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August 2, 2013

First Person Arts Debuts A New Free Public Program, Philly reACTS, In The Courtyard Of City Hall, Monday, August 5, 5:30 P.M.

This Monday, let performance art help start a conversation. First Person Arts, the organization devoted to storytelling and memoir art, has fostered a new public performance program, Philly reACTS, creating an artistic forum to help make sense of major current events. On Monday, August 5, the inaugural Philly reACTS action draws inspiration from the Trayvon […]

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November 7, 2012

A Beginner’s Guide To The First Person Arts Festival, Returning November 7-17 With 22 Events In 11 Genres At 3 Iconic Venues

The only event of its kind in the world, the 11th Annual First Person Arts Festival hits Philadelphia November 7-17 celebrating the power of storytelling to foster appreciation for our unique and shared experiences. This year’s festival is action-packed, with celebrity appearances (Janeane Garofalo! Chef Marcus Samuelsson!), brand new festival ticket packages and first-time-ever kids […]

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October 12, 2012

Mural Arts Presents “Peace Is A Haiku Song,” An Interactive Public Art Project Spearheaded By Sonia Sanchez

October is Mural Arts Month, so what better time to put the spotlight on an inspiring new interactive art program to this city — the home of the largest public art program in the United States? If you follow this link, you can compose your own Haiku — one of those clever little 5,7,5 syllable […]

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January 3, 2012

Philadelphia Selects Sonia Sanchez As The City’s First-Ever Poet Laureate

As of this Thursday at 11 a.m., Sonia Sanchez will be Philadelphia’s first-ever poet laureate. Sanchez, 77, poet, teacher, activist and revered Philadelphian, will be “inaugurated” by Mayor Nutter in an 11 a.m. ceremony at City Hall. Sanchez is the author of 18+ books of poetry. The position, a two-year stint, was Mayor Nutter’s idea; he announced the creation of the poet laureate program on May 3, during a Sanchez reading at City Hall. Sanchez told the Inquirer that for her, “the whole point of accepting this award is on behalf of the people and this wonderful city. Philadelphia doesn’t realize how wonderful it is.” Poetry, indeed! [Phila. selects Sonia Sanchez as its first poet laureate]

November 8, 2010

The First Person Festival of Memoir and Documentary Art Begins Today

It’s finally here! The First Person Festival of Memoir and Documentary Art starts this week. If you haven’t been to a First Person Festival before, this year’s your year. Choose from thirty events — from documentary film screenings, to author readings, to live performances, all inspired by real life. There are so many great events […]

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