Community Partnerships

The Whitney's Community Partnerships are sustained, extended relationships that bring educators and artists into an organization for extended programming and promote the Museum as an essential resource.

The Door

The Door's mission is to empower young people to reach their potential by providing comprehensive youth development services in a diverse and caring environment. The Whitney develops collaborative programs that give participants the opportunity to learn, create, perform, and explore the Museum, making connections between their experiences and the Whitney’s art and artists. Our Art As A Second Language program engages out of status immigrant youth at The Door in a supportive bilingual art education environment.



The LGBT Center

The LGBT Center provides groundbreaking social service, public policy, educational and cultural/recreational programs for LGBT youth. The Whitney’s collaboration with Youth Enrichment Services (YES) at the Center includes multi-session workshops to explore LGBT themes in works in the Whitney’s collection and special exhibitions.

In 2011, the Whitney sponsored a multi-week artist's residency at the LGBT Center, bringing performers from the Streb Extreme Action dance company together with young people through YES to collaboratively choreograph a pop-action performance. Watch the performance on Whitney Stories.

Fulton Youth of the Future

The Robert S. Fulton Houses have provided affordable housing for low-income families and individuals in the Chelsea neighborhood since 1965. The Whitney partners with Fulton Youth of the Future, a grassroots organization that encourages kids to succeed in school and in the job market to reduce reliance on public assistance. Whitney workshops give youth the opportunity to learn about American art and artists and express themselves through hands-on art making in a range of media.


Opened in 1970 through funding provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and the J.M. Kaplan Foundation, Westbeth Artists’ Housing provides affordable living and working spaces for artists and their families. Programs with the Whitney have included a performance and installation by Yorgos Sapountzis involving residents of Westbeth and teens from the Whitney’s Youth Insights program, among others, in conjunction with the opening of Common Spaces, an exhibition curated by the Whitney’s Independent Study Program. 

Hudson Guild

Hudson Guild is a multi-service community agency serving those who live, work, or go to school in Chelsea, with a focus on those in need. Their mission is to create and sustain a strong, effective community that acknowledges and responds to the potential, achievements and interdependence of its diverse members. The Whitney provides ongoing art education opportunities, from free guided gallery tours for summer camp groups, to multi-week art making courses for adults and seniors.





We partner with community-based senior organizations to create customized programs that challenge seniors to actively engage with the Whitney’s collection and exhibitions, share ideas, and relate what they learn to their own lives and experiences. Interactive slide-based lectures at senior centers and homes provide a special preview of upcoming exhibitions and a comprehensive learning experience around an array of Whitney-related topics. The Whitney’s Senior Studio Art Programs offer an accessible, collaborative environment in which seniors share in a hands-on process of creative expression.

Greenwich House
Partner Since 1996

Greenwich House Senior Center has partnered with the Whitney to offer customized programs that challenge seniors to actively engage with the Whitney’s collection and exhibitions, share ideas, and relate what they learn to their own lives and experiences.  These programs have included free 6-week collage courses, art-making workshops, and museum visits.

Hudson Guild Fulton Center
Partner Since 1996

Hudson Guild Fulton Center’s seniors enjoy interactive slide-based lectures and sustained studio art courses that offer inroads to the diversity and richness of the Whitney’s collections and exhibitions.

Hamilton Madison House

Located in Chinatown/Lower East Side Two Bridges neighborhoods, Hamilton-Madison House delivers critical, timely and culturally appropriate services for all stages of life. Seniors regularly attend the Whitney’s Open Access days and have participated in artmaking workshops at their center.

Penn South Program for Seniors
Partner Since 2007

Penn South Program for Seniors, founded in 1986, is the first program of its type in the US. Located at the Penn South co-op in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, it is a naturally occurring retirement community (NORC).  The Whitney has worked with Penn South since 2007 to offer a diverse range of art-making workshops, slide talks, and courses to resident seniors. 

Henry Street Settlement Senior Center

Henry Street Settlement offers a variety of arts, social services, and healthcare programs designed to promote the independence and wellbeing among the growing population of culturally diverse seniors on the Lower East Side. The Whitney partners with Henry Street to provide guided tours and artmaking programs.

Sage Center
Partner Since 2012

Serving hundreds of LGBT older adults throughout New York City, the SAGECenter and the Whitney have been community partners since its founding in 2012. The Whitney is pleased to extend its comprehensive range of free multi-session art-making programs for LGBT elders.