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My name is Niki and I am a junior at Hunter College High School. This is my second semester participating in the Youth Insights Writers program and I have had a wonderful experience thus far. The program has given me the opportunity to see art from a variety of perspectives and think critically about the different types of art in the world. It has allowed my artistic abilities to flourish and improve. 

I have grown up in New York City and have been exposed to art from a very young age. My mother is a director and curator at a contemporary art gallery in Manhattan and my father represents musicians and visual artists, so I have been constantly exposed to the works of different artists and been able to watch their works transform and grow over time. Seeing works develop as time progresses is very important, as it is a reflection of the artists’ thoughts. I believe that art is a conversation between the artist and the audience. It is the audience who completes the thought process of the artist by bringing their own point of view. The arts, whether they are visual, musical, or performance, have always allowed me to experience my own type of escape from any routine day-to-day activities, and I enjoy watching my creativity flourish. I believe art is everywhere, and it can be seen if one has an open mind and an ability to discover beauty.   

Niki’s Artwork