For Nikkeia Wiler, art often imitates life on stage. The managing and artistic director runs The Possibility Project-Charlotte, a youth development program located in Spirit Square. Participants ages 13-19 act out some of the most complicated issues in their young lives. On Sept. 17, the program, which partners with local schools, will welcome 60 young people from all walks of life. Wiler sees the program as a safe, supportive way for teens to act out painful emotions.
Career change: Wiler joined The Possibility Project in 1997. It was a time in my life when I was thinking about a change in what I was doing, she said.
Challenging kids: The students in the program, who audition to qualify, learn to understand each others stories and better interact with the world around them. They learn improv, dance and leadership skills to create an original show. The arts challenge people to think differently about themselves and the world that they live in, Wiler said.
New face, old stories: Who young people were 10 years ago is different than they are now, Wiler said. What they experience continues to change, but the environment we create for young people doesnt.