Adult Education Courses, Programs and Tours

Through entertaining and thought-provoking adult education courses, programs, and tours, the Museum engages lifelong learners in a better understanding and appreciation of the visual and performing arts, human history and cultures, crafts-making skills, and the natural world which envelopes us. By means of lectures, talks, demonstrations, films, live performances, tours, and hands-on instruction in a variety of disciplines led by highly qualified professionals, the Museum offers a diversity of unique and engaging learning opportunities.

View descriptions for all of the currently scheduled adult education courses, programs, tours, and more in our Calendar of Events HERE!

Cancellation Policy: If you must cancel your registration for a program, course or workshop please do so at least 15 days prior to its starting date to receive a full refund. No refunds will be given less than ten calendar days before a course or program's starting date; however the Museum will gladly provide full financial credit towards a future course or program of the registrants choice if cancellation is requested at least 48 hours before its starting date.



The Eastern Washington State Historical Society/Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture’s Adult Education Program welcomes proposals from qualified instructors and presenters to lead its exciting and diverse array of adult centered courses and programs.  Sessions will be held in one of the Museum’s state-of-the-art education studios, historic house museum’s Campbell House sun porch, or its auditorium and lecture hall. Available instructional times are Tuesdays thru Sundays, 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; with other times, including possibly Wednesday evenings, considered on a case by case basis. Sessions may be offered one-time, multi-day, or weekly.

Courses and programs can be centered around the museum’s mission fields of art, history, or tribal cultures; as well as but not limited to the natural and cultural sciences, lectures, recreational activities, computer technology, culinary crafts, digital media, landscaping and gardening, home design and repair, photography, special skills and enrichment topics, fiber arts and crafts, architecture, historic preservation, the performing arts, and those targeted to engage older adults. 

In consideration for conducting business with the Museum instructors and presenters must agree to a mutually agreed upon honorarium with the Museum, or an averaged percentage of gross receipts, $100.00 minimum, plus mutually agreed upon supplies costs requiring reimbursement. A signed and dated and agreed upon personal services contract, provided by the Museum, is also required. *Special honoraria considerations may apply to instructors or presenters with a history of commanding higher compensation.

For more information on becoming an instructor or presenter for the Museum's Adult Education Programs please contact David M Brum, Adult Education Programs Manager at or 509.363.5324. 

Submitting a Proposal 

All Proposals Must Include the Following:

  • Course(s) or program(s) title(s), and your availability days and times. Course(s) and program(s) should last no longer than 3-hours.
  • A general description no more than two paragraphs in length of the course(s) or program(s) you would like to offer.
  • A one paragraph personal biography, to include curriculum vitae or resume.                                          
  • One or two high resolution images of your providing instruction or of your art or crafts work (if available) for promotional and marketing purposes. All images submitted must be available for marketing purposes by the museum with no copyright infringement or restrictions for use.

Note: Examples of course and program descriptions as well as biography descriptions to forward may be viewed in our Calendar of Events here. Once there click on any of the currently offered Museum public programs or courses offerings to view description examples. *Courses, programs and biographical descriptions forwarded will be edited for clarity and common voice.

Please submit your proposal by email to David M. Brum, Museum Adult Education Programs Manager, at Emailed proposals should be attachments in MS Word or PDF format.

If preferred you may forward your proposal by U.S. Mail to:
The Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture
2316 W. First Avenue
Spokane, WA  99201-5906
Attention: David M. Brum, Museum Adult Education Programs Manager.

*In accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, agencies hereby assure that no business or person shall, on the basis of race, color, national origin or sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise discriminated against under the agencies' programs, activities, or services. In addition, the selected instructor, with regard to the work performed during the contract, shall affirmatively support non-discrimination practices, including in the selection and retention of subcontractors and in the procurement of material and equipment.

Note: No materials submitted will be returned unless you include instructions for return along with a self-addressed envelope with adequate postage if forwarding by U.S. Mail.