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05/13/2010

How Do You Build a Museum of the People?

How do you build a museum of the people? If you’re First Person Arts, you start by bringing together an amazing team of museum specialists well-versed in user generated content, artists skilled in capturing stories from real life and historians from some of the top universities in the country. And then you brainstorm. And throw out questions. And ideas. And more questions. And disagree. And say really great things like, “The object is a vessel for the story.” And share stories about personal objects that matter in our lives. A bunch of really smart people in one room can be both an inspiring and dangerous thing.


Today has been the first day of a two day planning session for the First Person Museum. Spearheaded by museum development consultant Kathleen McLean, we are figuring out the most effective process for capturing the objects, stories and historical contexts that will go into creating the First Person Museum, to be on display at the Painted Bride Art Center in conjunction with the First Person Festival in November thru December 2010.


One of our artistic partners is the popular NPR program Radio Diaries. Radio Diaries will be producing the audio commentary for a selection of the objects submitted for the Museum. Producer Samara Freemark was on hand today voicing her opinions and questions about the project. Hear Samara’s thoughts on the Museum so far.





Our other artistic partners include photographer JJ Tiziou, Inquirer writer Dianna Marder and filmmaker David Kessler. Each will be using their particular medium to capture the personal narratives behind our collection of objects. Tomorrow we meet with the community organizations that will help spearhead object collection throughout the city. We’ll meet them tomorrow!

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  • StorySlam: On the Edge at L’Etage (Member Tix onsale Aug. 15)
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  • Time: 8 PM
  • Venue: L'Etage
  • Location: 624 S 6th St, Philadelphia