By Diana Robinson.
We were blown away by the talent and artistic passion we saw in the teens at the Village Arts program when we visited Village Arts, hosted by visionary program leader Mike O’Bryan. The students and Mike shared their perspectives on Philadelphia and the ways in which they experienced the city both as natives and recent transplants. We learned of their favorite spots from street performances in the subways to school sports as well as their ideas about music and art. A highlight was an a cappella performance from one of the students of a piece she had written in her notebook just the day before.