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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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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 2018 for application forms for the 2018–2020 term. Contact Hana Layson, Manager of School and Educator Programs, with questions.

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 Gabriella Linquist 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.

Alternative Identities Youth Event: The Portland Art Museum hosts an annual event for queer youth and members of Gay-Straight Alliances 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!


Upcoming Events

Evening for Educators: Fazal Sheikh: Common Ground
Mar 15 @ 5:15 pm – 7:30 pm
Evening for Educators: Fazal Sheikh: Common Ground @ Fields Sunken Ballroom, Mark Building

Human rights and dignity form the core of Fazal Sheikh’s photographs. For more than 25 years, he has worked with individuals rendered invisible by war, ethnic and religious strife, climate crises, and social banishment, inviting them to share their stories of unimaginable hardship and perseverance. Featuring works from eight of his series, Common Ground demonstrates Sheikh’s sustained attention to the displaced around the world, and his drive to amplify the voices of the marginalized through his documentary-based photographic practice. Join us for a panel discussion and workshop that will explore Sheikh’s powerful photography and make connections to Portland’s own refugee and immigrant communities.

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HeART of Portland: Opening Reception
Apr 12 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
HeART of Portland: Opening Reception

Exhibition: April 12 – 22, open during Museum hours
Miller Gallery, Mark Building

The Portland Art Museum is proud to partner with Portland Public Schools to host the fourth annual HeART of Portland: A Portland Public Schools K-12 Arts Showcase. The showcase includes an exhibition of works by PPS visual arts students and an opening reception with student performances. Please join us in celebrating arts education in Portland and the students and teachers who are at the center of this work.

No registration required. The showcase is free and open to the public.

In Dialogue: Artist as Citizen
Apr 15 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
In Dialogue: Artist as Citizen @ Trustee Room, Mark Building

With Wajdi Said, Executive Director, Muslim Educational Trust

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Common Ground: Photographs by Fazal Sheikh, 1989 – 2013

In Dialogue is an occasional series of interdisciplinary, discussion-based seminars that explore art on view at the Museum in relation to works in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. During the 2017–18 program year, we will investigate the idea of artist as citizen. How do artists participate in our social and political world through their artwork?

Tickets available soon.

The In Dialogue series is cosponsored by Portland State University–University Studies.

Educator and Student Programs Fall 2017 (PDF)