The Right Brain Initiative provides tools to build creative classrooms in its third arts education seminar

3rd Annual Imagine This! A Seminar on Bringing Creativity to Classrooms
Monday, June 18 – Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Portland Art Museum | 1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland
Open to educators of all subjects and disciplines

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Cost: $250; single-day option $100
Advanced registration: April 17 – 30
General registration: May 7 – June 13

This summer, The Right Brain Initiative invites classroom teachers, arts specialists, principals, curriculum directors and teaching artists to explore creative possibilities in the classroom at Imagine This! The third annual arts education seminar unique to Oregon will convene K-8 educators from Portland and around the nation, for three days of arts-based teaching and learning.

Seminar attendees will choose from over 30 practical and inspiring sessions led by local and national arts education leaders. Workshops provide standards-based arts strategies to engage K-8 students and deepen student learning across the curriculum. Combining hands-on workshops, studio sessions, discussions about educational philosophy and trends, and compelling stories from the field, the seminar offers something for every educator.

In these dynamic sessions, participants will gain skills to integrate visual art and math; use theater to build a classroom community; examine the connections between music and literacy; and much more. Featured guest presenters include Frances Bronet, Dean of University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts; Rae Takemoto, administrator at Pomaika’i Arts Integration School in Hawaii; and Deborah Brzoska, teaching artist from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

According to a 2011 participating educator, the Imagine This! symposium is, “A refreshing exchange of ideas and networking that I can take into staff meetings as well as the classroom.”

A program of the Regional Arts & Culture Council, The Right Brain Initiative enables the region’s educators to provide high quality arts-integrated experiences, furthering the program’s vision to ensure that every single K-8 student in the Portland metropolitan area receives creative learning opportunities. In 2011, Right Brain received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in support of Imagine This! and its other professional development programming.

Space is limited at this seminar. Participants are encouraged to register by April 30th to receive a discounted rate and priority selection of workshops.

Featured Speakers and Workshop Leaders:
Frances Bronet is an educator, practicing designer, and has served as Dean of the University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts since 2005. An advocate for cross-disciplinary education, Frances has implemented courses and curricula for interdisciplinary learning, combining architecture; engineering; science, technology, and society; dance and electronic arts. She holds bachelor’s degrees in engineering and architecture from McGill University in Montreal and a master’s degree in architecture from Columbia University.

Deborah Brzoska is a national leader in arts education who presents professional development for teachers and teaching artists across the country on behalf of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. A former dancer and teacher, she was also the founding principal of The Vancouver School of Arts & Academics, the award winning arts-based public school in Washington State. In addition to serving on the editorial board of the Teaching Artist Journal, Deb has written about arts education for The Kennedy Center, Chicago’s Project AIM, the Arts Education Partnership and The College Board.

Rae Takemoto serves as the Vice Principal of Curriculum & Instruction and Vision Leadership, as well as Arts Integration Curriculum Coordinator/Coach at Pomaika’i Elementary School, Hawaii’s first public school to adopt a whole school arts integrated curriculum. She is a certified K-6 classroom teacher, with 25 years of experience and has been named one of Hawaii’s Top Educators. For the past ten years, she has researched the effects of the arts on student learning and teacher effectiveness.