First Person Arts
Since 2000, 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 that lives inside of everyone by hosting workshops for aspiring authors and storytellers, producing arts programs that invite the audience to get involved and offering opportunities for established artists to engage with their audiences.
First Person Arts hosts monthly StorySlams, an open-to-all storytelling competition. Guided by a specific theme, such as “parched,” “neighbors” or “home for the holidays,” competitors have the opportunity to share their true stories with the crowd.
The group’s biggest event of the year, the First Person Arts Festival, features multiple 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.
Book the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package for stays through September 3, 2018 and get FREE hotel parking as well as free tickets to the Museum of the American Revolution, free tickets for a ride on the Ferris wheel and roller skating at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, a $25 CHeU Noodle restaurants gift card, free mini-golf and a carousel ride at Franklin Square, free passes to ride the PHLASH Downtown Loop and a $10 Lyft credit.