The Right Brain Initiative


Arts at the Market

May 20th, 2015 by Right Brain Team

Fresh produce, plants, and performances—they’re a winning combination. Here’s why: Next Saturday, May 30, 8am-4 pm, the Hillsboro School District will host Proud to Be HSD. This first-ever, community-wide festival will be held in conjunction with the Farmers Market in Historic Downtown Hillsboro!

So, while you’re picking out May flowers, you’ll also have the chance to enjoy this entertaining showcase of student talent, curricular offerings, and local partnerships. Proud to be HSD will serve to unite students, parents, staff, and community members in celebration of Hillsboro schools.

Wondering how Right Brain fits in? Student artwork will be displayed along Main Street throughout the day. We will have a Right Brain table located in the Festival’s STE(A)M Pavilion in the Civic Center Plaza. Four of our teaching artists who taught in the Hillsboro School District this year will be present. To start, cartoonist and illustrator Lisa Eisenberg (of Young Audiences) will lead an interactive comics demonstration from 11am-2pm inside the Pavilion.

You can see artwork like this at Proud to be HSD on May 30th. Photo taken at WL Henry Elementary during a Right Brain residency.

The following artists’ demonstrations start at 2pm on 3rd and Main Street:

  • 2-2:30pm, Subashini Ganesan (of Young Audiences), choreographer and dancer of the South Indian Classical dance form, Bharathanatyam.
  • 2:45-3:15pm, Korekara Taiko, featuring co-directors Michelle Fujii and Toru Watanabe in a modern fusion of taiko and Japanese folk dance.
  • 3:30-4pm, Mo Phillips (of Young Audiences), songwriter, guitarist and singer noted for high energy and engagement with young people.

Are you excited as we are? We hope you’ll join us on the 30th for a fun Saturday.

Until then, we’re happy to share that The Right Brain Initiative was the featured segment on the Metroscope public affairs radio program in conjunction with this event. At this link, listen to Marna Stalcup, RACC’s Director of Arts Education; Shelley Panayiotou, 5th grade teacher at WL Henry Elementary in Hillsboro; and Soraia Betrous, Area Retail Leader with KeyBank Oregon talk about the value of our work in public schools, in Washington County and beyond. 


Thank you to KeyBank for leading The Right Brain Initiative’s expansion in the Hillsboro School District for the 2014-15 school year.


Right Brain Team