Neighborhood Initiatives

The Whitney’s education department has been engaged in research, outreach, and an inclusive planning process as we get to know our downtown neighborhood. 

WECAN members take a hard hat tour of the Whitney’s new building, 2013. Photograph by Rich Flood.

WECAN: our neighborhood network downtown

The Whitney Education Community Advisory Network (WECAN) is a group of local residents, teachers, parents, and representatives from social service providers and community-based organizations in the Whitney’s neighborhood in downtown Manhattan. Through regular meetings of WECAN, we involve our neighbors in an ongoing dialogue exploring ways that the Whitney can be an essential resource for this diverse and dynamic community.

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Words from a participant

“Art in our community is kind of removed from the people who need it the most. It’s more of a business, and there are many amazing galleries . . . that we don’t have any access to. It’s important to make art more accessible to the people in the community because once it is accessible, the community changes.” 

—Meg Lyons, Teacher at Chelsea Prep: PS 33

Video Series: Tours of the Meatpacking District

In this series of videos, join Whitney artists and educators in exploring our vibrant neighborhood. These short vignettes reveal the overlapping ecosystems and histories of the Meatpacking District, from mollusks and meathooks to piers and performances.

Community Partnerships

The Whitney has established relationships by collaborating with a broad range of community-based organizations. Specialized programs are designed to enable participants to forge meaningful connections with the Whitney’s art and artists.

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