On Monday, December 17, Youth Insights Artists and Writers gathered at the Museum with their families, friends, and teachers for a celebration of their work and accomplishments this semester. The evening began with an exhibition of YI artwork in the Whitney Studio space. Both Artists and Writers completed multiple projects with their respective artists-in-residence, Beth Campbell and Cameron Crawford. YI Writers created short films which featured works on view in Whitney exhibitions as characters engaging each other in conversations at the Museum. YI Artists created two- and three-dimensional artworks which examined the possibilities of their future as well as the transformative potential in everyday objects.
The Whitney’s Alice Pratt Brown Director Adam Weinberg and YI Program Coordinator Carda Burke spoke briefly in the Museum’s lower galleries about Youth Insights, thanking parents and teachers for their support and students for their dedication to the program. Crawford and Campbell each thanked the teens and emphasized how excited they were to continue working with young people in the future.
Closing remarks came from the teens themselves. YI Artists Stephanie and Arthur talked about the camaraderie and support they had found with Campbell and a group of like-minded, artistic teens. YI Writers Savannah and Teddy reflected on what the semester had taught them about the connections between art and writing. After graduation, certificates and gifts were distributed and teens and their families headed back to the Whitney Studio for more discussion and appreciation of their artwork—a fitting conclusion to the night’s festivities.
By Correna Cohen, Youth Programs Fellow