By Lauren Lipton
“We found that a lot of people, when they come to the Magic Gardens, are really inspired to create art,” says Olivia Edlund, education and outreach manager for the ornate outdoor space that dazzles the eye at every turn.
Edlund says Magic Gardens founder Isaiah Zagar used thousands of recycled objects to create the visual treasures, and the Family Jams give everyone a chance to make their own.
“They were using scraps of fabric, old wire hangers, beans, toilet paper rolls, tin foil — all kinds of things,” Edlund (right) tells Positively Philadelphia.
One budding artist, Jessie (top photo), was making her own masterpiece and felt inspired by what she saw around her.
“Looking at Isaiah’s art for the first time… I’ve never been here before. I think it’s so amazing how he does that,” she said.
And Edlund thinks the opportunities for young people like Jessie to make art are becoming too rare in many communities.
“Especially for kids we feel like that’s important, because a lot of kids don’t have art at their schools anymore. So this is a place where they can come and make something themselves.”
Hear the expanded “Magic Gardens” interview in this CBS Philly podcast (runs 3:54) …