Arts Education


2017 Summer Arts Camps

The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) is committed to creating a permanent home for the arts in all Portland metro area school districts. To that end, RACC manages 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.

RACC also supports the 72 music and arts teachers hired with arts tax funds to serve K-5 schools in the City of Portland. RACC does this by connecting the cultural resources of Portland to local schools, both online and in person. RACC also offers professional development workshops for music and arts teachers hired through the arts tax. Through this training, teachers learn how the arts link to Common Core State Standards and the importance of their role as instructional leaders in their schools.

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RACC Opportunity: Education Specialist

The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) is seeking a new team member with successful teaching experience in K-8 classrooms. A strong background in schools with a focus on equity, arts integration, literacy, student engagement and creating collaborative cultures in schools is essential. This position supports two arts education programs at RACC: The Right Brain […]

5/20-21 Caldera’s Arts Integration Symposium

Caldera is once again offering a professional development opportunity for Oregon high-school and middle-school teachers in a beautiful setting with top-rate arts instructors and arts integration specialists. Teachers are eligible for 15 PDUs and one credit of continuing education through Oregon State University – Cascades Campus (teachers must register with OSU separately). Caldera’s Arts Integration Symposium […]

Call for Honoring Our Rivers 2017 – A Student Anthology

We welcome submissions of original writing, art, and photography from students who love their rivers! Eligibility All students from kindergarten through college are invited to submit. Students outside of Oregon are welcomed to submit. Media – What We Accept Art – drawings, paintings, watercolor, photography, multimedia, sculpture, glass, installations, etc. If in doubt about whether […]

Student Art Competition: The ArtEffect Project

The ArtEffect Project, with cash prizes totaling $13,500, teaches students their power to create positive change by honoring the legacies of Unsung Heroes from history. The competition is open to U.S. and international students in grades 6-12, and is free to enter. The final deadline to submit art is February 15, 2017. For full competition […]

Outdoor student internship opportunity – stickwork sculpture

The City of Hillsboro’s Public Art program is seeking two temporary, part-time student interns for a very unique and exciting Public Art project in Orenco Woods Nature Park in April, 2017. We would love to have two volunteer/project managers to help with the project. These opportunities may be of best fit to students in the […]

Portland, Oregon: An Arts & Science City of Distinction

Phi Beta Kappa has named Portland a City of Distinction, recognizing the exceptional artistic vitality, cultural vibrancy and scientific engagement of our community. “To have a city be recognized not for any political reason, but for the depth of its cultural life, is a very significant thing,” said Frederick M. Lawrence, CEO of Phi Beta […]

Invest in imagination through the Give!Guide until December 31

Each winter, Willamette Week produces Give!Guide, an online campaign that encourages and facilitates year-end giving for nearly 150 local nonprofit causes. Over the last 10 years, Give!Guide has raised nearly $10 million for hundreds of nonprofits in the Portland metro area. RACC is thrilled to be teaming up with the Oregon Cultural Trust to co-sponsor […]

Vans Custom Culture Grants – for Public High Schools

Americans for the Arts is pleased to again partner with VANS the Custom Culture Grant program. This program seeks to increase visibility for and resources available to arts educators and schools across the country, in order to sustain the arts as a vital part of education. The grant program is supported by funds from the […]

RACC celebrates National Arts in Education Week

PORTLAND, ORE —The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) joins colleagues across the country to celebrate National Arts in Education Week, September 11-17, 2016. Throughout the week, RACC and The Right Brain Initiative will share stories on social media about how arts education has impacted our community, including perspectives from staff, as well as the […]

National Arts In Education Week is September 11-17

Issued by Americans for the Arts on September 6, 2016. As a reminder, please join us in celebrating National Arts In Education Week from September 11-17, 2016. Take two minutes to issue a Letter to the Editor to your local papers and tell them why the arts matter in education! Designated by Congress in 2010, House Resolution 275 names the […]

The Right Brain Initiative: another year of investing in imagination

This time of year the sun is setting before 8:00 p.m., a new season of your favorite television series premieres, and wide-ruled notebooks are selling for 70 cents each. It is September and a new school year is officially upon us. At the Regional Arts & Culture Council, The Right Brain Initiative is back in […]

Right Brain Teaching Artist Info Sessions

The Right Brain Initiative and Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington have teamed up to provide one application process for artists who work with schools. Complete the Intent to Apply Form to be eligible to submit a full application to either or both organizations. The Intent to Apply Form is open until July 15, 2016. Application is open until July […]

Imagine This! symposium for educators June 21-23

Join The Right Brain Initiative’s fifth annual summer learning experience for teachers, teaching artists and other educators who want to expand their ability to bring the arts to K-8 classrooms. This symposium is generously presented by Bank of America. Register at

The Right Brain Initiative receives funding from National Endowment for the Arts to catalyze change in public schools

The Right Brain Initiative has received a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to deliver systemic and equitable arts programming to local K-8 schools. Right Brain, a program of the Regional Arts & Culture Council, works in partnership with local school districts to transform learning through robust arts programming that integrates with […]

6/21-23 “Imagine This!” A Creativity Symposium for Educators

This June, The Right Brain Initiative invites educators to participate in three days of active learning with local and national leaders in the arts. Hosted by the Portland Art Museum, Imagine This! helps classroom teachers, arts teachers, principals, curriculum directors and teaching artists deepen their ability to integrate the arts into the K-8 classroom setting. The […]

Every Portland elementary school now has an arts teacher, thanks to the arts tax

Find stories about the impact of the tax online in April at #pdxlovesart PORTLAND, ORE —In November 2012, 63% of Portland voters overwhelmingly passed Ballot Measure 26-146 to create the Arts Education & Access Fund, now known as the “arts tax.” The tax directly funds 72 K-5, music, dance and visual art teachers in the […]

3/12 RACC Workshop | Fundamentals of being a Teaching Artist

Have you heard the term teaching artist and wondered what that meant and what qualifies someone to take on that role? This workshop will cover the fundamentals of this position in the world of education. Participants will engage in the creative process, much like students in an assortment of learning environments. Walk away with an […]

Huge Victories for Arts Education

Eloise’s Blog: I love it that we can collectively celebrate the close of 2015 with two milestones in arts education for the USA. Our Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici was key to the first big win in early November with the unanimous passage of her amendment to integrate the arts into “STEM” education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) […]

The Right Brain Initiative and Work for Art release reports

PORTLAND, ORE — Two programs of the Regional Arts & Culture Council – The Right Brain Initiative and Work for Art – have published summaries of their accomplishments and finances for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2015.  The Right Brain Initiative’s 2015 Progress Report illustrates RACC’s unique approach to supporting K-8 educators in the […]

Willamette Week awards Skidmore Prize to Right Brain staffer

PORTLAND, ORE —The Right Brain Initiative’s Outreach Specialist Rebecca Burrell has received a Skidmore Prize, an award delivered annually by the Willamette Week to four outstanding non-profit leaders under the age of 36. This award is presented in conjunction with Willamette Week’s Give!Guide, a year-end fundraising campaign for Portland area organizations, which launched today and […]

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