Last week, we tried something totally new when we set down stakes in the foyer of the Oak Grove Bank of America branch in Milwaukie. BofA, one of our funding partners, invited us to infiltrate their typically neutral property with vivid color—in the form of a temporary art installation. Thus, this display not only shows off our work, but allows us to express how many community entities are required to make The Right Brain Initiative succeed. Here, we show how a school district, a bank, and the arts sector have all played a part in making meaningful arts education happen in public schools.
Designed to look like a colorful classroom, this installation features student work from Right Brain arts programming in North Clackamas Schools (specifically Ardenwald, Concord and Oak Grove elementary schools)—the district for this branch’s neighborhood. It shares information about how exactly we boost the arts in North Clackamas, and throughout the Portland area.
At the opening reception last Wednesday, Dr. Tim Mills, the Superintendent of North Clackamas Schools, gave an incredible testimony to the power of Right Brain in his school district, and the power of the arts in the lives of his own children. We look forward to sharing with you the full text of his statement when it comes in.
Monique Barton of Bank of America then presented us with a very large check (below).
The exhibit will be up through March 31, so please stop by before it’s gone! We promise that viewing the quilt of self-portraits by Ardenwald students—in person—will make you absolutely melt.
15005 SE McLoughlin Blvd., Milwaukie (map)