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Community

The Whitney’s Community Programs build sustained connections that go beyond the isolated museum visit, bringing art, ideas, and dialogue to classrooms, senior centers, and community-based organizations around the city. 

Community Programs

Who We Work With

A limited number of free programs are available for qualifying not-for-profit community-based groups and organizations. The Whitney seeks to promote local relationships that strengthen our immediate community by providing free or affordable programming to organizations with demonstrated need. We work with groups whose goals align with the mission and values of the Whitney Museum of Art, and who have the resources to support and benefit from collaboration.

What We Do

What We Do

A young architect shared her model for a museum of the future at Harvest Fest, Gansevoort Plaza, Meatpacking District, 2012. Photograph by Liza Zapol

What We Do

Children from the Regent Family Residence participated in a hands-on activity creating installations using colorful masking tape at the Museum, 2012. Photograph by Lisa Libicki

What We Do

Youth from FIERCE in artist Wu Tsang’s installation for the 2012 Whitney Biennial, 2012. Photograph by Danielle Linzer

What We Do

A senior from Greenwich House showcases her painting in a community exhibition at the Museum, 2012. Photograph by Emily Arensman

What We Do

After-school students at the Hudson Guild in Chelsea worked with Whitney ISP artist Xaviera Simmons on projects in a variety of media, 2012. Photograph by Mark Epstein

New Neighborhood Initiatives

In preparation for our move downtown in 2015, the Whitney Education Department has been engaged in research, outreach, and an inclusive planning process as we get to know our new neighborhood.  We have been learning from our neighbors as they tell us about their stories, needs, and interests, and piloting programs with a wide range of schools and community-based organizations in the area.

Community Programs Films

As Whitney Education anticipates the opening of the Whitney’s new building in 2015, we are learning about the history of the Meatpacking District. In this video series, we look at the intersection of art and place in our new community. We talk to Whitney artists about their projects in the neighborhood, who give us insight into art, change, and their thoughts about the Museum’s move. We also engage with our new neighbors, who share personal stories that contribute to making the Meatpacking District a vibrant destination.

Tom Otterness, Life Underground (2001)

Artist Tom Otterness talks about Life Underground (2001), his sculpture installation at the Fourteenth Street and Eighth Avenue subway station, commissioned by the Metropolitan Transit Authority. This station and artwork will serve as the transportation hub to the Whitney Museum’s new building, which will open in the Meatpacking District in 2015.

Downtown Pilot Programs

The Whitney’s downtown pilot programs establish new relationships by collaborating with a broad range of community-based organizations. These specialized programs enable participants to forge meaningful connections with the art and artists of the Whitney. 

Senior Programs

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.