Urban Innovation Fellow
Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation
Through the healing power of art, Mike O’Bryan serves as an advocate for youth rights and social change in underserved communities. His professional experience touches the worlds of performance art, public health and trauma informed care. Much of his work has centered on amplifying the voices of marginalized populations including: adjudicated youth, youth and families experiencing homelessness, and migrant farm-workers. Past project experience includes work with: The Arts and Business Council of The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, WURD Radio, ASTEP, ART 180, The University of Miami's Community and Educational Well-Being Research Center, The US Attorney's Office for The Eastern District of PA, and Mural Arts Philadelphia. Mike was awarded “Child Advocate of The Year, 2014” for the Philadelphia Region by The Pennsylvania Department of Education for his work assisting youth living in emergency housing and was also named a 2017 National Emerging City Champion by The Knight Foundation and 8 80 Cities. Currently, he serves as Director of Youth and Young Adult Programs at The Village of Arts and Humanities and as a consultant on a range of projects, locally and nationally, exploring the intersections of trauma informed practice and community well-being.