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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.

Museum to You classroom visits have filled for the 2016-2017 school year. Fall 2017 Museum to You visits will be available to schedule after September 1.

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

In Dialogue: Art, Power, And Identity @ Trustee Room, Mark Building
May 14 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

In Dialogue is an occasional series of interdisciplinary, discussion-based seminars that explore art on view at the Museum in relation to works in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. The May seminar I Am Not Your Negro Woman: Intersectionality and the Black Female Subject will address some of the big ideas raised by the special exhibition Constructing Identity: Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art. Moving through a brief history of Black womanhood and its portrayal in the American imagination, this seminar will examine representations of Black female subjects in several works from the Collection, and consider the role of art in challenging or reproducing dehumanizing stereotypes. Claudia Rankine’s 2015 New York Times essay “The Condition of Black Life is One of Mourning” will help guide our discussion and emphasize its contemporary relevance to social justice movements, as will issues of representation, politics of respectability, and the close ties between commodification, capital, power, and privilege. Black women will be centered in our investigation, which will also explore evidence and documentation of African-American experience at large.

Seminar facilitator Béalleka has over 10 years’ experience as a university professor of literature and cultural studies specializing in intersectional identity and contemporary representations of American slavery. She left academia in 2015 to be a public educator, writer, and performer and offers diversity, equity, and inclusion training through her firm, Béalleka Consulting. Stay tuned for her co-hosted show, The Unlearning Podcast, dropping Summer 2017!

In preparation for the seminar, please spend time in the Constructing Identity exhibition and complete the following readings:

Claudia Rankine, “The Condition of Black Life is One of Mourning

Harriet Jacobs, Preface by the Author and Introduction by the Editor from Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. The full text is accessible at

A PDF of the reading will be provided on request. Please contact Hana Layson at

Space is limited. Registration required.

Educators, please enter the promo code EDUCATOR16 with Adult ticket type to receive your discount.

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