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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.

November 2019: Info will be posted near beginning of 2019-2020 school year.

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.

June 19–20, 2019: Two-day Immersive Workshop- Art and Global Issues

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.

February 23, 2019: Edcamp NCMA


NCMA Fellowship for Collaborative Teaching: Fellowships are awarded annually to pairs of North Carolina PK-12th grade educators interested in refining their practice in art integration strategies and collaboration. Professional development support and stipends are provided. The application period for the 2019-2020 fellowship opened February 1, 2019 and closes 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 will run in Fall 2019.

Mini-Courses on Art and Science

The NCMA offers educators a series of minicourses on the connections between art and science. Participants explore topics through inquiry-based learning in an online community while gaining valuable classroom connections. The courses run from February 19-April 16, 2019. Find more info here.

      Exploring Global Learning through Art

This self-paced online course uses works of art from the museum’s collection as a pathway to understanding global issues and developing cross-cultural understanding. The goal of this course is to help you, and eventually your students, explore global issues through inquiry-driven, art-based practices. The course will help you make connections to your content areas, identify your own global practice, and provide strategies to help students investigate the world, recognize perspectives, communicate ideas, and take action. Find more info here.

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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