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Jaya Howey, an abstract painter, has worked extensively with artist Kara Walker as her studio assistant. As the Fall 2007 Artist in Residence, he joined YI teens in heated debates about art as activism and the artist’s responsibility within the community, prompted by the Kara Walker exhibition My Complement, My Enemy, My Oppressor, My Love. Jaya invited the group to his studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn to take a look at his works in progress and also assisted the group in creating critical visual art responses to the Lawrence Wiener exhibition, As Far as the Eye Can See.