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Rita

Hi, I’m Rita. I was born and live in Queens, but my parents are from Italy. I’m currently a junior attending high school.

When I’m not at school or at the Whitney, I’m with my friends, shopping, watching a movie, or just sitting around and talking. My friends are important to me because they know me best. I treasure the time we spend together.

I joined Youth Insights for a second year because I love being surrounded by artwork, especially when it causes controversial reactions. That’s probably why I enjoyed Barbara Kruger, the Biennial, and the American Century: Art & Culture, 1900-1950 exhibitions the most. Art is a way of expressing yourself and thinking about what’s around you, even if it’s controversial. Youth Insights also gives me an opportunity to spend time with people of different ages and learn about their insights on art.

In the future I want to go to college and major in education, social work, or art history. Whatever my degree happens to be, I want to make sure that I am helping people in the process. I hope to visit Europe soon, Italy in particular. I want to meet my father’s side of the family in person and see where my parents grew up.