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Chelsea Preparatory Public School 33

In a snapshot

Students engage in a movement activity, May 2013. Photograph by Filip Wolak
Third grade students visit the studio of artist Tom Otterness, June 2013. Photograph by Ai Wee Seow
A students sketches a work of art in Tom Otterness’ studio, June 2013. Photograph by Meredith Martin
Families from PS 33 Chelsea Prep participate in a family tour with a museum educator, 2014. Photograph by Ai Wee Seow
Students pose with 2014 Whitney Biennial artist, Diego LeClery, after an artist workshop, March 2014. Photograph by Meredith Martin
Second grade students work in the classroom, drawing their neighborhood based on works of art in the Whitney collection, 2013. Photograph by Ai Wee Seow

About the Partnership

On May 24, 2011, the Whitney broke ground on a new building at the corner of Washington and Gansevoort Streets in the Meatpacking District. The new building will provide essential new space for the Museum’s collection, exhibitions, and education and performing arts programs.

Our partnership with Chelsea Preparatory Public School 33 started in spring 2009 when the Museum began to think about engaging communities and building relationships with schools in our future neighborhood. We are excited to engage the Chelsea Prep community, connecting them to the art and artists in the Whitney’s collection and special exhibitions, and encouraging them to be active participants in this changing neighborhood. In the years leading up to the opening of the new building, we will familiarize staff, students, and families with the architect’s ideas and creative process, and the building’s innovative design.

About Chelsea Prep
Image courtesy of Renzo Piano Building Workshop in collaboration with Cooper, Robertson & Partners

Image courtesy of Renzo Piano Building Workshop in collaboration with Cooper, Robertson & Partners

Chelsea Prep PS 33 is less than a mile away from the Whitney’s new location! Both sites are connected by the High Line, an elevated park running through the West Side neighborhoods in lower Manhattan.

The new building, designed by architect Renzo Piano, will provide exciting opportunities to increase Education programming and become an essential new resource and destination for schools, community-based organizations, and general audiences in a neighborhood that currently has no major art museum.

Special Event! Artist Tom Otterness visits
PS 33 Chelsea Preparatory

Otterness shared his creative process and revealed his inspiration for various public art installations, June 2013. Photograph by Filip Wolak
Otterness shared his creative process and revealed his inspiration for various public art installations, June 2013. Photograph by Filip Wolak
During the artist talk, many students were eager to ask questions, June 2013. Photograph by Filip Wolak
During the artist talk, many students were eager to ask questions, June 2013. Photograph by Filip Wolak
Later that month, a group of third-grade students from PS 33 had the privilege of visiting Otterness’s studio in Gowanus, Brooklyn, June 2013. Photograph by Ai Wee Seow
Later that month, a group of third-grade students from PS 33 had the privilege of visiting Otterness’s studio in Gowanus, Brooklyn, June 2013. Photograph by Ai Wee Seow
During the visit, Otterness asked students to explore the studio on their own and sketch their favorite sculptures, June 2013. Photograph by Ai Wee Seow
During the visit, Otterness asked students to explore the studio on their own and sketch their favorite sculptures, June 2013. Photograph by Ai Wee Seow
A student sketching his favorite sculpture, June 2013. Photograph by Meredith Martin
A student sketching his favorite sculpture, June 2013. Photograph by Meredith Martin
Students listened attentively to Otterness as he revealed his artistic process, from inspiration to final work, June 2013. Photograph by Ai Wee Seow
Students listened attentively to Otterness as he revealed his artistic process, from inspiration to final work, June 2013. Photograph by Ai Wee Seow
Students presented gifts to the artist and thanked him for his time, June 2013. Photograph by Ai Wee Seow
Students presented gifts to the artist and thanked him for his time, June 2013. Photograph by Ai Wee Seow

Students at PS 33 Chelsea Preparatory, one of the Whitney’s partnership schools, had the unique opportunity to hear from artist Tom Otterness during his visit to the school on June 14, 2013. Everyone in the audience was familiar with the artist’s work, particularly his Life Underground series (2000) located in the West Fourteenth Street and Eighth Avenue subway station. The school is only a few blocks away.