The Right Brain Initiative grows by 45 percent

4th and 5th graders at Whitman Elementary (SE Portland) worked with theater artist Caren Graham of Young Audiences in a Right Brain residency focused on theater and character development. (Photo: Miri Stebivka)

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 becomes the sixth to enroll in The Right Brain Initiative, and existing partner districts continue to demonstrate their commitment to arts education by adding more schools. Districts invest $15 per child to partner with the program, and the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) leverages that investment with an additional $65 per student, raised from a variety of public and private sources.

The following new schools are partnering with Right Brain in 2012-13:

Corbett School District
Springdale Arts K-8 School

Gresham-Barlow School District
Hogan Cedars Elementary
Kelly Creek Elementary
North Gresham Elementary

Hillsboro School District
Imlay Elementary
Minter Bridge Elementary
W.L. Henry Elementary

North Clackamas Schools
Oregon Trail Elementary
Riverside Elementary

Oregon Trail School District
Naas Elementary

Portland Public Schools
King K-8 School
Metropolitan Learning Center
Ockley Green K-8 School
Roseway Heights K-8 School


These 14 new partner schools join 31 K-8 sites already served by The Right Brain Initiative. Last year, 10,376 students participated in the program, including 55% of whom qualify for free or reduced lunch, and 18% are English Language Learners. 54.5% are Caucasian, 24.7% Latino, 7.5% African-American, 6.9% Asian/Pacific Islander, and 6.4% are Native American or multi-ethnic. Right Brain also served 616 certified school administrators and teachers. Read more about Right Brain’s population served and developments in the new 2012 Progress Report.

About The Right Brain Initiative
The Right Brain Initiative is a sustainable partnership of public schools, local government, foundations, businesses and the cultural community that launched its programming in Portland area classrooms in January 2009. The program’s vision is to transform learning for all children in the Portland tri-county area through the arts, creativity, innovation and whole-brain thinking. The Right Brain Initiative is a project of the Regional Arts & Culture Council. Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington serves as Implementation Partner. Read more online at

About the Regional Arts & Culture Council
RACC is a nonprofit arts services organization serving the Portland metropolitan area, including Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties. In addition to serving as the managing partner for The Right Brain Initiative, RACC provides grants for artists, arts organizations, schools and other community-based arts projects; conducts workplace giving for arts and culture (“Work for Art”) and other advocacy efforts; provides workshops and other forms of technical assistance; shares printed and web-based resources for artists; and integrates artwork into public places. Read more online at