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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.

2018-2019 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.


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

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

Upcoming Events

Apr
14
Sun
In Dialogue: the map is not the territory
Apr 14 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
In Dialogue: the map is not the territory @ Trustee Room, Mark Building

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. Over the next three months, we will take inspiration from ​the map is not the territory​ to consider timely and key exhibition themes and will be led by the facilitators below.

Decolonizing Art/Reframing Landscapes
Sara Siestreem (Hanis Coos, 1976-) is a master artist from the Umpqua River Valley on the South Coast of Oregon. Siestreem’s studio work is multi-disciplinary. Her primary language is painting, but she also works in photography, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, video, and traditional Indigenous weaving. Her art practice branches into education and institutional reform. Siestreem created and runs a weaving program for the Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians. She teaches Studio Arts and Indigenous Studies Courses at PSU and BFA Thesis at PNCA.

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

Space is limited. Registration required. Cost per session: $10 Members/$20 non-member and includes Museum admission.

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The exhibition the map is not the territory contains a multimedia piece that visitors are invited to move through in the Sculpture Court between the two lobbies. The piece features moving images projected onto scrims, walls, and floors. The exhibition space has low lighting, and the projection features bright lights. It also contains a soundtrack with ambient sound. Staff are happy to assist and if you have questions before you visit, email access@pam.org or call 503-226-2811.
Apr
16
Tue
Opening Reception: The HeART of Portland
Apr 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Thank you, Portlanders, for supporting the Arts Tax! The 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 80 works by PPS visual arts students and an opening reception with student performances. Hundreds of students will also participate in collaborative art projects inspired by the exhibition the map is not the territory and themes of belonging, place, identity, and decolonization. Please join us in celebrating arts education in Portland and the students and teachers who are at the center of this work.

The showcase is free and open to the public.

Apr
27
Sat
Miller Family Free Day: The HeART of Portland
Apr 27 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Join us for a range of youth programs in this annual daylong celebration organized in connection with The HeART of Portland: A Portland Public Schools K-12 Arts Showcase, on view April 15-28 at the Museum.

Schedule of events coming soon.

Family programs are generously supported in part by Sharon L. Miller and Family, the Gordon D. Sondland and Katherine J. Durant Foundation, the Lamb Baldwin Foundation, and the Joseph E. Weston Public Foundation.

May
5
Sun
In Dialogue: the map is not the territory
May 5 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
In Dialogue: the map is not the territory @ Trustee Room, Mark Building

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. Over the next three months, we will take inspiration from ​the map is not the territory​ to consider timely and key exhibition themes and will be led by the facilitators below.

Wood is the Mother of Matter
Facilitated by Sasha Archibald

As the works in the map is not the territory suggest, art has the power to shape new relationships between culture and nature. In its darker moments, however, art can also reinforce arrogance and chauvinism. Taking its title from an essay by the twentieth-century minimalist Carl Andre, this seminar will question the ways in which art history has been complicit in patterns of thinking that suggest the natural world exists only for human use and consumption.

Facilitator Bio
Sasha Archibald writes about shipwrecks, light, failed careers, renegade women, indexes, cats, and many other things. Her non-fiction essays about twentieth-century aesthetics and visual culture have appeared in magazines including Cabinet, The Believer, East of Borneo, Smithsonian.com, Rhizome and The Los Angeles Review of Books.  Archibald also works as a curator and arts worker, most recently as Director of Public Programs at Clockshop in Los Angeles. She teaches critical studies and art criticism at Pacific Northwest College of the Arts and Portland State University.  An essay by her will appear in the exhibition catalog for the map is not the territory.

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

Space is limited. Registration required. Cost per session: $10 Members/$20 non-member and includes Museum admission.

Purchase tickets

Educator Programs Fall 2018 (PDF)