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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Sign Up For Camp Tours Now!

Guided by Museum educators, tours for K-12 camp groups use works of art in the Whitney’s collection and exhibitions to create a forum for ideas, debate, and exchange.

The Whitney Museum's camp group tours will begin Monday, July 10 and will run until Friday, August 18. Please check back starting in mid-August to arrange for K-12 Guided Visits for the fall.


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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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  • Alexander Calder (1898–1976), The Arches, 1959. Sheet metal and paint, 106 × 107 1/2 × 87 in. (269.2 × 273.1 × 221 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of Howard and Jean Lipman 82.44a-e. © 2017 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

  • Alexander Calder (1898–1976), Hanging Spider, c. 1940. Sheet metal, wire, and paint, 49 1/2 × 35 1/2 in. (125.7 × 90.2 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Mrs. John B. Putnam Bequest 84.41. © 2017 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

  • Alexander Calder (1898–1976), Snake and the Cross, 1936. Sheet metal, wood, rod, wire, string, and paint, 81 × 51 × 44 in. (205.7 × 129.5 × 111.8 cm). Calder Foundation, New York. © 2017 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

  • Alexander Calder (1898–1976), Whip Snake (Snake on the Post), 1944. Bronze, 24 1/4 × 24 1/2 × 24 7/8 in. (61.6 × 62.2 × 63.2 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from the Howard and Jean Lipman Foundation, Inc. 70.3a-b. © 2017 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

  • Alexander Calder (1898–1976), Aluminum Leaves, Red Post, 1941. Painted sheet metal, 60 3/4 x 40 3/4 x 42 1/2 in. (154.3 x 103.5 x 108 cm). The Lipman Family Foundation; long-term loan to the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York T.1996.7. © 2017 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photograph by Brian Kelley, courtesy Calder Foundation, New York / Art Resource, New York.

  • Elsie Driggs (1895-1992), Pittsburgh, 1927. Oil on canvas, 34 1/4 × 40 1/4in. (87 × 102.2 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art; gift of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney 31.177

  • Elizabeth Catlett (1915-2012), My right is a future of equality with other Americans, 1947, printed 1989, from I am the Negro woman (re-titled The Black Woman, 1989). Linoleum cut: sheet, 10 5/16 × 7 1/2 in. (26.2 × 19.1 cm); image (irregular), 9 1/8 × 6 1/8 in. (23.2 × 15.6 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, with funds from the Print Committee 95.203 Art © Catlett Mora Family Trust/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

  • Archibald J. Motley Jr. (1891-1981), Gettin’ Religion, 1948. Oil on canvas, 40 x 48 3/8 in. (101.6 x 122.9 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, Josephine N. Hopper Bequest, by exchange 2016.15

  • Edward Hopper (1882–1967), Early Sunday Morning, 1930. Oil on canvas, 35 3/16 × 60 1/4 in. (89.4 × 153 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, with funds from Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney 31.426 © Heirs of Josephine N. Hopper, licensed by the Whitney Museum of American Art

  • Herman Trunk, Jr., (1894‑1963).  Mount Vernon, 1932.  Oil on canvas, 34 1/4 × 46 1/16in. (87 × 117 cm).  Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase  33.26.  With Permission of The Herman Trunk, Jr. Foundation

  • Jasper Johns (b. 1930), Three Flags, 1958. Encaustic on canvas, 30 7/8 × 45 1/2 × 5 in. (78.4 × 115.6 × 12.7 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; 50th Anniversary Gift of the Gilman Foundation Inc., The Lauder Foundation, A. Alfred Taubman, Laura-Lee Whittier Woods, and purchase 80.32. Art © Jasper Johns / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY


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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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