Since 1997, Youth Insights teens have explored the Whitney, organized fun public programs, and helped audiences to interpret and access American art and artists. This archive presents a selection of recent events, programs, and resources developed by and for teens.
On Saturday, May 30, over 400 teens gathered at the Whitney Museum’s new building for an evening of music, discussion, and art-making. The music collective Camp & Street performed, YI Leaders collaborated with artist Dread Scott, and teens gathered in the Hearst Artspace for talks with Dread Scott and artist Josh Kline about their work on view in America Is Hard to See.Learn more
Second Saturdays invited New York City teens to join the Whitney’s Youth Insights Leaders to explore arts institutions near the Whitney’s new location downtown. Each month from October 2014 to April 2015, teens met with artists and arts professionals, talked about art, and made new friends.
On December 13, 2013, Youth Insights Leaders welcomed teens from throughout New York City to the Whitney for a tour of Rituals of Rented Island: Loft Performance, Object Theater, and the New Psychodrama—Manhattan, 1970-1980.
On October 25, 2013, Youth Insights Leaders hosted a Halloween-themed Teen Night event, Ooh! Ahh! Zombies! During the event, teen guests from across New York City went on scavenger tours of the Whitney, which the teens designed and led. Leaders also planned an apocalypse-themed art activity in the Whitney Studio, where guests munched on Halloween snacks as they transformed the walls of the space into a post-apocalyptic New York cityscape.
During summer 2013, participants in the Whitney’s Youth Insights Summer Intensive went behind the scenes to explore arts-related careers at the Whitney and other NYC cultural institutions. They talked with Whitney curators and exhibiting artists, met staff members from the High Line and Recess Art, hung out with teens from other museum programs, and much more! The summer ended with a chance to meet YI alumni who work professionally in the arts.Learn More
On May 1, 2012, Biennial artist LaToya Ruby Frazier staged a performance at the Whitney, in which YI teens played a special role.Learn More
One of the many teen events organized around the Biennial 2012 exhibition was an artist talk and drawing workshop with the artist Nicole Eisenman, on March 9, 2012.Learn More
In November 2010, Youth Insights collaborated with StoryCorps, a non-profit organization whose mission is to record, preserve, and share the stories of people from all walks of life. During a day-long recording session, YI Leaders had the opportunity to interview each other, their family members, and past artists-in-residence.Hear the Interviews