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Professional Development for
Art Teachers


Spartanburg Art Museum's Professional Development program for regional educators focuses on new technologies, research, methodologies, and materials, to help guide art educators in regional school districts.


These opportunities help teachers stay up-to-date on scholarship, literature, best practices, and trends in the evolving world of art education.

Elizabeth Goddard received her MA in Art Education from the University of New Mexico. Upon graduating she taught visual arts in Albuquerque, NM for several years. She transitioned her career into the non-profit arts organization sector as the Director of Education at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) before relocating to Spartanburg to serve as the Executive Director for the Spartanburg Art Museum. As director, she grew the exhibition program to focus on contemporary visual art, created diverse programming for families and young professionals, and has reclaimed the Museum’s mission of serving the community in new dynamic ways that enrich the cultural fabric of our growing community.  


Elizabeth was awarded Museum Educator of the Year Award by the South Carolina Art Educators Association in 2015. She served as Co-Curator and Director of Outreach for the Bloomberg Public Art Challenge, Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light, and worked with the City of Spartanburg and Chapman Cultural Center to develop a Cultural District.


Be Empowered

Discuss contemporary topics with students, using contemporary art and art education as a vehicle to inspire and engage.

Be Informed

Learn the new principles and elements of art and design, and how to apply these principles to contemporary art.

Be Capable

Gain insight into incorporating contemporary art into your curriculum, using examples from SAM's upcoming exhibitions.


What to Expect:

  • an interactive presentation on incorporating traditional and contemporary principles and elements of design

  • teaching with objects

  • inquiry-based approaches in the classroom

  • visual thinking strategies

  • connecting contemporary art to contemporary culture

  • collaborative opportunities with fellow educators

  • lunch provided

  • a great time

The next professional development workshop is 2.13.2023. For more information about the event, pricing, and to reserve a seat, please contact Charlotte Hutson, Art School Coordinator.

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