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TEREZ’S HEART BROKE AT THE THOUGHT OF NEVER HEARING HER BROTHER’S VOICE AGAIN.

In 2019 the unthinkable happened, Louis had a stroke that took away his ability to speak. “This brilliant, articulate man who loved language and inspired the same love in me was reduced to babbling,” Terez remembers.

Fourteen years ago, Terez submitted a short video documentary to First Person Arts called “Looking for Lucy.” Her brother Louis, then vibrant, was featured in it but Terez couldn’t find the video anywhere, so she reached out to First Person Arts in hopes that we had an archived copy.

Our part-time archivist was able to find the analog video in 2019. Unfortunately, the archives department didn’t have the capacity to digitize the video for Terez. In 2021, thanks to the generosity of the Independence Public Media Foundation, First Person Arts hired Michaela Prell as our full-time archivist! Finally, we were able to digitize “Looking for Lucy”, and send it to Terez and her family.

Connecting with each other can be hard. Linking people and communities through storytelling is what we do at First Person Arts.  In addition to providing an embracing environment for you to share your truths—your stories—we have also allowed communities from all walks of life to hear and learn from these stories. To gain a different perspective, to feel less alone, to come together.

As a friend of First Person Arts, you know that there are countless stories yet to be told. Whether joyous, traumatic, or riotously funny, YOUR STORY speaks volumes and YOUR SUPPORT ensures that First Person Arts can continue impacting lives through storytelling

Please invest in the power of storytelling to bring people together.  Our Annual Appeal goal this year is $15,000.   Thank you in advance for your support.

FIRST PERSON ARTS IS A REGISTERED 501(C)(3) NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION AND AS SUCH IS ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS AND CORPORATE MATCHING GIFTS.

Donors make gifts of any size that sustain First Person Arts. 100% of gifts go right into the work of First Person Arts.

Our members support us with annual or monthly gifts totalling over $75 and receive special benefits.

Our sponsors and advertisers help us to grow and innovate by linking their businesses to our programs.

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