The Right Brain Initiative


Seeking teaching artists and organizations! Help make imagination an essential part of every classroom.

October 7th, 2010 by Right Brain Team

Right Brain teaching artist Michelle Fujii demonstrates expressive, strong gestures to 1st graders at Beach School in North Portland -- highly important components to the practice of taiko drumming.

Wonder. Inspiration. Exploration. Risk. As I think about the things that we encounter in the artistic process, it occurs to me that these are exactly the same things that are essential elements of meaningful learning. No wonder the arts are natural passageways to other subject areas, just as they are to inspiring curiosity and discovery.

All of us have seen the arts’ ability to transform, to connect, to make us stop and think. Now, imagine that applied to curriculum in our regional public schools. This is just the kind of systemic change Right Brain proposes to achieve. By partnering with our region’s artists and arts organizations, we intend to transform educational practice.

Right Brain partnering artists and arts organizations sign on with the aim of exploring their own teaching practices as they co-plan arts experiences with classroom teachers, designing programming that folds the goals of the schools into the breadth of their own artistic medium.  They use the richness of their artistic discipline as a jumping-off point to teach students to be dynamic, creative problem-solvers; thinking and imagining. Thus, students take part in powerful arts experiences with teaching artists and curriculum is deepened through collaboration so that the learning continues after the artist has left.  As you’d imagine, Right Brain teaching artists are also dedicated to deepening their practice through professional development and attend several cutting-edge sessions a year, designed by national experts in the field, as we build and strengthen our professional learning community.

We seek artists and arts organizations from all visual,  performance and literary disciplines who:

  • have previous experience teaching K-8 students in classroom settings
  • reside in Clackamas, Multnomah or Washington Counties
  • for organizations: are not-for-profit in nature

If this sounds like you, please join us for an informational meeting to learn more about becoming a teaching artist with The Right Brain Initiative. Information about working with Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington will also be provided.

Monday, October 18, 10:30 – noon
Milepost 5 | The Old Chapel | 900 NE 81st Ave, Portland

Thursday, October 21, 4:00 – 5:30pm
Portland Children’s Museum | Documentation Room | 4015 SW Canyon Rd, Portland

Potential applicants—your attendance at one information meeting is expected!

Applications are accepted now through Wednesday, November 3, 2010 at 4:30pm at

Download application forms here:

Arts Provider Application for Individuals

Arts Provider Reference Form for Individuals

Arts Provider Demographics Form

Arts Provider Application for Organizations

Arts Provider Reference Form for Organizations

Briana Linden is the Implementation Coordinator for The Right Brain Initiative.


Right Brain Team