West Side Collaborative Middle School 250

The Whitney and West Side Collaborative (WSC) Middle School 250 worked together from 2009–2014 to develop innovative teaching practices centered on inquiry-based instruction and explore various approaches to arts integration. The goals of this partnership were to empower WSC students, staff, and parents to take advantage of the rich cultural resources available to them as residents of New York City.


Program Highlights
2014

Artist and student pointing at installation.

2014 Whitney Biennial artist Sergei Tcherepnin discusses his sound installation with seventh grade students, March 2014. Photograph by Andrew Kelly



Students holding board in front of painting.

Students lead a gallery activity at Parent Night, January 2014. Photograph by Filip Wolak



Students discussing artwork with parents in gallery.

Students lead a discussion in the galleries at Parent Night, January 2014. Photograph by Filip Wolak



2012

Students at table working on crafts.

Students work on a collaborative collage in the Whitney Studio, May 2012. Photograph by Lisa Libicki


Students sitting on gallery floor in front of art.

Students on a Guided Visit in the exhibition Wade Guyton OS, 2012. Photograph by Ai Wee Seow


Students and families standing in gallery.

Families, friends and teachers in the galleries at Parent Night, May 2012. Photograph by Erin Fitzgerald


2010

Educator sits up and explains in front of artwork.

A museum educator leads a writing activity in the galleries, 2010. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke


Two students on floor working together.

Students work on an activity together, 2010. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke


Students look at post it notes laid out by educator.

Students in the exhibition Georgia O’Keeffe: Abstraction, 2010. Photograph by Ai Wee Seow



2009

Girl with charcoals on hands holding up hands.

A student experiments with charcoal in the classroom, 2009. Photograph by Erin Fitzgerald


Looking through viewfinder, one eye closed.

A student uses a viewfinder in the galleries, 2009. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke


Student intently focused on her watercolor painting.

A student works with watercolor in the classroom, 2009. Photograph by Erin Fitzgerald