Open Connections

PROSPECTIVE FAMILIES: Open Connections continues to be open, virtually. We recognize that springtime is often when prospective families tour the OC campus and come for an in-person interview. While our physical campus is closed for the time being, we ARE continuing to conduct interviews via Zoom or FaceTime. If you are considering enrollment for Fall 2020, we encourage you to take advantage of this option! To learn more about setting up a virtual interview, please click the "Inquire" link. We look forward to “meeting” you and showing you all that OC has to offer. Thank you for your interest in Open Connections! CURRENT FAMILIES: Please check your email for the kick-off schedule for distance learning!

  • 2019 Staff

Niko Marks

Substitute Facilitator

Niko is a Visiting Artist in the in the Wednesday Choice programs this year.  He joined the staff in 2018.


Niko initially came to OC in 2002 along with his 3 brothers (Julian, Kaya, Roper), who each discovered creative outlets through OC and its community - from music, to film-making, to coding, to woodworking and design. Niko graduated from Open Connections in 2013 and went on to attend The University of the Arts where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design. In addition to working at OC, he is also working in graphic design for musicians, as well as independent design and craft projects.


In returning to OC, he hopes to carry his familiarity with design process, as well as his knowledge of digital and analog making techniques to the entire OC community - staff and youth alike. Niko’s strong tech and design background means that you will likely find him creating and problem-solving in OC’s new Makerspace.


Outside of design, Niko’s time is typically spent writing music, camping and exploring PA’s wilderness, and cooking and/or inhaling delicious vegan food. He lives in West Philadelphia, PA.