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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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OK Challenge

How do you work through challenging times and feelings? We’re looking for your creative ideas! OK You and the Portland Art Museum are teaming up to present the OK Challenge. We believe that high school students have the creativity and experience with complex emotions to be creative wellness leaders for other youth and for all of us. See the contest page for guidelines. All high school students in Oregon and Washington are welcome. Entries accepted through March 31, 2023.

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.

The Learning and Community Partnerships Department is not currently accepting applications to the Teacher Advisory Council. Please check back in May 2023 for information on how to apply for the 2023 – 2025 term.

2022-2023 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 Student Pass

College students can purchase the College Student Pass online for $25 and enjoy one year of admission to Museum exhibitions and programs. Faculty may purchase College Student Passes in bulk by contacting Hana Layson.

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

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

Upcoming Events

Evening for Educators: Hito Steyerl: This is the Future
Feb 15 @ 5:15 pm – 7:30 pm
Evening for Educators: Hito Steyerl: This is the Future

This is the Future, by the film and new media artist Hito Steyerl, explores a vibrant, imagined garden through an immersive environment of video projection, sculpture, and architectural intervention. Steyerl is one of the foremost artists offering critical reflections on the complexities of the digital world, global capitalism, and the implications of artificial intelligence (AI) for society. Join us for an educator program to deepen your understanding of Steyerl’s work, make connections to your teaching, and prepare for a class visit.

5:15 – 5:50 p.m.
Main Museum, 2nd floor
Self-guided visit to This is the Future. Please enter the museum on the courtyard side by the gift shop.

6 – 7:30 p.m.
Miller Gallery, Mark Building
Presentation and discussion with Sara Krajewski, The Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Senior Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art, and Learning and Community Partnerships staff.

Admission is free. Light refreshments provided. PDU credits available.

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