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Professional Development

Workshops and lectures support integrating the arts into your teaching across disciplines and grade levels. Programs are free of charge and offer Professional Development Units (PDUs). All educators are welcome, K-12 through college as well as independent and nonprofit-based.

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Teacher Advisory Council

The Teacher Advisory Council includes educators across disciplines and grade levels (kindergarten through college). Council members collaborate with Education staff to promote meaningful student and teacher engagement with the Museum and to support arts integration across the curriculum. The Council meets four times each year. Members serve two-year terms.

The Education Department is not currently accepting applications to the Teacher Advisory Council. If you are interested in applying for the 2017–2019 term, please return to this webpage in May 2017 for application information or contact Hana Layson, Manager of School and Educator Programs, with questions.

2016-2017 Council Members (PDF)

Educator Membership Discount

The Museum is proud to offer educators discounts on all membership levels from Individual through Patron Society: 15% discount for one year or 30% discount for two years. Available online only. Please use the discount code EDU15 or EDU30. Proof of educator status may be requested at entry.

College Creative License

College students can purchase the College Creative License online for $20 and enjoy one year of admission to Museum exhibitions and programs, discounts to the Northwest Film Center, and more. Faculty may purchase College Creative Licenses in bulk by sending students’ first and last names, email addresses, and zip codes to Hana Layson.

Teachers in Training

Museum staff and docents lead programs for undergraduate and graduate classes to help future Oregon teachers integrate the Museum and the visual arts into their teaching. Please contact Hana Layson for more information.

Museum to You

Bring docents to your classroom for lively, in-depth arts engagement in advance of a Museum tour. Limited spaces available. Questions? Please contact Gabriella Linquist for more information.

Teen Programs

The Mythos Challenge is a Game Competition, Youth Council, and Workshop Series which  aims to inspire youth to create with modern technology and to connect with community.

Alternative Identities Youth Event: The Portland Art Museum hosts an annual event for queer youth and members of Gay-Straight Alliances throughout the metro area. See films made by Northwest teens, visit the galleries, dress up in the photo booth, make art, make friends, and have fun!


Upcoming Events

Evening for Educators: Constructing Identity @ Mark Building
Mar 15 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The special exhibition Constructing Identity brings together paintings, sculpture, prints, and drawings from the 1930s to the present by more than 80 African American artists. The exhibition addresses the historic underrepresentation of black artists in museums, providing a more complete understanding of African American art and its essential place in the history of American art over the last century. Constructing Identity confronts the legacy of slavery and celebrates the beauty, compassion, strength, and persistent culture of African Americans. Join us for a guided tour of the exhibition followed by a discussion of African American art and representation with Portland State University professors Lisa Jarrett (School of Art and Design) and d.a. carter (Black Studies).

5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.: The program begins in the exhibition after Museum hours. Come to the Hoffman Entrance on the north side of the Museum, by the gift shop.

6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.: Presentation and refreshments in the Miller Gallery, Mark Building.

The HeART of Portland: A Portland Public Schools K-12 Arts Showcase
Apr 12 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

HeART of PortlandOpening reception on April 12, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Exhibition, April 12 – 22, open during Museum hours
Miller Gallery, Mark Building

Thank you Portlanders for supporting the Arts Tax! The Portland Art Museum is proud to partner with Portland Public Schools to host the third annual HEART of Portland: A Portland Public Schools K-12 Arts Showcase. The showcase includes an exhibition of 80 works by PPS visual arts students and an opening reception with student performances. Please join us in celebrating arts education in Portland and the students and teachers who are at the center of this work.

No registration required. The showcase is free and open to the public.

Miller Family Free Day
Apr 22 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Avel de Knight, The Rehearsal, 1955
Avel de Knight (American, 1923–1995), The Rehearsal, 1955, oil on canvas, 33 x 45 in. © Estate of Avel de Knight.

In celebration of Constructing Identity, join us for a range of youth, artist, and community-driven programs exploring African-American art, identity, and culture. This free day is also organized in connection with The HEART of Portland: A Portland Public Schools K-12 Arts Showcase, which will be on view at the Museum from April 12-22.

An additional free day will take place on May 20 in celebration of Art Museum Day presented by AAMD.

Family Programs are generously supported in part by Sharon L. Miller and Family, the Gordon D. Sondland and Katherine J. Durant Foundation, the Lamb Baldwin Foundation, and the OCF Joseph E. Weston Public Foundation.