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Teach with O’Keeffe is a collaborative educational research project between three museums: Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.; and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The project, which began in September 2009 and continued through July 2010, included the study, publication, and dissemination of each museum’s educational and interpretive approaches to the exhibition, Georgia O’Keeffe: Abstraction.
For the purpose of this project, the Whitney chose to collaborate with West Side Collaborative. In the fall 2009 semester, Museum educators worked closely with a team of eight English teachers to design and implement an arts-integrated curriculum centered around the Whitney’s exhibition, Georgia O’Keeffe: Abstraction. Through museum visits and classroom projects, one hundred and thirty sixth- and seventh-grade students explored O’Keeffe’s artistic process, the development of her abstract work, and connections between her art and their own lives.