Youth Insights Fall 2012 Begins!
Sep 28, 2012

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New Youth Insights participants gather in the Whitney Studio to start the new year. YI Leaders Emiliano and Elizabeth on either side of new YI Writer, Savannah. Photograph by Jaclyn Cunningham

On Monday, September 24, Youth Insights (YI) held its Fall 2012 Orientation event in the Whitney Studio. Participants in our YI Leaders program played a special role as hosts for the new classes of YI teens. YI Leaders shared their past experiences as Artists or Writers, helped to greet and register new students, and gave advice on how to have the best time in YI.

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    A new class of YI takes over the Whitney Studio. Photograph by Jaclyn Cunningham

  • students making crafts at a table

    YI teens creating wearable art for the afternoon. Photograph by Jaclyn Cunningham

  • three students pose in front of a frame

    YI Leaders Rae Ann and Adena, with new Writer Daisy in the middle. Photograph by Jaclyn Cunningham

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    YI Leaders Michelle and Raymond with new Artist Arthur and new Writer Ayanna. Photograph by Jaclyn Cunningham

  • students write on a wall

    After a visit to Yayoi Kusama's _Fireflies on the Water_ installation, YI teens write and draw their impressions of the artwork. Photograph by Jaclyn Cunningham

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    The YI photo booth remained a hit throughout the afternoon. New Artist Asique with new Writer Christian and Leader Keyana. Photograph by Jaclyn Cunningham

After a few icebreakers, the teens were invited to view Yayoi Kusama’s Fireflies on the Water and encouraged to contribute to a group drawing in response to the installation. Artists and Writers were given a set of tasks to complete by the end of the afternoon. Tasks on their list included: “Take a photograph with a new Artist or Writer” and “Ask a leader for advice.” Two YI Leaders, Raymond and Ramsey, assisted with photographs of the afternoon and directed traffic at the photo station.

The event was a huge success! With such a wonderful group of teens and so many new friendships formed, the semester is off to a great start!

 By Jaclyn Cunningham, Youth Programs Intern