About the event

On September 21, 2017 at 6:00 p.m., Regional Arts & Culture Council and some of the region’s most innovative design thinkers hosted our first annual celebration of equitable education, creativity in the classroom, and sustainable fashion benefiting The Right Brain Initiative.

Whether participants are novice creators or seasoned taste-makers, in our first annual runway show we invite both rookies and established designers/design teams alike to debut runway garments made from recycled materials and found objects. Whether glued or stapled, sewn or woven, each piece will display inventive form, unique style and a creative juxtaposition—shifting the materials from their original form into wearable couture.

We gathered for fashion, reception-style fusion fare, tasty adult libations, whimsical post-show dessert and surprise guest performances as we celebrated The Right Brain Initiative’s 10 fantastic years of bringing arts integration into K-8 schools!


Save the date for next year: Thursday, September 20, 2018!

Interested in sponsoring SHIFT 2018? Please email Sara Farrokhzadian at sfarrokhzadian@therightbraininitiative.org.

SHIFT Sponsors

SHIFT would not be possible without our amazing team of supporters.

SHIFT on Pinterest

Check out the board to see our inspiration for the event!

SHIFT: An experiment in fashion design, Part 1, September 21, 2017


Rindy Ross of Quarterflash

The Emcee
Poison Waters

The Designers
2017 SHIFT Designers

The Event Committee


Emcee for Battle of the Bands Sarah G.

 Judge #1
Nancy Judd

Advocate & Artist | Recycle Runway

Commissioner Chloe Eudaly

Judge #2
Brooke Olzendam

Sideline Reporter | Portland Trail Blazers

Sharron Van der Meulen

Judge #3
Adam Arnold

Designer | Adam Arnold Studio


Emcee for Battle of the Bands Sarah G.

Alix Zimmermann

Auctioneer | Artisan Auctions

Sharron Van der Meulen


Musician | DJ VNPRT


Sharron Van der Meulen

Queens of the Food Dresses

Alexis Campbell Starr
Priscilla Blackstone
Miss Bee-haven



The Leftbank Annex
101 N Weidler Street
Portland, OR 97227

Left Bank Annex

Event Sponsors

Beverage Sponsors

The Right Brain Initiative is a program of the Regional Arts & Culture Council, a 501(c)(3) arts services agency serving Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties, Oregon.