K-12

School and educator 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.

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Guided Visits for K-12 students are thematic gallery tours that build upon classroom learning. 


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This program features a one-hour and ten-minute Guided Visit and a one-hour art-making workshop in the Hearst Artspace that explores materials and experiments with artistic processes.

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We work with a small group of New York City schools to create long-term partnerships with the whole school community.


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Bring your students to explore the Whitney’s spring exhibitions. Guided Visits for K-12 students are thematic gallery tours that build upon classroom learning. 


Free Guided Student Visits for New York City Public and Charter Schools endowed by The Allen and Kelli Questrom Foundation.

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  • Herman Trunk, Jr., (1894‑1963).  Mount Vernon, 1932.  Oil on canvas, 34 1/4 × 46 1/16in. (87 × 117 cm).  Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase  33.26.  With Permission of The Herman Trunk, Jr. Foundation

  • Three American flags on top of each other.

    Jasper Johns (b. 1930), Three Flags, 1958. Encaustic on canvas, 30 5/8 x 45 1/2 x 4 5/8 in. (77.8 x 115.6 x 11.7 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from the Gilman Foundation, Inc., The Lauder Foundation, A. Alfred Taubman, Laura–Lee Whittier Woods, Howard Lipman, and Ed Downe in honor of the Museum's 50th Anniversary 80.32. Art © Jasper Johns/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

  • Hopper's iconic painting of empty street scene.

    Edward Hopper (1882–1967), Early Sunday Morning, 1930. Oil on canvas, 35 3/16 × 60 1/4 in. (89.4 × 153 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney 31.426. © Heirs of Josephine N. Hopper, licensed by the Whitney Museum of American Art. Digital image © Whitney Museum of American Art

  • Close up view of smokestacks

    Elsie Driggs (1895-1992), Pittsburgh, 1927. Oil on canvas, 34 1/4 × 40 1/4in. (87 × 102.2 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art; gift of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney 31.177 © Estate of Elsie Driggs

  • Black and white photograph of protesters with black rectangles covering their signs.

    Annette Lemieux (b. 1957), Black Mass, 1991. Latex, acrylic, and oil on canvas, 95 13/16 × 105 × 1 13/16 in. (243.4 × 266.7 × 4.6 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; promised gift of Emily Fisher Landau P.2010.173. © Annette Lemieux

  • Handwritten text that says "Relocate Destroy" in black and red.

    Edgar Heap of Birds (b. 1954), Relocate Destroy, In Memory of Native Americans, In Memory of Jews, 1987from the series American Policy. Pastel on paper, 22 × 29 13/16 in. (55.9 × 75.7 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of Dorothee Peiper-Riegraf and Hinrich Peiper 2007.91

  • A room filled with golden pictures with text.

    Daniel Joseph Martinez (b. 1957), Divine Violence, 2007. Automotive paint on wooden panels, 153 × 275 × 187 in. (388.6 × 698.5 × 475 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, with funds from the Painting and Sculpture Committee, with additional funds from Neil Bluhm, Melva Bucksbaum, Philip Geier, Jr., Nicki Harris, Allison Kanders and Pamela Sanders  2008.289a-d

  • Installation view of An Incomplete History of Protest: Selections from the Whitney’s Collection, 1940–2017

    Installation view of An Incomplete History of Protest: Selections from the Whitney’s Collection, 1940–2017 (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, August 18, 2017–). From left to right: Suzanne Lacy, Learn Where the Meat Comes From, 1976; Guerrilla Girls, Guerrilla Girls Review the Whitney, 1987; Felix Gonzalez-Torres, “Untitled”, 1989; AA Bronson, Felix Partz, June 5, 1994, 1994/1999. Photograph by Ron Amstutz

  • Pastel drawing of hands and letters.

    Toyin Ojih Odutola (b. 1985),  Winter Dispatch, 2016. Pastel, charcoal and graphite on paper, 29 1/4 × 39 1/2 in. (74.3 × 100.3 cm) ©Toyin Ojih Odutola.  Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

  • Mixed media artwork.

    Jimmie Durham (b. 1940), Various Elements from the Actual World, 2009. Acrylic and oil paint, Formica, gold leaf, wool  mittens, leather glove, various stones, paper, Egyptian wedding canopy, buttons made of mussels from the Mississippi River, shards of glass from Rome, chestnut wood, ink.  93 ½ × 118 ⅛ in. (250 × 300 cm). Collection of Lonti Ebers, New York City. Image courtesy of kurimanzutto, Mexico City

  • Sculpture with found domestic objects.

    Jimmie Durham (b. 1940), Something…Perhaps a Fugue or an Elegy, 2005. Cameras, television, VHS player, amplifier, tripod, steel pipes, hardware, PVC pipes, plastic, rope, acrylic paint, pine, seashell, brass heads, cast marble-dust head, oak box, glass bottle, wood furniture parts, tree branches, tire, mirrors, metal lock, metal chains, lights, wires, plywood pallets, armadillo shell, cow skull and bones, ink on paper. 71 × 275 ½ x 63 in. (180 × 700 × 160 cm). Fondazione Morra Greco, Naples, Italy. Image courtesy of kurimanzutto, Mexico City

  • Papier-mâché sculpture of a head

    Jimmie Durham (b. 1940), Head, 2006. Wood, papier-mâché, hair, seashell, turquoise, metal tray. 10 × 16 × 16 in. (25 × 40 × 40 cm). Fondazione Morra Greco, Naples, Italy. Image courtesy of kurimanzutto, Mexico City

  • Laura Owens, Untitled, 1997. Oil, acrylic, and airbrushed oil on canvas, 96 × 120 in. (243.8 × 304.8 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; promised gift of Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner  P.2011.274. © Laura Owens

  • Laura Owens, Untitled, 1998. Acrylic on canvas, 66 x 72 in. (167.6 x 182.9 cm). Collection of the artist. Courtesy the artist / Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York and Rome; Sadie Coles HQ, London; and Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne. © Laura Owens

  • painting of a white horse

    Laura Owens, Untitled, 2004.  Acrylic and oil on linen, 66 x 66 in. (167.6 x 167.6 cm). Collection of Nina Moore. © Laura Owens


Guided Visits are now offered in Spanish.

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The Whitney is committed to being an integral part of our vibrant downtown community. In order to work more closely and deeply with K-12 schools in the area, we have started a new initiative called Neighborhood Friends. This initiative is open to all schools in District 2 and in Manhattan south of 23rd street.

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Educator Programs

Teachers can explore materials, activities, and resources developed especially for K–12 audiences. 

Explore for Teachers

In this year-long professional development program, New York City teachers and Whitney educators learn from one another and exchange ideas about art and teaching.

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Check out our Teacher Guides, designed for educators to use as a resource in the classroom before and after a visit to the Whitney. 


Download Our Social Narratives!

Prepare for your visit with our social narrative, which contains photographs and descriptions of what to expect on a Guided Visit or Guided Visit + Studio at the Whitney. Please note: this seventy-minute Guided Visit + Studio program is only for Access groups. 


Connect to the Common Core

Our programs have long supported classroom learning in the ways encouraged by the Common Core State Standards. 

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Thank You!

Annual support for School and Educator Programs in the Laurie M. Tisch Education Center is provided by the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation; The Pierre & Tana Matisse Foundation; Con Edison; and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Major endowment support is provided by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation and the Annenberg Foundation.

Free Guided Student Visits for New York City Public and Charter Schools endowed by The Allen and Kelli Questrom Foundation.

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