Finding Place: Art, Power, and Community

March 2, 2019 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Miller Gallery, Mark Building, and Museum Galleries

A Gathering for Educators Across Disciplines

Experience the museum as a space of expression and understanding. Share resources and ideas with fellow educators. Create and interact with art. Address issues of place, belonging, and equity in education and art. Connect the exhibition the map is not the territory to your teaching practices. Celebrate the joy of learning.

Including an opening program with Natchee Blu Barnd (Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies and Native American Studies at Oregon State University) exploring key concepts from the exhibition the map is not the territory, including decolonization, place/displacement, belonging, Oregon and the Northwest; teacher-facilitated workshops; experiences in the galleries; and art-making.


11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.: Creating Land, Power, and Belonging with Natchee Blu Barnd, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies and Native American Studies at Oregon State University
This workshop will engage participants with interactive activities to better understand decolonization, land and displacement, and how to implement concrete strategies for the classroom. We will consider: How do race, indigeneity, and culture intersect with geography and belonging?  How can we use text, images, and symbols to address cultural biases and dominance via place?  How can teachers use our power and influence to create a culture of belonging through spatial awareness?

12:15 – 1 p.m.: Lunch

1 – 2 p.m.: Introduction and visit to the exhibition the map is not the territory 

2 – 3:30 p.m.: Teacher-facilitated small-group workshops connecting ideas from Natchee Barnd’s workshop and the exhibition to teaching practices: Idea and lesson exchange, art-making, movement
*Note: Do you have an idea or activity relating to the program topics that you would like to facilitate? There will be opportunities to sign up to facilitate on the spot.

3:30 – 4 p.m.: Celebration and reflection

This program is free for all educators and students. Lunch will be provided. PDU credits are available.

Space is limited. Registration required.

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The exhibition the map is not the territory contains a multimedia piece that visitors are invited to move through in the Sculpture Court between the two lobbies. The piece features moving images projected onto scrims, walls, and floors. The exhibition space has low lighting, and the projection features bright lights. It also contains a soundtrack with ambient sound. Staff are happy to assist and if you have questions before you visit, email or call 503-226-2811.

This program is part of the Teacher Leadership Initiative made possible through a generous grant from the Fred W. Fields Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation.


The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for lectures. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall all-gender bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

We will do our best to accommodate your needs when you arrive, however, we need 2-3 weeks advance notice for some specific requests. Please email requests to, or call 503-226-2811.

Henry Tsang, Tansy Point (film still), 2019.
Henry Tsang (Canadian, born 1964 in Hong Kong; lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada). Tansy Point (film still), 2019, video installation (double projection of DCI video footage), dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.