By Cherri Gregg

By Cherri Gregg

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A non-profit dedicated to teaching poetry and art techniques to Philadelphia youth opened a new exhibit at City Hall last night.

Titled, “Awakened Dreams,” the new exhibit on the 5th Floor of City Hall features more than 200 pieces of art work and poetry created by young artists from 300 schools and organizations in the Philadelphia area.

“Sometimes in our culture we people tend to think of dreams as being dissed a little bit.  People say “ah- she’s just dreaming.”

Susan Teegen-Case is the founder of Artwell. She says the program helps kids explore and open their minds to possibilities.

“We partner with schools to help kids bring forth their dreams of peace of the lives they want to lead, help them work through fears of barriers to their dreams.”

The exhibit includes photographs, handmade masks and quilts made by the students.

“One day I’ll be a rising star as i strum the keys on my guitar.”

Precious Dennis, 17, wrote the poem “On my Guitar.” She says her poetry gives her significance.

“It makes me feel important and I hope that my poetry inspires people.”

The exhibit is available for viewing through May.

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