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 region benefits from a strong creative economy and STEAM education strategies. The Regional Arts & Culture Council works to achieve our vision through several equity-based arts education efforts:
We support teachers in arts education: music, visual arts, drama and dance 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 Arts Education teacher—currently more than 95 certified arts specialists, compared to 31 in 2012 before the fund was approved by voters.
RACC supports schools by connecting them to cultural resources in Portland and offering professional development workshops for the Art Education teachers hired with Arts Education & Access Funds. RACC also advocates with school districts to help ensure equitable, sustained, and progressive arts education for students in middle and high school. Read more about the Arts Education and Access Fund here.
RACC’s on-going relationship with The Kennedy Center since 2010 brings several programs into the fold of Arts Education: Any Given Child and the Partnership for Education. One of nine sites across the United States to participate in a 3-year program called ART look with Chicago based Ingenuity, RACC is creating an arts-based interactive mapping data base platform that allows school districts to fully understand the arts landscape in their communities with the intention of creating more equitable and accessible arts education opportunities for all students. The program also brings together arts organizations and public schools, assembled in the same space to better navigate the “artscape” of their communities.
RACC continues its partnership with the Right Brain Initiative, now led by our partners at Young Audiences of Oregon and SW Washington. 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 the 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 increased 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 in three counties in the Portland region. The map below shows the reach of the Right Brain Initiative in the 2018-19 school year. Read more about The Right Brain Initiative 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)
PORTLAND, ORE —The Right Brain Initiative was honored on Tuesday night by the Portland Monthly magazine’s prestigious Light a Fire awards, an annual recognition for some of the best non-profits in the city. Right Brain received the Game-Changing Project award, which celebrates a unique collaboration that drives community transformation. Designed by a cross-section of Portlanders in […]
PORTLAND, ORE —The Right Brain Initiative, the arts integration program of the Regional Arts & Culture Council, has received its largest-ever grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The NEA will award $30,000 to increase creative capacity for teachers and teaching artists. This is Right Brain’s fourth grant from the NEA. NEA Chairman […]
Imagine This! A Creativity Symposium for Educators Tuesday, June 16 – Thursday, June 18, 2015 Portland Art Museum | 1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland, Oregon 2015 Theme: How Place Inspires Thinking Designed for K-8 educators of all subjects and arts disciplines. See full schedule of sessions and register at: http://imaginethis2015.eventbrite.com 3-day registration: $250 | Single-day option: […]
A new report ties The Right Brain Initiative to an increase in student test scores Portland, Ore – There is a meaningful and quantifiable link between integrated arts education and student learning, according to a report released today by The Right Brain Initiative in advance of National Arts in Education Week next week (September 14-20). […]
PORTLAND, ORE — The Regional Arts & Culture Council has promoted Marna Stalcup to Director of Arts Education, a new position that is funded in part by the City of Portland’s Arts Education & Access Fund. For the last seven years, Marna has served as the program manager for The Right Brain Initiative, RACC’s public-private partnership for […]
PORTLAND, ORE – The Right Brain Initiative, an arts integration program of the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) in partnership with Young Audiences of Oregon and Southwest Washington, is hiring staff and contractors. Current job openings include: Teaching Artists Arts Integration Coach Program Assistant Additional positions will become available throughout the summer, and complete descriptions […]
PORTLAND, ORE – The Right Brain Initiative has received a $210,000 grant from The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF). The Studio to School grants are a new arts education project made possible by the $150 million Fred W. Fields gift to OCF in 2012. The grants were awarded to just 18 non-profit programs across the state. […]
A unique collaboration between non-profit and design industries raises funds for the arts in schools PORTLAND, ORE — The Right Brain Initiative has released Brain Food, an exploratory activity deck designed for use at home and school by children ages 4 and up. The fifty activities reflect the integrated and creative learning that Right Brain […]
$25,000 grant supports integrated arts programming in public schools Portland, Ore – National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced today that The Right Brain Initiative, an arts education partnership of the Regional Arts & Culture Council, is one of 886 nonprofit organizations nationwide selected for an NEA Art Works grant. This […]
In honor of National Arts in Education Week, The Right Brain Initiative has announced that six new public school partners are joining the program for the 2013-14 school year. Between September and June, the integrated arts program will bring music, dance, theatre, visual and media arts to 14,000 K-8 students in 49 schools and six […]
Who: The Right Brain Initiative and King PK-8 SchoolWhat: Student art showWhere: Community Room at North Portland Library, 512 N KillingsworthWhen: Reception Tuesday, July 23, 5-7 p.m. Show on view through Aug. 31, 2013 Starting Tuesday, July 23, the North Portland Library will feature stunning black-and-white images of local 1st and 2nd graders and their […]
The Right Brain Initiative, a Portland area arts education partnership, has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). This program of the Regional Arts &Culture Council was selected from a pool of 1,547 eligible applications. The renewed support follows Right Brain’s first NEA award in 2011. The Right Brain […]
The Right Brain Initiative, an arts education program of the Regional Arts &Culture Council, has been awarded a significant matching challenge grant from the Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund. This grant incentivizes program staff and stakeholders to raise $25,000 through individual gifts of $250 and higher by June 2013. Ready to meet this challenge, Right Brain […]
The Regional Arts & Culture Council today announced that Rebecca Burrell, outreach specialist for The Right Brain Initiative, has been elected to the Emerging Leaders Council of Americans for the Arts. AFTA is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education. In addition to developing communications and coordinating community engagement programs for […]
One new school district and 14 new schools have signed up for The Right Brain Initiative’s unique arts education services in 2012-13, marking the program’s largest growth since it first entered classrooms in 2009. This year the initiative will serve a total of 45 elementary schools in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties. Corbett School District […]
Nationally renowned filmmaker Todd Haynes is the subject of a one-of-a-kind portrait that posted today on eBay. This ten-day auction supports a good cause: Haynes donated the giclee print to benefit The Right Brain Initiative’s arts education programming in Portland, Oregon area schools. The print is signed by both Haynes and the portrait’s artist, Steve […]
3rd Annual Imagine This! A Seminar on Bringing Creativity to ClassroomsMonday, June 18 – Wednesday, June 20, 2012Portland Art Museum | 1219 SW Park Avenue, PortlandOpen to educators of all subjects and disciplines Register at www.imaginethis2012.eventbrite.comCost: $250; single-day option $100Advanced registration: April 17 – 30General registration: May 7 – June 13 This summer, The Right […]
The Collins Foundation and the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation have renewed their support for The Right Brain Initiative with major two-year grants, the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) announced today. Each foundation awarded the program a total of $100,000 to be used over the next two years. A unique community-wide partnership […]