Hello, my name is Madison. I was born in New York City and go to school on the Upper East Side. From a young age I found myself fascinated by art, which is one of the things that brought me to Youth Insights. I’ve learned to discover that our culture, our being, and our connection to the world we live in is deeply woven into art. For me, art goes beyond the canvas and oil paints, and off the page—it is something I am surrounded by constantly. Whether it is as ordinary as a stop light, or a building on the corner of 75th, art lies within everything around us.
We often forget to acknowledge the simple things. We forget that something ordinary can be art, something exquisite can be art, and that art does not have one definition, but infinite ones. Art is in everything we do, everything we say, the way our food is placed on our plates, the way our homes are built, and the way Central Park is designed. We can find art in almost anything, but the true findings and understandings of art are decided by you. I get to decide what art is to me, and what inspires me.
Over the years I’ve spent in art class and visited museums, I’ve learned about the way art works, but most importantly the way I find myself in art. I am inspired by others, and being able to be part of the Whitney Youth Insights program is such an honor to me. It is not only a learning experience, but also a chance for me to learn from others and hear their definitions of art.