last night i went to my niece's winter concert, at CAPA and was once again astounded by the amount of talent that exists in there. those children, our future, beaming bright with passion and possibility. this school is refreshing. fosters talents, creates confidence. many of philly's famed talent grew from hopes and dreams once planted here. as i walked the stairs to find seating on the balcony, i passed a painted sign in the stairwell. "art saves lives". i smiled, and thought, "well, isn't that just grand. for, art creates lives, too".