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Elementary school students looking at a sculpture in the Whitney Sculpture Court, May 2013. Photograph by Filip Wolak

We collaborate with teachers to provide inquiry-based programs that explore American art, artists, and culture in order to expand and enrich K−12 classroom learning, and foster curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking.

Connecting Collections participants having a discussion in the exhibition American Legends: From Calder to O’Keeffe, July 2013. Photograph by Filip Wolak

Check out For Teachers to explore materials and resources developed especially for K-12 audiences.

School Programs

Artists’ ideas are at the center of Whitney School programs. We ask K-12 students to think like artists and challenge them to be critical observers of their world. Through the careful examination of artists’ ideas, materials and processes, students consider the artist in multiple ways–as observer, rule-breaker, experimenter, storyteller, and witness to history.

School 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.