Hey, my name is Adena and I am seventeen. I’m from Brooklyn, born and raised. I have big plans for my future. I am headed to college in the next few months to earn my bachelor’s degree in health studies and I want to minor in communications. I love performance art and I love to write poetry. I sing and I’m also interested in acting, but poetry has been my first love since the age of nine. I’m really into history and fashion. I love learning about my ancestors and the trials and tribulations of African Americans throughout the centuries as well as how we incorporate many of their traditions and values into our culture today. I love to see how life back then has influenced so much of the way we live our lives now, from the way that we dress to how we speak. I believe that there is a reason for everything, which is why we have the ability to choose how we live our lives. As far as favorite artists and writers, my idol is Maya Angelou. I also love Nikki Giovanni, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jacob Lawrence, Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige, Michael Jackson, and Whitney Houston.
I completed the Youth Insights writers program during Spring 2011. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute I spent in the Museum learning about different kinds of art. The most important thing that I have taken away from my experience is the value of getting to know another side of art. Contemporary art is intriguing, and it makes you consider how an artist thinks and why they made their work. I like the mystery in an artist’s work, and I like to be able to interpret it in the way that makes sense to me. That’s what I will take away from this experience.