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Supporting Arts Educators

RACC currently works to advocate and support teachers who receive funding through the Art Education Access Fund (AEAF). With direct responsibility to support Portland’s six school districts, we are always seeking ways to support our larger regional community of arts educators and artists. As we look to the future, we know that without a firm understanding of the importance and need of a well-rounded education in our schools, one that includes the arts, we are not providing an equitable and accessible education for all of our students. It is with this in mind that we work to make arts education a priority and mission of RACC. 

For valuable recourses including links for Professional Development, Events, Webinars, Lectures, Online Arts Curriculum (lesson plans, videos, slides) and other resources. Please explore our extensive curated

Regional Universities Lectures & Events & Calendars

 RACC Arts Education Resource Guide

 Continuing Education for Arts Educators Summer 2021

 Kennedy Center Teaching Artist video links

 Professional Development at RACC


Making Connections – Sharing Ideas, Asking Questions

Are you an arts educator wanting to connect with other arts educators across the district? Join our community! Do you have an idea to share? Need help finding answers to your questions?  Reach out to our AEAF Specialist.  If you are interested and have the time to participate in a workgroup, committee, or other collaboration please contact us. RACC is always looking for partners to advance arts education and elevate those that teach. Arts Liaisons and members of our Arts Partners in Education Roundtable contribute to the overall improvement, guidance, and advocacy of arts education in our community. Arts Educators are also welcome to participate on RACC’s Arts Education Committee. Contact our AEAF Specialist for program information and details on how you can join.


Professional Development for Arts Educators

The Regional Arts & Culture Council Arts Education Program is committed to providing professional development opportunities for arts educators. Through collaboration and partnerships, we offer free, relevant, accessible, and informative trainings, workshops, and seminars throughout the school year. While, our options may rotate or change, we commit to provide an inclusive, equitable and accessible learning environment. If you are a K-12 Arts Educator and wish to share your ideas on future professional development opportunities, please reach out to the AEAF Specialist at RACC. RACC conducts surveys with arts educators in the six AEAF Districts to inform our decision on what professional development to hold throughout the year.

Current/past opportunities:

– Arts Integration methods in classrooms

– Teaching artists- working together with arts educators

Portland Art Museum workshops in partnership with Portland Public Schools

The Kennedy Center (attend online virtual conferences)

– Trauma Informed Care on-going workshop series with Trauma Informed Oregon


Materials and Resources from Workshops, Trainings, and Lectures

The Kennedy Center:

Online courses here

The Kennedy Center- Arts Integration website

Art Integration Lessons and Programs for Arts Educators

Teaching Artists presents here

Trauma Informed Oregon:

Resources for training and education here

Resources for families and youth here


Highlights from our District Arts Educators

Many of our arts education teachers have created web pages or posted amazing performances online showcasing the arts at their schools. Please look at a few we think are worth your time. We appreciate and thank our arts educators for sharing these resources.

Sunnyside Environmental School (PPS) Prescott Elementary (PRSD)
Lewis Elementary (PP Mill Park Elementary (DDSD)
Irvington Elementary (PPS) Ventura Park Elementary (DDSD)
Peninsula Elementary (PPS) Parklane Elementary (CSD)
Woodstock Elementary (PPS) Scott Elementary (PPS)

Check out our recent press on the Arts Education and Access Fund from Portland KOIN News 6 Positive Vibes, April 2021 featuring West Powellhurst Elementary (DDSD) and James Johns Elementary (PPS).

Just in case you need another reason to support a well-rounded arts education – Pre-K through High School – check out David Douglas School District, Reynold’s School District, and Riverdale School District. These are all great examples of how some districts are creating community-supported arts education in our city.

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