Driftless Area.

This spring has been riddled with disruptions and cancellations related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Way back in March, as the state’s Safer at Home order was enacted, we were cautiously optimistic that by now, by the advent of summer and all the experiences it heralds in nature, culture, and events, we would be able to start gathering again.

Although many businesses and organizations have started slowly reopening, the reality is that for many people, home is and will be the safest place to be for some time. And for those organizations and businesses that rely on a critical mass of attendees in close quarters to meet their bottom line, there’s no such thing as business as usual without creative alternatives (see story, p. 5).

Erik Flesch & Sara Lomasz Flesch

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As we continue our all-digital campaign, we’re primarily publishing online except for print copies we’re mailing to advertisers, contributors and subscribers. This month’s magazine features the voices of Bazile Booth, Michael Brandt, Doris Green, John Heasley, Vincent Kavaloski, Jennifer Moore-Kerr, Patrice Peltier, Kathy Steffen, and Etienne White, art by Shannon Elizabeth, and photography by Ricki Bishop. If you miss reading our pages in print, for just $22 a year you can subscribe to Voice or give a gift of subscriptions to your friends. 

Happy reading, and take good care,