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.
ELESAIR (English Language and Employment Services for Adult Immigrants and Refugees) is a YMCA program at the Guadalupe Church on 14th Street and one of the city’s largest community-based Adult Literacy programs. The Whitney’s ESOL programs with ELESAIR have explored strategies for using American art to support English language learning for immigrants and refugees, engaging new Americans and speakers of other languages in conversation, writing, and art-making inspired by our collection and exhibitions.
FIERCE builds the leadership of LGBTQ youth of color and seeks to preserve the West Village and West Side piers as a safe space for queer communities. The Museum collaborates with FIERCE to find connections between Whitney artists and exhibitions and their mission.
The Housing Works West Village Health Center is the organization’s oldest health center in New York City. The Whitney works with recreational art therapists in their adult day treatment program to provide free art-making workshops and museum visits for adults affected by HIV and AIDS.
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.
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.
Pure Vision Arts works with adult artists on the autism spectrum; all of the artists have their own distinct style as well as preferred subject matter and medium. The Whitney's four-session program with Pure explored the process of transformation in the 2014 Biennial exhibition.
Village Care is a community-based, not-for-profit organization serving persons living with HIV/AIDS, seniors, and individuals in need of continuing care and rehabilitation services. In Spring 2014, the Whitney conducted a three-part program with the Village Care AIDS Day Treatment Center in Chelsea. The program was designed to address issues of identity that clients were working on in their art therapy sessions.
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 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’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.
Serving hundreds of LGBT older adults throughout New York City, the SAGE Center 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.
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.