The Right Brain Initiative


Calling all Teaching Artists/Arts Organizations interested in partnering with Right Brain

August 25th, 2012 by Right Brain Team


 The Right Brain Initiative calls for a new kind of education with an emphasis on 21st Century skills—creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and communication. By partnering with artists/arts organizations and school communities, Right Brain endeavors to achieve long-term, sustainable, and systemic change to educational practices. We believe that the natural link between creative and analytical thought is strong, and in the value of integrating the arts into other curricular areas. We aim to capture those creative thinkers who might otherwise be left behind and ignite all learners!

Please join us to learn more at an informational meeting on either September 4 or September 10 if you are an arts educator who is interested in partnering with Right Brain.

See below for more details about locations and times.

We seek artists and arts organizations to apply for our 2013-14 teaching artist roster who:

  • Work in any visual, movement, theater, music or literary arts discipline
  • Have previous experience teaching K-8 students in a classroom setting
  • Are passionate about arts integration
  • Delight in collaboration
  • Are dedicated to professional development and reflective practices
  • Reside in the area Right Brain serves: Clackamas, Multnomah or Washington County
  • For organizations: are not-for-profit in nature

Right Brain partnering artists and arts organizations join us with the aim of enriching and exploring their own teaching practice as they plan arts experiences (residencies, workshops, performances, field trips) with classroom teachers. Teaching artists utilize the breadth of their knowledge as artists to equip students with valuable tools that they can carry with them throughout their schooling, and in turn, gain valuable skills from classroom teachers to enhance their own teaching practice.

As Right Brain seeks to make deep and lasting change within our regional educational system, we’ve crafted an application process that requires time and aims to inspire thoughtful dialogue between Right Brain and prospective applicants.

We want to get to know you.

Here is a list of guidelines in the application process that we have established to determine whether you meet our unique criteria:

(1) Submit Letter of Intent (LOI) by September 17 (see link below)

(2) Prospective applicants who meet the basic qualifications outlined in the LOI will attend one full-day Right Brain foundational professional development session with our nationally renowned Professional Development (PD) partner Deb Brzoska (free of charge and a required step in the application process) in early October.

(3) Immediately following the session, staff will break out with prospective applicants to outline the steps of the application process.  Applications will be made available to those participants whose artistic and educational objectives align with the Right Brain model.

(4) Applications (with supporting materials) will be due at the end of October.

Applicants that are selected for the Right Brain roster will begin their work with Right Brain during subsequent PD sessions during the 2012-13 school year (for which teaching artists receive stipends), and will be eligible for work in schools in the 2013-14 school year.

 Right Brain Letter of Intent 2012-13 (Click on link to access Letter of Intent)

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


Tuesday, September 4 | 11:30 am-12:30 pm
RACC | Ottum Board Room | 411 SW Park Ave, Ste. 101, Portland


Monday, September 10 | 4—5pm
Milepost 5 | The Old Chapel | 900 NE 81st Ave, Portland

James Evans is the Implementation Assistant for The Right Brain Initiative.


Right Brain Team