Professional Development

Professional Development

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The Phillips Collection’s Education and Community Engagement Department offers seasonal professional development opportunities, often in conjunction with special exhibitions. We host professional development at both our 21st Street and THEARC locations. Professional development trainings focus on how to integrate the arts in your classroom, using the Prism.K12 strategies.

Upcoming Events

Recharge Your Battery: Art & Wellness for Educators
Virtual Teacher Meet-up
Thursday, May 14, 3pm

Take a break and connect with fellow educators for an art & wellness afternoon, from the comfort of your home! Join The Phillips Collection for an opportunity to engage in an arts integration activity, participate in a mindfulness exercise, and share your favorite resources. Bringing your drink of choice is encouraged.

Register here. A Zoom meeting link, list of simple artmaking materials, and cocktail/mocktail recipe will be sent to all registered participants prior to the event. 

Questions? Email Hilary Katz, Manager of Teacher Initiatives, at

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Please note:

We are closely monitoring the evolving situation with COVID-19 and continue to be vigilant in our efforts to protect the health of our visitors and employees. We will remain closed to the public, and all in-person public programming is postponed until further notice.

One of the great joys of working in an art museum is being surrounded by beauty, and learning to spot it even in unexpected ways. So, even in these times of uncertainty, we try to find the beauty that is around us, and we look forward to sharing beautiful moments again with you at the museum, soon. 

Past Events

Teach with Paul Klee and the Artists He Inspired
Evening for Educators
February 15, 2018

This program explored the special exhibition Ten Americans After Paul Klee, through a curator-led tour and music-integrated exercises based on the musical inspiration for Paul Klee’s paintings. Prism.K12 activities focused on arts-integrated teaching methods across different subject areas and grade levels. As part of the launch of Shake Up K12, participants used the online lesson-building tool to brainstorm arts-integrated activities for the classroom. The open house included time to reflect, connect with colleagues, and enjoy the exhibition.


Teach with Luncheon of the Boating Party
Evening for Educators
October 26, 2017

Educators experienced a variety of Prism.K12 arts integration activities focusing on the exhibition Renoir and Friends: Luncheon of the Boating Party. They explored classroom connections, unwound with colleagues, and learned practical ways to integrate Luncheon of the Boating Party into their teaching.


Curriculum Slam: Question Bridge
Evening for Educators
December 3, 2015

The Phillips’s inaugural program at THEARC included fast-paced, hands-on activities focused on key concepts from the Phillips’s special exhibition Question Bridge: Black Males. Educators collaborated to discuss topics such as identity, community, power, communication, and point of view.


Teaching with Question Bridge
Evening for Educators
November 12, 2015

During this open house, educators experienced a variety of Prism.K12 activities focusing on Question Bridge: Black Males, including a social media challenge and in-gallery conversations with staff and an early education specialist. The evening rounded out with an artist-educator conversation, featuring one of the Question Bridge creators.


Teach with Man Ray
Evening for Educators
March 19, 2015

Teachers experienced a variety of drop-in activities around the museum, including a chance to turn a mathematical expression into an artistic one, a social media video challenge, and in-gallery conversations.

Connecting to the Core Curriculum Teacher Course

Connecting to the Core Curriculum: Building Teacher Capacity for Arts Integration with Prism.K12 is a course taught for teachers by The Phillips Collection in partnership with the University of Maryland. The three-credit course provides teachers with the opportunity to integrate the arts, strategies, and resources seamlessly into the core curriculum for K-12 students. Through in-person and online engagement, participants will learn how to utilize the Prism.K12 arts integration strategies for lesson planning, while exploring the museum’s artworks, artists, and resources.

Read more about the 2019-20 Connecting to the Core Curriculum course here.