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A New Way to Experience FPA Stories

FPA fans know twice-monthly StorySlams = good times. So we asked ourselves, what if there was a way to wrap up all the Slam fun, laughs, and “realness” so that you can take the Slam experience with you anywhere you’d like?

We’re trying to start a new storytelling podcast, the First Person Arts Podcast, in fact.  “FPA’s vision is to be a platform for artists and everyday people to share the personal stories they must tell now,” says Jamie J. Brunson (pictured left), First Person Arts Executive Director and Podcast Host. “The FPA Podcast is a powerful way to amplify these stories throughout the region and the world, and connect us through our unique and shared experiences.”

FPA is trying to make it happen through a Kickstarter campaign. The goal of the campaign is to raise enough money so we can hire award-winning radio producer and First Person Arts fan, Yowei Shaw (pictured right), and provide additional tech support for a full year’s worth of podcasts- 52 episodes in all. Yowei has produced segments for Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Studio 360, Morning Edition and more.

“It boils down to one thing,” says Shaw, “if you love to hear stories that entertain you, make you laugh and cry, and teach you something about the way the world works, then you should definitely support an FPA podcast. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve walked away from watching an FPA StorySlam feeling this elevated sense of awareness and genuine human connection. I thrive on that stuff. And if you do too, this is the podcast to support.”

If funded, the podcast will feature stories from our live events as well as fresh stories submitted through a hotline. Anyone can call in with their story. That means we could be hearing stories from places like Charleston, Austin, Detroit, Portland, you name it! Maybe even from around the world?

So far, the project has generated a lot of buzz among FPA fans, storytellers, and story-lovers alike. With 14 days remaining in the campaign, we’ve raised over $2,600 towards our $15,000 goal. But we need to raise the full $15,000 or else we lose all of the money raised so far. And a gift from you at any size helps reach that goal!

Project backers are eligible to receive rewards like an exclusive invitation to the FPA Podcast launch party, original artwork, free Slam admission, and more.

We believe that everyone has a story to tell and sharing those stories connects us with each other and the world. Help us make those connections even stronger by joining the 70+ others who have said “yes” to a First Person Arts podcast.


-Becca Jennings

Upcoming Events
  • StorySlam: Windfall
  • Date: August 27, 2019
  • Time: 7:30 PM
  • Venue: CSZ Philadelphia
  • Location: 2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107