The Whitney’s education department has been engaged in research, outreach, and an inclusive planning process as we get to know our downtown neighborhood.
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.Read more on the blog
“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
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.
Artist Tom Otterness talks about Life Underground (2001), his sculpture installation at the Fourteenth Street and Eighth Avenue subway station, commissioned by the Metropolitan Transit Authority. This station and artwork will serve as the transportation hub to the Whitney Museum’s new building, which will open in the Meatpacking District in 2015.