True, personal stories are the raw materials of our practice.

First Person Arts is regularly engaged by a diverse range of organizations to create customized storytelling programs, which tackle specific issues of concern to our partner communities. These stories are then shared internally or with the public through the First Person Arts Podcast, YouTube Channel, press coverage, and live artistic performances.


… everyone has a story to tell, and that sharing our stories connects us with each other and the world.

Embedded in this core belief is our organizational commitment to diversity and equality as vital to our practice.

  • Our biggest annual event, the only multidisciplinary festival of its kind dedicated entirely to true, personal stories.

  • We are Philly’s ORIGINAL StorySlams. These monthly competitive storytelling events offer you the chance to tell your own story, or to listen to others.

  • We bring our work out to the community through our Applied Storytelling programs that uplift voices in neighborhoods, corporations, cultural organizations, educational and other settings, using stories as a vehicle to build stronger communities.