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

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

Please check back starting in early August to arrange for K-12 Guided Visits for the fall. 

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

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  • A sculpture with paper bag handles and red printed images of protest crowds.

    Tomashi Jackson, Sideways / Side Eye (Peach Shape), 2018. Silkscreen, oil, and acrylic, on gauze, canvas, and paper, 39 × 32 in. (99.1 × 81.3 cm). Schwartz Art Collection, Harvard Business School, Cambridge, MA. Image courtesy the artist and Tilton Gallery, New York. Photograph by Adam Reich

  • A painting of football players kneeling during the National Anthem.

    Kota Ezawa, National Anthem (Denver Broncos), 2018. Watercolor on paper, 9 × 19 in. (22.9 × 48.3 cm). Image courtesy the artist and Haines Gallery, San Francisco

  • A painting of street art on the side of a building.

    Eddie Arroyo, 5825 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33137, 2017. Acrylic on canvas, 28 × 36 in. (71.1 × 91.4 cm). Image courtesy the artist and Spinello Projects, Miami. Photograph by Eddie Arroyo

  • Joseph Stella, The Brooklyn Bridge: Variation on an Old Theme, 1939. Oil on canvas, overall: 70 1/4 × 42 3/16 in. (178.4 × 107.2 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Purchase 42.15

  • A painting of 4 people in an abstracted space.

    Charles Henry Alston, The Family, 1955. Oil on canvas, 48 3/16 × 35 13/16 in. (122.4 × 91 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art; purchase, with funds from the Artists and Students Assistance Fund 55.47

  • Pastel pink and blue abstract oil painting of flower.

    Georgia O’Keeffe (1887–1986), Music, Pink and Blue No. 2, 1918. Oil on canvas, 35 × 29 1/8 in. (88.9 × 74 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of Emily Fisher Landau in honor of Tom Armstrong 91.90. © Georgia O’Keeffe Museum/Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photograph by Sheldan C. Collins

  • Hopper's iconic painting of empty street scene.

    Edward Hopper, 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 VAGA, New York, NY

  • Close up view of smokestacks

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

Guided Visits are now offered in Spanish.

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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

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

Explore for Teachers

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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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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