The Right Brain Initiative


Year in Review Part I: Arts Integration

July 17th, 2012 by Right Brain Team

In the 2011-2012 school year, The Right Brain Initiative continued to reach even more schools and students in the Portland Metro area. How many? Right Brain partnered with 31 schools, bringing artist residencies to roughly 11,500  K-8 students.

Students at Lincoln Street Elementary in Hillsboro make clay portraits with artist Beth Rogers Bundy to express what culture means to them. Photo by Holly Renton.

We wanted to take the opportunity to show off the accomplishments of the educators, artists, students, and volunteers who make it all possible.

To get a sense of where we are, see the schools we served last year on our participating schools page.

Right Brain teaching artists have the enviable task of getting kids to explore art and think creatively. They were all over the place this last school year, using dance, photography, music, painting, sculpture, and movement to connect the arts to other core subjects.

7th graders at Vestal School (East Portland) learned the art of interviewing and photography in a residency with photographer Julie Keefe. The residency taught 21st Century skills of critical thinking and collaboration. Photo by Michele Field.

6th graders at Quatama Elementary in Hillsboro worked with Oregon Ballet Theatre to introduce movement into the study of the water cycle. Photo by Jimena Cabello.

4th graders at Oak Grove Elementary in Milwaukie worked with Portland Taiko on a drumming residency that encouraged confidence & collaboration, as well as expanded students’ knowledge of other cultures. Photo by Holly Renton.

5th graders at Ardenwald Elementary in Milwaukie learned how to use geometric shapes & color to convey mood or emotion with teaching artist Wendy Dunder. Photo by Mercy McNab.

Check out these blog entries for more information on individual residencies:

“They were right on cue”: Students at East Orient embody learning

Students can’t stop imagining.

Fine-tuning literacy (and much more!) at Woodlawn

Insects write books at Free Orchards

Itty Bitty Artifacts of Culture at Lincoln Street

For more photos from artist residencies, explore our flickr sets:

This entry is Part 1 of our Year in Review. Check out Part 2 and Part 3.


Right Brain Team