The Right Brain Initiative


Calling all teaching artists and arts organizations interested in partnering with Right Brain

June 23rd, 2014 by Right Brain Team


Teaching artist Subashini Ganesan of Young Audiences works with The Right Brain Initiative in Gresham. Photo by Leah Verwey.

The Right Brain Initiative calls for a new kind of education with an emphasis on creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and communication—natural areas of focus for the arts. We believe that the link between creative and analytical thought is strong, and we aim to ignite all learners by partnering with teaching artists, arts organizations and school communities to show the value of integrating the arts into other curricular areas. In doing this, Right Brain endeavors to create long-term, sustainable and systemic change to educational practices.

Our investment in our teaching artists begins with our call for artists. Just as we seek to make a deep and lasting change within our regional educational system, so have we crafted a request for qualifications and submissions process that requires the time and dedication of prospective applicants and allows us to better get to know the artists and arts organizations interested in partnering with us. The process begins in summer 2014, with final decisions made in December 2014.  Accepted teaching artists will be eligible for work in Right Brain schools in the 2015-16 school year.

If you are an arts educator who is interested in partnering with The Right Brain Initiative, join us to learn more at an informational meeting either on July 16 or July 21. (See below for more details.)

Is this call right for me?

For the 2015-2016 school year we seek teaching artists who demonstrate mastery of teaching in one or more of the following:


  • Mask making and/or puppetry

  • Elements of dance composition/choreography
  • Exploring world cultures through dance
Visual Arts

  • Paper arts including printmaking and photography
  • Sculpture

  • Composition
  • Active exploration of music vocabulary

  • Media literacy
  • Technology-based arts
Writing/Literary Arts

  • Using writing to explore underrepresented cultures
  • Spoken word


Additionally, candidates must demonstrate:

  • Experience teaching the arts in traditional and non-traditional classrooms, including lesson planning.
  • Experience with arts integration and other collaborative teaching methods.
  • A strong commitment to Right Brain’s values of equity, collaboration, sustainability and accountability.
  • Previous experience teaching in a school day classroom setting with students from diverse backgrounds (economic, language, cultural, and a range of learning styles).
  • Reside or be headquartered in the state of Oregon.

Preference will be given to artists residing in the suburban and rural areas of the Regional Arts & Culture Council service footprint of Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties. Preference will be given to qualified teaching artists of color; those working in culturally-specific art forms; and applicants fluent in languages that are common the region’s public schools, including Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Somali.



If you’d like to learn more about The Right Brain Initiative and the application process, please join us for an informational meeting:

General Information Session

Wednesday, July 16 1:30-2:30 pm
Teatro Milagro, 525 SE Stark St, Portland

Information Session – special focus on artists of color

Monday, July 21 4:30-5:30 pm
Zoomtopia, 810 SE Belmont St, Portland

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Right Brain Team