K-12

School and educator programs use works of art in the Whitney’s collection and exhibitions to create a forum for ideas, debate, and exchange. Programs at the Museum and in the classroom offer students and teachers opportunities to explore American art while learning from artists and each other.

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School Programs

Guided Visits

Guided Visits for K-12 students are thematic gallery tours that build upon classroom learning. 


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Guided Visit + Studio

This program features a one-hour and ten-minute Guided Visit and a one-hour art-making workshop in the Hearst Artspace that explores materials and experiments with artistic processes.

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School Partnerships

We work with a small group of New York City schools to create long-term partnerships with the whole school community.


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Free for New York City public schools

Bring your students to explore the Whitney’s spring exhibitions. Guided Visits for K-12 students are thematic gallery tours that build upon classroom learning. 


Free Guided Student Visits for New York City Public and Charter Schools endowed by The Allen and Kelli Questrom Foundation.

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  • Chemi Rosado Seijo, Salón-Sala-Salón (Classroom/Gallery/Classroom), 2017. (Installation view March 13, 2017). Educational collaboration with the Lower Manhattan Arts Academy and instructor Julie Roinos. Courtesy Embajada, San Juan. Photograph Bill Orcutt

  • The Meat Grinder’s Iron Clothes, 2017 by Samara Golden. (Installation, 5th floor West Gallery). Insulation foamboard, extruded polystryrene, epoxy resin, carpet, vinyl, fabric, acrylic paint, spray paint, nail polish, plastic, altered found objects and mirror. 14 x 33 1/2 feet. 2017 Whitney Biennial ( March 17–June 11, 2017). Whitney Museum of American Art, N.Y. Photograph Bill Orcutt

  • Jon Kessler, Evolution, 2016. Mixed media with motors, surveillance camera, iPhone, and LCD screens, 96 × 75 ½ × 63 in. (243.8 × 191.8 × 160 cm). Collection of the artist; courtesy the artist and Salon 94, New York. Photograph Bill Orcutt

  • Shara Hughes (b. 1981), In The Clear, 2016. Oil and dye on canvas, 68 x 60 in. (172.7 x 152.4 cm). Collection of the artist; courtesy the artist and Rachel Uffner, New York

     

  • New York, 2015–ongoing. High-definition video, color, silent; 106 min.
    Courtesy the artist

  • Elizabeth Murray, _Druid_, 1979. Oil on shaped canvas, 55 13/16 × 55 3/8in. (141.8 × 140.7 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Gift of Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz 99.147 © 2016 The Murray-Holman Family Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, NY

  • Kenny Scharf, _When the Worlds Collide_, 1984. Oil and acrylic spray paint on canvas, 122 5/16 × 209 5/16 in. (310.7 × 531.7 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Purchase, with funds from Edward R. Downe, Jr. and Eric Fischl 84.44 © 2017 Kenny Scharf/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

  • Julia Wachtel, _Membership_, 1984. Oil on canvas, 66 x 81 in. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Purchase, with funds from the Painting and Sculpture Committee 2016.114 114 © Julia Wachtel; courtesy the artist and Elizabeth Dee New York. © Julia Wachtel

  • Leon Golub, White Squad I, 1982. Acrylic on linen, with metal grommets, 120 × 210in. (304.8 × 533.4 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Gift of the Eli Broad Family Foundation and purchase, with funds from the Painting and Sculpture Committee 94.67 Art © The Estate of Leon Golub, Licensed by VAGA, New York, N.Y.

  • Eric Fischl, A Visit To / A Visit From / The Island, 1983. Oil on canvas, 84 × 168in. (213.4 × 426.7 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Purchase, with funds from the Louis and Bessie Adler Foundation, Inc., Seymour M. Klein, President 83.17a b

  • Raúl de Nieves, beginning & the end, neither & the otherwise, betwixt & between, the end is the beginning & the end, 2016. Paper, wood, glue, acetates, tape, and beads, 195 x 456 5/16 in. (495.3 x 1159 cm). Collection of the artist; courtesy Company Gallery, New York. Photograph Bill Orcutt

  • Dana Schutz, Elevator, 2017. Oil on canvas, 144 × 180 in. (365.8 × 457.2 cm).
    Collection of the artist; courtesy Petzel Gallery, New York and Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin. Photograph Bill Orcutt


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Guided Visits are now offered in Spanish.

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New: Neighborhood Friends Initiative!

The Whitney is committed to being an integral part of our vibrant downtown community. In order to work more closely and deeply with K-12 schools in the area, we have started a new initiative called Neighborhood Friends. This initiative is open to all schools in District 2 and in Manhattan south of 23rd street.

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Educator Programs

For Teachers

Teachers can explore materials, activities, and resources developed especially for K–12 audiences. 

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Teacher Exchange

In this year-long professional development program, New York City teachers and Whitney educators learn from one another and exchange ideas about art and teaching.

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Teacher Guides

Biennial 2017 Teacher Guide cover.

Check out our Teacher Guides, designed for educators to use as a resource in the classroom before and after a visit to the Whitney. 


Download Our Social Narratives!

Prepare for your visit with our social narrative, which contains photographs and descriptions of what to expect on a Guided Visit or Guided Visit + Studio at the Whitney. Please note: this seventy-minute Guided Visit + Studio program is only for Access groups. 


Connect to the Common Core

Our programs have long supported classroom learning in the ways encouraged by the Common Core State Standards. 

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Thank You!

Annual support for School and Educator Programs in the Laurie M. Tisch Education Center is provided by the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation; The Pierre & Tana Matisse Foundation; Con Edison; and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Major endowment support is provided by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation and the Annenberg Foundation.

Free Guided Student Visits for New York City Public and Charter Schools endowed by The Allen and Kelli Questrom Foundation.

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