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Clifford Owens is a performance artist known for his desire to bring attention to black performance artists. His work often challenges the boundaries of personal space and emotions through audience participation. He graduated from the Whitney Independent Study program in 2005 and worked with Youth Insights Writers in fall 2013. During Owens’s first meeting with the teens, he told the group, “Ask me anything, I have nothing to hide!” which prompted the teens to ask him many personal questions about his life and experiences. During the program, Owens challenged the teens to step out of their comfort zones, write scores, and perform ideas and topics that were unfamiliar. For their final performances, each teen performed his or her own piece exploring ideas such as beauty, misconceptions, and love.