Community and culture were celebrated by an enthusiastic crowd of middle school students and their families at the Whitney Museum of American Art last Friday night. There, West Side Collaborative students became both docents guiding their families through museum exhibitions, as well as exhibiting artists with their own works of art on display. Thank you to the over 150 visitors in attendance.
The Whitney’s website describes West Side Collaborative as a middle school that challenges students to develop their innate curiosity and channel the energy of youth into the excitement of discovery. In this spirit, the school and museum have partnered for the last five years to develop innovative teaching practices centered on inquiry-based instruction and explore various approaches to arts integration. The collaboration originated in 2009 with a pilot program, Teach with O’Keeffe, and continues to grow. The encourage families to take advantage of the rich and vibrant cultural resources available to them as residents of New York City.
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