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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

In Dialogue: Art, Power, And Identity
Jan 22 @ 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. This seminar will investigate power and identity through the special exhibition Corita Kent: Spiritual Pop. Exploring both sacred and commercial texts, as well as commentary from times of radical institutional change, we will endeavor to reimagine the familiar in language and religion for the intertwined purposes of resistance and delight. For best results, bring a copy of a familiar sacred text, preferably encountered in childhood.

Seminar facilitator Elizabeth Harlan-Ferlo is a poet, teacher, and the curator of Interfaith Muse, an events series that explores spiritual questions through civic dialogue and creative arts. She holds a Certificate in Contextual Theology and an MFA in Poetry, and served as an Episcopal school chaplain for nine years. In that role, she created extensive curricula on religion, social justice, and intercultural competency. Her poetry has been published in many literary journals including Fourteen Hills, Anglican Theological Review, and Tupelo Quarterly. She facilitates the conversation “In Good Faith” for the Oregon Humanities Conversation Project.

This series is co-sponsored by Portland State University–University Studies.

Space is limited. Registration required.

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

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