The Right Brain Initiative


We can’t quite bring ourselves to utter that cliché about the village and the child. But we must boast that this is a shining example of that concept.

February 1st, 2011 by Right Brain Team


Left to right: Dr. Tim Mills, Superintendent, North Clackamas Schools; Marna Stalcup, Program Manager, The Right Brain Intiative; and Jason McCleskey, Consumer Market Manager, Bank of America; cut the ribbon for our new installation in Milwaukie.

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).

Monique Barton, VP of Corporate Social Responsibility at Bank of America (right), presents a check to The Right Brain Initiative.

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)

See more images in the from the opening on our Flickr site.
See a full list of funders for The Right Brain Initiative.


Right Brain Team