A community that ensures a rich education in and through the arts for every K-12 student.
We commit to an arts-literate culture in every school with rich, diverse arts learning experiences for every child, every day, in every community. We value opportunities for all children to create, to communicate, to think critically, to collaborate, and to learn to think in new ways. In our vision, arts education starts early and lasts a lifetime.
WHAT WE DO
The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) works to achieve this vision through two equity-based arts education efforts:
The Right Brain Initiative is a public-private partnership that exists to transform learning through creativity in all K-8 classrooms in the region. Founded in 2008, Right Brain was designed by the community in response to current needs of our students and schools. It focuses on training classroom teachers to integrate the arts with other subjects (“arts integration”) through intensive workshops, residencies with professional teaching artists, and on-site coaching. With arts integration, schools learn to independently make creativity the foundation for all learning in the classroom. Right Brain has grown to serve nearly 30,000 students and their teachers in 70 schools across eight school districts (see map below) in three counties in the Portland region in the 2018-19 school year. Read more about Right Brain here.
RACC also supports the music and arts teachers hired with the Arts Education & Access Fund (Arts Tax) to serve K-5 schools in the City of Portland (see map below). Today, every K-5 school in Portland has at least one art, music or dance teacher—92 certified arts specialists in all, compared to 31 in 2012. RACC supports Arts Tax funded schools by connecting them to cultural resources in Portland and offering professional development workshops for music and arts teachers hired through the Arts Tax. RACC also works with school districts to help ensure continued arts learning for students in middle and high school. Read more about the Arts Tax here.
WHO WE SERVE
Check out the map below to see which schools are currently being served by RACC Arts Education.
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||schools served by The Right Brain Initiative (Right Brain)
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||schools served by Arts Education & Access Fund (AEAF or Art Tax)
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||schools served by both Right Brain and AEAF
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