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FPA Announces the 13th Annual First Person Arts Festival!

The only festival of its kind in the world, the 13th Annual First Person Arts Festival features powerful personal stories from leading national artists and everyday people. Click here for more info.

FPA brings equal pay advocate Lilly Ledbetter to Philly this September for Annual Fundraiser.

Sponsorship opportunities available now. Individual tickets on sale soon.

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Orchestrating Change

The first African American female pianist to play at Carnegie Hall with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Blanche Burton-Lyles, tells her story; Henry Nicolas shares how his personal experiences drove him to become one of the African American leaders most involved with connecting the Labor and Civil Rights Movements.


This podcast episode is part of the First Person Arts Philly reACTS Podcast series commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act. Philly reACTS is made possible thanks to a planning grant from the Heritage Program of Philadelphia, part of the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, and support from Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority.

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