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About Whitney Education

Open Studio in the Hearst Artspace, 2015. Photograph by Filip Wolak

Open Studio in the Hearst Artspace, 2015. Photograph by Filip Wolak

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.

99 Objects public program in the Laurie M. Tisch Education Center, 2015. Photograph by Filip Wolak
Members of the music collective Camp & Street perform for teens in the Susan and John Hess Family Theater, 2015. Photograph by Filip Wolak
Kids pose while others sketch in the Hearst Artspace, 2015. Photograph by Filip Wolak
Teens in the Hearst Artspace with artist Dread Scott, 2015. Photograph by Filip Wolak

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.

According to Dewey, aesthetic experiences present us with unique opportunities to integrate perception and knowledge in profound and lasting ways. Our programming encourages visitors to slow down, look closely, and engage directly with works of art.

At the Whitney, we approach museum education as an experimental process in which art helps us to better understand the world around us and inspires creative thinking far beyond the Museum’s walls.

Whitney Education

The Education Department strives to make the Whitney a dynamic platform for audiences to experience art as integral to their own lives and the world around us. Whitney educators work in multifaceted ways as facilitators, translators, advocates, and producers as well as teachers. We are committed to an approach that privileges research, responsiveness, and reflection. As educators, we create opportunities for visitors with different needs, experiences, and interests to make meaningful connections with art. We challenge ourselves and our audiences to think creatively, embrace new ideas, and consider American art and culture in all its complexity.

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