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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.

The Learning and Community Partnerships Department is not currently accepting applications to the Teacher Advisory Council. Please check back in May 2021 for information on how to apply for the 2021 – 2023 term.

2019-2020 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.

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

Upcoming Events

Writing Place: A Creative Writing Workshop Inspired by Ansel Adams in Our Time
May 23 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Writing Place: A Creative Writing Workshop Inspired by Ansel Adams in Our Time @ Online

This program is free, but space is limited. Registration required.

What makes place a meaningful element in a story or poem? How do you relate to the landscapes of the American West? When you hear the word landscape, what do you imagine? What makes a place significant to you? Join Write Around Portland and the Portland Art Museum for an online creative writing workshop exploring setting, place, and landscape, and drawing inspiration from works in the Ansel Adams in Our Time photography exhibition.

Based on the acclaimed Write Around Portland model, refined over 22 years, this workshop provides 90 minutes of facilitated, generative writing exercises, sharing, and strengths-based feedback. Good for both new and experienced writers. Open to all, ages 16+. Writers ages 13-15 are welcome with a parent or guardian.

Please bring your favorite journal and pen to write with!

Register now

Visit the exhibition in person before or after the workshop by reserving tickets. View the online exhibition.

Questions? Please contact Hana Layson at