Join us in telling America's story. PBS American Portrait is a national storytelling project aligned with PBS's 50th anniversary celebration. The goal is to present a mosaic of our country’s diversity, allowing people from all regions to appreciate what we have in common as well as the many differences that make up the American experience. The project will feature user-generated content captured through video, photo and text submissions shared directly from everyday people across the United States.

This user-generated, multiplatform project will connect tens of thousands of people across the country, creating a communal voice through individual stories of joy, hardship, triumphs and sorrow. Participants will be able to tell and share their own stories, and see the stories shared by a wide panorama of Americans, united by a series of prompts that will serve as conversation starters, including: “I was raised to believe…,” “The tradition I carry on is…,” “What keeps me up at night is…,” “When I step outside my door…” and “Most days I feel…,” among others.

Stories that are submitted may be featured on the American Portrait website, at station events throughout the country, on social media, or in a nationally-televised documentary series scheduled to air in January 2021.

Learn how to submit your story.