First Person Arts believes that everyone has a story to tell, and that sharing our stories connects us with each other and the world. The First Person Arts Podcast is one more way we celebrate the power of the personal. Hear hilarious, ridiculous, astounding stories from real life, pulled from our events archive, plus new tales from our listeners right here. Visit firstpersonarts.org for more information about our live events or to tell your story.
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Five People, One Moment - Flags of America - Suzanne
Suzanne is a visual artist who had an exhibition on the National Mall in September of 2021. The art installation consisted of white flags, each one repricenting one life that was lost to COVID-19 in the United States. She shares who the exhibition started, what it means to her, and it became a place for people to give the people they'd lost with family, friends, and strangers.
Five People, One Moment - Flags of America - Simon
Simon is the creator of the Vexillology Podcast, a subreddit devoted to flags. He shares his story of falling in love with flags, creating an online community where other people could connect over flags and flag design, and the meaning behind some of his favorite flags related to the U.S.
Five People, One Moment - Flags of America - Amber
Amber was the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs when they announced the More Colors, More Pide Flag, a flag which added a black and brown stripe to the rainbow flag. They discuss the huge amount of backlash and hatred that came from that announcement and how she never could have imagined how quickly the symbolism of the flag would have gone global.
Five People, One Moment - Flags of America - Emily
Emily shares her story about growing up in an area where the confederate flag was a common symbol. She discusses how her understanding of the weight of the simbol has changed and how removing the flag is a step in the right direction but there is more work to be done in our country as a whole when we confront our racist past.
Five People, One Moment - Flags of America - Matthew
Matthew Skic is Curator of Exhibitions at the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia. Over the Summer of 2021 The Museum had an expedition on Flags in America. Matthew tells the story of his own personal connection to the Flag of the United States and discusses his favorite flags in the exhibitions and what they can tell modern day viewers about this nation's history.
What a great hidden gem!
My girlfriend introduced me to this podcast and I absolutely love it. Comedy, heartwarming tales, stories of strife—its really got it all. A great podcast for storytellers specifically, but also accessible to just about anyone. It’s just a massive archive of genuinely fascinating anecdotes that touch upon just about every aspect of being a human being. Looking forward to many more episodes of #Us!
Philly storytelling at its phinest!
I had no idea this was the podcast I’d been waiting for. I’m a stand-up fan, so I just came for the comedians, but First Person Arts’ archives are unreal — every episode is making me feel so much! Keep it up!!!