The Right Brain Initiative


The arts enhance every aspect of education from reading to critical thinking, social skills and motivation. Yet, after decades of extreme budget cuts, creative opportunities have all but disappeared from Portland area schools. Poof. And with them, the bright possibilities percolating in the brain cells of our children.

Launched in 2008, The Right Brain Initiative promotes whole brain learning. Our goal is to give every K-8 student in the region access to the arts regardless of neighborhood, language, or income. Through an effort that engages the entire community, we’re creating long-term, lasting change within our school systems.

Our program doesn’t replace existing arts education. Instead, the arts are woven into core curriculum, giving teachers new tools to engage students in a creative process that connects back to other subjects. To date, nearly 25,000 students in 63 Portland metro schools in seven school districts are expressing, exploring, imagining, creating and using the full measure of their minds.

Our Vision
The Right Brain Initiative transforms learning for all children through the arts, creativity, innovation and whole-brain thinking.


  • Equity
  • Collaboration
  • Accountability
  • Sustainability


  • Diverse arts experiences
  • Skills and literacy for a changing world
  • Professional learning
  • Systemic change
  • Measurable impact on student learning
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