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My name is Hannah and I am a student at The Ethical Culture Fieldston School. This is my third year participating in Youth Insights. The Youth Insights Writers, Artists, and now Leaders programs have changed my perception of art in so many ways. Although art has been a part of my life ever since I can remember—both my mother and grandmother are artists—I originally valued it more for its aesthetic appeal than for its conceptual aspects. Youth Insights has allowed me to study art both conceptually and intellectually, which has completely changed the artists I admire and how I connect to certain artworks.

My favorite artists are Vik Muniz, Susan Unterberg, Jacob Lawrence, Glenn Ligon, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Yayoi Kusama, and Vincent Van Gogh. I love giving tours at the Whitney because I am constantly learning that there so much more to art than meets the eye, and I hope to share just a small amount of this knowledge with other people. I believe that the reason art is so powerful is because it has the ability to communicate important ideas and create experiences between people that shatter typical barriers such as language or culture. Art can allow us to see the beauty in the simplest or most complex things. Someday I hope to be an artist, curator, civil rights lawyer, or all three.