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Workshops and Professional Development

Every month, we offer a variety of professional development workshops for artists who teach. These include the Teaching Artist Studio, the TA Studio Workshop Series, and the additional workshops for teaching artists.

Upcoming Workshops

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Deepening Inquiry: A Questioning Lab

A Teaching Artist Studio Workshop 

Register by 5pm, February 8. Click here to begin.

Time: 12:00pm-4:30pm

Where: Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave

How can teaching artists help students own their learning? What kinds of questions lead to rich observations and ideas, and strengthen metacognitive skills?

In this workshop, we will use artworks at the museum to explore ways to structure open questions that build student engagement, provoke meaningful inquiry, and assess for understanding. Participants will learn questioning strategies and will have an opportunity to put them into practice in live time with other teaching artists.

Led by Tony Fuemmeler and Briana Linden

Limit: 24 Participants

$20 for Community Teaching Artists, RBI Teaching Artists, and the general public
Free to YA roster artists and 2018-19 TA Studio Cohort


 Saturday, March 9, 2019

Foundations of Trauma-Informed Care for Teaching Artists

Registration opens January 2019

Time: 9:00-1:00pm

Where:Young Audiences, 1220 SW Morrison, Suite 1000

Building on a foundation created by Trauma Informed Oregon, participants will gain a greater understanding of trauma, how it impacts behavior, and ways to recognize and respond that seek to avoid re-traumatization. We will then look at the specific opportunities and challenges that exist for Teaching Artists to work in a trauma-informed approach: How can we address the challenges? How can we embed the opportunities into arts residencies?

Led by Maia McCarthy

Limit: 25 Participants

$20 for Community Teaching Artists and the general public
Free to YA roster artists 


Past 2018-19 Workshops

Friday, January 18, 2019

Creativity and Core Standards

A Teaching Artist Studio Workshop 

Registration is now closed

Time: 9:00am-1:00pm

Where: Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave

Where are there creative opportunities to help build skills teachers are asked to address in other content areas?
How can the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) relate to the arts?

Investigate methods for incorporating these standards in your lesson design, and get tools to uncover natural connections to concepts and skills in your art discipline.

Led by Briana Linden and Amy Gray

Limit: 24 Participants

$20 for Community Teaching Artists, RBI Teaching Artists, and the general public
Free to YA roster artists and 2018-19 TA Studio Cohort


Thursday, January 10, 2019

Taxes for Teaching Artists

Registration is closed.

Time: 6:00-7:30pm

Where:Young Audiences, 1220 SW Morrison, Suite 1000

Income tax issues for the Creative Professional. Working from a prior PowerPoint presentation, Michael Davidson and Carol Wild will discuss tax law and the implications of the TCJA [The Tax Cut and Jobs Act] for both the freelance and employed creative professional. They will cover interesting and entertaining issues not encountered by the ordinary taxpayer and address questions arising from the floor. Time at the end for a Q & A. They will NOT address specific tax issues relating to a person’s personal tax return – only questions that have application to the audience at large.

Limit 20 participants.

$15 for Community and RBI Teaching Artists and the general public
Free to YA roster artists

Michael Davidson is an Enrolled Agent licensed to represent taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service since late in the last century. Prior to that, he was a New York lighting designer and Rock and Roll Roadie. After a bout with bankruptcy when he was a promoter of live stage attractions, he founded A & E Tax Service to service the entertainment and creative professional. He sold the practice several years ago but still maintains a small practice for those clients with particularly interesting and unique tax problems.

Carol Wild is also an Enrolled Agent, has worked for years with VITA [a federally funded low-income tax clinic], also in the Trust Department of U S Bank. Later she joined A & E for 5 years – leaving to develop her own private practice to cater to trust and estate clients as well as the creative professional.


Friday-Saturday, December 7-8, 2018

Racial Inequalities in the Arts Classroom and Inclusive Arts Practices

A Teaching Artist Studio Workshop 

Register by 5pm November 28.
–Please note attendees must come to both days–

Time: 10:00am-3:00pm

Part 1: Friday, December 7 at Oregon Children’s Theatre, 1939 NE Sandy
Part 2: Saturday, December 8 at Young Audiences, 1220 SW Morrison

This two-day workshop aims to surface structural oppressions, micro-aggressions, and eurocentrism in the context of arts education, as well as to give participants space outside the classroom to consider how they might address those occurrences in the field. We will also work to uncover ways a visiting artist can work proactively to insure that anchor texts and artworks, patterns of discourse, etc, serve and reflect all children in the room.

Led by Madeline Harmon and Ayomide Njo of HOCMA

Limit 24 participants.

$40 for Community Teaching Artists, RBI Teaching Artists, and the general public
Free to YA roster artists and 2018-19 TA Studio Cohort


Monday, November 12, 2018

Classroom Management for the Teaching Artist

A Teaching Artist Studio Workshop 

Time: 10:00am-3:00pm

Where: Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington St, Portland

Learn some tricks for managing your arts class from a someone in the classroom!
This workshop is aimed at uncovering the practical strategies a visiting artist can utilize to build community, signal for attention, harness the energy of students, and provide just the right amount of structure for students to learn. There will be a lunch break in the middle of the session.

Lead by Portland teachers Donald Rose, Jayme Causey, Bryan Chu, and Andy Kulak.

Limit: 30 Participants

$20 for Community and RBI Teaching Artists and the general public
Free to YA roster artists and 2018-19 TA Studio Cohort


The Teaching Artist Studio

The Teaching Artist Studio Cohort for 2018-19 has been selected. They will continue through a series of professional development classes throughout the school year. For more on the program, visit Applications for next year’s cohort will be available in Summer 2019.

The 2018-19 Teaching Artist Studio Cohort

Timeline for 2018–2019


July 5, 2018:          Application cycle opens
July 25, 2018:        Applications due by 5 pm PST
August 17, 2018:   Notification of accepted participants

All TA Studio activities will be located at sites conveniently located in central Portland.

Phase 1: FALL INTENSIVE (September–October)

Seven full days of intensive study to help align artistic and teaching practices. Applicants must commit to all days of the intensive.

Thursday, September 27
Friday, September 28
Thursday, October 4
Friday, October 5
Monday, October 8
Saturday, October 13
Sunday, October 14
Session 1: Centering on Big Ideas
Session 2: Lesson Design – Sequencing & Scaffolding
Session 3: Objectives, Standards, & Assessment
Session 4: Inclusive Differentiation
Session 5: Peer to Peer Teaching
Session 6: Documentation & Digital Strategies
Session 7: School Culture – Logistics and Communication

Phase 2: WINTER/SPRING WORKSHOPS (November–March)

Mentors from the TA Studio will join forces with teaching artists, arts administrators, and classroom teachers to provide as series of partial-day public workshops to expand on topics touched on during the Intensive. TA Studio participants will be expected to attend three of the workshops to complete the program.

Monday, November 12
Friday, December 7
Saturday, December 8
Friday, January 18
UPDATE: Sunday, February 17
Classroom Management for the Teaching Artist
Racial Inequities in the Arts Classroom
Inclusive Arts Practices
Creativity and Core Standards
Deepening Inquiry: A Questioning Lab

TA Studio Workshops are open to YA Roster Artists at no cost, and to the public for a small fee.

Phase 3: STUDIO TEACHING RESIDENCY (optional, January–March)

Individual teaching artists propose an area of their study in the TA Studio to research and develop further with a partner classroom in the Portland metro area. These teaching artists will receive one-on-one mentoring with mentors from the TA Staff, as well as feedback on one of their classroom days. Limited to 8 teaching artists.


Sunday, March 17, 2019
Putting It All Together

  • This program is supported by the Oregon Cultural Trust. 

  • This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts

  • To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit

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