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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. Fall 2020 Educator Programs will be held exclusively online.

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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 Museum 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.

Join the Teacher Advisory Council! We are currently accepting applications for the 2021 – 2023 term. Please return this form along with your resume to Hana Layson by Wednesday, June 23.

2020-2021 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.


Museum to You

Bring docents to your classroom for lively, in-depth arts engagement in advance of a Museum tour.
This program has been temporarily suspended due to Covid-19 restrictions. We look forward to resuming post-pandemic.


Questions about Portland Art Museum programs for educators and students? Contact Hana Layson, Manager of Youth and Educator Programs.

Programs
Members of the Teacher Advisory Council and PAM Education staff (plus one special guest).

Upcoming Events

Aug
9
Mon
Remembering the 2016 Forest Grove High School Walkouts and Latinx Student Activism
Aug 9 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Remembering the 2016 Forest Grove High School Walkouts and Latinx Student Activism @ Online

RSVP here

On May 19, 2016, over 600 students staged a walkout at Forest Grove High School in response to racially-charged incidents on campus. By lunch time, thousands of students from across Oregon had walked out in support of #StandUpFG, the hashtag used by Latinx youth activists to represent their movement. In this session, Israel Pastrana, 2021 history and culture guest curator at Five Oaks Museum and PCC Ethnic Studies professor, will share about the upcoming museo ambulante (walking museum) and how to connect with Latinx youth activism in the classroom.

Presented by Five Oaks Museum.

This program is part of Memory and Public Space: An Educator UnConference.

Aug
21
Sat
HISTORY IS NOW
Aug 21 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
HISTORY IS NOW @ 235 Northwest Park Avenue

In-Person Event; Register Here
Tour begins at 235 Northwest Park Avenue, Portland

Take a memory-activism walk on the North Park Blocks, and immerse yourself in Oregon’s silenced histories, as told by underrepresented and historically marginalized communities. Vanport Mosaic, in collaboration with Design as Protest collective and a number of groups, individuals, and cultural institutions, is activating a series of vacant storefront windows with history displays that celebrate communities’ strength and inspire us to join in solidarity and action. Tour facilitated by Allan Lazo of the Fair Housing Council of Oregon. View more information on this exhibition.

Presented by Vanport Mosaic and partners.

This program is part of Memory and Public Space: An Educator UnConference.

Aug
26
Thu
Prototypes
Aug 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Prototypes @ 1010 Northwest Flanders Street

Opening Wednesday, August 26 at 6 p.m. and on view through October 9
In-Person Event; No registration required.

Prototypes is a physical container for the discussions, debates, reflections, and questions posed by Converge 45’s Portland’s Monuments & Memorials Project (PMMP), which for the past eight months has brought people together to consider the conditions and impacts of public monuments, including those that have been removed and those that should be built. The exhibition highlights Oregon artists engaged in the national reckoning over our markers of history that compound racial injustice and social inequity and asks, What is an appropriate monument or memorial for this time and place? What monument or memorial would you want in your neighborhood?

Presented by Converge 45.

This program is part of Memory and Public Space: An Educator UnConference.

Aug
27
Fri
Paseo
Aug 27 @ 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Paseo @ South Parks Blocks + Director Park

Friday, August 27 from 4-10 p.m. and Saturday, August 28 from 1-9 p.m.
In-Person Event; No registration required

A series of evening “walks” to bring our oldest parks to life. A community gathering to heal our downtown by honoring and celebrating our collective creativity, mutual aid, and resiliency. Great food, artisan markets, music, performance, and art. Portland Parks Foundation’s gift to the city in honor of our 20th Anniversary.

Presented by Portland Parks Foundation.

This program is part of Memory and Public Space: An Educator UnConference.

Aug
28
Sat
Paseo
Aug 28 @ 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Paseo @ South Parks Blocks + Director Park

Friday, August 27 from 4-10 p.m. and Saturday, August 28 from 1-9 p.m.
In-Person Event; No registration required

A series of evening “walks” to bring our oldest parks to life. A community gathering to heal our downtown by honoring and celebrating our collective creativity, mutual aid, and resiliency. Great food, artisan markets, music, performance, and art. Portland Parks Foundation’s gift to the city in honor of our 20th Anniversary.

Presented by Portland Parks Foundation.

This program is part of Memory and Public Space: An Educator UnConference.

Aug
31
Tue
Asian American Photographers on Memory and Place
Aug 31 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Asian American Photographers on Memory and Place @ Online

Register here

As Chinatowns in the United States dwindle and face erasure, the work of Asian American photographers have always helped protect traditional and unconventional monuments of our cultural heritage. Sometimes their work serves as a powerful reminder of what we have lost and other times their photography actually saves what might have been erased. A panel of photographers will present their work and offer personal descriptions to show the complex roles of memory and monument in their art. Maurice Berger once wrote that Dean Wong’s photographs “remind us that despite the stubborn, stereotypical view of Chinatowns as places of vibrant exoticism, they continue to serve an important social function as gateways and homes to new immigrants, as guardians of art, history and heritage, and as refuge from discrimination.

Presented by Portland Chinatown Museum.

This program is part of Memory and Public Space: An Educator UnConference.