Stories is an interview series featuring artists and creatives in every neighborhood in Philadelphia. This is a partnership between The Philadelphia Citizen and Forman Arts Initiative, and it will run on both The Citizen and the FAI website.

Samantha Maria Rivera-Fotos

Morgan Nitz

Next up in our series with The Philadelphia Citizen: performer/photographer Sa’Mantha SayTen, who uplifts queer trans artists through her studio and her own story.

Trapeta B. Mayson

Mogan Nitz

Next in our series with The Philadelphia Citizen: Poet Trapeta B. Mayson, whose Healing Verse Poetry Line merges her two passions: poetry and mental health.

Cesar Viveros

Morgan Nitz

Muralist Cesar Viveros, whose paintings are all over the city, has shifted his focus to activism and communion in the city’s Latino community.

Glenn Holsten

Blake Bradford

Documentarian Glenn Holsten talks about his four decades of weaving together the city’s stories of community, creativity and civic potential.

Shannon Maldonado

Morgan Nitz

Next up in our series with The Philadelphia Citizen, Shannon Maldonado on leaving behind a fashion career working with the likes of Ralph Lauren and American Eagle to come home to launch her own South Philly brand, YOWIE.

Julie Rainbow

Blake Bradford

Oral historian Julie Rainbow connects the Second Great Migration of African Americans from the South to Philly to our present search for community