It feels a little dorky to say, but the main reason why I applied to become a YI Leader is because going to the Whitney is one the highlights of my week. Art is my life, and one of the biggest inspirations for me as an artist is Youth Insights. Being a part of this program has not only taught me about past and contemporary American artists, but it has shown me that there are different ways to look at art. When we view a work of art in Youth Insights, we look at everything from social and historical significance to the emotions the art evokes, along with the artist’s intent and the curator’s choices. Looking at art in different ways has made me not only more open to the work of other artists, but also more conscious of my own work. Working with other YI teens has also been a great experience because it has introduced me to diverse people I would never have met outside of the program.