The Right Brain Initiative



We do not currently have an open application for Teaching Artists. However, we do have a particular program need for individuals who, in addition to having significant experience delivering arts integrated instruction, are a) bilingual and able to teach in both Spanish and English, OR b) live on the periphery of YA’s tri-county service area (Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties.)

If you meet one or both of these criteria, please feel free to reach out to Thanks!

For more information, see below, or attend one of our Teaching Artist Application Info Sessions.

Bonus: visit our blog to read how our team is working to better serve students across the tri-county area with this application process.

Teaching Artist Daniel Granias at WL Henry in Hillsboro. (Photo:Frank Hunt) 

How to join our teaching artist roster.

Please note that we do not currently have a call for Teaching Artists. If that changes, Teaching artists can apply to join rosters of Right Brain and/or Young Audiences with just one application. Young Audiences manages the teaching artist roster for both programs. For additional information about Young Audiences, visit

Right Brain roster priorities.

We encourage artists to apply that fit one or both of the following: (1) bilingual artists who can teach in both Spanish and English, and/or (2) teaching artists who live on the periphery of YA’s tri-county service area (Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties). See specific zip codes below. Right Brain’s application review processes will prioritize artists that fit one or both of these needs while also displaying an understanding of arts-integrated teaching.

About Right Brain Residencies

  • Teaching weaves together the arts and other classroom subject area content (arts integration).
  • Lessons are created in collaboration with classroom teachers.
  • Students range from Kindergarten to 8th grade, though teaching artists do not need to be able to teach at all levels.
  • Schools are located throughout the Portland tri-county area (Clackamas, Multnomah, Washington counties).
  • Roster artists are selected each year by schools.
  • Artists are independent contractors and work is not guaranteed.

Priority Zip Codes

Town/Region Zip Code
Boring 97009
Clackamas 97015
Corbett 97019
Gresham 97030
Sandy 97055
Fairview, Troutdale & Wood Village 97060
Norwood 97062
Oregon City 97068
Gresham 97080
Happy Valley 97086
Damascus 97089
Banks 97106
Cornelius 97113
Forest Grove 97116
Hillsboro 97123
Hillsboro 97124
North Plains 97133
Middleton 97140
Tualatin 97224

Questions? Please contact:

English – Maia McCarthy, Teaching Artist Specialist at 503.225.5900 Ext. 234

Our very talented roster of teaching artists are individuals and organizations who have demonstrated a well-honed expertise and enthusiasm for interdisciplinary learning and collaboration with teachers.

See our complete, up-to-date artist roster here.