“My passion for the arts comes from a belief that the world needs the arts for expression, community, and promotion of change. It is because the arts can embrace all three that they are so powerful. In my life the arts have been a way to express myself in a society that might not be as accepting as we choose to believe. Music, both listening and making music, and dance are a way to tell people what you are feeling. The arts bring people together and help lift people up. I recently showcased my music at an open mic at the Florida Folk Festival, performed alongside Ballet Florida, and with the Demetrius Klein Dance Company. I would like to major in dance in college.” Owen is currently a student at Jensen Beach High School.