OWENSBORO, KY (WFIE) - A group of Owensboro teens is taking the arts to a whole new level and showing off their skills to the community.
It's not unusual to see students play instruments, but it's not every day you can see them play in an orchestra.
It's just one of several fine arts programs at Owensboro high school.
"We have choir. We have band. We have dancing. We have art," Fine Arts Director Tom Sites says. "A full range of activities for our kids."
Bouble bassist Sydney Simpson says it's a great way for friends to get together.
"Everybody in here has been here since fifth grade. We're all pretty close-knit."
"I think that is something that is becoming more and more of a challenge in our society right now," Sites says. "So much is digital and done over distance."
But perhaps more important, is that the program gives students a creative outlet.
"The arts are often dismissed as a luxury," Simpson says. "But I think they're a necessity as far as being able to express ourselves and outlet our emotions in a healthy way."
"Everything we've seen in research shows that those kids that are involved in quality activities through high school, they're the ones that succeed in life," Sites says. "They're better students, they're better community leaders, they really do the right things."
Students have been performing all week for a fine arts festival at the Riverpark Center downtown, giving them a chance to express themselves to the community, and show them just how talented they are.