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.
Get Updates About K–12 Programs
Interactive online lessons engage students with works of art from the Whitney's collection through. close looking exercises, guided discussions, and activities. These classes are taught by Museum educators via video conferencing.
Guided Visits for K-12 students are thematic gallery tours that build upon classroom learning.
Learn about our tour themes.
Guided Visit + Studio
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.
Book a Lesson
Sign-up up to explore the Whitney’s collection and current exhibitions through a Guided Visit or an Online Lesson. Programs are thematic and build upon classroom learning.
Teachers can explore programs, materials, activities, and resources developed especially for K–12 audiences and educators.
Ahora se ofrecen visitas guiadas en español
Guided Visits and Online Lessons are now offered in Spanish.
New: Neighborhood Friends Initiative!
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.
We work with a small group of New York City schools to create long-term partnerships with the whole school community.
Connect to the Common Core
Our programs have long supported classroom learning in the ways encouraged by the Common Core State Standards.
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.