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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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Summer Teacher Leadership Fellows

With generous support from the Oregon Community Foundation, the Portland Art Museum is proud to offer two, paid Summer Teacher Leadership Fellow positions in 2018. Fellows have the opportunity to get to know the Museum, explore its collections and resources, and envision ways to integrate Museum content into classroom learning. They are responsible for developing teaching resources for use in the Museum and the classroom, while building leadership skills and connecting with Museum practices. Fellows are in residence at the Museum for four weeks over the summer.

The 2018 application period is currently closed. Please check back in spring 2019 for information on how to apply.

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 accepting applications to join the Teacher Advisory Council at this time. Please check back in May 2019 for information on how to apply.

2017-2018 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. 4 weeks advance notice required. Questions? Please contact Alex Haynes 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.

POWER UP: LGBTQ+ Youth Event: The Portland Art Museum hosts an annual event for queer youth and members of GSA/QSAs 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! Check the Educator Programs calendar for updates on coming events.

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


Upcoming Events

Flowers of Performance: Workshop on Japanese Noh Traditional Theatre
Sep 30 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Flowers of Performance: Workshop on Japanese Noh Traditional Theatre @ Fields Sunken Ballroom, Portland Art Museum

This event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. 

The Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, in partnership with the Portland Art Museum, is pleased to present an evening of Traditional Japanese Noh Theatre led by TAKEDA Tomoyuki, an active performer from one of the most prestigious schools of Noh, the Kanze School. Established in the fourteenth century, Noh is characterized by austere simplicity of performance and profoundly poetic plots. Takeda-sensei and his associates will introduce Noh staging and performance, including demonstrations of chanting and costuming. The workshop will culminate in a performance of excerpts from the play, Hanjo (“Lady Ban”), a tale of true love between a courtesan and courtier. Audiences will have the opportunity to take part in a chanting sequence, and to learn about costumes through dressing demonstrations.

Seating is limited. Be sure to reserve your ticket today!

This workshop is part of a four-day workshop event on Noh Theatre, to be held at the University of Oregon, the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, and the Portland Art Museum. For other workshops, please check:

This series of workshops is made possible through generous support from the following: the Asian Studies Program, the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, the College of Arts & Sciences, the Oregon Humanities Center, the Sally Claire Haseltine Endowed Fund in Art History, and the Yoko McClain Fund at the University of Oregon; a Mini Grant for Japanese Arts & Culture from the Los Angeles Office of the Japan Foundation; and the Portland Art Museum.

Educator and Student Programs 2017-2018 (PDF)