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Teens paint during a workshop

Teens participate in a special “Bad Painting” workshop, March 2016. Photograph by Andrew Kist

Teen Event 

Open Studio for Teens

July 22, 29

New York City teens are invited to a free drop-in art making program on Friday afternoons. Bring your works-in-progress or create something entirely new. All supplies are provided and no previous art experience is required—everyone is welcome!

July 22*, 29
1–4 pm

*On July 22, artist Elizabeth Jaeger will lead a special art-making workshop.

Free for teens. Upon entering the Museum, pick up a ticket from a teen volunteer in the lobby. Program will take place on Floor Three.

Families exploring art together

Families exploring art together, May 2016. Photograph by Andrew Kist

Family Programs 

Open Studio

Select Saturdays and Sundays

For families with kids of all ages

Get creative in the Whitney’s Hearst Artspace! Families are invited to make their own artworks based on works on view in current exhibitions. Each week we will offer a different art making project.

July 23–24, 30–31
10:30 am–3 pm

Free with Museum admission—skip the line and buy your admission ticket online in advance!

A portrait of artist Ron Athey by Catherine Opie.

Catherine Opie (b. 1961), Ron Athey, 1994. Chromogenic print. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Gift of Norman Dubrow. © Catherine Opie. Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles

Free Tours 

Queer Bodies

Free Tours

Join us for Queer Bodies, a tour exploring gender, sexuality, and LGBTQ perspectives in Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection.

Friday Nights:
July 29, 8 pm
August 26, 8 pm

Tours are free with Museum admission; no RSVP is required.

Room to Rise

The Lasting Impact of Intensive Teen Programs In Art Museums

Explore findings from a groundbreaking research and evaluation initiative investigating the long-term impacts of museum programs for teens.
Group of people look at a painting in the galleries
Participants in a community program with ELESAIR (English Language and Employment Services for Adult Immigrants and Refugees) discuss Jasper Johns, Three Flags, 1958. Photograph by Danielle Linzer

Art As Experience

In conjunction with the opening of the Laurie M. Tisch Education Center, the Whitney Education Department is inaugurating new and expanded programming designed to engage diverse audiences. A touchstone for the development of Whitney Education in our new location is the American philosopher and educator John Dewey (1859–1952) and his classic 1934 text Art as Experience.
A group of teens paint together

Teens work on a collaborative painting in the Hearst Artspace, Laurie M. Tisch Education Center, 2015. Photograph by Andrew Kist

The Laurie M. Tisch Education Center

For the first time in its history, the Whitney Museum has a dedicated space for education with the opening of the Laurie M. Tisch Education Center. Centrally located on the Museum’s Third Floor and adjacent to the Susan and John Hess Family Theater, the Education Center provides opportunities for museum educators to work in innovative ways, offering audiences drop-in programming, hands-on learning, and in-depth and interdisciplinary programming. The Laurie M. Tisch Education Center is a hub where visitors can engage with artists and enliven and enrich their museum experience.

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Upcoming Programs

Teens participate in a special "Bad Painting" workshop, March 2016. Photograph by Andrew Kist
Teen Event: New York City teens
1–4 PM
Catherine Opie (b. 1961), Ron Athey, 1994. Chromogenic print. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Gift of Norman Dubrow. © Catherine Opie. Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles
Free Tours
8 PM
Families exploring art together, May 2016. Photograph by Andrew Kist
Family Programs
10:30 AM–3 PM
Families exploring art together, May 2016. Photograph by Andrew Kist
Family Programs
10:30 AM–3 PM
Installation view of Mirror Cells (May 13—August 21, 2016). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Photograph by Genevieve Hanson, N.Y.
Public Programs
6:30–8:30 PM
Families exploring art together, May 2016. Photograph by Andrew Kist
Family Programs
10:30 AM–3 PM
Families exploring art together, May 2016. Photograph by Andrew Kist
Family Programs
10:30 AM–3 PM
Families exploring art together, May 2016. Photograph by Andrew Kist
Family Programs
10:30 AM–3 PM
Families exploring art together, May 2016. Photograph by Andrew Kist
Family Programs
10:30 AM–3 PM
Families exploring art together, May 2016. Photograph by Andrew Kist
Family Programs
10:30 AM–3 PM
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