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About the event

Please join the Regional Arts & Culture Council on September 21, 2017 at 6:00 p.m., along with some of the region’s most innovative design thinkers during 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.

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



How it works

We at Right Brain believe creativity belongs to everyone, regardless of profession or area of expertise, so we invite artists and makers from all backgrounds, skill-levels and industries to participate in this one-of-a-kind experiment in fashion design. The SHIFT Squad and selection committee is in the midst of curating the garments down to a selected list of designs.

Design Timeline

  • June 1st – June 30th
    Designers submit their Call for Designers entry form.
  • July 5th
    Final designs selected and participating makers notified on or before July 5, 2017
  • July 6th – September 1st
    Artists and makers construct their garments
  • September 1st
    Completed garment images and descriptions due

Design Awards

Each garment will be scored by panel of local celebrity judges during the runway show. Judges will award three cash prizes, and one designer or design team will be named Best in Show! The audience will also have the opportunity weigh in, as they nominate the first ever People’s Choice Award for the designer(s) of the year!

2017 SHIFT Design Prizes

  • Best in Show: $1,000
  • Runner Up: $500
  • Third Place: $250
  • People’s Choice Award: 2017 SHIFT Trophy

Have more questions, or interested in participating? Contact Kate Fagerholm at for more details.

Buy your tickets now. All proceeds benefit The Right Brain Initiative.


5:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Doors Open/VIP Entry

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
General Admission Entry
Food, drink, auction, activities

7:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Runway Show

7:30 – 7:45 p.m.
Introduction to
The Right Brain Initiative

7:45 – 8:10 p.m.
Prizes Awarded

SHIFT Sponsors

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

2017 Sponsors

SHIFT Volunteers

Want to see all of the behind the scenes action of SHIFT? Sign up to be a volunteer!


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

Judge #3
Adam Arnold

Designer | Adam Arnold Studio


Alix Zimmermann

Auctioneer | Artisan Auctions


Musician | DJ VNPRT



 Event Tickets

  • General Admission: $45
    (includes 2 drink tokens + food + show)

  • VIP Ticket: $100
    (includes unlimited drinks + food + runway seating + VIP swag bag)

Buy your tickets now. All proceeds benefit The Right Brain Initiative.


The Leftbank Annex
101 N Weidler Street
Portland, OR 97227

Left Bank Annex

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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.