The Right Brain Initiative


Year in Review Part III: Community Engagement

July 23rd, 2012 by Right Brain Team

Right Brain shared a booth with the Creative Advocacy Network at Rigler School in NE Portland as part of Sunday Parkways in May.

The Right Brain Initiative was all over the place this year! Whether we were tabling at a community event, hosting speakers, or showing off student creativity, hopefully you saw Right Brain out and about!

Inspired by these Brain Food activities, Right Brain partnered with AIGA Portland to create the Brain Food Lab at the Museum of Contemporary Craft. The collaborative exhibit engaged children and parents to create a small-scale replica city in the museum from found/reused materials.

Brain Food Lab. Photo by Holly Renton.

Read more about the Brain Food Lab in the archives here and here.

Austin Kleon at the Museum of Contemporary Craft, April 2012.
Right Brain and PNCA hosted artist and New York Times best-selling author Austin Kleon at the Museum of Contemporary Craft in April. He shared tips from his new book, “Steal Like an Artist,” and offered tips for borrowing creatively from those who inspire us.
Author Jonah Lehrer spoke on creativity in April 2012.
Also in April, Right Brain and OHSU’s Brain Institute brought author Jonah Lehrer as part of the 2012 Brain Awareness Lecture Series. The writer of Imagine: How Creativity Works, Lehrer spoke on how we can take practical steps to become more creative in all aspects of our lives.

Hillsboro students demonstrate Right Brain learning during the Show + Tell in May. Photo by Frank Hunt.

In May, students from the Hillsboro School District got the chance to show off some of the learning they engaged in with Right Brain residencies during the Show + Tell event.

See more photos from the Show + Tell right here!

What does your Right Brain look like?

We asked members of the community to show us what their Right Brain looks like by creating their own brain button to help spread the word!

Portland Mayor Sam Adams creating his brain button at the Mississippi Street Fair in July.

More brain buttons over here!

2011-2012 was another banner year for The Right Brain Initiative and thanks to the support of the whole community, next school year is guaranteed to top it.

This is the final post in our Year in Review. You can read Part 1 and Part 2 on the blog.


Right Brain Team