Over the past couple of years, I’ve been working within nonprofit fundraising. Although I’ve discovered that asking people for money isn’t necessarily what I want to do for a living for the rest of my life, there is one organization whose fundraising efforts I couldn’t help but volunteer to support this season! What could be so compelling, you wonder?
Well, it’s the one and only Portland arts education partnership, The Right Brain Initiative, that moves me to ask you to please make a donation through the Willamette Week Give!Guide today.
In an era in which public school systems are breaking down further each year, this program works with the school districts to find a permanent home for music, visual art, dance, theater and other creative mediums in every single local K-8 classroom. Right Brain is the leading-edge, common-sense kind of program that can make a game-changing impact on our public schools. In fact, I believe it’s the smartest, most collaborative, most comprehensive initiative for arts education that Portland has ever seen. And since the arts are known to keep kids in school, Right Brain’s potential for long-term impact on other areas of the community is inevitable.
But what puts The Right Brain Initiative closer to my heart than the other 99 fantastic nonprofits in the Give!Guide? The fact that Right Brain puts arts back in public classrooms, for everyone. Unlike population-targeted and after-school programs, it brings the arts to not just the privileged, the poor, or the lucky, but to all children. The art experiences I had as a child played such a huge role in making me who I am today that I desperately want to give all children the opportunity for the arts to be part of their everyday person-making. And I fear what our society would look like without that.
I gave a donation to Right Brain, and I now encourage you to join me in supporting this effort by making your own contribution. The minimum donation to the Give!Guide is only $10. It’s up to you what amount feels best, but know that the larger the gift, the more swag you’ll receive from Willamette Week! (In addition to Right Brain’s weekly prizes!)
Last year, Right Brain won a $500 award for having the most donors under the age of 35. Let’s do it again, eh? $10 is all it takes, my peers!
**PLEASE MAKE A DONATION HERE. (Find Right Brain under the Education category.)**
And if you’re looking for other ways to support the campaign, make sure to spread the word to your friends, colleagues, and any fellow aspiring artists or educators you know through email, Facebook posts, blogs, tweets and other social media outlets.
See the full list of incentives here.
Theresa Somrak is Operations Director for the Democratic Party of Oregon and a member of Right Brain’s Grassroots Fundraising Committee.