The Right Brain Initiative



Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington, Managing Partner

Young Audiences of Oregon was founded in 1958 as a local chapter of the nation’s largest arts-in-education organization. In 1989, the Portland-based organization merged with a smaller chapter in Vancouver to become Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington. They have steadily grown in scope and programming, evolving from presenting only classical music performances in our early years to currently offering a full range of educational arts programming in multiple disciplines and cultures—the only arts organization in the region to do so. Their mission is to inspire young people and expand their learning through the arts.

An inaugural partner of Right Brain since 2008, Young Audiences manages the daily work of our teaching artists and arts integration coaches.

Victoria Lukich, Evaluation Partner

Victoria Lukich is an Educational Consultant and Evaluator.  She first came to The Right Brain Initiative through The Center for Student Success, part of the PSU Graduate School of Education.  While at The Center for Student Success, she provided quality program evaluation, consultation, professional development and research services to K-12 schools, districts, and nonprofit organizations dedicated to success for all students. When the Center closed in 2015, Mrs. Lukich continued as the lead program evaluator for The Right Brain Initiative.  Prior to this work, she served as a high school teacher, principal and district administrator with the David Douglas and Beaverton School Districts.

The John F. Kennedy Center for The Performing Arts, National Partner

The Kennedy Center, based in Washington, DC, has provided quality arts educational experiences through performances, residencies, workshops, conferences, career development programs, symposia, and on-line and print resources for more than 35 years. In the past year, the Center’s education programs have directly impacted more than 16 million people across the nation. The educational mission of the Kennedy Center is to foster understanding of and participation in the arts through exemplary programs and performances for diverse populations of all ages that represent the unique cultural life and heritage of the United States.

The Kennedy Center has a formal relationship with The Right Brain Initiative through the Partners in Education program.

Partner School Districts

Right Brain’s partner school districts invest $15 per child to cover teaching artists fees and materials for Right Brain classroom artist residencies. Professional development workshops for school staff and on-site arts integration coaching are covered through other funding streams, at no cost to the district. Representatives from partner districts also serve on Right Brain’s Operating Committees, helping to shape the direction of the program to best meet district and school needs.

  • Corbett School District
  • Gresham-Barlow School District
  • Hillsboro School District
  • North Clackamas Schools
  • Oregon Trail School District
  • Oregon Department of Education (The Ivy School)
  • Parkrose School District
  • Portland Public Schools
  • Reynolds School District

See a full map of Right Brain partner schools.