The Right Brain Initiative


The brainstorm begins! And much more to come.

February 2nd, 2010 by Right Brain Team


Welcome to This calls for a creative brainstorm!, a brand new blog project from The Right Brain Initiative–a program working to integrate the arts into the education of every K-8 student in the Portland, Oregon area.

Consider this Phase One of our experiment. We plan to ease into this slowly.

But if we have anything to say about it, our revolving cast of bloggers will soon expand beyond Right Brain staff, to members of our many community-based committees of decision makers and advisors, participating teachers and school administrators, teaching artists, parents and on. Together, we’ll try on many mediums of communication, new voices, and reach out to a range of audiences.

Specifically, we will provide you with:

  • Highlights from our work in K-8 classrooms throughout Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington Counties
  • Snapshots from our professional development program for teachers and teaching artists
  • What we see as the most compelling research on arts education being produced today
  • The best in local, regional and national arts education news
  • A toolbox of arts integration projects that parents and teachers can use with their K-8 students
  • Calls to action! That is, ways you can show your support for arts education, and opportunities to be more directly involved with Right Brain projects

This is to be an ever-unfolding process, so stick with us as we evolve and expand. On the immediate horizon, look for reports from our packed week of site visits and planning sessions with Right Brain’s professional development partner Deb Brzoska, as well as our evaluation partner Dr. Dennie Palmer Wolf of WolfBrown, visiting clear from Cambridge.

In the meantime, we invite your feedback to help guide the discussion—who we feature, what we talk about. Let us know:

What is the arts education-related topic you’re most interested in?
Who in the arts education field do you most want to hear more from?

We look forward to engaging in a new sort of conversation with you.
For any questions about the blog or Right Brain at large, you are always welcome to contact Rebecca Burrell at

Want to know more about The Right Brain Initiative? See our blog’s About page, as well as our Website. Visit us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. And because we will never, could never, get sick of this soul shaking video-manifesto produced by our friends at North, we invite you to click on the YouTube link at the top of this entry.


Right Brain Team