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Professional Development

NCMA offers professional development programs that support educators across North Carolina as they connect across disciplines through art. Check the events page for upcoming offerings. View our program overviews below.

Fall Educator Expo: Educator Expos feature immersive learning experiences led by contemporary artists, educators, and designers in the museum’s studios, galleries, and special exhibition spaces. We welcome educators of all levels and disciplines as well as teaching artists and others interested in learning through the arts at this annual, celebratory event.

Thursday, November 8, 4:30 PM

Workshops: Spend time in the galleries exploring how art connects to your teaching practice. Connect with other educators, learn new strategies, and develop your creative capacities. Saturday workshops are offered during the school year and two-day workshops run during weekdays in the summer.


NCMA EdCamp: NCMA hosts professional development using the EdCamp [] model once a year. Collaborate and connect through participant-driven professional learning experiences. Participants create, lead, and attend sessions on arts integration that are responsive to educators’ needs and interests. Open to educators from all grade levels and subject areas.


NCMA Fellowship for Collaborative Teaching: Fellowships are awarded annually to pairs of North Carolina educators interested in refining their practice in art integration strategies and collaboration. Professional development support and stipends are provided. The application window is closed for the upcoming school year. The application period for the following year’s fellowship will open February 2019 and close April 30, 2019.


Professional Development for Your Organization: Let the Museum become your classroom for your next school or countywide teacher professional development day. Sessions include an overview of our teacher resources and programs and your choice from a menu of topics.  Call (919) 664-6748 or email Jill Taylor to schedule a session. Reservations must be made at least four weeks in advance and are based on availability.

  • Free: 1-2 hour session; Fee-based: Daylong workshop
  • Groups of 10 or more
  • Open to all disciplines and grade levels


Online Courses: On-line courses for educators are offered several times during the year.

Visual Literacy: Making Connections with Works of Art: This online course will introduce a variety of engagement strategies to facilitate deeper inquiry into works of art. Teachers can receive 10 hours of participation (1 CEU) in Art or Literacy upon completion. The next session runs October 16–November 19, 2018.

Mini-Courses on Art and Science will be offered in Winter 2019. More information will be posted soon.


Videoconferences for Educators: Strengthen your district’s professional development plan by scheduling an interactive videoconference for your staff with the NCMA. Complimentary sessions are 30-60 minutes in length.

Contact: Kristin Smith, 919-664-6771 or email

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