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What’s up? I am Irene. I’m a nineteen year old student at City-As-School in Manhattan. I was born and raised in New Jersey. I fled to New York City when I was sixteen years old. Art supplies us with a different way of looking at the world. I like art because you can re-imagine the world from different viewpoints. When objects are placed in the context of art they have to be seen and reckoned with. They have to be contemplated from various angles. Youth Insights, for me, is a way of learning the behind-the-scenes workings of a big museum and a way to interact with twentieth-century American art and artists. It’s a program where young people can assert their views about life and art. It’s good to see how our lives are or aren’t reflected back to us in the art works. I feel that I will like working with older people because I get a chance to hear their stories and learn from their mistakes. I think it could be exciting connecting their life experience with art work. I see older people as living resources—vaults of knowledge. My grandfather was born in 1899 and I learned American history from his life experiences. Working with young people could be pretty phenomenal. We could learn a lot from one another and gain new perspectives.