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Celebrating 10 years of stories

First Person Arts

Kevin Lee tells his story. Credit: Erika Vonie for First Person Arts


For the past 10 years, First Person Arts has provided a stage for memoir and documentary art in Philadelphia.

Guided by the belief that everyone has a story to tell and telling our stories connects us with each other and the world, First Person Arts offers an outlet for everyone to share, from accomplished artists to everyday people.

First Person Arts empowers the storyteller in each of us by hosting workshops for aspiring authors and storytellers, producing arts programs that invite the audience to get involved, and by offering opportunities for established artists to engage with their audiences.

Programming Highlights

Twice monthly, First Person Arts hosts “StorySlams,” an open-to-all storytelling competition. Guided by a specific theme, such as “gifts,” “neighbors” or “home for the holidays,” competitors have the opportunity to share their true stories with the crowd. Check out recent winners here.

Their biggest event of the year, the First Person Festival of Memoir and Documentary Art features 11 days of performance, films, workshops and more. The festival is the only one of its kind in the world, bringing award winning writers, filmmakers, visual artists, and performers to Philadelphia to share personal stories. The 2011 Festival takes place November 10-20 in venues throughout historic Old City Philadelphia.

Introduced in 2010, the First Person Museum showcases the personal stories behind treasured objects. Learn more about the First Person Museum and submit your own stories and images at

Learn more about First Person Arts at


1 South Broad Street
17th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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