Commonspace

WHYY

2016
$300,000

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Sincerely Philadelphia: A Letter to Our New President, presented by WHYY and First Person Arts. Photo by Johanna Austin.

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StorySlam winner Nimisha Ladva competes for the title of "Best Storyteller in Philadelphia" at the Season 10 Grand Slam. Photo by Jen Cleary.

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Sincerely Philadelphia: A Letter to Our New President, presented by WHYY and First Person Arts. Photo by Johanna Austin.

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Audience at a sold out First Person Arts Grand Slam. Photo by Jen Cleary.

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Targeted, presented by WHYY and First Person Arts. Photo by Johanna Austin.

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Targeted, presented by WHYY and First Person Arts. Photo by Johanna Austin.

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Now You See Me, presented by WHYY and First Person Arts. Photo by Johanna Austin.

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Gentrified, presented by WHYY and First Person Arts. Photo by Johanna Austin.

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Gentrified, presented by WHYY and First Person Arts. Photo by Johanna Austin.

Philadelphia's leading public media company, WHYY joined forces with the memoir and documentary art organization First Person Arts (FPA) to create a series of public radio broadcasts. This unique intersection of journalism and personal storytelling contextualized and connected current events to daily life. Through a series of live arts experiences and community events, WHYY and FPA generated new, original content sourced from community members. This content formed the basis for a 24-month broadcast program, including a weekly podcast, a bi-monthly 30-minute radio segment, and a series of 40 short radio segments, airing weekly on WHYY-FM's local Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and NewsWorks Tonight. Each broadcast was accompanied by music germane to the topic, as well as an artistic response from a local artist. The full collection of curated recordings is available on a dedicated project website.

Additional unrestricted funds are added to each grant for general operating support.